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Treat Yourself with 1 Skein Luxury Projects

January 11th, 2012

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Now that the holidays are over, many of you are probably working on or thinking of projects for yourself.  Why don’t you treat yourself to a knit/crochet project with a yarn from our exclusive LB Collection.  The LB Collection is a premium line of Lion Brand yarns featuring 100% natural fiber yarns and natural fiber blends. LB Collection can only be found on LionBrand.com, the Lion Brand Studio, Lion Brand Outlet and our catalog.

Cables and Lace Hat
Cables and Lace Hat

Our 100% roving Pure Wool is undyed and spun in the USA from the fibers of American raised sheep. This yarn is a great deal because for $5 you get 180 yd of pure wool which is also great for felting and hand dying.
Cottage Wrist Warmers
Cottage Wrist Warmers

 

One skein of this Baby Alpaca DK weight yarn can work into a soft luxurious set of wrist warmers.  Every stitch that you knit or crochet will feel like eating your favorite dessert; it’s that good!  Baby Alpaca is available in 6 natural colors for your warm and sophisticated projects.

Angora Tam
Angora Tam

 

Angora Merino is a soft and fluffy yarn that makes me feel like I’m holding a piece of a cloud in my hand.  Comprised of 80% extra fine merino and 20% angora, this yarn will add a touch of delicacy and warmth to any garment or accessory.

Angora Lace Scarf
Angora Lace Scarf
The Angora Lace scarf is another project which only requires one skein of Angora Merino that I had to share with you.  Knit in the vibrant Sangria color, this makes a great transitional scarf; the color palette will surely make you think of Spring.  You’ll love how it feels as it works up; you’ll probably knit it fast so you can wear it sooner.
Hazey Blue Lace Scarf
Hazy Blue Lace Scarf
 

 

If you’re into lace work, you’ll love Silk Mohair; a fingering weight yarn that practically glides through your hands as you work.  A lace project in Silk Mohair is sure to add a bit of classic sophistication to your ensemble.  I could see this scarf pairing nicely with a business casual outfit.  You could also pair Silk Mohair with a thicker yarn for extra warmth.

For over 100 knit & crochet patterns featuring our LB collection yarns, click here.

Have you ever tried working with the LB Collection? If so, which yarns are your favorite? If not, which yarn seems to speak to you? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.

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  • Turtle7761

    What I find very disappointing here is that you show 5 patterns and only 1 is for crochet.  That says to me exactly where I as a crocheter stand with Lion Brand… and it’s the back of the bus.  It seems that if you crochet we should feel lucky to get the time of day and an occasional good pattern in with the very many not so good patterns.  I probably won’t be investing too much of my hard earned money here, I’ll look for a company that might provide me with some decent crochet patterns, that’s where I’ll be spending my money.

    • Jakess61

      Lionbrand has a website chock full of patterns with both knitting and crocheting. This particular article featured mostly knitting, but just as often you’ll find an article favoring crochet. If you think Lionbrand doesn’t care about crocheters then you really haven’t looked at Lionbrand.

      And Good Luck on  finding any other company as generous with patterns of all kinds, FAQS, learning, podcasts, etc. I’ve looked at a lot them. Lionbrand is the best.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you Jakess61, we appreciate your kind words!

    • LF

      I disagree.  Usually, there are far more crochet patterns than knit patterns.  It’s nice to see LB even things up….

    • Anonymous

      Hi Turtle7761, we don’t want anyone feeling left out, so we try to even things out by featuring both knit and crochet items. Crochet projects typically require more yarn so it was harder to find a one skein project that isn’t amigurumi.
      Please remember you can use our Pattern Finder to help you find crochet patterns:
      http://lby.co/n5RTGk
      Also, here are all the crochet patterns for our LB Collection: http://lby.co/wqCGTs
      I hope this helps! We appreciate all yarn crafters.

    • Flutterby4544

      Ditto Turtle761

    • Tomblm

      I can only knit (60 years!) and I feel the same when I look at the patterns! All the cute ones
      I want to make are crochet and I can’t make them so I’m left out.  Don’t fret and feel so bad just cause you crochet and not knit.  I have always loved & used Lion Brand even before the internet was invented and we had to buy pattern books. Bet you don’t remember when we had to drive (or take a streetcar or bus) for miles to find a store and search for yarn and patterns.  Appreciate what you have and get crocheting!

      • Birdlady

        That’s the spirit — Be glad you can still use your hands to make something.

    • Acortes05

      I receive and email every week from Lion Brand.  It is called The Weekly Stitch and many editions only contain crochet information.  As a matter of fact they are currently sponsoring a crochet-a-long that has actually inspired me to learn how to crochet.  I would be embarrassed if I have posted something like you have.  This is a friendly community your aggression is not welcome.  

