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Archive for August, 2012


Blocks, Bears, and Balls for Baby!

August 21st, 2012

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As yarncrafters, I’m sure you already know that when someone announces their pregnancy, the hooks and needles soon come out and the hands are busy making all sorts of wonderful gifts for the expectant mother.  While your mind instantly thinks “baby hat and booties set” or “baby blanket”, don’t forget about the toys! They can be as simple as baby blocks (simply make 6 squares and seam them into a cube around a foam block!) or as complex as a cable-stitch lamb.  Take a look at the patterns below for some baby toy inspiration.

Blocks and balls are classic toys that will never go out of style for babies.  Also something to keep in mind when choosing your colors: babies can see contrasting colors the best; don’t be afraid of more saturated or darker hues.

Soft and Sweet Baby Blocks
Crochet Soft and Sweet Baby Blocks
Loom Knit Playtime Balls
Loom Knit Playtime balls
Babycakes Blocks
Knit Babycakes Blocks

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On Trend: 12 Sweaters & Cardigans in Saturated Colors

August 20th, 2012

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In my day-to-day work, I get to spend time working with amazing knit- and crochet-wear designers around the country. Often, as we talk, I ask them what trends they’re seeing–and lately, the trend I’ve been hearing about the most in yarn is rich, saturated colors. Jewel tones and rich colors are flattering on many skin-tones; it’s all a matter of finding the ones that work on you.

These shades are great for hats, scarves, cowls, and other accessories that add a dash of color, but saturated colors can also make for great sweaters and cardigans that are perfect for layering. By throwing these brighter colors over a neutral or monotone outfit, you can add a splash of color without a lot of commitment (you can always take your sweater off!).

Check out the options below or pair your favorite saturated color with one of our 600+ jacket and sweater patterns on LionBrand.com.

Image of Retro Swing Image of Raglan Sleeve Topper Image of Lace Inset Cardi
Knit & Crochet Retro Swing Knit Raglan Sleeve Cardi Knit Lace Inset Cardi

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A Look at Wool-Ease: a Classic Worsted-Weight, Easy-Care Yarn + 9 Fan-Favorite Patterns

August 17th, 2012

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I just came back from Stitches Midwest, a knit/crochet convention put together by XRX Inc. (home of Knitter’s Magazine) – and had a great time talking with different people who love to yarncraft.   While talking to folks in our Lion Brand booth, I realized that Wool-Ease, our traditional worsted weight wool blend yarn is very popular amongst both knitters and crocheters, and for good reason!

Wool-Ease is a great garment yarn which can be machine washed and dried; making it the perfect match for children’s clothes. I personally love the stitch definition and functionality of  Wool-Ease.  Cables work up beautifully, and a scarf or hat knit/crochet in this yarn will definitely keep you warm. Below, I’ve shared some of our popular Wool-Ease patterns in sweaters, afghans and accessories.

Pullovers and Cardigans are perfect projects for Wool-Ease.  Below our Lion Brand pattern image, you’ll also find images of a submitted project from Lion Brand users who used the patterns for their garments.

Alpine Zip-Neck Pullover
Knit Alpine Zip-Neck Pullover
Ladylike Pullover
Crochet Ladylike Pullover
Cabled Women's Cardigan
Knit Cabled Women’s Cardigan
TheissAlpineZipNeckPullover 
Thanks to Susan Theiss for the submission.
Ladylike Pullover 
Thanks to Carrington Cynthea for her submission.
LindaCabledCardigan 
Thanks to Linda Keigwin for her submission.

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Fall Fashion to Knit and Crochet: 12 Capes and Capelets We Love

August 16th, 2012

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Fall is almost here, and if you’re anything like me, you’re already searching for the perfect fall pattern to sink your hooks and needles into. Finding that one must-make pattern can be a challenge, particularly when there are so many beautiful patterns to choose from.

Capes are swinging back into style this fall, according to several sources including this article on Fashionising.com:

“Capes & cloaks …  for fall 2012 they’re making their move again, pushing the boundaries of fantasy to capture the imagination with new life. From the tailored to the traditional, the Gothic to the bright, capes and cloaks are the thing to throw over your shoulders when the chill hits.”

Looking for the perfect cape for you? Here are 12 of our favorites and why we love them. Follow the pattern links to download the pattern of your choice for free!

Color and beautiful stitch patterns bring these capes to life, and we love the collars incorporated into each design.

Crochet Round Yoke Poncho Knit Galway Poncho

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Top 10 Colors for Fall

August 15th, 2012

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Every season, Pantone, the world’s leading color authority, releases its list of trending fashion colors. To help you incorporate these beautiful shades into your yarncrafting, we’ve selected yarn shades that best match Pantone’s 10 shades for autumn. Check out the trends below!

French Roast Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend in Mink
Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend
in Mink
Vanna's Choice in Espresso
Vanna’s Choice in Espresso
Fishermen's Wool in Nature's Brown
Fishermen’s Wool in
Nature’s Brown
Honey Gold Hometown USA in Las Vegas Gold
Hometown USA in
Las Vegas Gold
Wool-Ease in Gold
Wool-Ease in Gold
Vanna's Choice in Honey
Vanna’s Choice in
Honey
Tangerine Tango Hometown USA in Tennessee Tango
Hometown USA in
Tennessee Tango
Vanna's Chocie in Radiant Orange
Vanna’s Choice in
Radiant Orange
Silky Twist in Tangerine
Silky Twist in
Tangerine
Pink Flambé Vanna's Choice in Rose
Vanna’s Choice in
Rose
LB Collection Cotton Bamboo in Hibicus
LB Collection Cotton
Bamboo
in Hibicus
Martha Stewart Crafts Extra Soft Wool Blend in Flamingo
Martha Stewart Crafts
Extra Soft Wool Blend

in Flamingo
Rose Smoke Baby's First in Twinkle Toes
Baby’s First in
Twinkle Toes
Wool-Ease in Blush Heather
Wool-Ease in Blush
Heather
Martha Stewart Crafts Merino in Milk Glass Pink
Martha Stewart Crafts
Merino
in Milk Glass
Pink
Rhapsody Hometown USA in Seattle Sea Mist
Hometown USA in
Seattle Sea Mist
Vanna's Glamour in Purple Topaz
Vanna’s Glamour in
Purple Topaz
Martha Stewart Crafts Roving Wool in Lavender Soap
Martha Stewart Crafts
Roving Wool
in
Lavender Soap
Titanium Superwash Merino Cashmere in Slate
Superwash Merino
Cashmere
in Slate
Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton Hemp in Slate
Martha Stewart Crafts Cotton Hemp in Slate
Vanna's Choice in Silver Grey
Vanna’s Choice in Silver Grey
Olympian Blue Cotton-Ease in Turquoise
Cotton-Ease in
Turquoise
Homespun in Montana Sky
Homespun in
Montana Sky
LB Collection Organic Wool in Dark Teal
LB Collection Organic
Wool
in Dark Teal
Ultramarine Green Hometown USA in Grand Rapids Green
Hometown USA in
Grand Rapids Green
Martha Stewart Crafts Mambo in Sea Turtle
Martha Stewart Crafts
Mambo
in Sea Turtle
Jiffy in Country Green
Jiffy in Country Green
Bright Chartreuse Jiffy in Apple Green
Jiffy in Apple Green
Hometown USA in Key Lime
Hometown USA in
Key Lime
Kitchen Cotton in Kiwi
Kitchen Cotton in
Kiwi

What do you think of autumn’s hottest shades? Let us know in the comments below!

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