Krochet Kids International is an organization we are supporting this month by donating 10% of the sales from our LB Collection on this website. As you may know, the LB Collection is an exclusive line of 6 different yarns in a variety of fine fibers from cashmere to cotton bamboo.
What we love about the Krochet Kids organization is that they help women live better lives by giving them the opportunity to earn money through hand crafting. They don’t believe in handouts, they believe in empowerment. Thanks to Krochet Kids, hundreds of women and many more hundreds of children have become educated and have learned they have the power to create a better life for themselves.
Krochet Kids sells more than hats and other clothing. They also offer inspirational posters. We selected our favorite to give away to one person at random who enters our contest, called “Who Empowers You?”
Simply answer the question, enter your name and email address so we can contact the winner and you’ll have a chance to win this poster. It’s a limited edition poster, signed and numbered by the maker. Lion Brand purchased it here so if you want to purchase one yourself, you can do so. There were only 100 posters made so order quickly if you want one! We also framed it for the winning entry.
The poster is a great reminder to all of us. You are more capable than you think.
One of our most popular patterns, the Simple Shrug, is an easy project that’s perfect for beginners. The pattern is essentially a long rectangle seamed together at the ends to form a “one size fits all” shrug. Many of you have been excited to start this pattern, but wanted more of a visual explanation about seaming the ends and how the whole thing comes together. Now, we’re happy to share with you this wonderfully detailed video that will help guide you on this pattern journey!
Check out this new video with Yolanda Soto-Lopez of “All Crafts Channel” as she walks you through every step of the way for this pattern.
I’m thinking about Spring, even as winter continues to dig its claws into us here in New York City. It’s still light out when we leave work, which is at least one sign that the rest will surely follow.
This spring, not only can you keep knitting and crocheting seasonally appropriate garments and gifts, but you can also help support a great cause. For the months of March and April, we will donate 10% of the proceeds of all LB Collection yarns to Krochet Kids International. If you’re not familiar with their incredible work, empowering women to help them escape the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families, you can read about it on their site or here in this blog.
We’ve selected 9 of our most popular Cotton Bamboo patterns to inspire you to start dreaming of and working toward your spring wardrobe and spring gifts. Plan for Mother’s Day, graduations, anniversaries and new baby gifts with this selection of knit and crochet patterns and help make a difference with your purchase of LB Collection, Cotton Bamboo yarn.
|Knit Spring Ruana||Crochet Everyday Cardi||Knit Tiger Lily Tank|
|Crochet Cheerful Baby Squares Throw||Knit Feather and Fan Baby Sweater||Crochet Knotted Headband|
|Knit Sunshine Shawlette||Solid Crochet Jewelry Frame||Knit Spring Essential Top|
Wherever I go, when I mention I work for Lion Brand Yarn Company, people tell me they would love to learn to knit or crochet. It’s not surprising that so many more people want to learn these crafts. Not only do you see a lot of younger people and celebrities knitting in the last couple of years, but the stress busting and health benefits of doing these crafts are beginning to be recognized by more and more people.
For people who want to learn, I suggest first finding your ideal learning method. In many cases that will be sitting side by side with a good teacher, but when that’s not possible, there are many other ways. Here are my top four ways to learn–with and without a person by your side.
|Vanna White and last year’s winner, Nancy Nielsen,
with her “Gramminal” baby hat and bootie set.
It’s time to vote for the winner of the Vanna’s Choice Contest! The contest started in November 2013 and ran until a month ago. Entrants designed a project with at least three Vanna’s Choice colors and sent us their photos.
The Grand Prize winner gets a trip for two to Los Angeles, California to meet Vanna White. There are 15 additional prize winners who will receive yarn. We’ve selected 27 finalists from the many entries we received. They are some of the most clever, beautiful and original ideas we’ve seen from our contests and we think you’ll be amazed as well.
Many tell the story of what inspired them, the moment that the idea occurred to them, and why they chose their colors. Some even took pictures of themselves and their families using their creations.
Last year our prize winner not only met Vanna, but was offered a publishing contract for a book of patterns for her whimsical baby hat and booties patterns.
Help make someone’s dream come true and get inspired at the same time. You can vote once a day so choose one or more favorites and vote often.
*Note: You will need to use your Lion Brand account in order to vote. If you do not have an account with us, please create one to not only vote for a winner but have access to over 5,000 knit and crochet patterns.
