Lion Brand Newsletter December 26, 2004 - Project Knit The Distance, Holiday Shopping at the Boutique, Stockings, Stockings and More Stockings
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December 26, 2004

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1. 7 New Free Winter Poncho Patterns

Knitted Fisherman's Poncho

Winter is here!  Cold winds and nippy air make ponchos a necessity, not just a fashion statement!

And we have seven all-new free poncho patterns that make up quickly to keep you and yours warm in style!   Many are designed in our popular Wool-ease© Thick & Quick©, a strong, bold yarn that makes up fast and that looks particularly great in larger sizes!

Make this poncho in either the woman's or man's version

Hooded Poncho

Man's Knitted Poncho

His 'n Hers Alaska  Knitted Poncho and Hat

Oversized Poncho

2. Crochet Flowers

Crochet flowers are ALL the rage! On pillows, hats, ponchos -- who knows where your imagination and creative sprit may lead! Flowers are easy to make and oh-so-now!


Make a few crocheted flowers and let your creativity bloom!

New! Chenille flower pillows!

Crochet this  Floppy Brim hat  in child's or adult sizes and grace it with a flower!

A flower tops the fun striped trim homespun poncho

3. Crafter's Corner - Making a Gauge Swatch
Gauge refers to the number of stitches and rows a knitter or crocheter makes per inch using a certain yarn and needles or hook. Gauge varies from person to person, so it is very important to make sure you are achieving the gauge of your pattern. Your gauge determines the size of your finished piece.

If you don't get the proper gauge, the garment will not come out to the intended size.

If you are knitting with a thick yarn like Wool-Ease® Thick and Quick® you'll make bigger stitches and have very few stitches and rows per inch. If you are knitting with a finer yarn, you'll make smaller stitches and have more stitches and rows per inch.

To make an accurate gauge swatch, cast on or chain enough stitches to equal approximately four inches and work in pattern for four inches. Take your stitches off the needle and, without stretching the fabric, place a tape measure on your work and gently pin where the tape measure reads one inch.

Count your stitches. Don't cheat! Make sure to count even a half or quarter of a stitch and include that into your gauge.

How does a gauge swatch look?

If you have more stitches per inch than the gauge suggests, that means you are working too tightly; try a larger needle or hook. If you have fewer stitches than the suggested gauge, your stitches are too loose; try a smaller needle or hook.

4. Home from the Holidays
The holidays are winding down and with the New Year almost upon us and the cold indoor months ahead, what better time to plan a few projects to liven up your home decor?  It is COLD!   Think SOFT!  Think WARM! Think COMFORT!  What could be nicer that a soft, cuddly afghan made from luxurious Chenille or soft Homespun to warm that favorite chair for a little well-earned post-holiday relaxation?

Crocheted Shades of Blue Homespun Afghan - soft and luxurious

Crochet or Knit the chenille plush throw for a splash of color! 

Crochet or Knit this beautiful Homespun Afghan

The Crochet Fringed Throw in Homespun combines style and comfort!
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With Warmest Regards,
Your friends at Lion Brand Yarn
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