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  • Go Boho: Crocheted Footwear

    Festival season is almost upon us and here at Lion Brand we’ve been excitedly browsing Pinterest for inspiration. Crocheted skirts, tops, and ponchos abound, but how about crocheted footwear?

    We all know shoes can make or break a great outfit. How many times have you put together the perfect skirt and top to rock out in and then realized your shoes just don’t go? Instead of deciding to go shoeless, step in style at your next festival with the Coachella Boots!

    crocheted footwear Coachella Boots crocheted in 24/7 Cotton, designed by The Make & Do Crew


    These crocheted kicks are worked in 24/7 Cotton yarn, which is available in 24 colors. You can find the kit at LionBrand.com in Ecru or purchase 4 balls of 24/7 Cotton to make the boots in the color of your choice. Good luck trying to decide! You might find yourself making several pairs in different colors to complete all your outfits. (Please note that the Coachella Boots kit will require, but does not include, the following items: crochet hooks in sizes B/2.25mm and H/5mm, yarn needle, pair of flip flops, and scissors.)

    coachella boots

    Rock The Look

    Pair your crocheted footwear with some jean shorts, a pretty sundress, or a cute skirt and you’ll be ready to dance the day away at your next festival. Added bonus? When the compliments on your crocheted footwear come in you can say, “I made them myself!”


    Can’t Get Enough?

    Our Pinterest board is full of inspiration that will leave you longing for the outdoors, good music, and more time to knit and crochet your favorite patterns. You can also check out some of the patterns we have available on Lion Brand to go with your new boots.

    Boho Wrap | Key West Circle Top | Bring Your Own BagBathgate Hat

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  • Get To Know 24/7 Cotton

    Like its name implies, 24/7 cotton is ready for your projects around the clock. Whether you're interested in making a hat, afghan or bag, you can reach for a ball of this yarn. The sheen imparted by the mercerization process adds depth to the simplest of stitch patterns while the structure of the yarn gives definition to more complex ones.

    Swatches crocheted in 24/7 Cotton yarn.

    Upon first handling 24/7 Cotton you might notice the firm, yet smooth, feel of the chainette style yarn. The mercerization process strengthens the fiber giving you a product that will hold up to wear. (If you’re unsure what mercerization is you can check out our article, “What is Mercerized Cotton Yarn?”)

    The terms "structured" and “firm” shouldn't scare you off of using this yarn for a wearable item. In fact, we have a few patterns for garments and shawls using 24/7 Cotton. Like your favorite pair of cotton jeans, this yarn will also soften as you wash and wear it.


    Patterns to Crochet in 24/7 Cotton

    Coachella Boots | Trenton Tote | Garden State Afghan | Ella Tied Cardigan

    Patterns to Knit in 24/7 Cotton

    Coffee Shop Wrap | Chelsea Cape | East Hampton Pullover | Grand Lake Pullover

    Yarn Details

    This worsted weight, 100% mercerized cotton, easy-care yarn is ready to inspire with 24 vibrant colors. It comes in center-pull bullet skeins weighing in at 3.5 oz (100 g) ball with 186 yds (170 m).

    Technical care instructions from our website: “Machine wash. Initial water temperature should not exceed 40C or 105F. Any dry cleaning solvent other than trichloroethylene may be safely used. No bleach product may be used. A machine dryer may be regularly used at a maximum of Medium Heat setting. Regular ironing, steam or dry, may be performed at Medium setting (150C, 300F).”


    24/7 Cotton reviews

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  • What is Mercerized Cotton Yarn?

    You found a pattern that calls for cotton yarn and immediately start searching for the perfect match. Browsing through yarn options you might find that some use the term mercerized cotton in the fiber content. This description is unclear to many people, especially if you have never seen or felt different cottons.

    In brief, mercerization is a way of treating cotton that makes it stronger and more receptive to dye. After the process you have a smooth, luminous yarn that is easy to care for.

    Where did it Originate?

    Like many inventions, the term “mercerized” was derived from the name of the person who created it. In 1844 John Mercer (see the connection?) experimented with using sodium hydroxide to treat cotton. The chemical caused the fiber to swell and compact thus increasing its tensile strength. However, it also resulted in fibers shrinking by as much as 25% percent.

    Improving Upon a Concept

    While the idea behind mercerization was good, the shrinkage of fibers was not ideal. In the 1890s H.A. Lowe improved upon Mercer’s idea. He discovered that holding the fibers under tension during the process reduced shrinking and also created a lustrous sheen.

    What is the Mercerization Process?

    Mercerization can be done on any cellulose fiber (i.e. cotton, hemp, linen) in fabric or yarn form. To mercerize fiber it is submerged in sodium hydroxide (NaOH), also known as caustic soda or lye. This is done in repeated bursts of four minutes or less. While immersed in the solution the fiber is kept under tension (the improvement developed by H.A. Lowe) to prevent shrinkage. An acidic bath is used to neutralize the alkali treatments.

    Any cotton fiber can be mercerized, however, long-staple varieties respond best.

    24/7 Cotton, shown above, is a worsted weight 100% mercerized cotton from Lion Brand yarn

    Mercerized Cotton or Not?

    Neither type of cotton is hands down better than the other. Mercerized cotton will be shinier and stronger than non-mercerized varieties. Dye takes to mercerized cotton easier and thus produces richer tones. Somewhat contradictory to that, non-mercerized yarn will be more absorbent making it a better choice for items like washcloths.

    Part of mercerized cotton being stronger means it sacrifices softness. If you are making something where strength of the fabric or structure is important than mercerized cotton will be a better option. An item that relies on softness and drape is better suited for a non-mercerized cotton. However, mercerized cotton will soften with washing and wear and is still useable for garments.

    Try It!

    Want to try mercerized cotton for yourself? Lion Brand Yarn offers a worsted weight option, 24/7 Cotton, as well as many patterns to pair it with.


    Patterns Shown

    The Coffee Shop Wrap
    Coachella Boots
    Chelsea Cape
    Springtime Stroller Blanket

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