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Check Out Our Most Popular Patterns from February!

March 4th, 2015

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Knitters and crocheters love the trend of using simple shapes to create stunning garments.  For instance, did you know that the Tribeca Tunic, Rainbow Squares Afghan, and the Easy Sparkling Top are based on simple rectangles and squares?

And proving further that the combination of simple and stunning is a winner, the Simple Crochet Shrug continues to be a popular pattern; it was our most popular pattern in January too!

Even the Cromwell Court Afghan and the 5 1/2 Hour Throw use a repetitive pattern – perfect projects for  watching season three of House of Cards.

Here is a selection of popular patterns from last month:

Psy and Thai's Kitty Cozy Knit Tribeca Tunic Neck's Best Thing Triangle Shawl
Crochet Psy and Thai’s Kitty Cozy Knit Tribeca Tunic Crochet Neck’s Best Thing Shawl
Knit Tree of Life Afghan Crochet Rainbow Squares Afghan Knit Cromwell Court Afghan
Knit Tree of Life Afghan Crochet Rainbow Squares Afghan Knit Cromwell Court Afghan
Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Throw Knit Easy Rectangle Cardigan and Cowl Crochet Easy Sparkling Top
Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Throw Knit Easy Rectangle and Cowl Crochet Easy Sparkling Top

What have you been making this past month? Share with use below.

 

Step Into Spring With These 12 Easter Patterns!

March 3rd, 2015

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Despite the snow and cold, Easter is only a month away – which means that spring is almost here! So instead of spring cleaning, how about knitting a Bunny Hoodie to get you in a spring mood! Or our new and already popular Blooming Teapot Cozy will keep your tea warm as you watch your garden grow.

And back by popular demand, we’re re-introducing the Bunny Lovie – the perfect gift for newborns celebrating their first Easter!

And just in case it snows in April (ugh!), plan for an indoor egg hunt with these darling yarn-wrapped eggs.

Check out our favorite spring-spirations below! What are you waiting for? Hop to it!

Crochet Bunny Lovie Craft Easter Basket Loom Woven Bunny Knit Blooming Teapot Cozy
*NEW* Crochet Bunny Lovie *NEW* Craft Easter Basket Loom Woven Bunny *NEW* Knit Blooming Teapot Cozy
Crochet Cute Cabled Lamb Crochet Bella the Bunny Knit Bunny Dog Costume Crochet Easter Basket
Knit Cute Cabled Lamb Bella the Bunny Knit Bunny Dog Costume Crochet Easter Basket
Crochet Weed Rabbit Egg Cozy Knit Bunny Hoodie Crochet Hippity Hop Blankie Knit Bunny Hat and Booties
Crochet Wee Rabbit Egg Cozy Knit Bunny Hoodie *NEW* Crochet Hippity Hop Blankie Knit Bunny Hat and Booties

For more easter patterns simply type “Easter” in our Patternfinder for more great ideas!

 

Landscapes is 20% off for the the entire month of March!

March 2nd, 2015

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Landscapes® is a premium acrylic, single-ply roving yarn with a satiny feel. With its beautiful colorways, you’ll create stunning garments and accessories that make simple stitches look like art. Make beautiful stripes as seen in the Rib and Shells Shrug or colorful textures like in the Jewel Box Pullover.

The best part is from now until the end of March, Landscapes® is 20% off the original price!

Browse through our lookbook below to see the how this yarn really takes the idea of color-changing to a whole new level.

 

8 Knit & Crochet Patterns To Celebrate the Season Finale of Downton Abbey!

March 1st, 2015

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Downton Abbey finishes up it’s 5th season tonight and I can’t wait to see all the 1920s fashions. Downton’s fabulous fashion sense was always a big draw for me because I just love vintage styles. As I’m gearing up to watch this last episode, I’m making a list of patterns that I think would fit a few of my of my favorite characters from the show.

Check out what I’ve picked out below for characters past and present:

Embellished Beanie Cable Vest Textured Raglan Jacket Shaped Cable Top
This Embellished Beanie in Homespun® would look great if you had a bob like Lady Mary. Little George would look very handsome in this Cabled
Vest in Cotton-Ease®.
I can picture any of the upstairs Downton women wearing this Textured Raglan Jacket in LB Collection® Organic Wool! Lady Rose often sports a very simple and stylish look on the show- making the Shaped Cabled Top in LB Collection® Superwash Merino a perfect fit for her!
Vegan Fur Poncho cloche Knit Vintage Glam Turban  
Lady Sybil was a very empathetic character, so this Vegan Fur Poncho in Pelt® would be just perfect for her … if faux fur existed back then. This  Flapper Hat  would be great for any of the ladies of Downton Abbey – upstairs or downstairs. Make it with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® for a very cozy and stylish hat to wear. (note: this is a paid pattern)  Cora’s mother is a very fashion-forward woman and would definitely be seen wearing this Vintage Glam Turban in Vanna’s Glamour®.  This Car Coat in Wool-Ease® Thick and Quick® is perfect for any lady who’s heading up to London for business or pleasure.

