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Blanket Statement: Knit Bobbled Tree Throw

September 14th, 2014

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This story is from our newsletter called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here.

My mom always says, “Teach someone to knit, and they’re warm for life.” She taught me to knit, of course. Mom’s saying is like my dad’s. Dad taught me to fish. At the lake he’d always say, “Give someone a fish, and you feed them for a day. Teach someone to fish, and you feed them for life.”

When Mom says, “Teach someone to knit, and they’re warm for life,” I feel close to my parents. It helps me remember Dad. (Like me, he always wore the things she knitted.) My parents’ kindness taught me so much.

When I was eight, I knitted Mom a red garter-stitch scarf for Mother’s Day. She burst into tears.

“I thought you liked red,” I said. “I love red, sweetie,” she sobbed. “This is the best scarf ever.”

That’s how I learned you could cry when you were happy.

So, when the day came that Joe asked my permission to marry Mom, I was, first, speechless, then I felt tears start. That he asked me before asking her was totally amazing. I certainly saw that Mom loved Joe. They’d met years before at a bereavement support group. They knew about loss.

“Teach someone to knit, and they’re warm for life.”

They knew about happiness, too. Together, we’d had good times, whether just at home, or taking hikes, or yes, going to the lake to fish. But it wasn’t until last year, when I was fifteen, that Joe proposed.

Mom accepted, of course.

The afghan, of lusciously thick yarn, was so textured and interesting, I could hardly stop knitting. The cool part was it looked intricate, but worked up fast. As the panels flowed from my needles, the bobbled trees of life at the center, flanked by rich vertical cables, reminded me of everything about Mom and Joe that was strong and good. They were positive people. Despite their losses, they wanted to make a future together–and with me.

Just before the wedding, I gave them the afghan. “I love you both so much,” I said, handing it over. I burst into tears, and so did Mom and Joe.

And we were all incredibly happy.

All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

A story by Selma Moss-Ward.

Selma Moss-Ward writes and knits in Rhode Island. You can find her work on our blog, as well as Lion Brand’s monthly newsletter, Pattern Journal, which you can subscribe to here.

 

Crochet Yourself an Out of the Box Friend!

September 12th, 2014

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In celebration of the fun new movie Boxtrolls, which will be in theaters on September 26th, we’ve got these cute little critters for you to crochet for (or with) your children. You’ve even got enough time to make some and bring along to the movie premiere!

Boxtrolls are shy trolls who live and hide in boxes (similar to turtles with their shells). Despite living in the sewers, these boxtrolls are actually just peculiar, yet sweet little characters who are more than what their name implies. The story of this movie originated from the beloved children’s book series, Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow, so it will be exciting to see this story come to life.

This boyfriend and girlfriend set (pictured) will be the perfect companion for anyone who is just as shy and quirky as the boxtrolls in the movie. Check out the Out of the Box Girlfriend and Out of the Box Boyfriend, and get started on a fun and unusual project.

P.S:  Make it super special by customizing it to for the person you’re making it for! Check out our previous post on making monograms.

 

Learn how to Half Double Crochet and Create a Washcloth with Vanessa from The Crafty Gemini

September 12th, 2014

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Today, we bring you a great tutorial by Vanessa from The Crafty Gemini. Watch as Vanessa works through the Serene Spa washcloth pattern with Kitchen Cotton, showing you just how easy it is to crochet a quick project and learn a new stitch.

Vanessa is also hosting a giveaway with a chance for one lucky person to win 3 skeins of Kitchen Cotton. Find more information on the giveaway by clicking here!

Check out more from Vanessa by visiting and subscribing to her channel, The Crafty Gemini.

