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  • Getting to Know New Basic 175

    New Basic 175 is a single spun worsted weight (CYC#4/Medium) yarn. Skeins are 3.5 ounces (100 grams) and have 175 yards, which puts the yarn on the heavier side of worsted. It is light and lofty while being warm and cozy. And since it is machine washable you can work it up into the softest of garments.

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    Working with New Basic

    New Basic 175 works up equally well in knit and crochet stitches. Because it is a single ply don't expect clear stitch definition. Part of the beauty of items in this yarn is the soft halo that surrounds the piece. This softens the look of any stitch work. While that does not mean you should avoid cables (or similarly complex stitches) it does mean you will want to make sure expectation and reality align.

    Below you can see a few swatches worked in New Basic. The two photos on the left are crocheted while the two on the right are knit.

    Pattern Inspiration

    If you need some ideas for your soon-to-be new favorite yarn you can find kits and patterns on LionBrand.com. There are some perfect pieces for layering to bring you through the Fall like the Jules cardigan (below left) or Aleric hood (below right).

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    New Basic isn't just for wearables, though. Decorate your home in comfort and style with patterns like the Vibrant Color Afghan and Magnolia Bobble Pillow (below right).

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  • Pinworthy: A World of Color with New Basic

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    Lion Brand curates several inspirational boards on Pinterest. Some are geared toward craft, others call out seasons, like "Feels Like Fall," or trends, like "Pompom Party." Then there are the ones those that speak to beauty and emotion, such as the New Basic board.

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    Get lost in a river of gently flowing color on the New Basic board with images pulled from nature, architecture, and other wonders.

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  • Getting to Know Shawl In A Ball Yarn

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    Shawl in a Ball comes in 5.3 ounce (150 gram) bullet skeins with 481 yards of beautifully gradated colors. With 16 shades to choose from you might find that selecting just one is no easy task. Eight colors are metallic and include a thin strand of reflective (non-metal) material.

    This yarn plays nicely with simple stitches and shapes that allow the beauty of the yarn's color and texture to shine. Watching the flow from color to color will keep basic stitches from becoming boring.

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