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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…

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Pinworthy: A World of Color With New Basic

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. Get lost in a river of gently flowing color on the New…

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5 Reasons Why You Want to Use Wool Yarn, Even in Summer

Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Yarn in Oatmeal I am a firm believer in the benefits of working with wool (or wool blend) yarns and use it year-round. However, I do admit that wool and Summer are not generally synonymous. When you imagine working with wool (or any animal fiber) yarn it is much more likely you…

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Getting to Know Color Waves Yarn

Photo shows two shades of Color Waves (Tiger’s Eye and Day Break) in the pattern for the Aurora Scarf. Color Waves is a variegated blend of 80% acrylic and 20% wool. Coming in at a CYC #3 (DK) weight, this yarn is versatile and can be used for garments, accessories, home items, and craft projects. It…

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Using Jeans Yarn in Your Favorite Designs

There are over 2,000 free patterns on LionBrand.com that use CYC #4/Worsted Weight (medium) gauge yarn. That’s a lot of patterns to choose from! However, only 7 of those patterns and 15 kits are written specifically for Jeans® yarn. This doesn’t mean you need to feel restricted by only these projects. Worsted weight is very versatile…

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Why is There a Jeans® Yarn Color That’s Not Denim? Mystery Solved!

The Jeans® yarnline from boasts 7 colors inspired by your favorite denim. 6 of these colorways make obvious sense. Stovepipe, Brand New, Stonewash, Faded, Vintage, and Classic range from shades of blue through charcoal. These are the colors you might expect from traditional denim clothing. And then there is this golden orange color, “Top Stitch.”…

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Getting to Know Ice Cream Baby Yarn

Ice Cream® and Ice Cream® Big Scoop are soft 100% acrylic yarns that come in a sweet array of colors. You will find the classic baby girl pink and little boy blue, as well as combinations of pastels and neutrals like brown and gray. Regular Ice Cream® and Big Scoop are the same yarn base,…

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Getting to Know Baby Soft Yarn

Baby Soft yarn and the Short and Sweet Child’s Cardigan in progress. Baby Soft comes in 26 colors (solids and prints) geared toward tiny humans. The yarn is soft and easy to care for, which covers the two primary concerns when making for babies and kids. At a CYC #3 / DK weight, Baby Soft…

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Jeans Yarn: Let’s Get Reacquainted

Always In Style, Always The Right Fit Like a good pair of jeans, this yarn has you covered on keeping in style. And unlike the old pair of pants languishing in your closet, Jeans® yarn will always be the perfect fit. Jeans® works up at a #4 worsted weight bringing versatility to the “what should…

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Knitting All Year With New Basic Yarn

Often when people mention knitting or crocheting they think of cold weather and snuggling up with a hot cup of coffee (or tea if that’s your thing). However, there are those diehard fans that understand yarn crafting knows no seasonal bounds. So what if it’s 80 degrees and rising outside? My obsession with knitting hasn’t…

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