 

Top Down Crochet Jacket Crochet-Along: Swatching

September 11th, 2014

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CAL_08282014Welcome all to the 2014 Fall Crochet Along! I’m Grace and I will be guiding you through the Top Down Crochet Jacket. This is a great project that should give most a little challenge. (If you haven’t acquired your materials yet, you still can: http://lby.co/1liJ1a1.) Throughout the next 5 weeks we will explore swatching, raglan shaping, working with multiple colors and much more. If you are a beginner don’t let the skill level discourage you. We are all here to support each other. Throughout the project post your questions and I’ll be here to help. I also invite other experienced crocheters to share their knowledge so we can all learn from each other.

There are so many things that excite me about this project. I love wooly yarns like Fisherman’s Wool®. While at first is may seem a little rough it softens up wonderfully with wear, the longer you wear it the cozier it gets, perfect to cuddle up with this coming winter! The self-striping colors of Amazing® are beautiful and add so much interest without the extra work. For those of you who don’t need such a warm wooly sweater there are plenty of yarns that you could substitute. For something wool-free and machine-washable I would suggest substituting Vanna’s Choice® for the Fisherman’s Wool® and Landscapes® for the Amazing®. For my project I will be using Fisherman’s Wool® in Nature’s Brown and Amazing® in Strawberry Fields .

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Fall Fashion Trends for 2014: Knit Wear and Fur Accents!

September 11th, 2014

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Saks Fifth Avenue recently released the latest edition of The Trendcaster, their monthly report on what’s hot for the upcoming season.

We love all of the pieces they recommend and we realized gleefully that many of the furry fashion trends could be recreated with Lion Brand® products and patterns.

1) If you’re inspired by the Eugenia Kim Pom-Pom Hat, knit your own version for just $9.49 using Lion Brand® yarn Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® — available in 65 colors! Enjoy the FREE pattern, “Pompoms Hat (L32106)” and make the pompoms yourself, or try one of our faux-fur Poms in a variety of colors for $1.99 each.

2) Fur accents are a big trend this fall and no doubt that’s why the Alice + Olivia Fur-Collar Jacquard Poncho is a big seller! To stay on trend and save money, we recommend Lion Brand®‘s free pattern “Dinner In Aspen Scarf (L40312),” which uses two skeins of Pelt and one ball of Landscapes®, for a grand total of $18.97.

3) Easy, easy, easy … for $2.49, you can embellish any pumps or shoes you like with a set of Lion Brand® Pompoms.

Who says you can’t be fashionable on a budget?

 

Make a Zodiac Scarf for Libra Birthdays!

September 10th, 2014

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libra-zodiac-scarfPeople who have birthdays which fall between September 23 and October 22 are born under Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac. Commonly represented by scales, Libras are considered to be social and level-headed people.

zodiac-libraLibra crafters will stick with their favorite go-to patterns: they might change colors, make it a larger size, or use a different yarn, but they like making the same pattern over and again with repeated pleasure.

They can sometimes be mistaken for shy and reserved, but their feelings tend to come through in their handmade gifts. They love to socialize and can often be found crafting in public or at their local knitting (or crochet) circle.

The colors used in Libra’s zodiac scarf are inspired by opal, a gemstone associated with September birthdays. The scarf is composed of four shades of grey to complement Libra’s harmonious and balanced nature: silver heather for grace, linen for idealistic, silver blue, silver grey for dependability.

Tip the scales for a change- reward your favorite Libra for all their generous crafting with a personalized gift and crochet or knit them a zodiac scarf. They deserve it!

Don’t know a Libra? Check out our other zodiac scarves.

 

Heartland Thick & Quick® is September’s Yarn of the Month!

September 9th, 2014

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Do you harbor a soft spot for the deep-colors and heathered hues of Heartland? Do you love chunky weight yarns? Then guess what? You’ll LOVE one of our newest yarns, Heartland Thick & Quick®!

Heartland, one of our most popular worsted-weight yarns, is loved for its soft and silken make. We super-sized it to create a super-bulky weight version, Heartland Thick & Quick® — perfect for soft-to-touch garments, quick afghans, and plush accessories.

For the month of September, enjoy Heartland Thick & Quick® at 20% off the regular retail price.

