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Glamour Jacket Knit-Along: Styling … the fun part!

May 4th, 2015

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Editor’s note: LAST CHANCE to get your Knit-Along Kit — get your kit here now before it’s too late! There are four to choose from! Also we have a hashtag for this KAL, use #LBspringKAL2015 when you share your progress on social media. Have fun!


Hello my fellow knitters! It’s Kristy Glass here – we’re coming to the end of this KAL!

While I was knitting this Glamour Jacket in my crazy pink colors, I would NEVER have imagined how versatile this piece would end up being.

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I legitimately cannot believe how many outfits this Glamour Jacket goes with, and this was just in a few minutes of scouring my closet. I honestly think I could come up with even more combinations!


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Since before the voting was even in, I have always been #teamtailback And look HOW awesome the back turned out:

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Thank you NYC wind for picking up the AWESOMENESS.

I want to see pix of your finished product and how YOU decided to style it! Post them in the comments below!

Thank you SO MUCH for participating, and if you haven’t quite finished yet, don’t give up! We can stay connected here and on Ravelry, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and continue to support each other through the project.

Being your fearless leader this spring has REALLY made my year, and I look forward to knitting more together in the very near future!

NEVER STOP KNITTING!

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I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Spring Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make! kristy_200px

 

Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth Be With You!

May 4th, 2015

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It’s May the Fourth, it’s May the Fourth! Happy #StarWarsDay!

In observance of this great day of geekery, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite patterns. Enjoy!

l0017a Springtime Set 90060ada Lullaby Layette May the Fourth
Crochet Dark Commander mask by Crafty Ridge.* Make your own with
Vanna’s Choice®.
Crochet Droid Beanies by Jen Spears.*
Make your own with
Vanna’s Choice®.
Mini Master Amigurumi by Vivianne.* Make one using
Vanna’s Choice®.
Butterfly Sandals by Repeat Crafter Me Crochet Summer Sandals by AshleeMarie Loopy Love Booties by Moogly
Crochet Dark Side Cat* by MysteriousCats. Make one with Modern Baby®. Crochet Freezie Cozy* by Dearest Debi. Make them with Vanna’s Choice®. Crochet Farmboy Amigurumi* by Amidorable Crochet. Make with Vanna’s Choice®.
l40365a Snips and Snails Set Made by Marni Knitted Booties l40366a Berry Pretty Set
Crochet
Yub Nub Scoodie*
by Kristen Stevenson.
Make this hat with Wool-Ease®Chunky!
Knit Droid Tea Cosy* by TeaCosyFolk. Make one with Modern Baby®. Crochet Patricia Castillo’s Doomed Star pillow.*
Make one with Vanna’s Choice®.

* not a Lion Brand pattern

 

Tea with Shira Episode #1: Meet Arabia, the Crochet Doctor!

May 2nd, 2015

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Hey everyone!  Welcome to the premier episode of Tea With Shira.  In every episode I’ll invite a guest and you can have tea with us while we chat about anything and everything in the world of yarn.  I promise to bring you behind-the-scenes with me and, because I love tea, I may even share my favorite teas with you!  For my first episode of Tea With Shira I sit down with Arabia.  She is the crochet doctor of the Lion Brand Studio, and also my dear dear friend.   Arabia is a vegan so she tells us about some of her favorite Lion brand Yarns to work with that are vegan friendly.  I hope you enjoy and come back for the next episode. See you soon!

 

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Yarns discussed in this video:

Vanna’s Choice®
Vanna’s Palettes
Baby’s First®
Unique

Do you have a question for Shira? You can leave them in the comments below or tweet her at @shiraroars and she just might answer your question in her next video!

 

Learn How to Knit a Yarn Over (YO) with New Stitch A Day

May 1st, 2015

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We’re excited to announce a new partnership with New Stitch A Day! We’ll be featuring helpful educational content to help you improve your knitting or crochet skills. As you may know, here at Lion Brand, we place a high value on education and learning, so working with Johnny Vasquez aka “Head Honcho”, of NSAD is the perfect collaboration!

According Johnny, the goal and purpose of New Stitch A Day is to produce high-quality, easy to understand video tutorials that will help advance your knit or crochet skills. There’s a wealth of information available at New Stitch A Day such as stitch tutorials, finishing techniques, and even left handed tutorials – plus, lots more.

Today we’re featuring a video tutorial which demonstrates how to do a knit “yarn over (yo)”. Yarn overs pop up quite frequently in patterns, especially for lace; they create the necessary holes for your openwork. Check out the video below to learn how to yarn over, and click here to learn the lefty method for knitting the yarn over!

Yarn used in video: Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®


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Ice Cream is Lion Brand’s Yarn of the Month!

