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Our secret is out! These 70 new patterns are based on simple rectangles!

February 26th, 2015

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Lion Brand® attends The Craft & Hobby Association Conference and Tradeshow every year and a highlight of the event is our fashion show, hosted by Lion Brand spokesperson Vanna White and Lion Brand Creative Director Adina Klein. Based on five simple categories, we’re excited to present our latest collection of over 70 new patterns in the yarns you love – Modern Baby®, Unique, Homespun®, Heartland®, Amazing®, Landscapes®, Heartland Thick & Quick®, Hometown USA®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Wool-Ease®, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Vanna’s Choice®, and Vanna’s Glamour®.

Watch the fashion now:

Below is a look book of garments presented at the show – click the image to link to the free pattern. The majority of the patterns and yarns featured in the collection are available at lionbrand.com right now. Can’t find a garment you like in the look book? Check back by mid-March!


Crochet a Chelsea Morning Cowl in two movies or less!

February 24th, 2015

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Lion Brand®‘s LB Collection® Silk Chiffon Ribbon is made from recycled silk sari fabric and I just love it. As a big fan of mori girl fashion – a Japanese street-style that focuses on forest-like aesthetics, layering, and upcycling – this handcut, artisanal yarn is a dream come true.

Thinking about the colder weather, I used the yarn to create a garment I call the “Chelsea Morning Cowl“. With some help from our Design department, I’ve made this pattern available to you so you can make one yourself!

Since each skein of Silk Chiffon Ribbon is one-of-a-kind, I decided to pair it with Wool-Ease® Thick and Quick® in the color Grey Marble – it’s a good neutral to use to emphasize the color scheme of the Silk Chiffon Ribbon. My skein featured beautiful blues and purples.

Mori girl focuses a lot on layering, so I created an eyelet design to highlight an outfit underneath the cowl. Since I’m a petite person, I normally wear it as a cape.

The best part of this pattern? It’s a super quick project and can be finished in under four hours – that’s about two movies or four episodes of your favorite television show!


Lola’s Beauty Sleep and the Sheep

February 20th, 2015

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

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Knit Thick And Thin Pullover Knit Little Lamb Sock Critter Crochet Simply Constructed Pullover

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The Simple Shrug is Simply a Rectangle!

February 15th, 2015

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You’ll impress your friends (and yourself) when you make this Simple Shrug!

The Lion Brand® design team has developed a collection of gorgeous, uncomplicated patterns based on straightforward rectangles. The Simple Shrug is the perfect project for any crocheter who’s ready to graduate from making accessories!

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This shrug can be worn in multiple ways, so it’s very versatile! Wear it over your favorite little black dress or pair it with jeans on a chilly summer night. Made with Lion Brand®‘s self-striping yarn Unique, the beautiful color changes do all of the work for you!

Design Editor Susan Haviland explains the easy construction of the Simple Shrug in the video below:

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2 Ways to Start a Circle in Crochet from Dora Ohrenstein

February 12th, 2015

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Learn 2 Methods for Crocheting a Circle

Thanks to our friends over at Storey Publishing, we’re sharing a handy excerpt from Dora Ohrenstein’s latest book, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop (The Essential Techniques for Becoming a More Versatile, Adventurous Crocheter).

Dora’s latest book features numerous tips on gauge, crochet shaping and construction, colorwork and more – so we suggest that you go ahead and check out the book in its entirety, you’ll be glad you did.

In the meantime, have a look at the excellent excerpt below. Coupled with instructional photos, you’ll quickly and easily learn two different methods for starting a crochet circle – a ring with chains and the magic circle.

Try them out to see which method you like best!


Starting the Circle

There are several different ways to begin working in the round. You can make several chains (the most common method), make an adjustable ring, or use the first chain as a ring. Let’s look at the first two.