      • Claire

        I totally agree, Acortes05….it is toxic to read those cruel words…Lion Brans has more free patterns and advice than any other place I can think of, now and back in the day before internet…take a deep breath and enjoy :)

    • jd

      Wow. Lots of anger there. If you take the time to do a search of the Lion Brand site you will find beautiful pattterns for both knitting and crocheting. And, you don’t have to invest your hard earned money, because they are free besides. For my money, you can’t get a better company than that.  

    • Icanpurl

      you have a crummy attitude.  There are many patterns for both knit and crochet.  You should be thankful for any free pattern.   I am grateful that I will never wear anything you make because you crochet your self into the pattern and yourself is not a pretty or nice thing.

      • Whitemanbarbara

        That was unkind and unthoughtful.  We can respond to others in a more appropriate manner and still get our point across.

    • Whitemanbarbara

      I was pleased to see patterns for knitters.  Usually the great patterns are for those who crochet.  I have found Lion Brand to be the best company to have a wide selection of both knit and crochet patterns.  I will continue to be a faithful customer of theirs, and will, on occasion, check with the other companies out there.  Sorry you are so sour toward Lion Brand.  Good luck to your future endeavors.

    • Debi

      I’m a crochet as well, but these aren’t the only patterns available to you.
      If you click on “patterns” you have a choice of knitting/crocheting. There
      you will find 100’s!
      These patterns are just some new one’s they are offering.
      Debi

    • Momzyvee

      Try being a loom knitter  LOL….  even so Lion Brand is one of the few places for finding Loom patterns. 

    • Widget5b

      I too am a crocheter, a self taught leftie. You couldn’t be more wrong about LB, I have well over 100 FREE patterns saved on the site, and they are all either easy or beginner, they range from afghans to pillows and everything in between. You need to investigate the site before you make such negative comments. I have searched other sites and have not found even a smidgeon of the information, lessons, or patterns. They have tons to offer.

    • becks

      Lion Brand is a wonderful company with thousands of patterns for knitting and crocheting….for free.  Sounds like you have other issues and you have taken them out on this company.  A bit harsh!

    • Dusty

      I’m sure you can find some really nice patterns within the 100 that they have in their larger list. I found some really good ones.

    • Sholen

      I agree with Jakess61.  If you check out their new catalog (and even a few older ones) there are lots of crochet ideas/patterns. As a knitter…I thought there were too many crochet examples!!!  Go figure!

    • Idyouse

      This is only one of their sets of work.  They have equally as much crocheting patterns as knitting on their site…

    • LainieC

      I am strictly a crocheter and am usually drooling over knit patterns…………….but I am quite grateful for the internet and access to wonderful sites like LB’s that do feature patterns for both!  (I have attempted to knit simply because of that, but the results are always far from stellar, so I stick with crochet and just admire the knit patterns and those who create them!)

    • thehappyalpaca

      There are plenty of great crochet patterns on this website there are just more in this certian catagory. You could always substitute the yarn in other projects for these. The crochet patterns using other yarn are very nice.

  • Zeba (NC)

    I love the wide array of crochet patterns offered on your site!  I understand it’s hard to please everyone, but I’ve always found that you have a great mix and a very large assortment of knit and crochet patterns.   I certainly appreciate all the companys hard work to make the site accessible and the greatest quality yarn in the USA.  Thanks again!

    • Anonymous

      You’re welcome Zebra!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=539592262 Janice DeCoster

    I’ve used a few of the LB Collection yarns and I love them.  Last year (Christmas 2010) I knit a scarf for my husband with the Cashmere.  I think I used 4 skeins because the yardage is less, plus the pattern I used had cables, which use more yarn.  I started the Romantic Cardigan using the Baby Alpaca, but have set it aside to work on other projects.  The yarn is super soft, but the halo makes it difficult to rip back mistakes. (It doesn’t help that I’m using black).  Currently I’ve been working on the Lacy Luxe Cowl using Angora Merino.  I have 2 skeins, but the cowl may be long enough with just one, in which case I can make another as a gift!  I’m so glad the Lion Brand developed this collection!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for sharing with us Janice! That Lacy Luxe Cowl really is beautiful, and I like your idea of using it with the Angora Merino.  The halo on that yarn would be a nice added touch to the cowl. 

  • Carolee

    I have never used any of the luxury yarns as I dont think my skills are good enough for such fancy yarn but I really like Vanas Choice. Vana crochets, and LB is my go to place for FREE patterns. thks   

  • Anonymous

    Think on the bright side; you can always start with something simple like the Pure Wool and hand dye it to the color of your liking for a unique look.  I’m glad to hear you like Vanna’s Choice.  If you’d like, you can see more of Vanna during our visit to her home on our here: http://lby.co/zqD6zW  (if you haven’t already done so!)

  • Rhoran917

    I think your patterns are great – I’m a knitter but I like to see the crochet patterns as well.

