Let’s crochet a Sabrina Tunic … announcing your 2015 Summer Crochet-Along with host Elena Ramshaw Hunt!
June 18th, 2015
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!
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!
Your weekend project: Audra Kurtz shows you how to weave an easy wall hanging using a Martha Stewart Crafts™ Loom!
June 18th, 2015
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®.|
June 17th, 2015
Today 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
June 16th, 2015
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 ::
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Have a question for Shira? Wondering who’ll stop by and have a bit of tea next? Tweet Shira at @shiraroars or comment below!
June 15th, 2015
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!
Check out the patterns below – they each feature a mix of the new solid colors of Landscapes® and its original self-striping collection.
|Crochet Rainbow Shawl||Crochet Misty Moors Scarf||Crochet Tonal Diamonds Afghan|
|Loom-Woven Heat Wave Wall Hanging||Crochet Diagonal Stripes Scarf||Loom-Woven Fiesta Wall Hanging|
June 14th, 2015
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.
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!
|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
June 13th, 2015
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!
|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!
Wall hangings designed by Chelsea Carle, Lion Brand’s Business Development Coordinator.
June 12th, 2015
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 …
Have you checked out Lion Brand’s latest pattern collection, Curvy Girl? These patterns are Lola-approved!
|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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June 11th, 2015
Too often, knitting and crocheting is seen as antiquated or “old school.” As a millenial-aged knitter, I know this simply isn’t true. I learned to knit because I love crafting, and knitting
was a family tradition I’d always observed, but never participated in. Once I started knitting (almost a year and a half ago now), I couldn’t believe I hadn’t started sooner.
I’ve knit on crowded subway cars, in the park, and in work breakrooms. In fact, when I knit on my lunch-break at my old job, I got several other co-workers hooked! Soon, we had a couple of round looms being passed around so everyone had a turn making hats for the winter.
What I’ve found with knitting public is that it opens up a dialogue. People feel compelled to tell you about the knitters and crocheters in their family and the gifts they’ve received. They ask what you’re making, how long it takes you, what have you made previously… The list goes on! If you take your knitting out of the house, I’m sure you’re familiar.
Knitting can be a social hobby, which is what makes World Wide Knit in Public Day so special! It’s a day to celebrate your passion, join up with fellow crafters, and share your projects in progress. This year’s WWKIP day is June 13th. Guilds all over the world are posting their meet-up spots to celebrate the occasion; chances are, there’s one in your area!
Even if every day is “Knit in Public” day for you, it’s fun to acknowledge a shared interest. Use hashtag #wwkip on social networks to keep up with other knitters, and post your own pics!
Where will you take your knitting to on June 13th? Where’s your favorite place to knit (in public or not)? Share with us!
June 10th, 2015
Chelsea Carle is Lion Brand’s Business Development Coordinator.
On Thursday, May 28th, a group of associates from the Lion Brand Yarn Company ran a 5K race organized by “Corporate Fun Run” at the Meadowlands Race Track in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
It all started when Evan Blumenthal, Lion Brand’s Director of Global Business Development, put the call out with the hopes that a few people would join him in the race. Evan had just run his first 5K (3.1 miles) and thought a Corporate Fun Run would be a great group activity for the company. By the time the day arrived 28 people had signed up! As a participant, you could choose to walk or run, so it was easy enough for anyone to participate.
On the day of the race, the excitement and energy in the office was contagious. I’ve only been at Lion Brand for a few months, so for me it was a great way to connect with people in other departments. After work, everyone could not wait to change into their running clothes and get to the track. It was 92 degrees outside and it had rained earlier in the afternoon – time to sweat!
We arrived at the track and the excitement was palpable – there was a live DJ, food, and a large amount of spectators too! We all registered, pinned our race numbers to our shirts, and found our team. Everyone from the Lion Brand team was overflowing with pride! So much so that the photographers from the event were constantly coming over to take group photos of us! I think we had the most fun out of everyone there. We chugged our water and made our way to the track.
Once the race began, we encouraged each other to keep going and to finish. We were the only team whose members all waited until the entire team had finished to congratulate each person as they crossed the finish line …
All in all, the Corporate Fun Run was a great way for us Lion Brand folks to bond together, and now in the office we cheer each other on more than ever!