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This is one of the most beautiful afghan patterns I’ve ever seen. And, I own this afghan. Well, not this one, but one in this pattern made with partial skeins of LB Homespun yarn. It’s a beauty that was made for me by my friend Ronnie. She’s a master at crochet and seems to enjoy crocheting with Homespun yarn as much as I do.

Homespun is one of those yarns that one either loves or hates. There seems to be no in between. I’m a lover ! The very first full sized afghan I ever crocheted was made long enough for my 6’3″ tall son who wanted a blanket long enough for him. It contains 11 skeins of Homespun in two colors – a charcoal gray and a very pretty red. He loves it. Even more important, his girlfriends have loved it. This afghan has had a lot of use and has held up well. As a result, Homespun is my go-to yarn for anything I want to crochet in a bulky yarn – scarves, caps, afghans, mittens.

It’s also great that LionBrand offers a wide variety of free patterns online for this and all their other yarns. Every year, I fear that LB will pull this yarn as they and other yarn companies have done with favored yarns over time. Dazzleaire (the original) is such a yarn. I hoard the odd skein of it that I run across and friends are on the lookout for it for me too. Nice! One day, I’ll make a huge scrappy afghan of all the assorted colors that were ever produced in that yarn.

If you have a favorite yarn, I’d love to hear about it – as well as why you like it and what projects you prefer to make with it.  Links to pictures of the yarn and or projects will help us understand your choice.  Post that info in the Comment Section below. At the beginning of next month, I’ll pull a winner at random from all the entries (see full rules below) and send off this great new crochet book.

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Contest is open from today through Midnight CST, January 31, 2012.

Each entry must be accompanied by your first name and your zip code (for identification purposes.

One entry per person.

Winner will be chosen at random and will be notified by private email as well as having the winning entry posted on this blog.  Winner must contact me with snail mail info within 48 hours of being announced.  In the event that the winner does not contact me, another winner will be chosen at random.



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62 Comments so far

  1. cherishables on January 15, 2013 7:53 am

    So many people love Homespun and I’ve never crocheted with the yarn. You’ve inspired me to try it!

    Since I do a lot of felting, so my go-to yarn is usually either Wool of the Andes from KnitPicks or Classic Wool from Patons. I like the body wool has and it allows me to make non-felted items like this aran-inspired pillow: http://pinterest.com/pin/70650287874064176/ or felted items like this purse: http://pinterest.com/pin/70650287874818264/.

  2. Knitting Teresa on January 15, 2013 9:30 am

    I am knitting a weather afghan using Cascade 220. I don’t like to knit with fun yarn, boucle, ribbon yarn, or Homespun but will knit with everything else.

    Teresa 35633

  3. Tabitha on January 15, 2013 10:05 am

    Lately, I’ve been loving Grace by Patons. I use it for Amigurumi because it’s so silky looking yet sturdy. My daughter is a knitter and she’s a homespun fan because it’s so soft.

    Tabitha 98926

  4. Doug on January 15, 2013 12:02 pm

    Love Homespun and their Wool-Ease Thick and Quick also! I love it for making hats.

    BTW: What pattern is that photo of? Is it published?


  5. yolanda on January 15, 2013 1:15 pm

    My yarn is usually the one I’m working with. I am going to make that afghan for my mom in homespun! I was pleasantly surprised to see it featured here. Can’t wait!!

  6. helena frontini on January 15, 2013 1:37 pm

    LionBrand patterns are wonderful, but I never tried their wool, I don’t find it here in Portugal. I knit a lot even when I travel.
    Helena 2415190

  7. Linda Rumsey on January 16, 2013 1:48 am

    If I’m feeling rich I love any yarn by Rowan or Debbie Bliss. Rowan Summer Tweed is beautiful to knit with and so soft once washed for lightweight cardis and cowls.
    Linda IP28 7SE

  8. MelodyJ on January 16, 2013 1:58 am

    I like Bernat Sofee Chunky Yarn for hats. It’s affordable and easy to find.

    Melody 23223

  9. Crystal Arcand (3Stairs) on January 16, 2013 6:44 am

    My favorite yarn continually changes. Right now, my favorite is whatever-I-can-get-my-hands-on yarn! I made a prayer shawl for my best friend and some arm warmers for myself with Homespun. I have a sentimental affinity for Red Heart Super Saver because it was my grandmother’s yarn of choice and what I learned with.

