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Archive for January, 2014

6 Fast Finish Gifts for Valentine’s Day

January 31st, 2014

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Here at Lion Brand, we’ve always pictured Valentine’s Day as a day to express the love you have for others and nothing says that more than with a handmade gift. Send a card with a crocheted rose applique, knit your cherished friend a scarf in their favorite colors or make a sweater for your beloved pet.

Check out some of our ideas below — show how much you appreciate your special someone:

Valentine's Day Mittens Valentine's Day Mittens Flower Hair Accessories.
Give these hugs and kisses badge pins to your best friend(s) for life. Red and white knit mittens are made for little ones who need a little love to warm them up. Make hair clips, pins
or a bouquet of roses for
that special someone.
Crochet Bon Bon Magnets Crochet Lorelei the Lady Bug Knit and Crochet Cupcakes
These Bon Bon Magnets
make great gifts
without the calories.
Crochet this ladybug
for the special lovebug
in your life.
Decorate a small jewelry box or candy favor with this knit and crochet cupcake.

Check out more of our Valentine’s Day related patterns.

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Who Loves You More Than Your Dog!

January 29th, 2014

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romantic sweater romantic hat

They always greet you with a wet nose and a wagging tail when you come home, and they never complain about your taste in TV shows. Even when you’re having a bad hair day they still act like you’re the most beautiful person they know. You’ve been together through thick and thin, and you know they’ll stick by you through whatever the future holds. That’s right, I’m talking about your pet pooch! Commemorate your special bond this Valentine’s Day with this matching Romantic Dog Sweater and Romantic Hat set!

Today’s Yarncraft Horoscope Is…

January 27th, 2014

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This year we celebrate your creativity and the unique ways in which handcrafting with yarn helps you shine through. Not only is everything you create a reflection of you,we understand that you want ideas for gifts that are unique and personalized.

With the introduction of scarves designed to reflect the personalities of each of the signs of the Zodiac, we offer a way to customize birthday gifts for friends and family.

Search the word “zodiac” in our Patternfinder database and you’ll find knit and crochet scarves for each sign of the Zodiac. They speak to an individual’s personality and their astrological sign. Our zodiac scarves — using Vanna’s Choice yarn because of the wide variety of colors in the collection — are inspired by the colors often associated with each zodiac sign: Purple for an artistic Aquarius; Sea-green for a daydreaming Pisces; bright red for the independent Aries; Gold for the always confident Leo … to name a few.

These scarves are perfect for those who love to check out their daily horoscope or for those who want to show off their zodiac sign boldly and stylishly.  Add bobbles or a fringe trim to personalize it and make it your own!

Aquarius Pisces Aries
Jan 21 – Feb 19
Knit or Crochet
Feb 20 – Mar 20
Knit or Crochet
Mar 21 – Apr 20
Knit or Crochet


The Stars Are All Aligned

January 26th, 2014

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This story is from our newletters called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. We’re sharing the most recent story here in the blog. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here.

This year, Allie resolved to be more sociable. It was hard to put yourself out there, but necessary if you wanted to have a life that was more than your job. She was an Aquarius—friendly, but also private—and cherished weekends when she could sleep late, crochet, and chat on the phone. That was her restorative reward after a killer work-week. But she was tired of being alone. Maybe she needed a little less privacy and a little more friendship.

Wearing her favorite pink sweater and skinny jeans, Allie strolled the few blocks from her apartment to the Java Library. With the comfy seating and alluring bookshelves, the Java Library invited you to relax. She usually spent no more than five minutes there, always satisfied with buying her morning coffee and leaving.


Show Your Support for Team USA!

January 24th, 2014

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With the winter Olympics less two weeks away I can feel the anticipation mounting. I’m usually not a big fan of sports but whenever the Olympics come around I always find myself getting swept up in the excitement. I’m instantly hooked after watching the opening ceremonies and immediately start searching online for the schedule of my favorite events. While watching the US competitors perform astounding acts of athleticism while clad in their dazzling red, white, and blue uniforms I can’t help but feel a little patriotic.

embroidering mittensAfter Lion Brand was featured in David Muir’s Made In America segment on ABC News (check out the video here!), I decided to help our Design team create our own version of the Olympic mittens. The Design team made the mittens first with our American-made Heartland yarn. Next, I got to design the embroidery to give the mittens some patriotic flare. The embroidery went pretty quickly, maybe 15-20 minutes per mitten and I was sort of figuring out the design as I did it. Then they were sent back to the Design team so they could write a pattern for our customers!

Click here to get the pattern for the knit Team USA mittens or click here for the crochet version! You can find the patterns for the hats and scarf shown in the photo above here.

Did you know that many of our yarns are made in America? Click here to see the full list!