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Top Down Crochet Jacket: Sleeve Construction

September 25th, 2014

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CAL_08282014Welcome back! We’re half way through the CAL this week, now that we’ve gotten our start and worked out the kinks it’s time for the rows to start flying by. After working through the raglan, the body of the sweater follows suit. As you go you can try it on just as you did before and work to your desired length.

The next place where we will do something new is the sleeves. Here we will shift from working back and forth to working in the round. Here is a visual guide for starting the sleeve.
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4 Matching Costume Sets for Kids and Pets!

September 24th, 2014

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Knit Octopus Poncho Knit Octopus Dog Costume
Tentacles and all, venture under the sea with this original
Knit Octopus Poncho and Knit Octopus Dog Costume set.

Halloween is a family affair – so include your dog! To make it easy to do, we’ve put together an adorable collection of matching costume sets for your child and your dog. Think of the photo opportunities!

Check out some of the fun pairings below:

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Meet Our Newest Made in America Yarn, Country®!

September 23rd, 2014

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It’s the first day of fall – a perfect day to introduce one of Lion Brand®‘s newest super-bulky yarns, Country®! A classic 2-ply super bulky yarn, this silky roving combines a palette of painterly striping colors with contrasting solid black or off-white shades. The colorways are aptly named after iconic American symbols and landmarks: Adirondack GreenLobster, Campfire, Hampton Sunset, New England Granite, and Nantucket, just to name a few.

This soft, lofty yarn has the look of a hearty wool, and is ideal for fast finish projects, afghans and chunky accessories. It’s 100% premium acrylic with the touch and feel of real wool, making it a great alternative for people who are sensitive to natural fibers.

I love how this yarn’s striping effect adds life and texture to projects. To see what I mean, take a look at the Side to Side Cardigan and the Tasseled Hooded Cowl below. Gorgeous!

Best of all,  Country® is made in America!

Below is a selection of my favorite patterns which use Country® . Click here for more patterns that use this hearty yarn.

Knit Tasseled Hooded Cowl Crochet Campfire Poncho Knit Side to Side Cardigan Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan
Knit Tasseled Hooded Cowl Crochet Campfire Poncho Knit Side to Side Cardigan Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan
Crochet Rustic Hat Knit Unstructured Vest Crochet Buffalo Stance Cowl Knit Riding Jacket
Crochet Rustic Hat Knit Unstructured Vest Crochet Buffalo Stance Cowl. Knit Riding Jacket

In love with American-made yarns? Lion Brand has a large selection of yarns made in USA.

 

What’s the difference between a ball, a skein and a hank?

September 22nd, 2014

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Some Further Reading Related to Balls, Skeins and Hanks

 

A Crochet Lover’s Giveaway: Reversible AND Tunisian Crochet Books!

September 19th, 2014

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Crochet books

Today, we’ve got a wonderful double whammy of a giveaway for you: two books each, for two winners!

Thanks to our friends over at Stackpole books, we are able to give away copies of Sharon Silverman’s newest release: Tunisian Crochet for Baby. This book is chock-full of adorable – yet modern designs, perfect for babies and toddlers. Take your Tunisian crochet to the next level with Sharon’s wonderful patterns.

And – courtesy of the good folks over at Interweave/F+W , we are able to share copies of Laurinda Reddig’s new book, Reversible Color Crochet: A New Technique. Laurinda’s reversible intarsia technique earned her an award from the CGOA at the Knit & Crochet Show in 2012, and she continues to gain success along the way.

Both of these books feature awesome designs that are sure to be great additions to your pattern libraries! Read below for details on the giveaway.

This contest is now closed, congrats to Juli G. and Paul S.!

Contest ends Friday October 3rd; only open to U.S residents
Rules and guidelines:
1. Entries must be received by October 3rd, 11:59p.m. EST
2. Must be 18 and over to enter.
3. One person per entry

*All winners will be announced on the blog and social media. If you do not respond to the e-mail indicating that you were selected as the winner within 7 days, another winner will be selected to receive the prize.

 

Check out the latest Halloween Patterns from Lion Brand!

