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Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along #2: Making the Back & Changing Colors

    CALbadgeHi everyone! I’ve been very impressed by all the pictures I’ve seen of your projects so far and so many great color combinations!

    [Editor's Note: Click here to see photos in our Ravelry group, and if you'd like to leave a photo here on the blog, click in the commenting box and you'll see a little "mountain range" icon. Click it to browse to your photo on your computer and upload it to your comment.]

    Making the Back & Changing Colors

    This week I worked on the back of my cardigan. To avoid having to weave in all those ends, I had planned to carry the colors up the side and hide them in the seaming process, but I found that having 5 balls of yarn attached to my project at all times drove me a little crazy! So instead I decided to weave the ends in as I crocheted, hiding them by holding the ends of the new and old colors together on the WS of the work and crocheting over them as I made the stitches. Now all I’ll need to do is snip off the ends when I’m finished. This is my favorite method of hiding ends for crochet, especially for color-work.

    Colorfully Modern Cardigan Crochet-Along #2: Making the Back & Changing Colors | Lion Brand Notebook

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  • What's New in Stores: 4 Lion Brand Yarns You'll Want to Look Out For

    We introduce products throughout the year on LionBrand.com, but you may not see some of these products in your local stores until the stores change over their shelves.

    To make sure you don't miss a thing, we're recapping a couple of new favorites that you'll want to look for in your local stores right now!

    Imagine

    Imagine

    Imagine airy, voluminous projects! This versatile yarn is constructed as a net-like tube that you can knit or crochet OR open up and turn into a no-knit/crochet project. Make a two-stitch scarf with just one skein. Pick it up in-stores today.

    Click here to watch a video featuring some of the cool project ideas in Imagine.

    Click here to see all 8 print and metallic colors online.

    Heartland

    Heartland

    Take home a ball or two of this so-soft, heathered yarn and make a quick project! On Ravelry, customers are saying that they "love how soft it feels". Heartland's colors are inspired by the American landscape, and naturally, it's made in America.

    Click here to see all 16 colors online.

    Homespun<SUP>® </SUP>Thick & Quick<SUP>® </SUP>

    Homespun® Thick & Quick®

    If you love fan-favorite Homespun, you'll love this thicker version, perfect for afghans and super-fast gifts. Find this American-made yarn in stores in 24 painterly and striping colors.

    Click here to watch a video featuring some of the great patterns in this yarn.

    Click here to see all the colors online.

    Fettuccini<SUP>® </SUP>

    Fettuccini®

    Every colorway is a limited edition with this cool super-bulky yarn! Made with remnants from fashion manufacturing, this fabric-based yarn is strong enough for bags and bowls, but soft enough for accessories. (The two-cone cowl is hugely popular among our staff right now!)

    Stop by your local store and pick up your favorite prints whenever you see them--you may not see them ever again!

    Click here to learn more about this product.

    Looking for your local Lion Brand retailer? Click here for our Store Locator.

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  • Knitted Toys: A Friend for William

    Writer and avid knitter Selma Moss-Ward joins us for a series of blog posts about becoming a first-time grandmother and knitting toys. Click here to read her previous blog posts. 

    Leo and William

    If you’ve ever played with stuffed animals, you know that proportion in the Toy Universe has its own logic.  In the Toy Universe, unlike our own, Leo the Lion’s much smaller than William the Hedgehog—and that is perfectly fine.  In the Toy Universe, it doesn’t matter if someone's face is the size of another’s paw.  What matters is having stuffy friends, and a person who loves you.

    As soon as I began knitting Leo, from a buttery shade of Lion Brand’s Martha Stewart Crafts™ Extra Soft Wool, I knew he’d be a great pal for William, who’s metaphorically prickly on the outside, but soft within.  The two of them are excited about traveling to California to live with my new grandson.

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