Below is a selection of Lion Brand’s FREE popular knit and crochet patterns that use Heartland Thick & Quick® (scroll down to the bottom for a special pattern from The Crochet Crowd’s Diva Dan):

Knit Simple Mobius Cowl Knit Capelet and Hat Crochet Flower Power Hat
Crochet Ridge Pattern Hat Knit Capelet and Hat Crochet Flower Power Hat
Knit Chunky Cabled Hat Knit Slouchy Ribbed Hat Knit Deep V Cabled Vest
Knit Chunky Cabled Hat Knit Slouchy Ribbed Hat Knit Deep V Cabled Vest
Knit Striped Cable Hat Knit Ski Lodge Cap Knit Mixed Ribbed Scarf
Knit Striped Cabled Hat Knit Ski Lodge Hat Knit Mixed Ribbed Scarf

And below is an inspired winter scarf pattern from The Crochet Crowd’s Diva Dan:

Winter Scarf by Diva Dan

Winter Scarf by Diva Dan

Get the FREE pattern via The Crochet Crowd: http://thecrochetcrowd.com/winter/

 

What Should A Woman Knit This Season? Advice From Harper’s Bazaar

September 8th, 2014

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Micheal Kors, The Row, Rag + Bone via NYMag

OK, well maybe Harper’s Bazaar doesn’t tell us what to knit or crochet, but they do offer great fashion guidance on what to wear … and we can make it! In the current issue, knitwear fashion designer Michael Kors shares his style advice on that one special piece to add to your closet this season — whether you’re an avid fashion trend follower or a classic-wear kind of woman.

“For fall, it’s all about statement making knits, anything with a lush texture …”

We’ve selected 5 patterns that fit the bill:  dramatic, statement-making garments that you’ll love to make, and love to wear.

Dinner in Aspen Cozy Textured Pullover Knit Naturally Chic Cape Cabled and Buttoned Wrap District 12 Cowl Wrap
Dinner in Aspen Scarf in Landscapes®
and Pelt®
Cozy Textured Pullover in Homespun® Thick &
Quick®
Naturally Chic Cape in LB Collection®
Natural Wool
Cabled and Buttoned Wrap in Heartland District 12 Cowl Wrap in Wool-Ease® Thick &
Quick®

 

Closely Knit Friends: The Poncho Pullover

September 7th, 2014

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This story is from our newsletter called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. We’re sharing the most recent story here in the blog. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here.

Crochet Poncho Pullover in Vanna's TapestryThe knitting group was baffled by Roseanne. A first-time expectant mother, she was making a jazzy-looking rectangle in a self-patterning yarn called “Vanna’s Tapestry,” whose variegated hues—earth brown, leafy green, cranberry, birch-bark grey and white—were unusual for infant clothes.

“It’s an edgy baby blanket, right?” asked Maddy.

“I think it’s a car-seat cover,” Jane declared.

Roseanne smiled.

“Come on, tell us,” pleaded Grace.

“Why not be surprised?” Roseanne asked.

“Because we don’t want to knit duplicate stuff,” Irene, always practical, said. “If you’re doing a blanket, I’d rather knit the baby a sweater or a cap.”

Roseanne’s coyness drove them crazy. She was the first of them to become a mother. “Roseanne’s always been so sharing and giving. Pregnancy has changed her,” they decided.

Meanwhile they knitted their friend a layette, favoring primary colors and neutrals—because if Roseanne knew her baby’s gender, she also wasn’t telling.

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Learn How to Knit the Concerto Cowl with Christine from iKNITS! + Giveaway

September 6th, 2014

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Get ready for fall with a cozy and comfortable cowl. The Concerto Cowl is a great transitional piece, made with our soft, classic worsted weight, Heartland yarn.

In this tutorial, Christine walks you through the pattern step-by-step and shows you how easy it is to slip stitch.

So get out your needles and follow along with the video below!

If you like this video, check out more from Christine over on YouTube at iKNITS

 
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