  10. JENN LUCAS on January 16, 2013 8:32 am

    I like the Homespun and Lion Brand also. They have great free patterns and offer so many colors in the Homespun that it is hard to go wrong with it. I also live in an area where we have no LYS so Homespun happens to be one that I can find in my area if I need a quick project.

    Jennifer 24531

  11. Leah on January 16, 2013 8:52 am

    Right now my favorite yarn is Red Heart Soft Yarn. It has a subtle sheen to it and afghans and scarfs drape nicely.

  12. D'Ann on January 16, 2013 9:05 am

    I love yarn. I haven’t found any that I don’t like. Right now I’m working on an afghan with Homespun for my daughter-in-law.
    D’Ann 84119

  13. Carmen on January 16, 2013 9:12 am

    My favorite big project yarn (like afghans) is Vanna’s Choice. It’s so soft, doesn’t split and works up so nice. (Carmen 54630)

  14. P Rand on January 16, 2013 9:13 am

    I love working with bulky-chunky wool because it stands up to just about anything.My 5 grandchildren all have full size afghans that go to camp,beach,boat and are still used on their beds,oldest is 17.Pat Rand

  15. BearyAnn on January 16, 2013 9:23 am

    I recently purchased my first bamboo yarn. (I regret I don’t remember the brand. I believe it was Bernat.)
    It was so soft and wonderful to work with. I loved the feel of this yarn as it slipped through my fingers.
    I regret that the amount of yarn in the skein was so small. I made a newborn hat and had to leave off 2 rows as there was insufficient amount to complete it. It is cost prohibitive for to continue with, but the memory of the pleasure working the yarn is priceless.
    You can see a picture of it on my facebook page. – BearyAnn 64015

  16. Renee Erez on January 16, 2013 9:41 am

    I love the texture of homespun – even if I don’t win, I’d love to have the pattern for this afghan. I’ll have to go check out the LB site.
    Renee 95124

  17. Merry Chapman on January 16, 2013 10:30 am

    I love all the soft yarns since they feel great against the skin. Presently I am working on a poncho in homespun for my daughter who will turn 37 this March and all she wanted for her present was for me to make her one. I also really liked working with Knit Picks Cot/Lin which I used to make my youngest daughter a spring/fall dress – the biggest project I ever tried an d she LOVED it and wears it all the time she can and it fits her perfectly! – Merry 32960

  18. Wilma Keith on January 16, 2013 9:18 pm

    one of my favorite projects is Snow Flakes. Would love to receive this book.

    I agree that Homespun is so very soft,

  19. Malin on January 16, 2013 10:35 pm

    I don’t have a specific favourite yarn, but I prefer using natural fibres. I really would like to try the Homespun yarn, I haven’t done that yet.

  20. Diane on January 16, 2013 11:03 pm

    Homespun is nice stuff. Great for making hats.
    But my favorite thing to work on is thread projects. :)


  21. Lyn King-Johnson on January 17, 2013 3:00 am

    I love Homespun. Have made many afghans using it. have lots in my stash. LB has a neat sweater I want to try.

  22. Maureen on January 17, 2013 4:46 am

    I too love homespun for many reasons including the softness and wash ability… I also love happy feet sock yarn! Not super expensive and works up well.
    Maureen 12871

  23. Linda S. on January 17, 2013 5:39 am

    Right now I’m knitting a modification of the Mitered Squares afghan using Red Heart’s Peruviana colorway, and crocheting a ruana using Lion Brand Homespun. My favorite yarn is whatever works for the specific project I’m making, but since most are gifts, the synthetics are best for easy care.

    Linda 33126

  24. Laura on January 17, 2013 6:12 am

    Laura 32246

    I love LB Homespun. I have a white, a deep purple and a faded-cabbage-rose-pink/mauve variegated in my stash that I keep fondling and daydreaming about. LOL

    Thanks for all the great giveaways, JD, and happy New Year!

  25. Teresa on January 17, 2013 7:03 am

    I have only knit with LB Homespun one time – a quick shawl. It has held up so well . . .

  26. Peggy on January 17, 2013 9:18 am

    My absolute favorite yarn is Simply Soft. I have done hundreds of projects with it. I love it because it is so soft and I also love the sheen. It makes the most beautiful afghans and it is sooooooo awesome to cuddle into. It also makes up the most beautiful shawls and scarves. It is very economical and allows me to make up large projects that don’t cost an arm and a leg. I’m almost sure that it’s going to stay my most favorite yarn.
    Peggy 27549

  27. Irene on January 17, 2013 9:49 am

    My favorite “yarn” is actually any kind of thread. I love, love, love making anything out of thread. I’ve make clothes, toys, washcloths, andyes, even doilies with thread.
    I’d like to see this pattern done in thread, as a matter of fact.