May 1st, 2015

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923SkeinArtAlready a popular baby yarn, Ice Cream® is a soft and easy care yarn that works up to create delightful, self-striping colorways that blend unique and cheerful color combinations.

It comes in eight delightfully tasty colors like Lemon Swirl, Tutti Frutti, Banana Split, and Cotton Candy. There’s even Cookies & Cream, a sophisticated, tonal grey shade for the gender neutral projects.

This will be your go-to yarn for baby shower gifts, your own baby project and even big, bright and beautiful blankets like the Charleston Garden Blanket.

Best of all, you’ll save 20% on purchases of Ice Cream® for all of May!



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We’ve selected a few of our favorite Ice Cream patterns below. For the full selection, visit lionbrand.com.

Knit Checkerboard Blanket Crochet Sweet Baby Afghan Crochet Bright Hexagon Blanket Knit Favorite Baby Blanket
Knit Checkerboard Blanket
in Spumoni
Crochet Sweet Baby Afghan
in Strawberry
Crochet Bright Hexagon Blanket in Spumoni, Cotton Candy and Tutti Fruity Knit Favorite Baby Blanket in Cotton Candy
Knit Confetti Color Blanket Crochet Snips and Snails Hat, Booties and Mitts Knit Checkerboard Blanket Crochet Stroller Blankie
Knit Confetti Color Blanket in Tutti Frutti,
Strawberry,
andBlueberry
Crochet Snips and Snails Hat, Booties and Mitts in Blueberry Knit Checkerboard Blanket in Tutti Frutti Crochet Stroller Blankie in Lemon Swirl

 

Lola’s Alternate Take on Yarnbombing …

April 30th, 2015

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

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Crochet Crafty Disguise Yarn Bombed Branches Knit Kitty Cat Headbands

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Is there a “Men’s Night” for knitters and crocheters where you live? Tell us about it!

April 29th, 2015

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mens_nights_04292015Here in New York City, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio hosts a monthly get together for men who knit and crochet – all skill levels welcome!

Hosted by Darrin Morris, it’s a great group for beginners who want support and inspiration from their fellow men. If you live in the New York City area, rsvp to join in the fun!

For those of you not in New York City, tell us about the knitting and crocheting groups for men in your area in the comments below.

Let’s get the word out!


Here’s a round-up of five our favorite posts that feature patterns and stories for men:

  1. 22 Popular Patterns for Boys and Men
  2. 6 Man-Friendly Scarf Patterns
  3. How Three Young Men Used Their Crochet Skills To Change The Lives of Hundreds Of People
  4. 5 Things Everybody Should Know About Knitting for Men
  5. Stories and Illustrations by Franklin Habit – featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life

 

Knitting and Crocheting at the Movies: Favorite Moments

April 28th, 2015

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Susan Haviland is Lion Brand’s Design Editor. She loves to knit and crochet in the company of her favorite films and televisions shows.

Do you find it impossible to sit in front of the television without knitting or crocheting? Are you attracted to projects with many mindless sections so you can stitch and watch the screen?

breakfast-at-tiffanys_042015I find my appreciation of television entertainment increasingly linked to my daily stitching. And by that I mean watching movies and streaming reruns of my favorite television series surrounded by bags and baskets brimming with easy projects.

Costumers may rejoice – I am appreciating your work! How can one forget the countless knitted vests in “All Creatures Great and Small”, the terrific crocheted shawls in “Babette’s Feast“, Holly Golightly’s work in progress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s“, Faye Dunaway’s pullover in “Bonnie and Clyde”, Greer Garson’s bed jacket in “Random Harvest“, the knitting hidden in the office drawer in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, Miss Lemon’s outfits in “Poirot”, Mr Ingelby’s jumper in “Murder Must Advertise” … I could go on …

e25825a4e10119e9a6c4721f96a7005fAnd then there’s the thrill of the shared moment of catching a star with needles in hand: Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Renee Zellweger, Katherine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, Julia Roberts, and of course, many others.

Do you have a favorite knitted or crocheted moment from television or film? Is there a project inspired by some of these costumes and knitting moments that you’d be interesting making? We’d love to hear about any crocheting or knitting that appears in something you enjoy watching.

We’ll feature them here and maybe one day you’ll even see a free pattern inspired by your selection!

 

 

Glamour Jacket Knit-Along: Sleeves and Blocking!

April 27th, 2015

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Editor’s note: There’s still time to get your Knit-Along Kit, get your kit here now – there are four to choose from! Also we have a hashtag for this KAL, use #LBspringKAL2015 when you share your progress on social media. Have fun!


Hello my fellow knitters! It’s Kristy Glass here and I’m hoping you’re still having fun!

I want to talk about the two lower sections for a minute.

