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.|
February 27th, 2015
Here in the marketing department at Lion Brand, we talk a lot about knitting and crocheting and yarn and magic loops and swatches and yarn weights (we know our DK from our super bulky) and and and … bottom line is that we’re all experts in one way or another when it comes yarn. We can talk about it all day — and we do! You may however be surprised to know that we’re also fairly well-rounded with an excess of interests, hobbies and obsessions that go beyond the hooks and needles.
We thought you might enjoy a peek into our inner worlds. Have fun and please share some of your own personal interests outside of knitting and crocheting in the comments below.
Zoe: I’ve been playing Destiny, a futuristic first-person shooter from the creators of Halo. My Warlock alter ego finally acquired the elusive Gjallarhorn and is well on the way to becoming legend. With so many minions of darkness to destroy, it’s tough choosing between needles and controller!
Sarah: Sunday mornings, I’m curling up with a cup of tea and a Rehab Addict marathon on HGTV. My favorite weekend breakfast sandwich: Spread half an avocado onto a toasted everything bagel and top with three slices of bacon (I cook my bacon in the oven like Ina’s recipe to avoid a greasy kitchen). During the week, instead of knitting on the subway, I like to listen to podcasts. My favorite at the moment is 99 Percent Invisible which is a podcast about design. It covers things that you wouldn’t expect like the origins of the sports mascot, buildings that once housed Pizza Huts, and the way airports are laid out to get you to buy food. I love learning these fun facts!
Shira: Being a single lady in the city and Brand ambassador for Lion brand Yarn, my social life has definitely taken off. I no longer have time for one of my favorite things to do … hang out with my two cats Psy and Thai and catch up some really good TV like the New Girl, or another one we love Scandal. If I try to knit while I watch TV, the kitties try to help, but their version of “help” is not really helping so watching TV is like a mini-vacation from my Yarn life.
Petrina: I’m trying to brighten up my apartment more and find myself getting into gardening. Recently my in-laws gave me some paperwhites as a gift and I planted them a few weeks ago so they’re just starting to bloom now – just in time for spring!
Brandyce: I’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately, and since it’s so cold here in the northeast, soups have definitely been a favorite of mine. I recently came across this Butternut Squash Quinoa and Kale Stew recipe from Love and Lemons, and it was great! I also added Mushrooms for some extra texture – and think it could taste even better with maybe some bacon pieces or chorizo. I will definitely be making more of this soup; it’s so hearty and flavorful.
Ilana: To relax and stay in shape, I do yoga regularly. Even though I don’t really enjoy most exercise, yoga gives me an immediate feeling of relaxation by the end of the class. I started practicing about six years ago because I felt stiff when I woke up in the morning. Doing yoga regularly solved that problem and makes me more mindful of my physical health so I’m not as likely to fall into bad habits.
Danielle: Sad that the new Modest Mouse will be released later than expected, I at least found comfort in an engrossing little ebook called, “Crocheting with Kurt Cobain“. Kind of, sort of, not really about Kurt Cobain or crocheting, it’s about a deceased law student who’s stuck between heaven and earth and must somehow atone for her wrong-doings before she can get entrance to heaven. I couldn’t put it down … I’m also excited about all the amazing shows coming to New York City this year – Björk, Yoko Ono, Basquiat, Frida Kahlo, to name a small few! It’s a good time to visit if you can work it into your travel plans.
February 27th, 2015
You can crochet this adorable “One Skein Wonder Vest” with just one skein of our newest and already very popular baby yarn, Ice Cream. I personally love this pattern because it’s easy to crochet and the yarn is variegated – which means you can have multiple colors in your project without changing yarns! With 8 great colorways in this yarn, you can experiment with the variations and come up with new color combinations for your vest.
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