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News, Ideas and Information for Crafting with Yarn

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16 Tips for Crocheters!

March 9th, 2015

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March is National Crochet Month – making it the perfect time to learn to crochet or perfect a stitch. Lion Brand offers many great resources to learn: there’s our Learning Center for step-by-step instructions, Stitchfinder to find the perfect stitch to practice, and our YouTube Channel if you’re a visual learner. We even have a Craftsy class to show you how to crochet your very first cowl.

Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran looking for new tricks, here are some great tips to get you started on your next crochet project:

So pick up a hook, some yarn and learn a new skill!

 

9 Knit & Crochet Patterns Inspired by Mad Men

March 8th, 2015

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It’s hard to believe that AMC’s Mad Men has been on the air for over seven years, and it’s even harder to believe that our final hours with Sterling Cooper & Partners are almost here. The second half of Mad Men’s final season begins on April 5th! The show has followed Don Draper, his colleagues, and family through the 1960s and there are only seven episodes left.

Costume designer Janie Bryant’s work has brought back mid-century styles, including a line at Banana Republic, and an official suit at Brooks Brothers.

To mark the occasion, I’ve put together a few patterns for the modern Joan, Peggy, and Betty in all of us!

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Knit Simple Hat Knit Cozy Collared Cardi Knit Necktie
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Crochet Sparkle Slipon Crochet Inside Out Circles Top Crochet Lacy Poncho
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Knit My First Raglan Cardigan Crochet Classic Sleeveless Top  Crochet Tivoli Beret

 

 

8 Great Tips To Help You On Your First Knit Sweater

March 7th, 2015

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myfirstsweatertipsLove knitting scarves and afghans, but want to take your knitting skills to the next level? You might want to try your very first sweater!

We have several tips that can help you along the way, plus 4 of our most popular sweater projects — check them out below!

In addition to this, we even offer a Craftsy class that will show you how to make different types of raglan sweaters – perfect for visual learners!

 

Knit Raglan Sweater Knitted Aran Sweater Striped Boyfriend Cardigan Knit Cable Luxe Tunic
Raglan Sleeve Pullover
in Wool-Ease® Chunky
Knitted Aran Sweater
in Fishermen’s
Wool®
Striped Boyfriend Cardigan
in Wool-Ease® Thick
& Quick®
Cable Luxe Tunic
in Wool-Ease®

 

Learn How to Knit an Easy Lace Stitch with Staci from Very Pink Knits!

March 6th, 2015

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Have you ever checked out the Stitch Finder section of our website? Our Stitch Finder has a vast amount of knit and crochet stitch techniques, which are great starting points for larger projects like afghans or scarves. Different stitch techniques that can be applied to projects include ripples, cables, lace patterns, flower motifs, and more. The Stitch Finder is like a treasure trove of fun little designs, and today, we’ve got an awesome video from Very Pink Knits, which guides you through the Knit Lace Stitch.

Staci walks you through the Knit Lace Stitch pattern in 4 LB Collection® yarns: Baby Alpaca, Silk, Cashmere, and Superwash Merino. And, we’re also happy to share this video with you today because when you spend $35 or more on yarns from the exclusive line, you get free shipping!

Take a look at the video below, and we hope you enjoy learning a new stitch.

 

Oh, oh … Lola gets pulled over!

March 6th, 2015

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.

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Knit My Celebration #Scarfie Crochet Cosmos Circle #Scarfie Crochet Grandma’s Apple Pie #Scarfie

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A New Way to Look at Mistakes

March 5th, 2015

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I now have a rhythm to my sweater. I’ve come to terms with the likelihood that I will probably not finish my sweater by March 18th, the last KAL meeting. As much as I would have loved to have finished a sweater in a month, a lot of things are going on, and sometimes while I wish all I could do is knit… that’s not the case.

Why I Missed Week’s Knit Along

This past week I didn’t go to the KAL. My mom had a procedure so of course I visited her in the hospital. We’re very close and I recently taught her how to knit. So, I decided we’d have our own knit along. She’s a good student and very determined to finish her scarf. She has been working on it for a while, it’s her first project: a simple scarf. She has gotten “crafty” as I like to call it, increased some stitches, done some yarn overs, as every beginner does, but no matter what, I’m very proud of her.

Learning From My Student

One of the things I love about how she has taken on knitting is that she has made it fun.  When she makes a mistake, she doesn’t get upset or frustrated. For instance, when she purls instead of knits, or when she twists her stitches, she simply says “Oh, I have been wanting to do that for a while.”  She embraces her mistakes as design elements. I think that’s something us knitters and crocheters forget. It’s not the end of the world if it’s not perfect, you have made it by hand and with love, there have to be some design elements (that’s what I now like to call mistakes).

Avoiding the UFO

I was afraid I might be procrastinating but the time I spent instead of going to the KAL was really important to me. Still, I have to finish and I cannot let this sweater become another UFO. The encouragement of all of you reading this and the need to keep up with a group are spurring me on. I’m off to knit!