PAY ATTENTION! After knitting SUCH a large piece (Right Lower Section), you are going to get into a groove and think you know how to repeat the lower section once more. Back in my novice days, I TOTALLY would have just knit the exact same side and ended up with 2 RIGHT lower sections instead of one of each. So I thought I would just point out the very subtle differences between the RIGHT and LEFT lower sections, with my Pink Arrows below:

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Compare your pieces as you go to make sure the bias stripes are sitting in opposite directions from each piece. After you have knitted your pieces, it’s time to put it all together. This is where your SEWING AN ACTUAL GARMENT skills come into good use. Knitting and Shaping is one skill, but taking these pieces of fabric we have made and forcing them into a wearable sweater is a whole different set of skills that sometimes challenge different parts of your brain (different from the parts that were challenged while you were trying to remember your ridge pattern increases! HA!)

For all aspects of sewing this together, I highly recommend using a flat surface. We are not sitting on the couch watching our favorite tv show and knitting anymore. Now we are down to business!

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Step 1: Sleeves! If you remembered to keep your stitch markers in place, this will be easy. Fold your fabric in half (right sides together) and sew from wrist to the markers. As you sew make sure you are checking in with those markers. You might want to use one of them to pin both sides of the fabric TOGETHER so that they don’t move. Try to keep tension the same on both sides while you sew it up. What stitch are you using? I used a running stitch. When you reach the markers, leave the tail of your yarn for now. Where the two sides come together will end up being a straight edge for the lower sections later.

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Step 2: Collar! If you left your collar live, now is the time to assess if you need to make any changes. With right sides together, pin the collar to the collar notch of the upper body. Since this is curved, it will seem a little awkward. There may be a bit of stretching here and there as you try to make it match up, but if the collar seems VERY short or VERY long, this is where you will adjust it and finish it off. I found I only needed to bind off my collar, I didn’t need to change the length after all!

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New Pattern Journal: One Thing Leads to Another … Featuring the Tribeca Tunic and the Dotty Dots Afghan

April 26th, 2015

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This story is from our newsletter called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here.

One Thing Leads to Another

If Kathy’s sister hadn’t been named Dorothy, and if Dorothy hadn’t been expecting a baby, and if Kathy hadn’t crocheted a blanket for Dorothy’s baby, Kathy would never have knitted herself the most sophisticated sweater ever. It was as simple as that.

Dotty Dots Afghan

She’d gone to the crafts store, where the blanket was on display. Its upbeat colors–cream and soft grey, vivid yellow and purple–immediately appealed. She also loved the whimsical layout of squares, diamonds, and circles, as rhythmic and happy as a children’s song. When Kathy saw the pattern was titled “Dotty Dots,” that clinched it! The family had called her sister Dorothy “Dottie” since forever. A Dotty Dots blanket for Dottie’s baby—the coincidence was pure serendipity!

It was crocheted from a subtly-chained, petal-soft yarn, Modern Baby®, which had a lively, bouncy quality that her fingers loved. The Modern Baby® palette was joyous, the yarn a pleasure to use. After finishing the blanket, Kathy wondered what else she could do with it. Too much fun to stop now!

Maybe, she thought, it’s time to focus on me. Making something just for her — that was when her creativity peaked. She could play with color, shape, and structure. She could express herself.


Tribeca Tunic

The Tribeca Tunic, a sophisticated look in two shades of Modern Baby® and one of sparkle-inflected Vanna’s Glamour®, was the perfect next project, Kathy discovered. Its construction appeared complicated, but was surprisingly straightforward. Yet there were enough changes in direction and color to keep things interesting. Knitting that sweater was as fascinating as crocheting the Dotty Dots afghan had been. She marveled at Modern Baby®‘s versatility—it worked equally well for adults’ and kids’ clothing.

At the baby shower, Kathy wore the chic Tribeca Tunic, worked in cream and two shades of black, over velvet leggings. She gave Dottie the Dotty Dots Afghan, and her sister was enchanted. “Thank you so much!” Dottie enthused. “I’ve never seen anything as adorable! And by the way, that’s a fabulous sweater you’re wearing. Is it new?”

Kathy smiled, and considered how lucky she was to be a sister and an almost-aunt, as well as someone who loved to crochet and knit. It had been so rewarding to follow her intuition from baby blanket to Tribeca Tunic, as one creative project led to another, in natural succession — just like life itself.

Nothing is more fashionable than a handmade accessory you’ve made yourself. Save 20% off these kits for a limited time:

1) Tribeca Tunic
2) Dotty Dots Afghan

All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

A story by Selma Moss-Ward.

Selma Moss-Ward writes and knits in Rhode Island. You can find her work on our blog, as well as Lion Brand’s monthly newsletter, Pattern Journal, which you can subscribe to here.

 
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