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The Future of Fashion: Knitwear Designs from Students at the Fashion Institute of Technology

June 3rd, 2014

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Every year, senior students from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) design knitwear pieces for their thesis project. As a proud sponsor of the knitwear class, Lion Brand is thrilled to be associated with this iconic school; a school that’s respected and well-loved within the fashion industry.

Each Spring semester, students work with Lion Brand yarns to create beautiful, high-fashion inspired garments, with many of the final works being featured in the school’s annual Future of Fashion fashion show in May. This past fashion show featured a stunning array of pieces, and I’m happy to share with you some of the most amazing designs that graced the runway, along with some “process” shots of their creation. I’ll be highlighting several other amazing pieces in upcoming blog posts, so be sure to keep an eye out!

Hand dye oneDesigner and student Ou Ma hand-dyed skeins of LB Collection Silk Mohair Hand Dye twoOu Ma was inspired by the Cobweb Lace course she took at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio and used some of the technique she learned for the dress.
cobweb lace close upOu Ma’s Handpainted Dress on the runway

 

coin tying pt 2Sakshi Awal places pennies in the LB Collection Angora Merino knit material and ties them tightly with thread. Embossed CoinsA larger cluster of the tied coins in the knit fabric, which will be washed to create an embossed fabric.
Fashion Show Spring 2014Sakshi’s final dress without the coins on the runway.

And here are some other beautiful, creative designs:

Fashion Show Spring 2014Student and designer Jeong Ah (Jay) Woo’s dress knit with Romance and LB Collection Silk Mohair Fashion Show Spring 2014Student and designer Jeanette Yu’s LB Collection Silk Mohair dress featured on the runway.
Fashion Show Spring 2014Student and designer Dongeun Kwon’s dress on the runway with LB Collection Silk Mohair (Midnight) and Superwash Merino Cashmere (Ebony)

Please also check out the knitGrandeur blog for more photos of designs that were featured on the runway! (photo credits: Matthew Septimus, 2014)


8 Beautiful Patterns from Ravelry, Perfect for Weddings!

May 24th, 2014

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Wedding season is here and I know there are many brides-to-be, mothers, and friends searching for the perfect handmade pattern for the joyous occasion. How lovely it would be to have a handmade shawl or gift on that special wedding day; sure to become an heirloom piece, passed down from mother to daughter, and cherished for a lifetime.

I spent some time browsing wedding-related patterns on Ravelry and found these gorgeous patterns, all perfect for the big day. Couple them with Lion Brand’s “wedding appropriate” yarns, and just maybe you’ll have the perfect handmade wedding gift you’ve been looking for!

 Flying Home by Kat Coyle
Project by Ravelry User Lorix5
Knit Pattern: Flying Home by Kat Coyle
LB Collection Silk Mohair in Wisp
Morpho Shawlette by Cheri McEwen
Project by Ravelry User Paeonia
Crochet pattern: Morpho Shawlette by Cheri McEwan
LB Collection Silk Mohair in Wisp

 


Project by Ravelry User AngelSong76
Knit Pattern: Celtic Knot Stole by Sarah Kendrick Hughes
Vanna’s Glamour in Topaz
Siren Shrug
Project by Ravelry user BrotherLadies
Knit Pattern: Cashmere Bolero by Sharon Sorken
LB Collection Baby Alpaca in Fawn Heather
Vanna’s Glamour in Moonstone

 

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Celebrate the Graduates of 2014 with Handmade Gifts!

May 13th, 2014

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College students are gearing up for graduation this month, with high school students soon to follow, and lucky for you there’s still enough time to knit or crochet something sweet for that dedicated student. Take a look at the suggestions below and find the best fit for your grad!

Cute Commemorative Gifts: These little guys are a cute accompaniment to a graduation card, bouquet of flowers, or set of balloons. The graduate can place it in their room, or on their desk at work (or internship), and always remember that milestone moment and the person who gave it to them.

