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Your Next Project for Fall: 9 Colorful Cowls!

August 20th, 2015

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Your Next Project for Fall: 9 Colorful Cowls!
We’ve been exploring color theory lately and asked our Facebook fans what their favorite color was. As it turned out, most of our fans loved deep jewel tones like purple, burgundy, and forest green — all beautiful, rich colors that feel right at home as the season changes to fall. If asked, I’d honestly have a hard time pinning down a single color as my favorite. My bedroom is drenched in blush pinks and deep fuchsias, but my closet is filled with a range of blues.

Lately, I’ve been having a moment with yellow. At first, I introduced small pops of yellow into my life, like when I made a simple knit hat using Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Toucan. It was a safe choice — heathered grey flecked with pops of neon yellow. Then I moved onto mustard yellow; I didn’t own a single yellow item of clothing until I found myself drawn to a button down blouse in this hue. My last knitting project was a shawlette made from LB Collection® Angora Merino in Nectarine — its friendly tone toes the line between deep yellow and mellow orange.

We all need a little color in our world. While we may proudly sport our favorite color from head to toe, some colors need slight introductions into our lives. Looking ahead to fall, when the leaves change into a range of maple reds and buttery yellows, why not add some color to your knit and crochet projects? Cowls are quick projects, and break up the monotony of neutral-colored cold weather gear. Here are nine of them, each showing off colors in their own way:

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Knit Lyndhurst Cowl made with Amazing® Knit Firefly Cowl made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Crochet Tweed Stripes Cowl made with Tweed Stripes®
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Crochet Time Out Cowl made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Crochet Candy Color Ripple Cowl made with Amazing® Knit Two Color Cozy Cowl made with Unique
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Crochet Stitch Sampler Cowl made with Wool-Ease® Chunky Knit Cabildo Cowl made with Hometown USA® Knit The Art of the Cowl made with LB Collection® Superwash Merino and LB Collection® Cashmere


Tea with Shira Episode 8: Meet Tamara Kelly of Moogly!

August 19th, 2015

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At the Knit and Crochet show in San Diego, I had the chance to sit down with blogger Moogly a.k.a. Tamara Kelly.

We drank some iced tea, chatted about her loving crochet, and the amazing patterns she has worked on. (She makes something almost every week! Check out her latest project at the end of this post.)

Do you know about our LB Collection ®? Well, Tamara does and she uses it for a bunch of patterns! The best part of this interview — besides me wanting to steal some of the amazing garments she’s made — was finding out “Why the name Moogly?” Check out our chat in the video below!:

:: Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch – ::

Yarns mentioned in this video:

What is Moogly working on now? The Easy Log Cabin Afghan featured in the video! Check out the pattern over on her blog, and order all the Textures® you need to make one yourself!



How-To Tuesday: 10 Tutorials for Yarncrafters!

August 18th, 2015

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How-To Tuesday: 10 Tutorials for Yarncrafters!
You may already know about our thousands of free patterns, but did you know about the many resources Lion Brand® offers beyond the website?

Here on our blog, we’ve shared some great tutorials that are both fun and useful. If you’re looking to try a new stitch, or just need a place to look up a quick technique, we’ve got it!

Today, we’ve rounded up some of our most popular How-To posts for knitters, crocheters, and weavers. Maybe you’re wondering…

How to Invisibly Seam Granny Squares

How to Crochet Broomstick Lace

How to Choose the Best Yarn for Your Next Project

How to Finger Knit

How to Knit Jogless Stripes

How to Cable Without a Cable Needle

Martha Loom
Don’t forget — August’s featured product is the Martha Stewart Crafts Knit & Weave Loom Kit! There’s still time to snag this kit for only $29.95. Not sure how to use the loom or what to make? We’ve got a few tutorials here on our blog, and on our YouTube channel!:

How to Knit on the Martha Stewart Crafts Loom

How to Warp the Martha Stewart Crafts Loom

How to Loom Knit a Baby Blanket

How to Make Baby Moccasins on the Martha Stewart Crafts Loom


9 Crochet Pieces to Add to Your Fall Wardrobe!

August 17th, 2015

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9 Crochet Accessories to Add to Your Fall Wardrobe!
Crochet garments and accessories have been spotted everywhere throughout summer this year, and the look is carrying over to fall. We’ve seen crocheted pieces in fashion magazines, in clothing stores, and on our favorite celebrities. Isn’t it rewarding, then, when you realize you’re capable of making your own crochet pieces to wear?

Introduce this trend into your everyday wear by adding crocheted accessories to your wardrobe — it’s not time for sweaters and pullovers just yet! Small clutches can be swapped out for times when you don’t want to carry a large purse; wristers are the solution to cold hands at the office. Now’s the time to crochet a capelet or cowl that can easily transition into colder months.

Adding small pieces like these are a subtle way to dress up your outfits. Best of all, it’s handmade by you; let your unique pieces stand out this season and stay fashionable, friends!

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Crochet Bridesmaids Purse made with Vanna’s Glamour® Crochet Mock Rib Cowl made with Heartland® Crochet All Season Wristers made with Sock-Ease
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Crochet Scalloped Lace Cowl made with Vanna’s Tapestry Crochet A Touch of Warmth Cuff made with Alpine Wool Crochet Moon Water Clutch made with Vanna’s Sequins
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Crochet Collared Capelet made with Homespun® Crochet Cozy Striped Wristers made with Vanna’s Palettes Crochet Warming Trend Wristers made with Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton


We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Ode to Summer Hat by Ruth Brasch Made With Vanna’s Choice

August 16th, 2015

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Don’t you just love this hat? Ruth Brasch says, “Ode to Summer is a very stretchy hat that features a textured lace stitch as well as a lace flower panel that covers 25% of the hat. This hat will fit snuggly on the head of the wearer, and is fantastic for children as it stretches with growth!”

Made with Vanna’s Choice®, the paid pattern includes suggestions to create a slouchy hat as well!



This pattern is available for $5 via Ruth’s Ravelry page.

:: Vanna’s Choice® comes in 71 different colorways. ::