If you were born between July 23rd and August 22nd, your zodiac sign is Leo, the fifth house of the zodiac, represented by the lion. Leos tend to have warm hearts, are ambitious, and loyal to friends and family. Social, like the lions and their prides, Leos enjoy spending time with those close to them and making the most out of life. Being that they’re such great companions, chances are, you may have a Leo friend who has already given you a thoughtful or handmade gift at some point.
The colors of this zodiac scarf are very representative of the
essential Leo color palette. As a fire sign ruled by the sun – colors such as gold, orange, rust and red tend to be attractive to this bunch. Gold is actually a lucky color for Leo and should be worn during times of high stress to encourage positivity.
Leos will enjoy making this scarf for themselves, or perhaps another Leo friend in their life, especially since this group enjoys showing off the fruits of their labor. The Leo enjoys being admired and feeling special, so I’m sure they’ll love this scarf you thought to make for them. If a Leo makes one on their own, she (or he) will most likely add some embellishment, or modify the pattern just for extra flair!
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Today, I’m happy to share a new pattern and video tutorial with you, which comes from a popular blog you might be familiar with, Moogly!
The Kisses Pouch made with Bonbons, is a wonderful portable project to work on during the summer. The great thing about this pattern is that it features a lot of stitch repeats, so once you get the hang of it, it’s quite easy to work through. Make one for yourself to hold change or knick-knacks, or make one for the little girl in your life. Go ahead and give this pattern a try, Tamara’s tutorial is extremely helpful and will guide you along the way, view the video below.
If you enjoyed Audra’s tutorial, check out her YouTube channel, The Kurtz Corner!
Celebrities enjoy comfortable and fashionable knitwear just as much as we do! The celebrities below have all been spotted in knitwear that can easily be recreated with just a few knit, purl and crochet stitches.
|Slouchy beanies are very popular in Hollywood and they’re so easy to recreate. Check out our Camelot Hat knit in Alpine Wool to recreate Ashton Kutcher’s hip style seen here. We’ve got a crochet slouched beanie as well.
|Use our Diagonal Mesh Pullover pattern in Cotton-Ease as inspiration to recreate Taylor Swift’s airy, oversized sweater look. Recreating pockets for this look would be quite easy to do – experiment and have fun!
Photo: National Photo Group
|Beyoncé looks cute wearing this dual pom-pom hat while relaxing at a basketball game. Find the inspiration to make your own version with our knit Pompoms hat in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.
Photo: Seventeen Magazine
|Olivia Wilde keeps it casual and comfortable in her flowy vest as she walks the dog. We’ve got the pattern to help you recreate this cozy look, check out our Unstructured Vest, knit in one of our newest yarns, Country.|
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Yolanda is back with a brand new video, and this time she’s working through a knit pattern. In the videos below, Yolanda helps guide you through the lovely Cabled Hat pattern in Hometown USA. Since this project calls for a super bulky yarn on big needles, it can be worked up relatively fast. Join Yolanda as she casts on with double pointed needles and shows you how to work through this pattern.
Danielle (pictured left), one of our staff members is a big fan of this quick and easy pattern and has already made multiple hats, noting that they can easily be done in an evening while watching television. Here she is modeling her version in Hometown USA Seattle Sea Mist. Watch the videos, and start knitting today!
Pompoms are showing up in projects everywhere! And no wonder … it’s an easy and fun craft for everyone to do, even if you don’t know how to knit or crochet. Pompoms make great additions to your finished projects – you can turn them into garlands or use them for fashion accessories — the options are endless!
Now that the weather is warmer and children are out of school, making pompoms is a great summertime activity. Thanks to our friends at Creative Publishing International, we’re giving away two copies of Make Your Own Cute and Easy Pompoms. Additionally, we’re pairing a package of Bonbons in the Crayons colorway for you to start crafting immediately. In this book, you’ll learn how to make food items, animals, and even little Matryoshka dolls out of pompoms – the designs are quite ingenious!
Enter below for your chance to win a copy of Make Your Own Cute and Easy Pompoms and a package of Bonbons.
Contest ends July 3rd.
1. Entries must be received by July 3rd, 11:59:59 pm, EST.
2. Must be 18 or older to enter.
3. One entry per person.
Can’t see the entry form below, click here to enter.
The sun is shining, it’s warm outside and you’re enjoying frozen and iced drinks – must mean summer is here!
Summer is a great time to work on projects you may not otherwise tackle because you’re busy working on a sweater, afghan, or holiday gifts, etc. With the arrival of warm weather, small and portable projects like washcloths, dishcloths, scrubbers, and coasters are ideal. Find yourself frequenting the farmers market for fresh produce? Knit or crochet yourself a reusable market bag!
There are so many great ways to enjoy your yarncrafting this summer. Check out some of our previously posted blog posts for some summertime inspiration.
Today we’re highlighting four awesome kits to inspire you to get you started on your next project! Two knit and two crochet, each kit includes all of the yarn you need to complete the project, and since everything is bundled for a specific pattern, you get a bargain deal!
Be sure to check out the links below the images for more kits, including options for babies, afghans, adult garments and more.
(Knit) Sun and Sea Shawl Kit
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(Knit) Edith Shawl Kit
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(Crochet) USA Afghan Kit
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(Crochet) Sunset Shrug
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As we continue on the journey of The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – a spectacular series of handmade, yarncrafted sculptures by fiber artist Nathan Vincent – our next stop is an exploration of the beautiful motifs of granny squares. The 6th yarn wonder in our collection features a small scale Great Wall of China, assembled with hundreds of granny squares to compose the wall itself and the hilly landscape it sits on.
|Nathan Vincent’s sculpture of the Great Wall of China; model wearing Granny Square Coat|
Sometimes thought of as old-fashioned, granny squares are experiencing a revival of sorts and being refashioned into numerous different styles and shapes. In fact, you’ll find they’re quite popular in “hippie-inspired” spring and summer collections. Granny squares, which are crocheted, can be formed into different shapes like hexagons, flowers and stars. Crocheting a granny square motif is done by crocheting in multiple rounds from the center starting point, moving outwards.
The granny squares created in the Granny Square Coat pictured above are a harmonious blend of jewel tones found in our color-changing yarn Unique. The modern construction of this granny square jacket is slightly oversized and cozy, making it ideal for pairing with skinny or bootcut jeans and a basic top. Check out more granny square fashions below!
|Modern Granny Hat and
Modern Granny Scarf
|Granny Raglan Pullover and
Artfully Askew Afghan
|Sparkly Granny Cap and
Hexagon Fireworks Picnic Blanket
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!
|Designer and student Ou Ma hand-dyed skeins of LB Collection Silk Mohair||Ou 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.
||Ou Ma’s Handpainted Dress on the runway|
|Sakshi Awal places pennies in the LB Collection Angora Merino knit material and ties them tightly with thread.||A larger cluster of the tied coins in the knit fabric, which will be washed to create an embossed fabric.
||Sakshi’s final dress without the coins on the runway.|
And here are some other beautiful, creative designs:
|Student and designer Jeong Ah (Jay) Woo’s dress knit with Romance and LB Collection Silk Mohair||Student and designer Jeanette Yu’s LB Collection Silk Mohair dress featured on the runway.
||Student and designer Dongeun Kwon’s dress on the runway with LB Collection Silk Mohair (Midnight) and Superwash Merino Cashmere (Ebony)|