Amigurumi Graduation Bear
Crochet Graduation Bear
Amigurumi Graduation Bookworm
Crochet Graduation Bookworm
Amigurumi Graduation Owl
Crochet Graduation Owl

 

Dorm Life: Give that new grad a special handmade gift to bring with them to their dorm room. A personalized gift in the student’s new school colors might get them excited to go to games and show off team spirit, and comforting afghans and pillows in fun colors will keep them cozy on those cold winter nights when they can’t be with family.

School Colors Hat and Scarf Set
Crochet School Colors Hat & Scarf Set
Geometric Pillow and Afghan
Knit Geometric Pillow and Afghan
blazing-block
Knit Blazing Blocks

 

For a Student on the Go!: Technology meets handmade: make a soft protective cover for a tablet or iPad cover for the student who wants to look stylish while transporting their hi-tech gear across campus. Since college students tend to consume plenty of coffee, why not make a set of coffee cozies, a more eco-friendly alternative to the cup sleeves they give you at the store.

Book/Tablet Cover
Knit Book/Tablet Cover
coffee cozies
Knit Cabled Mug & Crochet One Stitch
Mug Cozy
Click here for all coffee cozies
Crochet Laptop Sleeve
Crochet Laptop Sleeve

 


50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet Giveaway!

May 8th, 2014

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50-Pincushions-final-coverWe’ve teamed up with our friends at St. Martin’s Griffin to bring you another giveaway that I’m sure many of you multicraftual folks will enjoy! We’ll be giving away two copies of 50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet by Cat Thomas, along with a pack of Bonbons in the color Nature. This will be a great addition to a craft library for all you sewers!

In addition to the giveaway, we’ve got 4 great pincushion patterns to share with you from the book. It was hard to choose which patterns we wanted to share because this book is filled with so many adorable designs. From cupcakes, to seashells, a cactus plant, and more – you’re sure to find patterns that not only serve as pincushions, but as cute decor trinkets as well.

One of the best parts about these projects is that they’re small, quick and portable, so you can probably whip up a few on a road trip or commute to and from work!

You can enter the contest below. If the entry form doesn’t work, use this link.

Contest ends June 1st.  (This contest is now closed). 

Congratulations to Loretta Henderson and Linda Carlson, the winners of this giveaway!

Restrictions:

1. Entries must be received by June 1st, 11:59:59 pm, EST.
2. Must be 18 or older to enter.
3. One entry per person.


6 Bold Patterns for a Very “Unique” yarn

May 3rd, 2014

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For the month of May, we’re offering Unique yarn at 15% off! Unique is a stunning yarn with complementary color changes that add beautiful tonal depth to your project.

Each ply of this bulky yarn is printed in a multicolor pattern, which creates a bold tweed effect as it is knit or crocheted into your new favorite project. Unique is also machine washable and dryable, and it’s super soft and lofty, making it an absolute pleasure to work with. Check out some projects below to get you started!

Granny Inspired Afghan
Crochet Granny Inspired Afghan
Slouchy Granny Square Cap
Crochet Slouchy Granny Square Cap
Granny Square CoatCrochet Granny Square Coat
Modular Cowl
Knit Modular Cowl
Half Circle Shawl
Knit Half Circle Shawl
Easy Color Hoodie
Knit Easy Color Hoodie

» Click here for more patterns in Unique«


Can You Run and Crochet Simultaneously? Susie Hewer Can!

April 26th, 2014

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Susie Hewer Deramore Crochet
(image courtesy of Deramores)

We want to congratulate Susie Hewer “The Extreme Knitting Redhead”, who ran the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, April 13th and won the Guinness World Record for creating the longest crochet chain while running a marathon!  Sponsored by our friends over at Deramores in the UK, Susie used the bright, cheery Hometown USA while she crocheted.

Susie began running to help support Alzheimer’s Research UK after losing her mother to vascular dementia in 2005.  Every race that Susie runs is in dedication to her mother, and she has raised thousands of dollars for dementia research over the years.

Crocheting is an art form that Susie embraces as a method of educating others on dementia. She uses crochet to teach how dementia breaks the links between cells until the brain can no longer function properly.  Additionally, her mother taught her to crochet when she was young, which makes this even more meaningful to her.

We wish Susie well on her future endeavors and hope that she continues to inspire more people along her journey! You can read more on her blog here.


