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4 Celebrity Scarf & Cowl Trends To Try This Fall

September 5th, 2015

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4 Celebrity Scarf & Cowl Trends To Try This Fall
It’s no secret that those looking to keep up with the fashion world are constantly looking to celebrities’ style to gain inspiration. We see celebrities in movies, on television shows, on stages performing, and in the press. With all this exposure, the pressure to be on-trend must be intense!  They, unlike us, have teams of stylists to make sure they show off the latest designer fashions, stay polished and camera-ready, and dress for the occasion. Think you can’t replicate the look at home? You can!

With fall and winter ahead of us, we’re thinking up ways to dress up our sweaters and coats. Here are 4 celebrity cold-weather trends to consider when selecting your next project.


The Look: Subtle Details

(from left to right: Actress Krysten Ritter; Actress Sophia Bush; Singer Taylor Swift)

When celebrities wear knit scarves, they tend to have subtle details, like small cables or neatly ribbed patterns. They also stick to neutral colors — like navy or grey — creating a simple, but elegant look. Sticking to a neutral hue will also make any detailed stitches stand out much more.

Get the Look:

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Knit Brisbane Scarf made with Hometown USA® Crochet Crystal Falls Cowl  made with Alpine Wool Knit Cable Panel Scarf made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®


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Lola gets ready for a last blast of summer, but she can’t please everyone …

September 4th, 2015

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


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Crochet Coney Island Frank Dog Toy — Made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Prospect Park Pretzel Cat Toy — Made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Red Hook Cheeseburger Dog Toy — Made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Kent Street Bagel Cat Toy — Made with Vanna’s Choice®

For more great pet patterns, visit PatternFinder.

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What’s Trending for Fall: Why spend $500 on a trendy cowl when you can knit one yourself for less than $60?

September 3rd, 2015

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See it … make it!


We spotted this Nuage Paillette Hand-Knit Tube Scarf in the latest Lafayette 148 catalog (on the left) and it’s gorgeous … not to mention it immediately reminded us of the Dobbs Ferry Cowl (on the right) made in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®.

You can buy the pre-made cowl for $500 OR you can make one yourself for under $60 – which option will you choose for your wardrobe this fall?


Hats for Halloween and Beyond!

September 3rd, 2015

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Hats for Halloween and Beyond!
With homework already being doled out, we bet your kids are daydreaming about what they’ll be for Halloween. Some may have had the perfect costume idea concocted months ago, while others are still weighing their options. Robot? Zoo Animal? Rock Star? Whatever they may choose, we yarncrafters know that the sky’s the limit when it comes to DIY costumes!

We also know that Halloween, always at the end of October, teetering into cooler November, can be a chilly holiday depending on where you live. Why not do double duty and make your child’s Halloween costume something they can wear after the holiday? Have fun creating more elaborate hats that kids can dress up for trick-or-treating, then continue to wear as winter comes along.

Below, find a few of our favorite animal-themed hats to get the creative juices flowing. What kind of costume will you help design?


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Knit Cat Ear Hat by Gina Michele* made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Crochet Worsted Weight Triceratops Hat by Micah Makes* made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Toddler Monkey Hat made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Unicorn Hat by Repeat Crafter Me* made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Gramminal Lion Hat made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Meow Hat made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Spidey Hat made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit & Crochet Fuzzy Bear Hood made with Romance® Crochet Coco the Spaniel Hat by IraRott Inc*. made with Vanna’s Choice®


*Please note, this is not a Lion Brand pattern.


9 of August’s Most Popular Patterns!

September 2nd, 2015

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Your New Fall Style: 9 Knit Alternatives to Scarves and Sweaters
August saw the launch of two fantastic yarn collections! Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® — the wool-blend yarn you love for its feel and ease — debuted 14 new colors! Our newest program, Color Made Easy, constructed new color families and made even the simplest projects look fashionable and unique. The Level-2 Easy Knit Cardigan was a favorite without a doubt. Available in 5 sizes, it’s also rated as an Easy-level pattern. Beginner and expert knitters alike will love this project.

Also trending in August – Scarfie. It’s the solution to the conundrum all yarncrafters face: how much yarn do I need for a pattern? We crunched the numbers and found the perfect yardage for this new yarn. One ball will make a full-length knit or crocheted scarf, but don’t stop there… Garments like the Free Spirit Topper show off Scarfie‘s gorgeous ombre coloring and are perfect transitional pieces for your wardrobe. Available in 9 richly toned ombre colors, it’s a perfect fit for fall.

Below, find some of August’s top patterns; don’t forget to use our Pattern Finder to find more!

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Level-2 Easy Knit Cardigan made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Level-2 Easy Crochet Scarf & Hat made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Level-1 Knit Beginner Cowl made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®
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Level-2 Easy Crochet Afghan made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Level-2 Easy Crochet Cowl made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Knit Free Spirit Topper made with Scarfie
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Friendship Bracelets made with Bonbons Knit Checkerboard Scarf made with Scarfie Level-1 Beginner Knit Afghan made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®