Now that summer is approaching, it can be hard to find stitch inspiration. You could go out and buy a new knitting magazine–or, for some fast and free pattern ideas, you can check out the LionBrand.com Pattern Finder®! (To access the Pattern Finder®, click here.)
We know that the many different search options can seem daunting, so we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you find your next project.
- Refresh with a tutorial. Maybe you’ve never used the Pattern Finder® before, or maybe you’re not sure whether you’ve been using it correctly. If you’d like to watch a tutorial, click here for a 2-minute video.
- Know your skill level. The Pattern Finder® offers seven different skill levels. Here’s what they mean:
- Beginner: Basic stitches including increasing, decreasing and finishing skills.
Easy (Easy +) (Advanced Beginner): Simple stitch patterns and/or shaping.
Intermediate: More complicated stitch patterns and charts.
Advanced Intermediate: More than one stitch pattern within one pattern and more involved shaping.
Experienced: Intricate stitch and color patterns and/or involved shaping and finishing techniques.
- Get some “Experienced.” Keep in mind that our search engine is designed to give results up to and including the skill level that you’ve chosen. If you want to search for only Experienced-level patterns, try including the name of a technique that you want to use (such as “brioche,” “cable,” or “lace”) in the search bar to narrow your results.
- Don’t be fooled by photos. Paying close attention to sizing options will give you more useful information than a picture will. For example, the Fair Isle sweater to the right is actually a unisex pattern.
- Search outside the stash. Instead of searching for a yarn’s name, try searching instead within its weight category. This way, you may even find patterns that you didn’t know existed!
Once you’ve found the perfect pattern, print it out and bring it by. The Lion Brand Yarn Studio staff can help you find the yarn you need and answer any questions you may have about yarn amounts, substitution, dye lot–anything you need to know! And remember: if you need a little extra guidance, LBYS has computers for you to browse patterns right in the store, where the staff can answer your questions.
Do you have any questions or any tips of your own? Leave them in the comments!
|The Lion Brand Yarn Studio is located at 34 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011|