  • Anonymous

    I love using Lion Brand yarns and enjoy the variety of colors and types of yarn available. As both a knitter and crocheter, I can alternate between the two easily on your site.  Love the patterns that can be made by either knitting or crochet that are in abundance.  For the one skein luxury yarn patterns, logically you use more yarn to crochet than to knit so it makes sense to feature more knit patterns.  Look at this as a challenge, all fellow crocheters. Make items with one-skein luxury yarn and share with us.  Thanks Lion Brand!!

  • Knutsonj1

    I wish I new how to knit.  Sometimes it seems all the pretty patterns that I like are knit.  I have found many wonderdful crochet patterns from Lion Brand and yes you do have the most patterns I’ve ever seen!  Thanks!

  • Dollygram

    I am a beginner crocheter, I have  had a ball of Angora Merino for over a year now. I did not have any luck with the one and only hat pattern featured for this yarn.  I keep looking for new crochet patterns for this yarn but no success yet. I am disappointed because the yarn is expensive and It sits in a bag going nowhere. Please tell me there will be new patterns soon. Thanks!!

    • Helen

      If you look on the Lion Brand Yarn website under yarn by weight, you may be able to find a yarn with a similar guage. Check out the patterns for that particular yarn. You may be able to find a pattern for which you can substitue your Angora Merino

  • Joan19532010

    I only learned to crochet 1 year ago,at age 58 after a debilitating chronic disease put me on disability for life. I was deeply depressed with no hobbies but reading. Thankfully I found LB through a dear friend who got me started with 2 hooks and 3 skeins of Vanna and a 30 minute “lesson.Then I was on my own..Now all my learning about crochet, tho slow has been through LB and ALL my patterns and some yarns come from this site. The beginner ” and “easy helped me so much. Though I am still on “easy” I find everything I need right here. I have reached the point of “yarn hoarder”. and have hooks in every size. I even made a crocheted cover-up for our family reunion auction by adapting a “shawl pattern. It sold for over $100.00 toward our fund.Thank you LB for helping bring me out of a very depressing time !.

    • Llesley

      Joan, it seems you and I have some things in common. Debilitating chronic disease also put me on disability for life. Being a workaholic for over 40 yrs, I thought I was going out of my mind being unable to work. I had taught myself to knit and crochet when my sons were babes but had to put it all aside as life became focused on taking care of my family, getting my Master’s Degree(commuting 120 miles one way was a nightmare in and of itself) and working fulltime and then some (including being on-call 24/7) through it all while also working alongside my husband everynight and weekend  in our cattle operation as he, too, had a demanding day job in addition to being a fabulous father and very active in our community.

      When my now13yo grandson was born, I pulled my hooks and books out of the cedar chest and set about relearning to crochet from the same twenty-five cent booklet I had purchased at my favorite fabric store in the early 70’s and began a classic ripple afghan for my grandson. I finally finished it when he was 5yo so I am glad that I made it fullsize and not a baby blanket.

      Then I (eventually/gradually) made blankets for all of my grandchildren. This took quite a long time as  I had little time or energy to crochet due to my hectic schedule and declining health. During that time I got into the habit of taking my works-in-progress everywhere I went so that if I had even a few minutes at a time, I could just work a few more stitches. I found that I not only completed projects sooner but I also felt a little less stressed even after just a few minutes of crocheting. Also, many people expressed an interest in the art after seeing me crochet and I was able to teach quite a few people, both female and male, older and younger, even several of my grandchildren, the basics of and they were surprised at the things they could make with “a hook and some string and a whole lotta love” as my 7yo grandson said when he was 5yo and trying to teach his twin to crochet.

      There are a number of terrific crochet sites and I have to agree that this Lionbrand  site is definitely one of the best. I also like the fact that if I decided to pick up the sticks again there are also free knitting patterns as well as some projects that combine both.

      Thanks LionBrand for this great site. Your effort is much appreciated. 

    • Carmill

      Joan19532010: I couldn’t help but notice that your picture looks as if it was taken at Montgomery Bell State Park, which is close to where I live, just wondered if you live in the area also. I love the cover-up, looks like you did a wonderful job. I’ve not been brave enough to try anything like that, though I have crocheted for many years. Love LB site, have found many patterns here.

  • Tabauer

    The fact is, that many more people are knitting these days.  Lots of young people!  Haven’t heard anything about people taking up crochet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1027802843 JahZee’s Ya Ya Estee

    There has been a renewed interest in all the yarn crafts, many people are also taking up crochet. That being said Lion Brand really does offer up a LOT of crochet patterns as well as knitting patterns. It is the first place I look. Also, if you are a crocheter you might want to try Tunisian crochet, many knitting patterns can be adapted to Tunisian as the stitches are very similar. For instance to create the stockinette stitch instead of Knit 1 row Purl 1 row; just just do the Tunisian knit stitch. That angora lace scarf pattern looks very adaptable.

