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  • Try This Stitch: Crystal Chandelier

    Crystal Chandelier is a lovely lacy stitch that would work well for a shawl or scarf.

    chandelier lace

    This lace would look lovely on many different projects, and the width is extremely adjustable. The pattern is eight stitches wide, with one more cast on for symmetry. So you would cast on 9, 17, 25, 33, and so on.

    The sample above is three repeats, so I cast on 25 stitches, using DIYarn in Hot Pink.

    In general with lace, it's best to choose a yarn that's not too fuzzy, so you can really see the stitches. You may also want to steer clear of colors that change to often. Something with a gradual or ombre effect might look nice without being distracting.

    We have a large selection of knit and crochet stitches and motifs, called the Stitch Finder. In it, you'll find all kinds of interesting things. Lace, cables, flowers, trims, you name it. You can make an entire blanket from the blocks you'll find on that page, too. All the patterns listed are reprinted with permission from various books.

    Crystal Chandelier

    Cast on multiple of 8 stitchess plus 1.

    Row 1 (RS): K1, *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2; rep from * to end.

    Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.

    Row 3: K1, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * to end.

    Row 5: [K2tog, yo] twice, *k1, yo, ssk, yo, S2KP, yo, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 5 sts, end k1, [yo, ssk] twice.

    Row 7: K1, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * to end.

    Row 9: K2tog, yo, *k5, yo, S2KP, yo; rep from * to last 7 sts, end k5, yo, ssk.

    Rows 11–19: Rep rows 1–9.

    Rows 21, 23 and 25: K1, *yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1; rep from * to end.

    Row 26: Purl

    Rep rows 1–26

    This pattern comes with a chart, as well, if that's the pattern method you prefer to use.

    If you are unsure how to do any of the stitches mentioned, see our Learn section for instructions.

    Reprinted from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume Five: Lace, with permission from 6th&Spring Books; copyright 2010; photos by Jack Deutsch Studio. All rights reserved.

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  • Project Knitwell Offers Comfort Through Crafting

    Knitting, crochet, and other kinds of crafting can have healing, comforting properties. Project Knitwell brings that exact form of comfort to those who need it.

    project knitwell knockers

    Lion Brand Yarn partners with Project Knitwell by donating yarn to their cause, so they can focus on helping people in need. In 2015, we published a booklet, titled The Comfort of Knitting, the proceeds of which are donated to Project Knitwell as well as the Alzheimer's Association.

    Carol Caparosa founded the group in 2010. She had experience with the extremely stressful situation that is being the parent of a child with health problems. She looked to knitting to help pass the time in waiting rooms while her daughter underwent multiple heart surgeries. This is when she realized that crafting provided a welcome distraction from her worries.

    Patients, families, and caregivers all benefit from the therapy of knitting. It can help with relaxation and positive thinking. Plus, it's a way to pass the time and create something tangible.

    Project Knitwell for Caregivers

    Project Knitwell operates in the Washington, D.C. area, but you can discover the comforts of crafting no matter where you live. 

    Our booklet, The Comfort of Knitting, doesn't just teach the basics. It features several beginner projects, as well. On top of that, there's a lot of really great information about the health benefits of knitting.

    This booklet is tailor made for caregivers. People who play the very important role of tending to someone who is sick or in another stressful situation have a unique set of needs.

    Knitting improves health and well-being. Self-care is vital for caregivers, both to be there for the person they are helping and for themselves. This guide features several pages of information about the comforts and benefits of knitting.

    Lion Brand is proud to support Project Knitwell. Their cause is a worthy one, and it's great to use our craft to help others.

    If you would like to donate or volunteer, visit their website to learn more.

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  • Follow Lion Brand on Pinterest!

    Do you use Pinterest? If so, you should follow us!

    pinterest

    For those of you who aren't familiar with the site, Pinterest is a social network that allows you to collect different images, links, and ideas, called pins, into different collections, called boards. It's basically like a digital bulletin board. Follow your friends, favorite bloggers, and brands (ahem) and you'll get all sorts of inspiration. You can use it for almost anything, but it's especially great for collecting creative ideas, like recipes and DIY projects. That's why we love using it!

    The Lion Brand profile has a lot of really interesting yarn-related boards. Want blanket ideas? We've got that. Gifts for a new baby? Not a problem. Obsessed with messy bun hats? So are we. You can even check out a board dedicated to some vintage tidbits -- after all, we've been around for nearly 140 years, there are some goodies in our past!

    Pin 'Em While They're Hot

    We've got a few really cool pins that our fans seem to love! Cozy cocoon sweaters, cute shawls, and fun DIY crafts are always favorites. You can't go wrong with adorable projects for kids, either.

    Here are some of our followers' favorite pins:

    If you're looking for great inspiration for your projects, the Lion Brand Yarn Pinterest profile is the place to be. You'll find tons of great patterns and inspiration, new ways to use our yarns, and some beautiful pictures. Come check us out!

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