March 9th, 2015
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:
- How to Crochet Broomstick Lace
- How to Crochet a Button
- 5 Tips for Seaming or Sewing Up Knit & Crochet Pieces
- Unlock the Secret of Crochet Cables
- Great Beginnings: Starting Your Crochet Project Right, Pt 1
- Great Beginnings: Starting Your Crochet Project Right, Pt 2
- Great Beginnings: Starting Your Crochet Project Right, Pt 3, Magic Ring or Adjustable Ring
- Great Endings to Your Crochet Project, Pt. 1
- Great Endings to Your Crochet Project, Pt. 2: Weaving In
- Great Endings to Your Crochet Project Right, Pt 3 Edging
- Learn How to Crochet a Granny Square
- Video: How to Use Stitch Markers in Knitting & Crochet
- How Visualizing and Completing a Crochet Project Can Change Your Life
- Color Theory Basics for Knitting and Crocheting
- How to Crochet Over Your Ends
- How to Crochet Circles Two Ways
So pick up a hook, some yarn and learn a new skill!
March 8th, 2015
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!
|Knit Simple Hat||Knit Cozy Collared Cardi||Knit Necktie|
|Crochet Sparkle Slipon||Crochet Inside Out Circles Top||Crochet Lacy Poncho|
|Knit My First Raglan Cardigan||Crochet Classic Sleeveless Top||Crochet Tivoli Beret|
March 7th, 2015
We have several tips that can help you along the way, plus 4 of our most popular sweater projects — check them out below!
- 7 Tips for Knitting Your First Sweater
- 3 Different Ways to Shape the Neckline of a Sweater
- Expert Tip: Make a Reference Schematic for YOUR Perfect Sweater
- A Guest Post: Everything You Wanted to Know About Measuring for a Sweater + Free Sweater Planning Guide
- 6 Different Ways to Knit a Sweater
- 5 Articles to How You Make a Sweater that Fits & Flatters
- What’s Reverse Shaping and How Do I Do It?
- 3 Different Ways to Shape the Neckline of a Sweater
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!
|Raglan Sleeve Pullover
in Wool-Ease® Chunky
|Knitted Aran Sweater
|Striped Boyfriend Cardigan
in Wool-Ease® Thick
|Cable Luxe Tunic
March 6th, 2015
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.
March 6th, 2015
Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.
|Knit My Celebration #Scarfie||Crochet Cosmos Circle #Scarfie||Crochet Grandma’s Apple Pie #Scarfie|
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March 5th, 2015
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!
March 4th, 2015
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!
Here is a selection of popular patterns from last month:
|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|
|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.
March 3rd, 2015
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!
For more easter patterns simply type “Easter” in our Patternfinder for more great ideas!
March 2nd, 2015
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.
March 1st, 2015
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:
|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!|
|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.|