  28. Melissa on January 17, 2013 9:59 am

    i like Red Heart Soft Yarn. Such pretty colors!

    Melissa 70648

  29. Debbie Otto on January 17, 2013 10:48 am

    Almost everything I crochet is for charity (hats, mittens, booties, and baby blankets) I really like Red Heart Super Savers, I have found that it is reasonable so I can afford to crochet many things all year long, its very durable, machine washable and dryable so who ever recieves the items can easily take care of them. There are alot of color choices. I know some think that RH is rough and scratchy, I have found that if I add fabric softner when washing the items it will soften up very nicely.

    Debbie 60033

  30. Mica Anderson on January 17, 2013 12:10 pm

    Homespun is amazing and a really effective technique. I have to admit I’ve never heard of the technique before though.

  31. Kate on January 17, 2013 12:18 pm

    I’m not sure what my favorite yarn is, but I know that I don’t like to work with Red Heart yarns. I do enjoy homespuns and the texture they provide. Kate’ 99005

  32. Marilyn Safier on January 17, 2013 12:30 pm

    Marilyn zip is 97459 for ID purposes!
    I love the look of Homespun, but I do have some trouble knitting and crocheting with it. But it’s worth it to crochet with it as the colors are, as they say, painterly, and soooo very beautiful. Just when you think they’ve made as many beautiful colors that they can, out come more beautiful colors!! I’m lucky enough to get single skeins at my local thrift stores!

  33. Sharon Hanley on January 17, 2013 5:29 pm

    zip is 34771

    I too love items that have been made with Homespun but can’t say I love crocheting with it. One of my favorites is Bernat’s Waverly. I did their mystery afghan last year with this yarn and thought it was easy to work with and the afghan was nice and soft.

  34. Susie on January 17, 2013 6:54 pm

    I’m a relatively new crocheter, & when I first tried to crochet with Homespun, I got so frustrated… I couldn’t see the blasted stitches! But I kept practicing, and finally “conquered” this yarn! Now I truly enjoy working with it. Good thing, too, since I bought several skeins before I ever picked up a crochet hook!

    zip 29671

  35. Bev Dallmann on January 17, 2013 6:59 pm

    I like red heart yarn. I have made many afghans using it. I am currently making a fisherman afghan using it in the buff color. Bev

  36. Debra on January 18, 2013 8:52 am

    Haven’t tried homespun yarn, but luv doing unique items.

  37. cathe barron on January 18, 2013 9:06 am

    cathe – 32566

    Homespun is my go-to yarn for prayer shawls, muffs for the hospice crocheting I do, and I like it for some fingerless mitts, too.

    Even though I may not be a “lover” of Homespun I find it best for the certain projects I mentioned.


  38. Dinonut on January 18, 2013 5:04 pm

    My favorite for making hats is Wool-Ease, and I have enjoyed the eyelash yarns for scarves.

  39. Lynne on January 18, 2013 5:51 pm

    I have a love/hate with LB Homespun too! I can’t say it is my favorite to crochet with but it is my favorite to use when making a gift for someone special – the recipient always loves it!

  40. Linda Shelby on January 18, 2013 7:03 pm

    I Love Deborah Norville Jeweltones Yarn! It is so soft, 40% wool and the sequins are just right. Not too flashy!
    I just love making scarves for family and friends with this yarn!
    And I love your newsletter, keep them coming!!

  41. Dawn on January 18, 2013 7:06 pm

    I love Homespun, I Love This Yarn (from Hobby Lobby) and Hometown USA (by Lion Brand). Thanks for the giveaway! dawnbee@hotmail.com

  42. yolanda on January 19, 2013 7:52 am

    Yolanda 14612

    Thanks for the chance. Forgot to include my name and zip…..

  43. Liisa on January 19, 2013 10:48 am

    Red Heart yarn has been my favorite for years. Now I would like to spread my wings and try some wool for a Cowichan sweater.
    Liisa 98290

  44. Brenda on January 19, 2013 8:56 pm

    Hi JD,
    This is the first time I’ve tried entering one your contests. I’m not sure I have a favorite yarn, but I do like Lion Brand’s Homespun, Lily Sugar and Cream and Lamb’s Pride 100% wool yarn.