 

10 Things We’re Doing Besides Knitting & Crocheting

February 27th, 2015

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Here in the marketing department at Lion Brand, we talk a lot about knitting and crocheting and yarn and magic loops and swatches and yarn weights (we know our DK from our super bulky) and and and … bottom line is that we’re all experts in one way or another when it comes yarn. We can talk about it all day — and we do! You may however be surprised to know that we’re also fairly well-rounded with an excess of interests, hobbies and obsessions that go beyond the hooks and needles.

We thought you might enjoy a peek into our inner worlds. Have fun and please share some of your own personal interests outside of knitting and crocheting in the comments below.

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destiny_zoeZoe: I’ve been playing Destiny, a futuristic first-person shooter from the creators of Halo. My Warlock alter ego finally acquired the elusive Gjallarhorn and is well on the way to becoming legend. With so many minions of darkness to destroy, it’s tough choosing between needles and controller!

Sarah: Sunday mornings, I’m curling up with a cup of tea and a Rehab Addict marathon on HGTV. My favorite weekend breakfast sandwich: Spread half an avocado onto a toasted everything bagel and top with three slices of bacon (I cook my bacon in the oven like Ina’s recipe to avoid a greasy kitchen). During the week, instead of knitting on the subway, I like to listen to podcasts. My favorite at the moment is 99 Percent Invisible which is a podcast about design. It covers things that you wouldn’t expect like the origins of the sports mascot, buildings that once housed Pizza Huts, and the way airports are laid out  to get you to buy food. I love learning these fun facts!

newgirlShira: Being a single lady in the city and Brand ambassador for Lion brand Yarn, my social life has definitely  taken off. I no longer have time for one of my favorite things to do … hang out with my two cats Psy and Thai and catch up some really good TV like the New Girl, or another one we love Scandal.  If I try to knit while I watch TV, the kitties try to help, but their version of “help” is not really helping so watching TV is like a mini-vacation from my Yarn life.

Petrina: I’m trying to brighten up my apartment more and find myself getting into gardening. Recently my in-laws gave me some paperwhites as a gift and I planted them a few weeks ago so they’re just starting to bloom now – just in time for spring!

kale_brandyceBrandyce: I’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately, and since it’s so cold here in the northeast, soups have definitely been a favorite of mine. I recently came across this Butternut Squash Quinoa and Kale Stew recipe from Love and Lemons, and it was great! I also added Mushrooms for some extra texture – and think it could taste even better with maybe some bacon pieces or chorizo. I will definitely be making more of this soup; it’s so hearty and flavorful.

Ilana: To relax and stay in shape, I do yoga regularly. Even though I don’t really enjoy most exercise, yoga gives me an immediate feeling of relaxation by the end of the class. I started practicing about six years ago because I felt stiff when I woke up in the morning. Doing yoga regularly solved that problem and makes me more mindful of my physical health so I’m not as likely to fall into bad habits.

Danielle: Sad that the new Modest Mouse will be released later than expected, I at least found comfort in an engrossing little ebook called, “Crocheting with Kurt Cobain“. Kind of, sort of, not really about Kurt Cobain or crocheting, it’s about a deceased law student who’s stuck between heaven and earth and must somehow atone for her wrong-doings before she can get entrance to heaven. I couldn’t put it down … I’m also excited about all the amazing shows coming to New York City this year – Björk, Yoko Ono, Basquiat, Frida Kahlo, to name a small few! It’s a good time to visit if you can work it into your travel plans.

 

Yolanda Soto-Lopez Shows You How to Crochet an Adorable Baby Vest with Just One Skein of Ice Cream!

February 27th, 2015

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You can crochet this adorable “One Skein Wonder Vest” with just one skein of our newest and already very popular baby yarn, Ice Cream. I personally love this pattern because it’s easy to crochet and the yarn is variegated – which means you can have multiple colors in your project without changing yarns! With 8 great colorways in this yarn, you can experiment with the variations and come up with new color combinations for your vest.

Check out the video below to watch and learn how to crochet the One Skein Wonder Vest with crochet maven Yolanda Soto-Lopez from the All Crafts Channel on YouTube!

:: can’t see the video above? click here: http://youtu.be/uR9zyxVw6jo ::

 

Our secret is out! These 70 new patterns are based on simple rectangles!

