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Go Under The Sea With These 9 Patterns!

June 19th, 2015

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Summer is definitely the time to spot sea creatures! Head on out to a beach to find starfish, or visit your local aquarium to see an underwater world up close! We suspect not many would like a face-to-face encounter with a real jellyfish, but we find the amigurumi kind to be sweet and playful.

Little ones will love getting their hands on knit versions of their favorite ocean dwellers — let’s say hello to our tentacled and finned friends with a round-up of ocean-inspired patterns!

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Crochet Undersea Mobile, made with Vanna’s Choice® Baby Crochet Sweet Hanging Amigurumi Jellyfish, paid pattern by Tori Carroll.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice® Baby and Vanna’s Choice®  Crochet Fancy Goldfish Amigurumi by Kate Wood.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®.
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Knit Ollie the Octopus, made with Vanna’s Choice® Baby Crochet Crab by Repeat Crafter Me.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®. Knit Fishy Wishy Afghan, made with Modern Baby®
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Crochet Starfish Appliques by Flower Girl Cottage.* Make a few with Kitchen Cotton. Knit Toy Lobster by Dirigo.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®. Crochet Tiny Turtle, made with Vanna’s Choice®

* Not a Lion Brand pattern.

 

Abracadabra, amigurumi – same thing, right? It’s a new “Out of the Loop,” the comic for those who love to knit and crochet …

June 19th, 2015

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We’ve teamed up with Todd Clark, creator of the ever-popular Lola series, to bring you “Out of the Loop,” a regular one-panel comic featuring humorous takes on the world of yarn.

Enjoy and please share widely!

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Here are a few kawaii patterns to inspire you!

Crochet Filipa Fox Knit Little Pig And Bunny Crochet Critter Trio
Crochet Filipa Fox
made with Vanna’s Palettes
Knit Little Pig And Bunny
made with Vanna’s Palettes
Crochet Critter Trio
made with Vanna’s Palettes

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Let’s crochet a Sabrina Tunic … announcing your 2015 Summer Crochet-Along with host Elena Ramshaw Hunt!

June 18th, 2015

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Several times a year we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which knitters and crocheters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you crochet your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress. Want to learn more? Click here for our guide.

The Votes Are In!

Thank you for voting for our crochet-along! The winning pattern is … the Sabrina Tunic!

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Feel free to pick up this badge to use on your blog, Ravelry, etc to show that you’re participating! (Right-click on PCs or Ctrl+click on Macs to save it to your desktop and upload it to your site)

Crochet-Along Next Steps

1. This week, download the pattern (click here for the pattern) and read it through so you have a sense of how the project is going to take shape. We’ll be walking you through a different element each week, so don’t worry if you see anything you’re not familiar with!

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Your weekend project: Audra Kurtz shows you how to weave an easy wall hanging using a Martha Stewart Crafts™ Loom!

June 18th, 2015

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Here’s a fun and easy tutorial from crafty maven, Audra Kurtz. Watch as Audra walks you through the steps to create your very own woven wall tapestry using a Martha Stewart CraftsTM Knit & Weave Loom Kit and an assortment of Lion Brand® yarns.

Weaving is a great way to continue yarn crafting through the summer months, and you can use this craft to create a beautiful piece of decor for your home or for a friend!

Wall tapestries have been popping up everywhere lately, and although the process of creating them seems complicated, it’s actually not; the weaving process is quite therapeutic, and you can be as creative as you’d like. We hope you enjoy the video below and get started on your very own tapestry, it’s a great opportunity to play with colors, textures, and patterns!

P.S. Check out the patterns below for more tapestry inspiration from our very own PatternFinder.


Can’t see the video above? :: Click here to watch Audra Kurtz’s DIY Mini Tapestry ::

Loom Woven Heat Wave Wall Hanging made with Unique®, Kitchen Cotton, Landscapes and Hometown USA®. Loom Woven Natural Instincts Hanging  made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Heartland®. Loom Woven Fiesta Wall Hanging made with Modern Baby, Landscapes®, Textures, Kitchen Cotton,  and Homespun®.

 

 

Learn to Knit the Mesh Stitch with Staci from Very Pink Knits!

June 17th, 2015

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Very Pink Knits Tutorial imageToday we share the last installment of our four video stitch tutorial series with Staci from Very Pink Knits. Below is a step-by-step which demonstrates the knit mesh stitch — an openwork pattern perfect for summer knitting. This is an easy, straightforward stitch that that’s simple to master. Watch Staci’s tutorial below as she highlights the stitch using LB Collection® Cashmere and Crepe Twist yarns.

The mesh stitch can be found in the Lion Brand StitchFinder library (under the “Learning Center” tab at lionbrand.com). Please explore the rest of the StitchFinder library to see what other stitches might pique your interest. There’s a treasure trove of patterns waiting for you!

