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4 Cool Celebrity Knitwear Styles for Fashion Inspiration

July 1st, 2014

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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.

CelebrityKnitwearAshtonKutcherSlouchy 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.

Photo: WENN
CelebrityKnitwearTaylorSwiftUse 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
CelebrityKnitwearBeyonceBeanieBeyoncé 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
CelebrityKnitwearOliviaWildeOlivia 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.

 


Make a Cabled Hat with Yolanda From the All Crafts Channel

June 22nd, 2014

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DanielleCabledHatprojectYolanda 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!

 

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Make Your Own Cute and Easy Pompoms Giveaway!

June 20th, 2014

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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!

Congratulations to Linda E. and Jan O. for winning the giveaway!

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.

Restrictions:

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.


How to Enjoy Knitting or Crocheting in the Summer

June 19th, 2014

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How to Enjoy Knitting & Crocheting in the Summer

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.

  1. 6 Fast and Fun Projects Perfect for Summer Crafting
  2. How to Choose the Right Yarn to Knit and Crochet with This Spring & Summer
  3. 4 Reasons to Bring Yarn on Your Vacation This Spring & Summer
  4. 9 Colorful Summery Tote Bags to Knit & Crochet
  5. 5 Fun Summertime Projects from Crafty Bloggers

 


4 Pattern Specific Kits for Your Next Project Inspiration

June 12th, 2014

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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.

Sun and Sea Shawl Kit
(Knit) Sun and Sea Shawl Kit
Pattern Full Price= $33.96, Kit Price= $20.38
Edith Shawl
(Knit) Edith Shawl Kit
Pattern Full Price= $42.45, Kit Price= $33.95
USA Afghan
(Crochet) USA Afghan Kit

Pattern Full Price= $58.19, Kit Price= $45.97
Sunset Shrug
(Crochet) Sunset Shrug

Pattern Full Price= $24.25, Kit Price= $25.24
  • Interested in kits for baby related patterns? Click here.
  • Looking for more garment and accessory pattern kits? Click here.
  • Want to check out more afghan and blanket kits, then click here.

Craft Through the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – Next Stop: Granny Squares!

June 10th, 2014

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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.

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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!

 

sevenwondersgrannyvannaspalettesModern Granny Hat and
Modern Granny Scarf
sevenwondersgrannysweaterartfullyaskewGranny Raglan Pullover and
Artfully Askew Afghan
SevenWondersPicnicBlanketSparkly Granny Cap and
Hexagon Fireworks Picnic Blanket

 


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.

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