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Monthly Archives: January 2012

  • And the 2012 Color of the Year Is...Tangerine Tango!

    Pantone, the "world renowned authority on color" and provider of color systems throughout a variety of industries, has announced the 2012 color of the year; Tangerine Tango. Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of Pantone Color Institute stated,“sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it." Tangerine Tango is supposed to help you feel inspired and energized.  Even though some hues may be brighter than others, it's friendly enough to include in home decor.  If you're interested in seeing how Tangerine Tango inspired knitwear will make you feel, browse through the selection of  orange yarn hues below (please note that colors may vary slightly depending on screen monitor settings; if you're interested in getting color card samples before investing in your yarn purchase, click here).

    Wildfire- Tweed Stripes
    Tweed Stripes
    Wild Fire
    Persimmon- Cotton Bamboo
    LB Collection Cotton
    Terracotta- Cashmere
    LB Collection
    Paprika- Quick & Cozy
    Quick & Cozy
    Paprika- Lion Cotton
    Lion Cotton

    Clementine- Cotton Hemp
    Martha Stewart
    Cotton Hemp

    Syracuse Orange, Tangerine Tango
    Hometown USA
    Syracuse Orange


    Circus Peanut- Sock Ease
    Circus Peanut
    Apricot- Wool Ease Thick & Quick
    Thick & Quick

    Jiffy- Paprika
    Tangerine- Silky Twist
    Silky Twist
    Saffron - Homespun
    Pumpkin- Wool Ease Thick & Quick
    Thick & Quick

    Paprika- Wool Ease

    Terracotta- Vanna's Choice
    Vanna's Choice

    Do you think you'll be adding a Tangerine Tango inspired piece to your project queue (if you don't already have one)? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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  • How to Turn a Rectangle Into a Shrug

    If you've mastered scarves, shawls, and other rectangular objects, you may be thinking about what else you can make. Or perhaps you want to make a garment, but you like instant gratification and don't want to think about sleeve shaping, buttonholes, etc. Luckily for you, we have a lot of basic shrug projects on that are just rectangles seamed up to create "sleeves." These shrugs come in all shapes and sizes, so be sure to browse through all of our various patterns to find the one that's right for you.

    How does a rectangle of fabric (plain or with a design) become a shrug? With a little help from Lion Brand Yarn Studio manager Michelle and the Golden Honey Shrug pattern, I've put together this quick guide to help you understand the construction of the shrug. (Click on the photos to enlarge.)

    Sew the Seams 

    What all of the patterns highlighted in this blog post have in common is that the "sleeves" of the shrug are made by simply seaming up several inches of the edges of the rectangle, leaving a space in the middle for you to put the shrug on. It's quick and easy, but if you need a little help with your seaming, be sure to check out our tutorials.

    Knitters, click here for tutorials on several seaming techniques. Crocheters, click here for our invisible sewn seam tutorial or click here for the slip stitch seam tutorial.

    The Back of the Shrug

    This particular shrug is designed to be a cropped length, so it sits just above Michelle's waist, but we do have lots of patterns for oversized shrugs too. Click here for our fan-favorite Simple Crochet Shrug.

    The Front of the Shrug 

    Some shrug patterns, like this one, will have a very open front, in which you'll mostly only see the sleeves when viewing it from the front. Depending on how "tall" the rectangle of the shrug is and how it's seamed up, you'll find that some shrugs will have more of a short-sleeved-cardigan-like look. Click here for an example, our Knit Ruffle Shrug.

    The taller the rectangle, the more the fabric will show at the front (and the longer the back of the shrug). The wider the rectangle, the longer the "sleeves".

    Shaping through Stitch Patterns 

    In this particular shrug, we've used 1x1 ribbing on the edges of the rectangle to create cuffs. Even though there's no increasing or decreasing in this shrug's overall stitch count, the ribbing creates an illusion of the fabric gathering. We use this in other ways on other shrugs. For instance, with our Knit Speckled Shrug, ribbing is used to create a "collar," while in our Crochet Sequoia Shrug, the overall back-loop stitches (which create a ribbed look) add a lot of shape on their own, so no additional stitch pattern is needed.

    Customizing Your Shrug

    A wider shrug will look good on someone who is tall and broader-shouldered like Michelle, but you could adjust the size of your shrug to fit your body by increasing or decreasing the width and/or seaming up more or less of the rectangle to change the length of the "sleeves" versus the "body." For tips on adjusting rectangle-based patterns, click here for an article on this topic from

    Design Your Own Shrug with Stitch Patterns

    You'll notice that with the Golden Honey Shrug that we've got a lace pattern in the middle, seed stitch at the top and bottom edges to create the "collar," and the ribbing to create cuffs. (It's easiest to see in the photo of the back.) By mixing and matching stitch patterns (check out the Stitch Finder on, you can create your very own shrug pattern that's designed just for you.

    For even more rectangular shrug options, check out:

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  • Introducing Pinterest, a Great Resource for Crafters

    Yarncrafting inspiration comes from so many different sources: colors, textures, drape, shapes, and more. Now there's a way to create a virtual moodboard: Pinterest, a fun social network that's a helpful resource for crafters.

    Essentially, Pinterest allows you to curate different boards of images. This is perfect for bookmarking yarncrafting patterns, yarns you wish to purchase in the future, and motivational photographs. What I really love about Pinterest is that you can include a link to the original source, so you'll always be able to track down your inspiration.

    On the Lion Brand Pinterest page, we've been pinning both traditional craft patterns and more whimsical photographs, like this amazing sheep manicure:

    Pinterest sheep nails

    I also have a particular affinity for classic Hollywood, so I've combined my love for film and yarncrafting into a board of actresses knitting and crocheting!

    You can follow along with us by visiting our Pinterest page and clicking the "Follow All" button directly below our logo. We look forward to seeing what inspires you!

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