Do you have some free time this summer? In our Christmas in July series, we’ll be rounding-up our favorite gifts to make and give, including ones you can get started on now. Trust us – you’ll be thanking yourself between holiday parties when you’ve got all your gifts blocked and wrapped.
Gift giving time usually evokes a festive occasion. But when the holidays roll around, it’s not always a happy time for everyone. For those who have experienced loss or health problems during the year, a gift is also an opportunity to tell someone that they are in your thoughts and you support them through all the ups and downs of life.
These six shawls are all beginner or easy. The best thing about creating simple, repetitive patterns is that they tend to be relaxing to knit or crochet, so not only will the recipient feel good about getting one of these shawls, but you’ll find them soothing to make!
|Knit Comfort Shawl made with Homespun®||Crochet Simply Sublime Shawl made with Homespun®||Knit Neutral Slant Shawl made with Scarfie®|
|Knit Heartfelt Shawl made with Homespun®||Knit Tender Shawl made with Homespun®||Crochet Serene Comfort Shawl made with Homespun®|
|Knit and Crochet Tea in the Parlor Shawl made with Homespun® Thick & Quick®||Crochet Two Color Shawl made with Homespun® Thick & Quick®||Crochet Scalloped Shawl made with Homespun®|
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Some of our favorite summer projects are baby patterns. The light, bright colors and smaller size make them perfect patterns to work on in the warm weather. And, one thing for certain is that there will always be new babies to get gifts for, so why not get a jump start and have some finished gifts on hand? Whether it’s a toy, baby booties, or an afghan, you’ll find a gift that’s just right from our selection of the most popular crochet baby projects.
One of our all-time most popular baby projects is the Crochet Bunny Lovie. It takes just one ball of Vanna’s Choice® in the color of your choice, a little fiberfill, and some scrap yarn for the face. You can delight a new mom for just a few dollars! Two other popular crochet toys are the Little Lamb and the Bella Blocks. They’re both easy and small and you can combine several toys for a gift of soft, hand-made toys to welcome a new baby.
The baby afghans we selected take only 3 balls of Babysoft® and can be completed in a weekend. The Sweetest Baby Afghan is a Beginner skill level pattern, so it’s the perfect first project for those of you looking to go beyond just making simple scarves. The Bunratty Baby Blanket is made in squares, so you can travel easily with it while you’re in the car this summer or on the go.
Finally, rounding out our selection are the baby booties. Add an embellishment, like a flower or heart to make customize them.
|Crochet Bunny Lovie
Made with Vanna’s Choice®.
|Crochet Sweetest Baby Afghan
Made with Babysoft®.
|Crochet Baby Love Booties
Made with Vanna’s Choice®.
|Crochet Bella Blocks
Made with Baby’s First®
|Crochet Bunratty Baby Blanket
Made with Babysoft®.
|Crochet Little Lamb
Made with Homespun® and Wool-Ease®
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If you knit and crochet, you are likely to want to do it all year. That sense of satisfaction that comes from accomplishing something with your hands would be missed if you give it up when the warm weather comes. And, what would you do if you didn’t have knitting or crocheting to de-stress for months at a time?
I’ve searched through our selection of patterns to find a variety of summer totes that will keep your hands busy and your nerves calm while you travel or just relax on the porch or the beach this summer. They are all made with lighter weight yarns and can be finished quickly and given as gifts (or to yourself!)
These market bags and totes can be stuffed in a suitcase and used as a bag to carry your souvenirs and gifts after a trip, or you can take these sturdy bags to the grocery store and use them instead of disposable bags. They are lightweight and casual, so they’ll work with the relaxed style we all enjoy in the summer. Whether you take them to the beach, the store, or on a trip, you’ll find the perfect tote for every occasion.
|Crochet 4 Ball Market Bag made with Kitchen Cotton||Knit Sitara designed by Uma Padu made with Cotton-Ease® *||Crochet Hexagon Market Bag made with Kitchen Cotton|
|Knit Slip Stitch Mosaic Tote made with Kitchen Cotton||Crochet Woodland Owl Bag designed by Laura Bozeman made with Vanna’s Choice® *||Knit Blended Tote made with Vanna’s Choice®|
|Crochet Rainbow Burst Tote made with Vanna’s Choice®||Knit Mini Market Tote made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Cotton Hemp||Simple Crochet Tote made with Vanna’s Glamour®|
* Please note, this is not a Lion Brand pattern and the author is charging a small fee to download it.
