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Lola Meets “Dino-Kitty” …

May 29th, 2015

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.

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Crochet Dotty Dinosaur Crochet Dinosaur Scarf Cats In Hats: Knit Dinosaur Hat

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Introducing Curvy Girl: Knit And Crochet Fashions To Flatter A Curvy Girl Like Me!

May 28th, 2015

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In my life I’ve modeled for Lion Brand a total of three times. The first two times I was a little girl and I didn’t care much about the garments I modeled. I really love the floppy hat I wore when I was seven-ish but the bobbly cardigan before that — not so much.

The third time, just recently as a fashion-conscious adult, I had the opportunity to give input into the garments beforehand and let me tell you, I’m thrilled with the results. Today, I’m ecstatic to share the new Curvy Girl collection! With Susan Haviland, Lion Brand’s Design Editor, the Design team and some of my own clothes as inspiration, I really believe we hit the nail on the head with this fabulous collection.


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When I get dressed in the morning, as much as I am a proud curvy girl, there are parts I want to cover up. My tush, my stomach — muffin top anyone? And I have to admit, I’m never the first to go sleeveless …

There are four new patterns designed especially for women like us, women who have curves — two knit and two crochet — and I think you’ll be excited to knit and crochet these garments. We’re confident you’ll feel good and comfortable in your finished products. Since I was the fit model as well, they were designed to look great on a real-world curvy girl, not just a size 10-12 the fashion industry often uses for plus-size garment modeling.

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Curvy Girl Knit Tunic
Made with Textures®
Curvy Girl Crochet Rufled Collar Cardigan
Made with Heartland®
Curvy Girl Knit Cabled Cardigan
Made with Heartland®
Curvy Girl Crochet Tunic
Made with Heartland®

I love the tunic and the open shoulder tops. The tunic is crochet and the open shoulder is knit. It was also really important in this process to make the patterns easy, yet intricate. The patterns are simple enough for beginners while allowing for pro- knitters and crocheters to add pizzazz with more complex finishing touches!

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:: these are some of my favorite action shots from the shoot ::

I hope that you all love this as much as I do! It was a pleasure to model these garments and I hope that we continue making more Curvy Girl patterns because I like ice cream and chocolate and I am not willing to give those up!

 

Tea with Shira Episode #3: Double Trouble with Verna and Patricia!

May 28th, 2015

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In this episode of “Tea with Shira”, our brand ambassador Shira Blumenthal sits down with two Lion Brand Studio regulars, Patricia and Verna! They’ve been visiting our studio since 2008, participating in classes & workshops, gushing over new yarn releases, and just hanging out with the staff. They share their latest projects, favorite yarns, and even favorite teas!

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Yarns discussed in this video:

Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®
Heartland® 
Hometown USA®

Do you have a question for Shira? You can leave them in the comments below or tweet her at @shiraroars and she just might answer your question in her next video!

 

Would you like to be featured in the Pattern Journal newsletter?

May 27th, 2015

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Each month the Pattern Journal newsletter features a story inspired by an irresistible pattern. We know you love to knit and crochet, so you must have stories to share about your favorite patterns, right? To see past Pattern Journals, visit the archive.

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All Eyes On: Granny Squares!

May 27th, 2015

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The 1970s have been having a moment in fashion lately, and with it comes a trend we’re familiar with… Granny Squares!

Although the pattern’s always been a favorite for afghans and throws, we love the idea of wearing this dynamic pattern. Combine your favorite colors to make a vibrant square, or go for a monochromatic look with a single color, like Alison Craftland’s bolero project below. Even fans of high fashion will want to get their hands on a Granny Square piece — top designers have incorporated the pattern in their European fashion shows!

Crocheters rejoice; the beloved pattern is making a comeback this spring and summer and we’ve got a few projects to match.