 

Check Out Our Most Popular Patterns from February!

March 4th, 2015

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Knitters and crocheters love the trend of using simple shapes to create stunning garments.  For instance, did you know that the Tribeca Tunic, Rainbow Squares Afghan, and the Easy Sparkling Top are based on simple rectangles and squares?

And proving further that the combination of simple and stunning is a winner, the Simple Crochet Shrug continues to be a popular pattern; it was our most popular pattern in January too!

Even the Cromwell Court Afghan and the 5 1/2 Hour Throw use a repetitive pattern – perfect projects for  watching season three of House of Cards.

Here is a selection of popular patterns from last month:

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Crochet Psy and Thai’s Kitty Cozy Knit Tribeca Tunic Crochet Neck’s Best Thing Shawl
Knit Tree of Life Afghan Crochet Rainbow Squares Afghan Knit Cromwell Court Afghan
Knit Tree of Life Afghan Crochet Rainbow Squares Afghan Knit Cromwell Court Afghan
Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Throw Knit Easy Rectangle Cardigan and Cowl Crochet Easy Sparkling Top
Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Throw Knit Easy Rectangle and Cowl Crochet Easy Sparkling Top

What have you been making this past month? Share with use below.

 

Step Into Spring With These 12 Easter Patterns!

March 3rd, 2015

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Despite the snow and cold, Easter is only a month away – which means that spring is almost here! So instead of spring cleaning, how about knitting a Bunny Hoodie to get you in a spring mood! Or our new and already popular Blooming Teapot Cozy will keep your tea warm as you watch your garden grow.

And back by popular demand, we’re re-introducing the Bunny Lovie – the perfect gift for newborns celebrating their first Easter!

And just in case it snows in April (ugh!), plan for an indoor egg hunt with these darling yarn-wrapped eggs.

Check out our favorite spring-spirations below! What are you waiting for? Hop to it!

Crochet Bunny Lovie Craft Easter Basket Loom Woven Bunny Knit Blooming Teapot Cozy
*NEW* Crochet Bunny Lovie *NEW* Craft Easter Basket Loom Woven Bunny *NEW* Knit Blooming Teapot Cozy
Crochet Cute Cabled Lamb Crochet Bella the Bunny Knit Bunny Dog Costume Crochet Easter Basket
Knit Cute Cabled Lamb Bella the Bunny Knit Bunny Dog Costume Crochet Easter Basket
Crochet Weed Rabbit Egg Cozy Knit Bunny Hoodie Crochet Hippity Hop Blankie Knit Bunny Hat and Booties
Crochet Wee Rabbit Egg Cozy Knit Bunny Hoodie *NEW* Crochet Hippity Hop Blankie Knit Bunny Hat and Booties

For more easter patterns simply type “Easter” in our Patternfinder for more great ideas!

 

Landscapes is 20% off for the the entire month of March!

March 2nd, 2015

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Landscapes® is a premium acrylic, single-ply roving yarn with a satiny feel. With its beautiful colorways, you’ll create stunning garments and accessories that make simple stitches look like art. Make beautiful stripes as seen in the Rib and Shells Shrug or colorful textures like in the Jewel Box Pullover.

The best part is from now until the end of March, Landscapes® is 20% off the original price!

Browse through our lookbook below to see the how this yarn really takes the idea of color-changing to a whole new level.

 

8 Knit & Crochet Patterns To Celebrate the Season Finale of Downton Abbey!

March 1st, 2015

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Downton Abbey finishes up it’s 5th season tonight and I can’t wait to see all the 1920s fashions. Downton’s fabulous fashion sense was always a big draw for me because I just love vintage styles. As I’m gearing up to watch this last episode, I’m making a list of patterns that I think would fit a few of my of my favorite characters from the show.

Check out what I’ve picked out below for characters past and present:

Embellished Beanie Cable Vest Textured Raglan Jacket Shaped Cable Top
This Embellished Beanie in Homespun® would look great if you had a bob like Lady Mary. Little George would look very handsome in this Cabled
Vest in Cotton-Ease®.
I can picture any of the upstairs Downton women wearing this Textured Raglan Jacket in LB Collection® Organic Wool! Lady Rose often sports a very simple and stylish look on the show- making the Shaped Cabled Top in LB Collection® Superwash Merino a perfect fit for her!
Vegan Fur Poncho cloche Knit Vintage Glam Turban  
Lady Sybil was a very empathetic character, so this Vegan Fur Poncho in Pelt® would be just perfect for her … if faux fur existed back then. This  Flapper Hat  would be great for any of the ladies of Downton Abbey – upstairs or downstairs. Make it with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® for a very cozy and stylish hat to wear. (note: this is a paid pattern)  Cora’s mother is a very fashion-forward woman and would definitely be seen wearing this Vintage Glam Turban in Vanna’s Glamour®.  This Car Coat in Wool-Ease® Thick and Quick® is perfect for any lady who’s heading up to London for business or pleasure.

 
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