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Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • Cracking the (Pattern) Code, Part 9: Special Phrases and Terms

    Technical editor and yarncrafting expert Kj Hay joins us for a series on understanding the different elements of patterns. Click here to read her earlier blog posts.

    Cracking the (Pattern) Code, Part 9: Prose Instructions

    Special Phrases

    There are some deceptively brief phrases used in prose instructions that have a powerful, agreed upon meaning. At first, you should approach patterns with such phrasing cautiously as they assume a higher level of knit or crochet knowledge.


    End with a RS row

    This phrase simply means that the last row you work before proceeding to the next part of the instructions should be a RS row and that you should be ready to work a WS row when you begin the next part. Of course, the opposite is true for the phrase “end with a WS row.”


    The first row or round following a "end with a WS row" or "end with a RS row" often indicate on which side the row or round is to be worked (e.g., Row 1 (RS)). Looking for this reminder can help you be sure to end on the correct side before beginning the next group of instructions.

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  • May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor with Our <br>District 12 Cowl Wrap

    Hunger Games Cowl

    Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games trilogy (based on the book series), is out in theaters today! If you're a fan, you've likely watched the trailer more than twice, and fawned over the teaser pictures of Katniss wearing her cowl. Well, you can definitely count our Design Department among The Hunger Games' fans—they all unanimously wanted to create their own versions of this famous cowl.

    While the cowl worn in the movie is actually woven, our Design Department wanted a more wearable interpretation while still maintaining a textured look.  According to Jackie, our technical editor, the Design team created the knit version—that was inspired by the original—by using a stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stitch. While the crochet version got a little more creative, using bobbles on the cowl, to give its armor-like appearance. The yarn is Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Grey Marble, not only because of the colors but because it was also the perfect yarn to create the texture they wanted.

    They are very proud of this particular design because it can be a worn as a cowl wrap or just a cowl as a cozy cold weather accessory on its own!

    Whether you are from District 1 and wearing it to be fashion savvy, or District 12 and wearing it because it is one of the warmest things you own – our District 12 Cowl Wrap proves this is not just Katniss’ cowl, but everyone’s.

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  • For Crocheters Who Want To Learn To Knit and Knitters Who Want Their Friends To Learn


    If you're an avid crocheter like myself, you've probably always wanted to learn to knit. I'm especially moved to learn how to knit when I know a new baby is on the way.

    I think so many people want to learn because they know that it really is a great skill to master ... plus, it's nice to know you have many of options when it comes to creating a handmade gift.

    Now you can learn to make precious keepsakes with Lion Brand’s latest Learn to Knit Baby Kit.  This all-in-one kit will teach you to knit while making a hat and booties set for a baby.  We have two kits available: one for girls (pictured right) and one for boys.  This kit includes everything from the instructions, to the yarn, needles, and gift supplies.

    Just learn it, make it, and give it. All for 9.95!

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