Yay for New Neons! (In Hometown USA)

April 15th, 2014

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I love that our basic yarn lines such as Homespun,Vanna’s Choice and Hometown USA come in such a wide variety of colors; sometimes it’s hard to select colors for a new project!

Before the weather finally warmed up, I knew I wanted to work on a fun, color-pop project as I awaited spring’s arrival, so I started knitting a hat in Hometown USA in Chicago Charcoal and Key Lime. I thought the green would pair nicely with The Pom in Limelight, and that the bright green would have a nice contrast with my base color, gray. My hat is now finished, and I absolutely love it.

After I made my hat, I saw that we were adding new striping colorways of Hometown USA that already pairs the neon and grey for you, and I was so excited. I think the bright intensity of neon colors always pairs nicely with a darker, neutral color in the grey-to-black tone range. But, for a truly bright and summery feel, neons could also be paired with white. Below, I’ve rounded up our neon colors in Hometown USA, and have included a few neutral options to select from as well.

Hometown USA new

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Arm Knitting with Mary Beth Temple: A New Book on the Shelves!

April 4th, 2014

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Arm Knitting cover

Arm knitting has taken the fiber world by storm. It’s a quick and easy way to produce a chunky knit item, which could be anything from a cowl, to a scarf, or even a blanket. In about 30 minutes or less, you can knit a beautiful cowl or scarf, and you don’t need needles!

Knitting expert Mary Beth Temple has put together a collection of 15 creative patterns in Arm Knitting: How to Make a 30 Minute Infinity Scarf and Other Great Projects . In this book, Mary Beth works with an assortment of Lion Brand yarns in various weights to get you started on your arm knitting journey. Also in the book are well-detailed, step by step photo instructions that will help you become an arm knitting master.

Arm knitting is a great way to introduce friends, children and loved ones to the wonderful world of fiber arts. Take a look at some of the cool projects found in Mary Beth’s book below!


We’re happy to be offering this book at 20% off the retail price at $7.99
. Click here to purchase.

Projects in Arm Knitting book
(pattern images courtesy of Mary Beth Temple: Arm Knitting)

Make A Zodiac Scarf for Taurus Birthdays

April 1st, 2014

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I think it’s safe to say that most of us enjoy personalized gifts, or making things for ourselves that reflect a bit of our personality. For instance, I recently just picked up the Leo colorway in our LB Collection Silk because I’m a Leo and well, I thought it would be fun to work in a colorway that matched my sign’s color palette, which also happens to complement my wardrobe. This post though, is about Taurus and the specific color representations chosen in the Zodiac Scarf that reflect certain qualities of those born under this sign.

Taurus is an earth sign, with birthdays that range from April 20th – May 20th. This zodiac scarf incorporates two shades of green, which are color representations of Taurus’ generous and harmonious nature. Taurus really appreciates balance in life, and wants the people around them to be happy, so they might be more inclined to start a new project with someone else in mind.

A Taurus also tends to be a strong-willed individual who is determined to get the job done, which leads me to think that they may possibly have a lower UFO stash than some of us (can anyone attest to this?). The brown colors in the scarf also represent loyalty, and the Taurian’s need for stability and structure. Could this also translate to having a more organized yarn stash?

Crochet version of Zodiac scarf pictured, click here for knit version. Not a Taurus? Find your zodiac scarf here.

Hey all you Taurus yarncrafters, shed some light on some of these personality traits and how it affects your crafting styles, we’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

 


9 Stylish Spring Patterns to Knit and Crochet

March 27th, 2014

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Spring has sprung! Well, it’s still a bit chilly for us in NYC, but we’re eager to start switching our wardrobes. With the sun shining and the cool chill in the air, now is a great time to work on a new transitional piece for the season.

Below is a round up of seasonally appropriate garments for you to browse in preparation for the warm weather!

My First Raglan Cardigan
My First Raglan Cardigan
in Vanna’s Choice
(Also offered as a Craftsy Course,
learn more here)
Top-Down Crochet Jacket
Top Down Crochet Jacket
in Fishermen’s Wool and Amazing

Knit Tabard Vest
in Wool-Ease

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