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How to Use Ravelry: Our Top 4 Tips

One of our favorite (free!) resources for all things yarn is the website Ravelry. It’s an astounding collection of patterns (complete with reviews & tips), yarn information, and communities small and large to craft with. If you aren’t already taking advantage of this wonderful site, now’s the time! While the process is simple, it does…

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Get Started Crocheting with These 3 Videos

If this is your first time venturing into the yarniverse, welcome! If you’re a knitting looking to cross-over to crochet, we’re happy to have you. We here at Lion Brand work hard to create accessible videos to help crafters pick up a new hobby, develop their skills, and try new things. With these 3 videos,…

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Get Started Knitting with These 3 Videos

Perhaps you’re new to the yarniverse (welcome!). Or maybe you’ve always crocheted, but are interested in picking up some needles. If you’re casting on for the first time, we’re so glad you chose to get started knitting with Lion Brand! With these 3 videos, you’ll be knitting in no time. Scroll down to learn a…

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Lion Brand Yarn’s Affiliate Marketing Program: A How-To Mini Course

Hey there friend! I’m Ashleigh, the crochet designer behind the Sewrella blog & I’m so happy to see you here. I share a lot of information about blogging (including my very own income reports, gasp!) at www.Sewrella.com. I’ve learned a lot along the way and I’ll share a bit of that with you here in…

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New Video: Learn to Loom Knit the Free Spirit Topper

We’re thrilled to share: Kristen Mangus, of Goodknit Kisses, created a tutorial for loom knitters who love the Free Spirit Topper! You can find the knit pattern for this ruana-style wrap on our website, but you can visit Kristen’s blog to find the loom knit variation. Scarfie has a wonderful natural gradation to it, and…

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Modular Knitting with New Basic, Part 2: The Winter Palette

Mitered squares are knitted or crocheted modules that, like Log Cabin modules, are enlarged and attached to adjacent squares by picking up stitches and adding on. Mitering is a knitting (and sewing) technique that creates neat corners and hems of garments and table linens. A knitted mitered square, however, borrows mitering technique to create a…

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Modular Knitting with New Basic Yarn, Part 1: The Autumn Palette

Modular knitting requires first, that you knit a shape—let’s say, a rectangle—and second, that you enlarge the shape. To enlarge, you pick up stitches along an edge, and knit out from them. You could accomplish this enlargement by knitting separate pieces and sewing them together like patchwork, but it’s easier, faster, and seamless when you…

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How to Make Tassels in 6 Easy Steps

Tassels and pompoms are hot accents for Fall 2017. However, as a crafter you probably learned to appreciate the look of these extra add-ons to your projects before it became trendy to attach them to everything. Tassels are easy to make and are great for using leftover yarn. Materials Cardboard cut to desired dimensions (see…

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LBY Summer of Sock Techniques: The Gusset

Post by Gretchen, Lion Brand Yarn Studio Education Director This week in our Sock Along we were talking about gussets. A gusset is defined by Merriam-Webster as: 1. a usually diamond-shaped or triangular insert in a seam (as of a sleeve, pocketbook, or shoe upper) to provide expansion or reinforcement 2. a plate or bracket…

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Learn Single Crochet with Moogly!

When you first learn to crochet, you have to start with the chain. But after that, the next step is usually the single crochet! It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’s where we all get our start. So here’s how to crochet the single crochet stitch… and a few free crochet patterns you can make to…

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