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Crochet Multi-Colored Granny Square Shawl. Made with Vanna’s Glamour®. Crochet Woodstock Granny Vest. Make one with LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo Yarn. Crochet Granny Square Bolero by Alison Craftland.*Make one with LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo Yarn.
Miu Miu DIY Granny Sq Scarf Hat granny sq skirt
Miu-Miu DIY Crochet Top by Trinkets in Bloom.* Crocheted with Kitchen Cotton. Crochet Granny Square Scarf and Hat. Make a set with Bonbons. Crochet Granny Square Skirt. Made with Vanna’s Tapestry® and Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Electric Granny Vest. Made with Kitchen Cotton. Crochet Not Your Grannie’s Gloves. Made with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Palettes®. Knit and Crochet Granny Raglan Pullover. Made with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Palettes®.

* Not a Lion Brand pattern

 

4 Ways Knitting and Crocheting for an Animal Can Be Healing for Yourself

May 26th, 2015

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Blogger and author Kathryn Vercillo is an expert in the area of using crafting to heal, having researched the topic extensively for her book Crochet Saved My Life. In this post she explores the benefits of having pets and other animals in our lives and how we can craft for them as a way to heal ourselves. Read Kathryn’s previous blog posts on the Lion Brand Notebook here.

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Pattern: Barkley Loves His Blanket
Every week I pick up a friend’s Golden Retriever and together we volunteer through the SPCA doing animal-assisted emotional support therapy. We visit hospitals, schools, housing shelters, community organizations, transitional living residences … and no matter where we visit, the energy of the room changes as soon as the puppy walks through the door. People relax. People smile. People play.

One of the most underlooked ways that animals can help us is through our knitting and crochet. Whether or not you have a pet of your own, you can find ways to crochet for animals that help to benefit them as well as yourself.

1) Crafting for Pets That Are Ill

It can be so difficult on us when our pets get ill, especially with a chronic illness. Animals with long-term illnesses require a lot of care and support. People sometimes reduce their hours at work or change their social schedules for years at a time in order to accommodate the special needs of a sick animal. We do this because we love them but we shouldn’t underestimate how stressful it can be for us.

Having a pet that is chronically ill can lead to the same kind of caregiver stress experienced by people who are taking care of elderly parents or special needs children. Knitting and crochet help to relieve depression in caregivers. Making items for your own pet in need can be a way that you give to them while sustaining yourself. It can feel especially healing to make something that will comfort the animal – a soft new pet bed, a cuddly new pet toy – because it really feels like the time that you’re taking for yourself is also giving to the animal.

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Showered With Love: Knit and Crochet Projects to Give to New Parents!

May 25th, 2015

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What better way to celebrate a new addition to the family than a gift made with love? Blankets and hats remain popular projects to make and give, but we like to think of all the essentials new parents may need.

Gifting a car seat? Make a canopy to match!

Crocheting an afghan? Consider a matching lovey for the baby to play with.

Bath wraps and washcloths make for a smart addition to a gift set of baby washes and lotions.

The possibilities are endless! Here are our picks for gifts to give to expectant mothers at their baby showers:

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Knit Baby Crown Hat. Make your own with Modern Baby® Down on the Farm Playset
Crochet your own with
Vanna’s Choice® & Fun Fur®.
Chevron Car Seat Canopy by Heather Ormond.* Make one with Kitchen Cotton.
Lion Baby Bath Wrap Sheep Baby Blanket washcloth
Lion Baby Bath Wrap. Crocheted with Kitchen Cotton. Sheep Baby Blanket by Two Sisters Crafting & Jean Adel.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®. Crochet Serene Spa Washcloth Make a stack with Kitchen Cotton.
baby bear hoodie Wee Mouse Lovey glamour babys hat
Knit Baby Bear Hooded Jacket Made with Homespun® Thick & Quick® Wee Mouse Lovey by Briana Olson*Make one with Cotton-Ease® Knit Glamour-Baby’s Hat
Make one with Baby Wool

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern

 

9 Fresh Food-Inspired Projects!

May 23rd, 2015

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Everyone’s going “bananas” over Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s newest window display! Chock-full of knit and crochet fruits and vegetables, the Farmer’s Market-themed display features pineapples, apples, eggplants, cauliflower, corn, sunflowers and more!

