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5 Ways to Wear the Endless Possibilities Scarf

May 17th, 2016

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It’s the only accessory you’ll ever need! The Endless Possibilities Scarf can be worn in so many different ways, you’ll be able to pair it with any outfit. This scarf is constructed as a tube which makes it easy to convert it to a muff, cowl, or even a hat! Knit with Homespun® and Vanna’s Glamour®, the Endless Possibilities Scarf can be made in your choice for color for even more variety.

This convertible scarf is available now in a kit!

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Shira modeled five ways that you can rock this scarf. How will you wear yours?

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6 New Patterns for January’s Featured Yarns!

January 14th, 2016

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New year, new works in progress! With a collection of yarns all made here in the U.S.A featured for the month of January, now’s a great time to get started on a new project.


Through January 31st, save 20% on Homespun®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Country®, Hometown USA®, Heartland®, and Heartland® Thick & Quick®!

See some of our newest patterns for our featured yarns below!:

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Knit Falmouth Shrug made with Country® Knit Pom-Pom It Up Scarf made with Heartland® Thick & Quick® Knit Sunday Stroll Vest made with Homespun®
sorrento newfield loopyhat
Crochet Sorrento Ripple Shrug made with Heartland® Crochet Newfield Afghan made with Hometown USA® Crochet Liz’s Loopy Hat made with Heartland® Thick & Quick®

Until January 31st, Save 20% on a Selection of American-Made Yarns

January 4th, 2016

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All January long, save 20% on yarns made in the U.S.A! Choose from Homespun®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Heartland®, Heartland® Thick & Quick®, Hometown USA®, and Country®. These American-made yarns are sure to delight with their assorted weights and vivid solids, tweeds, and mixes.

9 of November’s Top Patterns!

December 4th, 2015

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This November marked Homespun‘s 25th anniversary, and we celebrated by revisiting this yarn’s fantastic pattern support! With over 500 free patterns for this yarn available on, a few favorites were bound to pop up.

Beautiful shawls, shrugs and ponchos made it to the top of the list, but the true favorite was one of the newest patterns for this yarn: a gorgeous ombre throw knit made with Homespun and Homespun Thick & Quick! Use this pattern — worked on size 50 circular needles — for the fastest afghan you’ve ever made. See the 8 Hour Throw pattern below for all the scrumptious details!

Never tried pixel crochet? Try the Baby Owl Corner-to-Corner Afghan! Follow a chart and learn to craft your blanket from one corner diagonally to the opposite end; you’ll learn to incorporate colorwork to create an amusing blanket that’s great for new moms.

We’re also excited to launch 24/7 Cotton! This worsted weight 100% cotton yarn comes in 24 shades that work together harmoniously. The Clement Canyon Poncho became a quick favorite; we can’t wait to get started on it for the springtime!

Check out the top 9 patterns for November below and see many more over on our Pattern Finder!

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Crochet Baby Owl Corner-to-Corner Afghan made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit 8 Hour Throw made with Homespun® and Homespun® Thick & Quick® Crochet Happy Reindeer made with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Glamour®
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Quick Cushy Hat & Cowl Set made with Homespun® Thick & Quick® Knit Tender Shawl made with Homespun® Crochet Simple Shrug made with Homespun®
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Crochet Clement Canyon Poncho made with 24/7 Cotton Crochet Cozy Cowl Poncho made with Homespun® Thick & Quick® Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Afghan made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

Patterns We Keep Coming Back To: Anne loves the Honest Warmth Shawl made with Homespun®!

June 28th, 2015

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Honest Warmth Shawl

This Pattern Journal comes to us from Anne B. in New Hampshire. Anne shares this story about one of her favorite Lion Brand patterns, the Honest Warmth Shawl.

Erica cast on the three stitches to begin the Honest Warmth Shawl. This would be the third one she had knit. The first, knit in Lion Brand’s Homespun® in Rococo, was for Mum. The soft golds and whites were the perfect color that Mum always liked to wear, and brought out the healthy rose of her skin. The second shawl, for Gram, was Baroque, the purples and blues the colors Gram always loved best. She had knit the shawls one after the other, consciously infusing each stitch with warm memories and love, imagining with each row how the warmth would envelop them like a hug, keeping the cold drafty breezes of New Hampshire off their hips and shoulders. But this shawl was a little different. This one was for Mum’s Japanese sister.

Mariko was visiting in two months time, and her visit was very special. Erica wanted this shawl to show the respect and honor the family felt at receiving this visit. She had researched color meaning in Japan. Mariko was a doctor, and she knew that Japanese culture associated white with the medical profession, referring to nurses as “angels in white”. She also knew that Mariko might appreciate the warmth on a cool New Hampshire evening. She saw the Homespun® in Deco, and knew the light cream was perfect.

As Erica knit this shawl, she thought of the hard work Mariko had done to become a doctor. And she thought of the bonds forged when Mariko had visited the United States as a teenager, living with her host American family for a whole year. Mariko had returned many times to visit over the decades, sometimes bringing her own family to meet her. One time, when she was a little girl, Erica had played for a weekend with Mariko’s daughter and son.

As the shawl grew over the evenings of knitting, Erica recalled the times she had met Mariko as she grew up. The last time she had seen her, Mariko had given gifts to Erica’s own daughters, enchanting the little girls with beautiful origami paper and clever pens. She hoped her gift would show the appreciation and love the families had forged over the years and generations.
Once finished, Erica wrapped the Honest Warmth Shawl in beautiful paper, tied it carefully with a bow and added a fabric flower. It was perfect.

A story submitted by Anne B. from New Hampshire.

Enjoy 20% off the Honest Warmth Shawl kit for a limited time!

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