Kohl Crecelius and two of his friends from high school wanted to do something meaningful with their lives and they decided to use their crochet skills to make it happen. When I first heard their idea five years ago — California surfer guy who loves to crochet beanies and wants to use that skill to lift people out of poverty — I could not have imagined how that story would develop.
They weren’t exactly sure how they would use their crochet skills for good until one of the friends took a trip to Uganda. There he met people who had been living in government camps for over 20 years. Rebels had attacked their villages and these people had no other means of survival. They were poor, uneducated and had little hope for their future. A generation of children had grown up in the camps knowing no other life.
The “Krochet Kids,” as they were later described by their local newspaper, taught the women in the camps how to crochet hats, and they then helped them sell those hats back in the U.S. That’s when we got the request in 2009 to help get them started with a donation of yarn.
|Nathan Vincent’s sculpture of Stonehenge; model wearing Knit Modern Varsity Jacket|
Every year, Lion Brand presents an exciting booth display and fashion show at the Craft and Hobby Association Convention in Anaheim California. Past booths have included a Viennese table filled with yarn crafted cakes, cookies and other deserts and a menagerie of giant animal sculptures created with yarn.
Last month, we ramped up the excitement with the 7 Wonders of The World sculptures which were designed by fiber artist Nathan Vincent. Not only did each sculpture represent one of the 7 Wonders in yarn techniques, but we presented a fashion show where each technique was reflected in a variety of fashions. Vanna White was there to emcee the show and all of the patterns we presented are now available on our website.
Our first highlighted wonder of the world is Stonehenge, which was designed to reflect texture and it’s importance to knitting and crochet design, including felting. There was even life-like looking moss around the base of the monument.
One of the best things about knitting and crocheting your own garments is the rich texture you can achieve by using yarns that are super bulky, sparkly, or furry. You’ll find that exceptional look in the yarns that these fashions were made of including Imagine, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Vanna’s Glamour®, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Romance®.
We hope you enjoy the ideas and unique designs represented in the popular textured fashions from our show. In the coming weeks we’ll be present all of the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World — from lace to chevrons, granny squares to modern color work, you’re sure to find inspiration in this amazing collection.
|Knit Voyager Vest
Crochet Neon Beginner Scarf*
|Knit Cocoon Cape
Knit Simple Hat*
|Crochet Fern’s Necklace
Knit and Crochet 3 Color Top
|Crochet Williamsburg Hat
Knit Multidirectional Afghan*
*Patterns coming soon
Our most popular pattern this month was designed over 10 years ago by Nicky Epstein. There is something timeless and elegant about this design. The Tree of Life Afghan has special meaning for me because I gave the pattern its name. (Yes, I’ve been at Lion Brand well over 10 years!)
The phrase “Tree of Life” has been used by almost every religion and in philosophy and science. I also like this design because as a person whose first name means “tree” I gravitate toward anything with a tree design on it.
When I think about this design I think about family: growth, roots, and being intertwined. It makes it a meaningful gift for newlyweds, new parents, and housewarmings.
Hats are a more important fashion accessory than ever and the slouchy hat is the most popular style of all. The slouchy hat is a beanie with an extra flap that hangs down in the back. Some of the celebrities who have been photographed wearing this style include Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Mary-Kate Olsen. It’s even popular with men, including Jake Gyllenhaal (who has been spotted in the Lion Brand Yarn Studio on 15th Street in New York City!)
For those of you who love to knit and crochet hats, the good news is that people are wearing them all year round, indoors and out. You can knit or crochet a slouchy hat with a seasonally appropriate yarn like Wool Ease® Thick & Quick® for winter or Cotton-Ease® for spring and summer. Simply change up the colors and the patterns and you can have a new look every day.
Here are six of the most popular slouchy hats on our site to choose from.
Our LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo yarn is a luxury fiber, now on sale at a bargain price. Available exclusively from Lion Brand, this yarn is ideal for making garments that you can wear all year round.
The patterns shown below for Cotton Bamboo are some of our most highly rated patterns, and range from beginner to experienced. Best of all, they can be made for as little as about $10.
The blend of Bamboo and Cotton create a light and luscious fiber that has the soft, beautiful drape of bamboo rayon and the wearable comfort and lightweight warmth of cotton. If you haven’t tried this yarn, now’s your chance to make something for yourself or a new baby expected to arrive this spring or summer.
|Crochet Everyday Cardi||Knit Eyelet Cardi||Crochet Cheerful Squares Baby Throw|
|Knit Mitered Ridges Top||Crochet Serene Shell||Knit Echo Lake Shawl|