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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®
StrawberryHat3 apple banana hat
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.

 

Crochet 4 Ball Market Bag Knit Sitara designed by Uma Padu Crochet Hexagon Market Bag
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

 

Do You Really Have to “Lay Flat to Dry”? It’s a new “Out of the Loop,” the comic for those who love to knit and crochet …

May 20th, 2015

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We’ve teamed up with Todd Clark, creator of the ever-popular Lola series, to bring you “Out of the Loop,” a regular one-panel comic featuring humorous takes on the world of yarn.

Enjoy and please share widely!

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Here are a few woolly patterns to inspire you!

Crochet Log Cabin Afghan Knit Felted Tribal Bag Crochet Gaelic Bay Afghan
Crochet Log Cabin Afghan made with Fishermen’s Wool® Knit Felted Tribal Bag made with Fishermen’s Wool® Crochet Gaelic Bay Afghan made with Fishermen’s Wool®

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A Top Ten Moment For Crocheters: Lily Chin Guests on David Letterman!

May 19th, 2015

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Since taking the helm on CBS’ late night talk show in 1982, David Letterman has entertained his audience with humorous segments, charming wit, and unforgettable guests.

Fans have taken to the web to post their favorite memories  — and we have one of our own!

Designer (and long-time friend of Lion Brand!) Lily Chin made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman back in 2003, after she’d earned the title of World’s Fastest Crocheter!

Watch as she makes Dave a sweater using our Wool-Ease® yarn in the span of one episode.

We’re glad to have been a part of such a memorable part of pop culture, and for that, we say, #ThanksDave.

:: can’t see the video above? click here: https://youtu.be/mahjcqUhP9s ::

 

 

 

Get Beach Ready with These 6 Open and Airy Patterns For Summer

May 19th, 2015

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Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and I’m sure many of you will be headed to the beaches and pools to enjoy the unofficial beginning of summer (yes, I know there’s still technically one month left!). With the thoughts of warm weather and water activities, I started thinking about bikini and bathing suit cover ups!

If you’re still not ready for the beach or pool, you’ve got plenty of time to work on the perfect cover up, and of course, if you work quickly you could have something in time for the weekend. The 6 patterns below are great for vacations, walking around the pool/beach grounds, and covering up at night once the breeze sets in.

Knit Spring Ruana
Diagonal Mesh Top
Knit Spring Ruana
The ruana knit in LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo is super stylish for walks on the beach or boardwalk once the sun sets.
Diagonal Mesh Top
Knit this top in Cotton-Ease® for the perfect bikini pullover for nights at the beach.
Beach Cover Up Cardigan
This cardigan in Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton also makes a nice cardigan for the transitions between the seasons.
Light 'n' Lively Tank Beach Cover Up
Light and Lively Tank
This airy tank top crocheted in Cotton-Ease® has a fun swing to it at the bottom, helping to keep you nice and cool!
Beach Cover Up
Learn how to crochet this cover up in Cotton-Ease® with Yolanda Soto Lopez, click here!
Beach Cape
*Paid* Pattern on Ravelry by Alexandra Tavel knit in Cotton-Ease®. *

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern

 

You Won’t Want to Shake Off These 9 Shawls

May 18th, 2015

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We love a good shawl. This versatile piece dresses up everyday outfits and jazzes up our more formal wear.

They’re the perfect thing to slip on when the office A/C’s just a little too cold, or when hot summer days turn into breezy nights.

What we like most about shawls is their simplicity – there are shawl patterns for every type of knitter or crocheter, beginner to expert.

With warmer weather on the way, we’ve dug up some of our favorite lighter shawl patterns:

 

Bridal Shawl June Bunnies Shawl Shell Ruffled Shawl
Crochet Bridal Shawl
Make your own with Vanna’s Glamour ®.
June Bunnies Shawl by Silver Lining Knits*
Knit one with LB Collection ® Silk Mohair.
Shell Ruffled Shawl by Brandie Knaggs* Made with Hometown USA ®
Dream Shawl Spring Thaw Shawl Irish Crochet Shawl
Dream Shawl by Kathy North* Make one with LB Collection ® Cotton Bamboo. Spring Thaw Shawl by Cheri McEwen* Make one with LB Collection ® Silk Mohair. Irish Crochet Shawl Made with Vanna’s Glamour ®.
triangle shawl Bella Luna Shawl South Bay Shawl
Triangle Pattern Shawl Made with Vanna’s Glamour ®. Crochet Bella Luna Shawl
Made with Vanna’s Choice ®.
Crochet South Bay Shawlette
Made with LB Collection ® Silk Mohair

 

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern

 

Handmade Gifts for Giving Back — Our Favorite Patterns for Charity

May 17th, 2015

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Have you ever knit or crocheted for charity? Mixing a hobby you’re passionate about with the act of giving back to others is a delightful way to make yourself and others feel appreciated. As you search for your next project, consider patterns for chemo caps, prayer shawls, or warm afghans. Gifts like these let those in need know that you’re thinking of them – a good feeling for all!

We’ve rounded up a list of charities that could benefit from your handmade gifts, as well as suggested patterns for each one. Whether they’re in your local community or across the nation, we hope you’ll consider using your talents to give back. 

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12 Things We’re Doing Besides Knitting & Crocheting: Cooking, Reading, Traveling and more!

