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  • Hot New Trend: Matching Accessory Projects & Manicures!

    Wonderful trends in nail art have been all over Pinterest this year, and we couldn't help but be inspired. Our favorite trend of the year has to be the matching manicures and projects!

    These are some of our favorite projects to coordinate with this season's trends in nail art. Mix & match colors, pair them with your favorite yarn or take your swatch with you to the make up counter!

    All the patterns below are free for download from LionBrand.com (you may have to sign in before downloading). Click the source link for each of the pinned nail art images for the guide to creating these manicures yourself.

    Rainbows and Bright Colors

    Image of Dolce Fingerless Gloves Image of Rainbow Burst Tote
    Pinned by: Hillary Louise
    Source: iamlala.com
    Knit Dolce Fingerless Gloves Crochet Rainbow Burst Tote

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  • 6 Easy Ways to Make One-of-a-Kind Heirloom Baby Booties

    Baby booties make an excellent gift for new babies at family get-togethers and holiday gatherings. You can even make a small pair as a sweet memento or holiday ornament for a baby's first Christmas!

    Here are six of our favorite ways to take a basic knit or crochet baby bootie pattern and make it extra-special for the little one in your life. We've also included links to free baby bootie patterns on LionBrand.com to help you get started (including the Lavish Booties pictured to the right).

    Embroidery

    A small initial or simple shape like a star or flower is easy to add, and makes your gift extra-special. You probably already have a large-eye blunt needle for seaming your projects, all you have to do is pick a design and yarn!

    Appliqués

    Appliqués make perfect additions to your booties! You can add tiny handmade shapes by stitching each one up as a separate piece in any color you like, and then sewing them onto your finished booties. Make sure to stitch them on firmly, as little hands may try to pull at them while playing.

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  • 7 Stress-Free Steps to Making Your Holiday Gifts This Year

    7 Stress-Free Steps to Making Your Holiday Gifts This YearIf you're planning to make some or all of your holiday gifts, now is a great time to start planning. It may seem early, but the beginning of fall is the perfect time to get started if you've got a long list or you love to make complex projects. These seven steps will help you organize your crafting, figure out which projects to make and get it all done in time. No need to stress!

    Step 1: Make a List (and Check it Twice)

    Start your holiday projects off by making a list first. Include all the people you'd want to make things for, and then check it to highlight the people you are definitely giving a handmade presents. Take a good look at each name to think about the sort of gift that they might enjoy the most, and make notes about possible gifts to purchase instead. As time gets tight, it's always good to have a gift-giving back-up plan just in case your projects aren't finished in time.

    Step 2: Pick Out Projects

    Choose patterns that you'll enjoy making, or pull out all those patterns you've wanted to make and never had time for. You can always make one for yourself in January! You don't need a complicated pattern to make a gift special, small details like cables or colorwork make simpler projects look impressive.

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