February 26th, 2015

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Lion Brand® attends The Craft & Hobby Association Conference and Tradeshow every year and a highlight of the event is our fashion show, hosted by Lion Brand spokesperson Vanna White and Lion Brand Creative Director Adina Klein. Based on five simple categories, we’re excited to present our latest collection of over 70 new patterns in the yarns you love – Modern Baby®, Unique, Homespun®, Heartland®, Amazing®, Landscapes®, Heartland Thick & Quick®, Hometown USA®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Wool-Ease®, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Vanna’s Choice®, and Vanna’s Glamour®.

Watch the fashion now:

Below is a look book of garments presented at the show – click the image to link to the free pattern. The majority of the patterns and yarns featured in the collection are available at lionbrand.com right now. Can’t find a garment you like in the look book? Check back by mid-March!

 

6 Easy Homespun Projects Designed by Bloggers and Ravelry Users

February 25th, 2015

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We’re celebrating Homespun®! As our yarn of the month, it’s currently on sale for 20% off at lionbrand.com!

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite Homespun® projects designed by bloggers and Ravelry users. These projects are so inspiring and they highlight the unique and beautiful color palettes of the yarn.

From accessories to home decor, Homespun® is a versatile yarn that can be used to create a wide range of projects – as you can see below!

GinaMicheleHat
AllAboutAmiMittens
CraftsUnleashedArmKnitBlanket
Gina Michele
(Knit) DIY Pompm Beanie
Homespun: Painted Desert
All About Ami
Cozy Crochet Mittens
Homespun: Shaker
Crafts Unleashed
Arm Knit Blanket
Homespun: Pearls
WaffleCowl OffTheHooky PurplezigzagCowl
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Waffle Scarf
Homespun: Edwardian
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Granny Square Blanket
Homespun: Pearls, Shaker, Barley
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Purple Zig Zag Cowl
Homespun: Purple Haze, Mixed Berries

Share with us, what patterns do you like to knit or crochet with Homespun?

 

The Studio Knit-Along – My Adventure Continues

February 24th, 2015

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I’ve never been more determined to finish something I’m knitting in my whole life! I feel as though I am in the Knit-Along Olympics, competing against myself. It’s not really a competition, but this week when I showed up with my ribbing, and everyone else had their back portion done and they were either finished or half way done with the front part of the sweater, I realized I needed to pick up my game. The group is spurring me on. I’m knitting like a fiend, trying to catch up to these ultra-fast ladies.

So I have run into a few hiccups.

As I was knitting, doing my increases every sixteen rows, I looked at my fabric and saw there was a big gaping hole in the back panel! I had dropped a stitch and it was ten rows back. How was I going to fix this? Will I have to rip it out?! How will I know where I was? I started to sweat. What to do …

LIGHT BULB!

I went through my collection of crochet hooks, and I’m going to be honest, I’ve never been so thankful for a crochet hook in my life! I took some calming breaths and saved the stitch, bringing it back up to the needle.

My next challenge? Counting rows …

I’m scared to find out what happens if I mess up the counting. Ann, the KAL instructor, had suggested I get a row counter, but what do you do about traveling?  How do you know it won’t get pushed? That’s all I need, to think I’m on row 16 but I’ve really done 25 rows. Then what happens?  I travel all the time with my knitting, how does one count rows while traveling on a subway?!


My mission and to end on a positive note!

 I am on a mission to finish my front and back panels this week because I cannot wait to start the side panels and sleeves of my sweater. The good news is that I love knitting with Heartland®. It can only get better from here right?

 

Crochet a Chelsea Morning Cowl in two movies or less!

February 24th, 2015

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Lion Brand®‘s LB Collection® Silk Chiffon Ribbon is made from recycled silk sari fabric and I just love it. As a big fan of mori girl fashion – a Japanese street-style that focuses on forest-like aesthetics, layering, and upcycling – this handcut, artisanal yarn is a dream come true.

Thinking about the colder weather, I used the yarn to create a garment I call the “Chelsea Morning Cowl“. With some help from our Design department, I’ve made this pattern available to you so you can make one yourself!

Since each skein of Silk Chiffon Ribbon is one-of-a-kind, I decided to pair it with Wool-Ease® Thick and Quick® in the color Grey Marble – it’s a good neutral to use to emphasize the color scheme of the Silk Chiffon Ribbon. My skein featured beautiful blues and purples.

Mori girl focuses a lot on layering, so I created an eyelet design to highlight an outfit underneath the cowl. Since I’m a petite person, I normally wear it as a cape.

The best part of this pattern? It’s a super quick project and can be finished in under four hours – that’s about two movies or four episodes of your favorite television show!

 
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