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6 Gaming-Inspired Amigurumi Patterns – Quick Gift Ideas!

December 7th, 2015

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Did you know that about a two-thirds of Americans play video games? That means millions of us are searching for lost worlds, traveling through intergalactic space/time, collecting strange and wonderful objects, and just fighting the good fight in general.

So with that in mind, you can be sure that a game-inspired amigurumi (Japanese word for crocheted or knitted stuffed toy) is a good direction to go in if you need a quick handmade gift.

Here are six of my popular favorites:

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Wooly World-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
Angry Birds-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
Minecraft-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
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Kirby-inspired amigurumi & star *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
Ms. Pac Man-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®
Zelda-inspired amigurumi *
Make with Vanna’s Choice®

* This is not a Lion Brand pattern.

Lion Brand’s Handmade Holiday Countdown with Kristy Glass – Check Back Every Day for a New Project!

November 13th, 2015

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You have time! Check in every day for the next 30 days for a new video with a great holiday project suggestion from Kristy Glass. Think of it as a virtual advent calendar for gift-giving!

She explains it all in the video below and below that you’ll find links to each day’s new pattern suggestion … Enjoy!

:: Can’t see the playlist above? Click here: ::

Crochet Shark Afghan
in Hometown USA®

Knit Fast Finish Throw
in Jiffy®

Crochet Little Super Hero Blanket
in Hometown USA®

Knit Animal Talk Throw
in Heartland® & Homespun®

Crochet Penguin Mittens
in Vanna’s Choice®

Knit Sweets Scarf
in Modern Baby®

Crochet Millbrook Cowl
in Vanna’s Complement®

Knit Traffic Scarf
in Vanna’s Choice®

Crochet Dinosaur Scarf
in Vanna’s Choice®

Knit Blended Colors Baby Throw
in Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Choice® Baby

Crochet Home Team Hat with pom pom!
in Hometown USA®

Knit Bright ‘N Easy Blankie
in Modern Baby®

Knit Adventure Circle #Scarfie
in Wool Ease® Thick & Quick®

Knit Hudson Riverfront Hat
in Gold Leaf® and Pelt

Simple Crochet Collar
in Glitter Eyelash

Crochet Twirly Tutu
in Imagine and Bonbons

Crochet Toboggan Hat
in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

Knit Balloon Animals
in Vanna’s Choice Baby®

Gretchen’s Easy Tam
in Heartland®

Seed Banded Slouch Hat
in LB Collection® Cashmere

Tivoli Slouch Hat
in Vanna’s Complement®

Fairytale Headband & Wand
in Vanna’s Glamour® and Bonbons

Two Hour Scarf
in Wool-Ease® Chunky

Crochet Penguin Amigurumi
in Wool-Ease®

Knit Amelia Earflap Hat | Crochet Earflap Hat
in LB Collection® Natural Wool or Wool Ease® Thick & Quick®

Crochet Smart Phone Cozy
in Vanna’s Glamour®

Crochet Milan By Night Phone Case
in Vanna’s Glamour® and Vanna’s Choice®

Knit Little Lamb
in Wool-Ease®

Pom Pom Animals
in Bonbons®

Knit Longford Hat
in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

Crochet Gecko Bookmark
in Vanna’s Choice®

Wrapped Star Ornaments
made with Bonbons®

Like the festive mouse amigurumi? Get the free pattern!

Let’s knit a Free Spirit Topper … announcing your 2015 Fall Knit-Along with host Kristy Glass!

October 14th, 2015

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KAL-badge-2015-Fall Each season we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which knitters and crocheters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you knit your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress.

Get Your Yarn!

We asked you to vote on what knit project you’d like to make, and you picked our Free Spirit Topper made using Scarfie, which comes in nine colorways to choose from! Thousands of you voted, so we’re so excited to knit-along with you.

To get this knit-along going, this week is about gathering your materials so that we can jump right on October 28th. Download the pattern for the Free Spirit Topper and then get your yarn! This topper is made in one of our newest and most popular yarns, Scarfie. You’ll love its sophisticated and tonal blend of solid and heathered hues. And there’s a coupon …

Save 20% at until October 25th when you use coupon code: FALLKAL2015

Starting October 28th, our KAL host Kristy Glass will post her progress through the Free Spirit Topper project, with updates coming every Wednesday. You’ll know it’s a dedicated KAL blog post when you see our special badge in the upper right-hand corner of the post. Don’t forget to join our Ravelry group for this KAL as well!

In the meantime, say hi to Kristy and please introduce yourself in the comments too! Let us know who you are, where you’re from, and who you’re making this Free Spirit Topper for!

I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Fall Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.

I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.

I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make!


Test your knowledge for a chance to win! Lets play, is it knit or crochet?

September 16th, 2015

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Tell us which one you think is crocheted, the Millbrook Cowl or the Taconic Shrug, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a 2-in-1 Tote Lion Brand Bag and five (5) balls of Vanna’s Complement. *

Mobile users, click here if you can’t access the voting tools below.

* Only one entry per person. Promotion ends Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 at 11:59m EST. One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email by October 9th, 2015. Open to residents of the USA and Canada. No purchase necessary. Retail value of prize is approximately $50 USD.

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?