May 16th, 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.


Margaux:The place I like the most these days is my rooftop; it has nothing fancy but the view of the city is spectacular. On sunny evenings we like to relax there and share a nice bottle of wine with my neighbors. Recently, I had a great time at a low-key dance performance: Andy Warhol’s 15 (Color Me, Warhol) at Dixon Place. This small theater is a non-profit organization committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of dance, theater, music, visual art… It’s a very unique place! And continuing on my “discover NYC” tour, I discovered my favorite restaurant in the city: Hometown. It may sound a bit silly but this BBQ joint encompasses the exact image I had of traditional American food.

chicken facing rightShira: Well, I feel like I’m Kelly Clarkson preparing for my summer tour. I am starting my tour by heading to Atlanta to talk to the North Georgia Knitting Guild and the Chain Gang on May 21st! You can check out where I’ll be next here.

On a more personal level I have been getting back into cooking. Life happened and I just put cooking to the side. However a friend came in from out of town and I was feeling very Martha Stewart sooo … A friend of mine told me about this delicious recipe for Hummus-Crusted Chicken. It is so yummy, a real crowd-pleaser and SOOOOO easy! I don’t even use veggies as the recipe calls for! Here’s what you do: 1) Preheat the oven to 450 degrees; 2) Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper; 3) Coat the chicken breasts in hummus, then sprinkle salt, pepper and paprika on top; 4) Squeeze on some lemon juice (I then take the lemon and slice it and put it on top of the chicken); 5) Bake for 25-30min and oulah … I guarantee that you will have re-occurring guests for dinner!

Lorena: My best friend from elementary school just got married to a guy we grew up with, and another old friend just proposed to his girlfriend! The wedding bug has officially hit my circle of friends and I’ve been inspired to read Galt Neiderhoffer’s “The Romantics”, about a group of friends reuniting for a wedding (art imitating life?) Since the weather’s nice, I’ve been taking my reading outdoors to Riverside Park, Union Square Park, and, of course, Central Park. Up next for me? Exploring (and reading in) Brooklyn’s Botanical Garden!

zoewilliams_OraclesPSGGalleryZoe: I’m getting ready for my third solo exhibition and it’s really crunch time now! Even after the artwork is finished, there is still photography, marketing, packing and shipping to be done before the show can finally be hung in the gallery. ORACLES opens Friday, June 5th at PSG Gallery in Philadelphia. If you are in the Philadelphia area and enjoy surreal sculpture in needle felted wool, I hope you’ll check it out!

Brandyce: New York City has so many different museums and galleries, it’s almost like you need to carry around a checklist just to keep track with what’s going on! I just recently went to the Brooklyn Museum to check out the exhibition, Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks. The museum itself currently has some exhibitions which are quite enlightening and make you think about how you interpret the world around you. I look forward to seeing a lot more art this summer; The MET has just unveiled its new rooftop garden piece and I can’t wait to check it out.

Hudson tennisIlana: After the winter we just had, all I want to do is be outside and soak up the warmth. As soon as the temperature hit the high 50s I started playing tennis. In a city where real estate is at a premium, you either have to wake up early to reserve a court or wait in line. Court time may be a scarcity but I don’t mind waiting for a spot at my favorite location on the Hudson River where I can play under the lights and see a sunset. That’s New York. You face a lot of challenges but the benefits are pretty amazing!

Danielle: I went to Cort Theater last Saturday to see Larry David in his new play, Fish in the Dark. It’s a quirky show about a dysfunctional family facing the death of their patriarch. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry … it’s great. Fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm will appreciate the hidden references (well, one is pretty, pretty obvious). If you’re visiting New York in the next while, grab tickets if you can – I give this show a big thumbs up! (Pro tip: Larry David’s run ends June 7th and Jason Alexander steps in on June 9th – great news for Seinfeld fans!)

sarah_burgersSarah: I just got back from a vacation in Las Vegas. While I didn’t do much gambling, I did a bit of eating.

Shake Shack has my favorite burger so I had to stop at the one in the New York New York casino. It was just as good as home! I also went to In-N-Out Burger since we don’t have any on the east coast! Right now Las Vegas is the only place where you can get both cult favorites! There’s a big rivalry.

Which one do you prefer?

Welcome Lorena!

 

9 Jurassic Patterns for Your Favorite Dino Lover!

May 15th, 2015

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The Jurassic Park universe is back in a big way this summer! Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallace Howard returns to the updated Isla Nublar theme park with bigger, badder dinos. The movie is out on June 12th so we are getting in the mood with pterodactyls, triceratops, and, everyone’s favorite, the t-rex!

Below are 9 patterns for every little dinosaur lover and even their furry friends!

Crochet Dotty Dinosaur
made with Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Dinosaur Scarf made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Dinosaur Scoodie
Made with Hometown USA® by Articles of a Domestic Goddess
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Knit Dalton Dino Cowl
made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® by The Velvet Acorn Designs
Crochet Worsted Weight Triceratops Hat made with Vanna’s Choice®
by Micah Makes
Crochet Amigurumi Pterodactyl Dinosaur
made with Vanna’s Choice® by loneilteaches
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Knit Dinosuar Triceratops by Philip Skipper, try it with Woolspun®! Knit Dragon Slayer Dog Sweater made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Dragon Slayer Hood
made with Vanna’s Choice®

 
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