Make a Ring with Chains

To make a ring with chains, work several chains, then slip stitch in the first chain to form a ring. The number of chains is determined by how many stitches you intend to work into the ring and how tightly you want the ring to close. If you are following a pattern, the number of chains will be specified. Supposing, however, that you are working a hat pattern, and after working the specified number of chains and stitches in the first round, you find you have a larger hole at the center than you’d like. Go ahead and try again with fewer chains: it will cause no harm whatsoever. For other items worked in the round, such as motifs and flowers, the size of the “hole” at the center can make a difference, as it affects the overall size of the finished piece. In these instances, it’s wise to stick with the instructions as written.

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10 Truths: Knitting and Crocheting Prayer Shawls

February 12th, 2015

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“A shawl is like a warm hug.”

Giving a prayer shawl to a friend or family member going through a difficult time is an appropriate gesture when there isn’t anything you can do to make their situation better. A handmade knit or crochet gift can offer comfort beyond words and the process can often have the power to heal one’s self too.

Over the years we’ve collected wisdom and insights from our favorite writers on making and giving prayer shawls (sometimes also known as comfort or healing shawls). These four articles below capture the essence of the prayer shawl and offer ten great tips – from patterns to process to the philosophy behind them – this collection is a great starting point for anyone who’d like to learn more about making prayer shawls:

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Homespun® is on sale now – save 20% at lionbrand.com and Lion Brand retail locations in February.

How have prayer shawls helped you? Share in the comments below!



Take Your Scarves to the Next Level with the Neck’s Best Thing!

February 9th, 2015

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When I started knitting, I made so many scarves. I was intimidated by the idea of moving on to a bigger project, so I kept on making scarves, each one more intricate than the last. If someone had told me back then that I could tackle an afghan, I probably wouldn’t have believed them … but if you’ve knit or crocheted a scarf, you can do it!

The Design department here at Lion Brand has created a collection of patterns to give knitters and crocheters of all skill levels the confidence to make an afghan, one scarf at a time!

Design Director Adina Klein explains how you can step up your scarf game by doing the Neck’s Best Thing!

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Each of the patterns are available as both a scarf and afghan! See them all below:

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Knit Graphic Blanket Knit Graphic Scarf Crochet New Slant Scarf Crochet New Slant Blanket
neck's best thing triangle shawl neck's best thing triangle blanket neck's best thing colorblock afghan neck's best colorblock scarf
Crochet Triangle Shawl Crochet Triangle Blanket Crochet Color Blocks Afghan Crochet Color Blocks Scarf
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Level 2 Knit Neutral
Slip Stitch Afghan
Level 2 Knit Neutral
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Level 2 Knit Neutral
Slip Stitch Scarf

Lola’s Been Making Blankets Since Before You Were Born!

February 6th, 2015

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

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Crochet Tied Tunic Knit Kyoki’s Kimono Crochet I’ve Been Making Blankets Since Before You Were Born

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6 Good Luck Knit & Crochet Patterns for St. Patrick’s Day

February 3rd, 2015

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14051-illustration-of-a-four-leaf-clover-pvMay your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
– Irish Blessing

March is only a few weeks away, which means St. Patrick’s Day is upon us! You’re still in luck, there’s plenty o’ time to get a couple of these brand new knit and crochet projects on the hooks and needles.

 Knit Pot O’ Gold Afghan  Knit Shamrock Rainbow Scarf  Knit Shamrock Hat
 
 Crochet Shamrock Booties  Crochet Top of the Morning Hat  Crochet Shamrock Cup Cozy

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For more St. Paddy’s Day patterns, visit lionbrand.com!


Margaret Hubert’s Favorite Fan Interaction!

January 26th, 2015

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Margaret Hubert has written over 30 books about knitting and crochet! With so many years in the yarncrafting industry, I just had to sit down with Margaret to hear about her career as a designer and author. She loves her fans and shared a fun story with me about one of her favorite pieces of fan mail!

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Here are some of Margaret’s great patterns!

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Knit Alpine Zip-Neck Pullover Knit Wooden Handle Tote (and a Crochet version, too!) Crochet Wild Flowers Shawl
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