  45. Barbara Martin on January 20, 2013 11:32 am

    Homespun is my favorite yarn. The colors are gorgeous and it works up fast. When it’s on sale, I really stock up. For Christmas I made hats for my grandgirls, and I’ve made many afghans with it. Of course, I never remember to photograph them, but here is one that I did. An afghan that I made for my best friend’s daughter when she got her MBA. I made the pattern up as I went. http://pinterest.com/pin/96545985731867815/ Barbara 79761

  46. Faith on January 20, 2013 12:58 pm

    I love several Lion brand yarns and have worked with homespun a number of times. I was heartbroken when they discontinued Lion Brand Suede, it was a favorite of my customers. Lately I have been working a lot with Caron Simply Soft.


  47. Sherry on January 20, 2013 9:10 pm

    What beautiful yarn and an extremely nic pattern. I have used and love Homespun yarn.

  48. Sherry on January 21, 2013 9:45 am

    I forgot to include my Zip. 94536.

  49. Jessy on January 27, 2013 9:30 am

    I have never tried Homespun. This sounds like a great yarn for me. I need to restock my yarn after a recent housefire and I lost all my recent projects. I would love to start a new blanket though.

  50. Kat Riley on January 29, 2013 7:00 am

    I like Homespun for afghans and I also like Simply Soft yarn too.

    Kat – 45503

  51. Melissa on January 29, 2013 8:54 am

    not crazy about Homespun – but i use it.70648

  52. Maru on January 29, 2013 9:13 am

    My favorite yarn is Vanna’s choice from Lion Brand. I like the stitch definition and love the assortment of colors.

    Maru 30518

  53. camille dhartoy (France) on January 29, 2013 6:54 pm

    I have no favorite yarn, because I’m new to crochet ! I’d love to win this book and learn how to make those wonderful snowflakes !!!

  54. camille dhartoy (France) on January 29, 2013 6:56 pm

    I forgot to say I’d like the paper version, and I live in France, in a little town called Joué-lès-Tours, zipcode 37300.
    Thanks !

  55. Mary S on January 30, 2013 9:17 am

    I don’t have a favorite yarn – each project has it’s own special yarn, and each yarn it’s own special project. Currently I’m making a series of small items – tiny bags, curtain tie-backs, little tchotchkes – so I’m rockin’ the threads. Earlier in the winter, I was power-crocheting hats to give away (“Hi, I don’t know you, but could you use a hat?”). Any yarn would do; I like to pick up the odd mixed lot thru Ebay, or a grab-bag at Goodwill. It has rather loaded up my bins over the years, but during tight budget times it keeps my hooks and needles a-wigglin’. Sometimes I get a yarn and have to just sit and look at it for a while until I can see what it will become. I got a lovely purple mohair with tiny sequins on Ebay recently – I feel rather guilty, since it was from China – and I’m seeing a soft, lacy hat…for the spring…hmmm…..
    BTW, my name is Mary and I live in Anoka, MN – 55303 is the zip.

  56. Melody on January 30, 2013 12:37 pm

    Since I am new to crocheting I don’t have favs yet but I would be happy to win this wonderful book and perhaps be able , one day, to make something as gorgeous as that- Melody zipcode 27509

  57. Kim Reid on January 30, 2013 12:41 pm

    My newest favorite yarn is Comfy Worsted Yarn – Pima Cotton/Acrylic blend, so soft and easy care :)


    I also love Homespun yarn and plan to crochet or knit a cowl when I decide on a pattern.

    Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous book!

  58. Paula C on January 30, 2013 1:43 pm

    I love working with homespun as well as many other yarns and thread. I have been restocking my stash after our house burnt to the ground. I just got my order of amazing corn fiber yarn and can’t wait to get started with it. I have been making the few snowflakes from this book that lion brand sent in emails and I love them. The book would be great! Thank you for the chance to win it. Paula 85173

  59. Michelle E on January 30, 2013 6:00 pm

    I love Caron Simply Soft Brights. So pretty when mixed and matched!

    Michelle 49058

  60. Pat Williams 60156 on January 30, 2013 8:37 pm

    I am still trying out different yarns, so can’t comment on a particular yarn yet.

  61. sherri mclaughlin on January 30, 2013 8:39 pm

    I love using Caron Simply Soft especially for baby blankets

    Sherri McLaughlin

  62. Kim on February 7, 2013 11:11 am

    Caron Soft and Lofty, Waterfall color created a beautiful and luxurious afghan.

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