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You can read all about it over at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, “Our New Window is Orchard Fresh!

Inspired by this tasty treat, we collected our favorite food-inspired knits – make a few for your market basket!


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Crochet Fruit Pot Holders *Paid* Pattern by Marcelline Simonotti Designs.* Made with Wool-Ease® Chunky Crochet Springtime Vegetable Pen Cozies by Twinkie Chan.* Made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Apple Slice Tawashi Scrubber made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Apple Cozy by Petals to Picots.* Made with Kitchen Cotton. Crochet Eggplant Amigurumi
Made with Wool-Ease®
Crochet Watermelon Coin Purse by Repeat Crafter Me* Made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Strawberry Hat by Repeat Crafter Me.*Make one with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Apple Amigurumi made with Wool-Ease® Crochet Banana Hat for Babies *Paid* Pattern by HGS Designs* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern

 

9 Fun Tote Bag Patterns To Knit And Crochet For Summer

May 22nd, 2015

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If you knit and crochet, you are likely to want to do it all year.  That sense of satisfaction that comes from accomplishing something with your hands would be missed if you give it up when the warm weather comes.  And, what would you do if you didn’t have knitting or crocheting to de-stress for months at a time?

I’ve searched through our selection of patterns to find a variety of summer totes that will keep your hands busy and your nerves calm while you travel or just relax on the porch or the beach this summer.  They are all made with lighter weight yarns and can be finished quickly and given as gifts (or to yourself!)

These market bags and totes can be stuffed in a suitcase and used as a bag to carry your souvenirs and gifts after a trip,  or you can take these sturdy bags to the grocery store and use them instead of disposable bags.  They are lightweight and casual, so they’ll work with the relaxed style we all enjoy in the summer. Whether you take them to the beach, the store, or on a trip, you’ll find the perfect tote for every occasion.

 

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Crochet 4 Ball Market Bag made with Kitchen Cotton Knit Sitara designed by Uma Padu made with Cotton-Ease® * Crochet Hexagon Market Bag made with Kitchen Cotton
Knit Slip Stitch Mosaic Tote Crochet Woodland Owl Bag designed by Laura Bozeman Knit Blended Tote
Knit Slip Stitch Mosaic Tote made with Kitchen Cotton Crochet Woodland Owl Bag designed by Laura Bozeman made with Vanna’s Choice® * Knit Blended Tote made with Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Rainbow Burst Tote
Knit Mini Market Tote
Simple Crochet Tote
Crochet Rainbow Burst Tote made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Mini Market Tote made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Cotton Hemp Simple Crochet Tote made with Vanna’s Glamour®

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern

 

9 Ways to Decorate with Knit and Crochet!

May 21st, 2015

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It’s getting hotter and sweaters are the last thing on my mind. But just because it’s spring time doesn’t mean that I want to put down my needles or hooks! There are plenty of ways to knit through the warm months without making hats and scarves. This summer, I’m making decorations! From pillows to plant-holders, I’m sprucing up my place with beautiful, hand-made pieces.

Here are a few projects that you can make for your home!

Crochet Stash Basket
made with Fettuccini®
Crochet Geometric Pillow and Afghan made with Heartland® Knit Wall Hanging
Made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®Hometown USA®, and Wool-Ease® by While They Play Designs*
Macrame Plant Hanger
made with Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton
Knit Sunset Diamonds Afghan made with Textures® Crochet Little Waves Rug
made with Cotton-Ease® by Moogly*
 Crochet Pop of Color Garland made with Bonbons Knit Felted Little Loops Pillow made with Fishermen’s Wool® Crochet Log Cabin Arrow Afghan
made with Heartland®

*Not a Lion Brand Pattern

 
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