September 19th, 2014

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12 Spooky Pattners to Knit or Crochet

Our Design department has outdone themselves again. What I love about these patterns is that you can easily use them again and all year round – like the Meow Hat seen above, for instance. The Jolly Roger Poncho is perfect for “Talk like a Pirate Day” or a punk-style outfit. The Spooky Spider Afghan is a great gift for the kid who loves everything bug-related. I can easily imagine our Ghoulish Treat bag (we have a ghost version too!) hanging on a bedroom doorknob to scare away “unwanted” visitors once Trick or Treating is over. And you can leave the Autumns Leaves Wreath hanging on your door right up until the first snowfall!

I’ve selected some of my favorites below:

Crochet Bats and Cats Afghan Knit Jolly Roger Poncho Crochet Creepy Candy Cauldron
Crochet Bats and Cats Afghan Knit Jolly Roger Poncho Crochet Creepy Candy Cauldron

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Top Down Crochet Jacket Crochet-Along: Raglan

September 18th, 2014

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CAL_08282014Welcome back everyone! I hope you all had a good week of swatching and are ready for the real fun to begin! There were some great questions and comments on last weeks post. It’s great to see everyone jumping in to help each other out so keep those questions coming.

This week is all about raglan. Raglan is a sweater construction that extends the sleeve up into the neckline creating diagonal lines from the underarm to the neck. In this pattern we work from the top down which allows us to try on the sweater as we go and make adjustments if needed to fit perfectly.

As we get started careful reading for this pattern is the key to success. The sweater is divided into 5 sections: right front, right sleeve, back, left sleeve, and left front. Increases are worked in each section to make the shaping. The differences in the increases from row to row are very subtle. For instance, take a look at row 3 and notice how the increases are different in this row. These subtle changes will occur throughout the pattern.

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Lola Discovers Her Superpower!

September 18th, 2014

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

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Want to feel like a superhero too? Make the Cocoon Cape and you’ll find your superpower in no time …


Made with our yarn of the month, Heartland Thick & Quick®, 20% off until September 30th.

Try Lion Brand’s free Pattern Finder and find the perfect hat and scarf from a variety of free patterns.

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Lion Brand and Stitch and Pitch!

September 17th, 2014

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Last Sunday was the perfect day to watch a ballgame but there was something particularly special about this game. Lion Brand sponsored Stitch N’ Pitch with the Mets and hundreds of knitters and crocheters had the opportunity to sit together in the stands and enjoy the company of yarn lovers from all over the tri-state area.

It was a special day for everyone at Lion Brand. We were given an award on the field and our Sr. VP and Chief Operating Officer, Dean Blumenthal was interviewed. He discussed how Lion Brand has been able to thrive for over 136 years and we all proudly watched his interview featured on the Jumbotron.

Many Lion Brand associates brought their family and friends to the event to meet the folks they work with every day. It was a memorable and fun outing where sports-lovers and yarn-lovers came together to enjoy the last days of summer.

The next day when we shared the story of Stitch N’ Pitch on our Facebook page and Instagram feed, we heard from you loud and clear — you’d love to see an event like this again and again!

 

Kittens, Mittens, and Lessons

September 16th, 2014

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The three little kittens, they lost their mittens,
And they began to cry,
“Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear,
That we have lost our mittens.”
“What! Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.”*

If you’re a parent, you understand Mother Cat’s exasperation: kids, like kittens, have a way of repeatedly losing mittens—and many other things. And if you’re a knitter—which undoubtedly Mother Cat was—you feel especially aggrieved because you painstakingly made three pairs of mittens, and those little miscreants lost them!

Few poems portray feelings of frustration in such truthful, charming terms. With some kids, no matter how firmly mittens are clipped to coat sleeves, no matter how many nametags affixed to hats and jackets, these items inevitably disappear into the Black Hole of Loss.

I recall searching for my son’s mittens in his grade school’s Lost and Found bin. It was shocking how much unclaimed clothing was there. Saddest were the hand-knitted mittens, scarves and hats, crushed at the bottom. Some loving person had made each one, and little Johnny couldn’t have cared less. I felt like grabbing his shoulders, shaking him, and saying in my steeliest voice: “And YOU shall have…no…pie!”

Oh wait…that would be my kid, the son who could never retain a pair of mittens longer than a day. This situation was ultimately resolved, not by depriving him of pie, but by buying him the cheapest gloves I could find at the dollar store, reasoning that since I had nothing invested in them financially or emotionally, I didn’t care about their fate. (Ironically, they rarely disappeared.)

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