  • Mrzrhode

    I would much rather knit, and I have used Lion Brand website for patterns for everything. From dishcothes to afgahns. The selection of either is pretty much unlimited. So, check out all the crochet patterns they have for free before you give up on Liion Brand website for anything.

  • Kstefx

    When I only knew how to crochet, it seemed like all the patterns were for knit and now that I do both, it seems like there are so many more crochet.  I think it’s the “grass is greener on the other side”  syndrome :)   Anyway, I do love Lion Brand for all my knit and crochet needs and will definitely have to indulge in one of these luxury projects for myself.  

  • Edies46

    I am allergic to animal fibers. I’d like to see more synthetics.

  • Mollie

    I’m primarily a knitter, but I love some of the crocheted items on your website.  I learned to knit from a person and don’t have much experience reading patterns.  However, I’ve crocheted a few beginner- and easy-level items.  Right now I’m working on the crochet capelet.  Crochet is slow-going for me, so if I do a row or two a day I’m happy.  I’m doing my share of frogging, but it’s a learning experience.  Hope my teal capelet turns out nicely.  Your learning diagrams and videos are very helpful.  When I can’t understand what my Dummy’s book is doing, I look to your website.  Thanks!

  • Lisa P

    After crocheting for more than 40 years, I solved my dilemna with trying to find cute crochet patterns.  Learn to KNIT!  Now I know how to do both and I can pick from whatever pattern I want to use.  And I ALWAYS go to Lion Brand for patterns or ideas for a stitch pattern.  Thank you Lion Brand.

  • Shilpa

    I love your website and haven’t seen any other which has more free patterns for crochet. Have learnt a lot from your website. Just wish your luxury yarns were available at the local yarn stores :-(. But I like your other yarns. They are very affordable and I love the fact that your website is organized to make it easy for me to find crochet patterns for any yarn I like.

  • andi andrzejewski

    I am just learning to knit and this maybe a stupid question, but can’t patterns be “switched” from knit to crochet and vice versa?
      Personally I love the lion brand site – I don’t think I would have tried knitting, if it were not for this site. There are so many lovely things for both skills that I wanted to try everything…next skill I want to re- learn is tatting and spinning.

  • patirish

    Try looking closer at the website.  Lion Brand gives us wonderful patterns!  @ Tomblm – I crochet and look at the knitting patterns and wish they were crochet!  LOL  @ Lisa P – I may have to learn to knit also.  But as for now, working full time, I don’t have the time to start with it.  Great idea though!  @ andi – I got a book on how to change knit patterns to crochet and vice versa, but as I told Lisa P, no time to try it yet.  One of these days!  I too have medical issues that tire me out quickly, but someday I will retire.  I have lots of patterns to try, and so many are from Lion Brand.  Thanks for all the great patterns and yarn!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bleu-Bird/100003197865451 Bleu Bird

    I love the silk mohair stuff.. however it is too pricey IMO. I wonder if there are substitutes.. which I can find cheaper.

  • crush0212

    Were you having a bad day when you wrote that post, Turtle7761? That’s the only reason I can think of for your lack of knowledge of Lion Brand and all it has to offer. You should spend some time searching their website, and you might want to type “free crochet patterns” into the search box and see what pops up. If they ignored us crocheters the way you think they do, Vanna White (an avid crocheter) probably wouldn’t promote LB products and create designs for them.

  • Helen

    I don’t notice the percentage of crochet patterns vs knit patterns. I learned to crochet very early on and as a teen decided I also needed to learn to knit. I do both, so I just go ahead and make whatever my heart desires. Many of my projects have come from Lion Brand Yarns patterns and many of them feature Homespun yarn (my favorite).

  • Wilshar

    I must agree with those who say that this is best site to find free patterns, LB has been my first go to site for free crochet patterns since I first got my first computer back in the 90,s. it is one of the best site for instruction on crocheting.

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  • Bethers

    I think Lion Brand has a very navigatable site and has a wonderful search option on their pattern offerings. I have taught myself to knit and crochet and am a novice at both, but always strive for learning more about either craft.

    I wish that Lion Brand had crochet patterns with diagrams – that would be awesome. I love their yarns. Find them on sale all the time and am impressed by their constant updating of patterns for the times. Always pushing the boundries.

    I can tell that Lion Brand is joyful about their business, and we reap the benefits!
    I have rheumatoid arthritis and I can always find a pattern that I can do for how much I can move my hands that day. I really appreciate their effort. Way to go Lion Brand!

    The hats are pretty. Im gonna try the crochet beanie/cloche. And remember, knowing knitting and crocheting you can mix both (i.e. crochet a border on an knit hat or scarf). Have fun people!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for that wonderful comment Bethers, we’re very thankful to have such great supporters of our brand like yourself.

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