December 19th, 2014
Pantone is a global color authority, located in Carlstadt, NJ (coincidentally, Carlstadt is also the home of Lion Brand’s corporate offices). Many industries use Pantone’s service to determine which colors to feature on their products – everything from housewares to fabrics.
How is the color of the year determined? The experts at Pantone immerse themselves in the culture, pulling together colors that organically seem to pop up everywhere. They find the common denominator and it is then identified as the most important color trend for the next year. Pantone also considers how the meaning of the color relates to cultural events and the overall mood at the time.
The color for 2015 is Marsala, a rich, deep color that indicates stability. It’s wonderful for fashion because it is flattering against many skin tones and appeals to both men and women. Spotted on the runways this past season, Marsala is an earthy, 70s throwback, basic, and a neutral color that makes an interesting alternative to black, grey and off-white. In a wardrobe, this color is considered a staple, and it’s wonderful as an accent in the warmer months.
El Paso Autumn
|LB Collection® Wool Stainless Steel
|Lion’s Pride®® Woolspun
|LB Collection® Superwash Merino
|Superwash Merino Cashmere
December 18th, 2014
Today, I’m excited to share 6 awesome crochet patterns from some wonderfully talented bloggers and designers. Some of you may be familiar with the works of these bloggers already, and if not – be sure to browse through and check out each site; I’m sure you’ll find something that piques your interest! All of the links below feature projects from crafters who made items with our yarn of the month, Heartland (which is now 20% off).
(Top left to right)
- Baby Elephant Hat (Katmai and Olympic Blue) by: Repeat Crafter Me
- Cabled Beanie (Grand Canyon) by: All About Ami
- Tunisian Crochet Cowl (Acadia and Yosemite) by: Rescued Paw
- Fairy Tale Poncho (Redwood) by: Moogly
- Gold Leaf Infinity Scarf (Shenandoah) by: Fiber Flux
- Braided and Broken Wrap (Yellowstone) by: Cre8tion Crochet
December 17th, 2014
The newest rendition of Annie comes out in theaters this Friday. Whether you grew up with the film or plan to see it for the first time – it’s a great movie to inspire little girls to believe in themselves.
One of my favorite songs from Annie is “You Are Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile,” so in honor of my favorite song, here are a 8 patterns to inspire you to knit or crochet for your favorite little girl.
|Crochet Next Generation Dress||Knit Little Sweetheart Bolero||Crochet Blooming Cap and Mitts||Knit Fresh Picked Color 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan|
|Knit Colorful Cardigan and Hat||Crochet Headwrap with Bow||Knit Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio||Crochet Country Cardi|
December 16th, 2014
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes out tomorrow, December 17th, marking the last installment of a long-loved trilogy. The Hobbit features magical creatures – elves, dwarfs, dragons, oh my! – stunning landscapes, and epic battles.
Will you join Bilbo, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, and Thorin (phew!) on the final leg of their journey as they battle Smaug for Middle Earth? If so, you may want to add a little something to your wardrobe to get in the mood …
If you’re feeling inspired to take a trip to the Misty Mountains of Middle Earth, here are nine knit and crochet patterns for you!
|Knit The Hobbit: Bofur’s Hat
made with Vanna’s Choice® and Homespun®
|Crochet Gimli Inspired Helmet made with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Glamour®||Knit Jordanna’s Beard pattern
Made with Wool-Ease®
by Ravelry user melissalm
|Knit Pippin’s Scarf
made with Wool-Ease® by Ravelry user SuzieBlue
|Crochet Hippie Chic Vest made with Fun Fur®||Easy Crocheted Wristers
made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Merino
|Knit Cable Luxe Tunic
made with Wool-Ease®
|Knit Cabled Teal Vest made with LB Collection® Organic Wool||Knit Tall Trees Tunic
Made with Fisherman’s Wool
December 15th, 2014
This past November, knitters and crocheters alike were deep in gift-making mode. Some of the most popular patterns focused on simple silhouettes like the Canyon Shrug and the Emily Bronte Topper. And whether it was a cat and mouse, reindeer or penguin, novelty mittens were also must-have addition to the project list.
It appears that colder weather was also on the minds of many – the Essential Fall Pullover, made with Heartland, took the lead as the most popular pattern to knit for November! Super-bulky yarns like Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Homespun® Thick&Quick® were also popular, likely because they work up quickly and will bring you closer to finishing your gift list for friends and family faster.
Here is a collection of popular Lion Brand patterns that inspired crafters in the month of November:
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December 13th, 2014
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December 13th, 2014
Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.
|Knit Cat and Mouse Mittens||Knit Cat And Mouse Blanket||Knit Cat and Mouse Scarf|
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December 12th, 2014
Don’t you wish you could wrap all of your loved ones in gorgeous afghans and sweaters this holiday season? Well now you can … well at least their gifts anyways!
Some of Lion Brand’s most beautiful patterns have been transformed into selections of bold and stately Artisan Gift Wrap. Designed from variety of knit and crochet projects — ranging from funky crocheted hexagons to a classic cream-colored cable — each wrapping paper design (there are six all together) is so gorgeously detailed, we think you’ll have trouble tearing into your gifts! It’s perfect for wrapping hand crafted gifts – or, it can be used on its own for wall art, scrapbooking and origami designs!
Each wrapping paper is based on one of our favorite patterns, featured below:
|Knit Stained Glass Sweater||Crochet New Slant Afghan||Crochet Granny Variation Afghan|
|Crochet Fireworks Hexagon Picnic Blanket||Knit Dancing Cable Afghan||Knit Blazing Blocks Afghan|
December 11th, 2014
As you can probably tell by the name, Heartland is inspired by prominent American landmarks and landscapes — Kings Canyon, Mammoth Cave, Glacier Bay, and Shenandoah to name a few. Composed of deep heathered and even tweed shades, I often refer to them as jewel-like because of the yarn’s vibrant colors. It is an easy-care yarn perfect for garments, afghans and accessories for kids and adults – best of all Heartland is made in the USA!
Even better, from now until the end of December, Heartland is 20% off!
There are many wonderful patterns that use this yarn — and many are just perfect for the holiday season.
Below you’ll find a lookbook of our favorites. Want more? Visit lionbrand.com.
December 9th, 2014
#Scarfie = A selfie with a scarf
This great #scarfie project comes from Sarah, the creative mind behind the blog, Repeat Crafter Me. So cozy for this time of year, Sarah’s Crochet Hooded Cowl works up fast with 3 balls of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, and the toddler version only requires 2. This project is quite easy to crochet and assemble, and Sarah has even included some lovely pictures to help you visualize the process!
Make matching sets for you and your little one with Sarah’s awesome patterns: Crochet Hooded Cowl