Can’t see the video above? Please click here: https://youtu.be/zlPIOPninqE

 

Tea With Shira Episode #4 : Meet Adam Blumenthal!

June 16th, 2015

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You’ve met Mrs. Blumenthal, now meet another member of the Lion Brand family!

In this episode of Tea with Shira, our brand ambassador Shira Blumenthal sits down with her brother, Adam Blumenthal! Adam is Lion Brand’s Director of Corporate Strategy.

Together, they chat about Adam’s latest “22-ish minute” project — made with an addi® loom — and his favorite tea, a smokey brew called Lapsang.

::Can’t see the video above? Watch it here: https://youtu.be/HwB2eeBusIo ::

Shop this video:

addi® Express Professional Knitting Machine
addi® Express Kingsize Knitting Machine

Yarn mentioned in this video:

Amazing®

Have a question for Shira? Wondering who’ll stop by and have a bit of tea next? Tweet Shira at @shiraroars or comment below!

 

6 Patterns To Make with New Colors of Landscapes!

June 15th, 2015

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You may already know Landscapes® as a gorgeous, self-striping, roving yarn. We love how this yarn works up so much, we added a batch of solid colors!

Create stunning ombre patterns by mixing solid and multi-colored skeins — like the dewy colors chosen for the Misty Moors scarf!

We’re also excited to include patterns for bright and festive wall hangings. Choose from Landscapes® and many other Lion Brand yarns to create a woven decor piece for your home.

Check out the patterns below – they each feature a mix of the new solid colors of Landscapes® and its original self-striping collection.

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Crochet Rainbow Shawl Crochet Misty Moors Scarf Crochet Tonal Diamonds Afghan
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Loom-Woven Heat Wave Wall Hanging Crochet Diagonal Stripes Scarf Loom-Woven Fiesta Wall Hanging

 

Celebrate the Stars and Stripes With These Flag Day Patterns!

June 14th, 2015

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Did you know? Although the most patriotic day — Independence Day — is celebrated on July 4th, Flag Day commemorates our nation officially adopting the stars-and-stripes-patterned flag on June 14th, 1777.

Natasha of Alaska Knit Hat designed this Old Glory hat – made with Woolspun® – just in time for a chilly summer in Alaska!

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Stars, stripes, pom-poms — this pattern’s got it all!

For more inspiration, check out our pattern recommendations below, as well as our Independence Day Pattern Round-Up!

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Knit Heartland Patriotic Scarf, made with Heartland® Crochet American Flag Dishcloth by Being Spiffy*
Made with Kitchen Cotton
Crochet USA Afghan, made with Hometown USA®

Wondering which of our yarns are made here in the U.S.A.? Watch the video below or click here for a full list!

::Having trouble seeing this video? Click to watch: https://youtu.be/b_soGG0Rl-8::

 

*Not a Lion Brand Pattern

 

Dress Up Your Space With This Wall Hanging!

June 13th, 2015

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Are you looking to add a little character to your home this summer? Our Yin Yang Wall Hanging patterns are the perfect addition to any room. Our team has been so in love with the wall hangings trend, we just can’t stop making them!

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Yin Yang Wall Hanging
Get the pattern here.
Braided Fringe Wall Hanging
Get the pattern here.

Their popularity continues to grow and we are seeing them pop up everywhere, including Instagram and Pinterest! They are a fabulous summer yarn project. And the part we love the most?  They are so easy to create and no crafting skills are needed! We’ve provided instructions for the wall hanging shown in our photo – but remember this project is meant to inspire you, so feel free to experiment with other Lion Brand yarns and colors, too!

For this wall hanging we used our Quickie yarn. It’s a silky soft blend of natural wool and brilliant pre-dyed acrylic fibers twisted gently with a solid strand of black. We just love the texture and color palette of this yarn.  You can use any combination of Quickie colors because they all coordinate beautifully!

This project can be completed in well under an hour and costs under $30! Love it! We hope you enjoy creating your very own Yin Yang Wall Hanging!

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Wall hangings designed by Chelsea Carle, Lion Brand’s Business Development Coordinator.

 

Lola Can’t. Not After Who She Met Today …

June 12th, 2015

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

Lola visits the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in Manhattan and you won’t believe what happens next …

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Have you checked out Lion Brand’s latest pattern collection, Curvy Girl? These patterns are Lola-approved!


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Curvy Girl Knit Tunic
Made with Textures®
Curvy Girl Crochet Rufled Collar Cardigan
Made with Heartland®
Curvy Girl Knit Cabled Cardigan
Made with Heartland®
Curvy Girl Crochet Tunic
Made with Heartland®

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