There is no better way to shop at home for yarn than using color cards. If you’re one of those people who wants to plan your purchase before you actually start shopping, you’ll get the feel of the yarn, and the color with these handy mini-samples. Some people take one thread off the card from each of the yarns they want to use in a project and hold them together. Some people look at a color card and get inspired to make a gift for someone special.
We just updated the color cards for six of our most popular yarns (priced from about $1.00 to $3.00) so you can start dreaming about your next project. Why not have your own collection on hand so you’ll be ready when inspiration strikes!
Vanna Yarns: Sample Card
Heartland®: Color Card
|Heartland® Thick & Quick®: Sample Card|
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®: Sample Card
Landscapes: Sample Card
Country: Sample Card
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In 2005 this pattern was downloaded well over 1 million times! A cultural icon wore it on an auspicious occasion and everyone who could crochet grabbed their hook and a few balls of Homespun® yarn and made one of their own. It turns out that this design is extremely flattering on lots of different body types and has an elegant, feminine flow to it that has kept it popular for the last ten years.
We’ve redesigned and recolored the poncho for 2015 and it’s more fashionable than ever with the latest trend in Boho style. Ponchos are also perfect for this time between seasons when you need to add a layer to lighter clothing or stay warm in your home or office when it’s a bit cooler than you’d like.
There have been lots of fads in crochet over the years but very few involved a single pattern. We hope you like this updated version. You can crochet it for under $30, the sizing is simple and you’ll enjoy this flattering look almost year round.
Get the free pattern: Boho Poncho
In 2003, Colette Smith was told by a doctor that due to the pain in her hands, she would need eight hours of surgery and she would never be able to knit again. But for Colette, knitting is an essential part of her life. She is a fiber artist and designer and simply loves to knit. When she heard those words from her doctor, she took matters into her own hands (literally) and decided to find a way to heal her hand pain without surgery. Today she is pain free and knits eight to fifteen hours a day – you read that right – she knits 8-15 HOURS A DAY!
If you’re a knitter or crocheter with hand pain, Colette has some great advice based on her own research and experience. Here’s her story, plus suggestions for those of you who have hand pain, including some surprising tips about how to sit, how to sleep and exercises that could make help you continue to enjoy the crafts you love so much.
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The Chinese New Year is represented by a rotating cycle of twelve animals. There are years named for dragons, and others named for dogs, snakes, and even rats! This new year, which begins on February 19th, is the Year Of the Sheep! It’s the cutest animal and the yarniest animal … definite reasons to celebrate. If you’re giving a baby gift to a baby born in the next twelve months, this is the gift – try our Little Lamb Sock Critter as your first project for the new year!
Below are a few of our favorite sheep-inspired patterns for your knitting and crochet enjoyment this year!
|Knit Cute Cabled Lamb||Crochet Little Lamb
||Knit Cabled Sheep||Knit Fluffy Little Sheep|
Our number one trend prediction for 2014 (Big, Bigger, Better) was right on target and will continue to be one of the most important trends in 2015. This year we’ll be seeing more chunky knits and fast-finish crochet projects as the most popular yarns of the last year continue to be important. In our line, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Heartland Thick & Quick® and Country® are all category 6 super bulky weight yarns that make your projects work up quickly while being on-trend with lush, big stitches. Big yarns not only work up quickly but they also have rich texture and great stitch definition that you don’t usually see in store bought items. With the maker revolution in full swing, crafters want show that their work was made by a human being!
Pantone is a global color authority, located in Carlstadt, NJ (coincidentally, Carlstadt is also the home of Lion Brand’s corporate offices). Many industries use Pantone’s service to determine which colors to feature on their products – everything from housewares to fabrics.
How is the color of the year determined? The experts at Pantone immerse themselves in the culture, pulling together colors that organically seem to pop up everywhere. They find the common denominator and it is then identified as the most important color trend for the next year. Pantone also considers how the meaning of the color relates to cultural events and the overall mood at the time.
The color for 2015 is Marsala, a rich, deep color that indicates stability. It’s wonderful for fashion because it is flattering against many skin tones and appeals to both men and women. Spotted on the runways this past season, Marsala is an earthy, 70s throwback, basic, and a neutral color that makes an interesting alternative to black, grey and off-white. In a wardrobe, this color is considered a staple, and it’s wonderful as an accent in the warmer months.
El Paso Autumn
|LB Collection® Wool Stainless Steel
|Lion’s Pride®® Woolspun
|LB Collection® Superwash Merino
|Superwash Merino Cashmere
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Lion Brand Yarn Company is a family owned and operated business. Currently, the fourth and fifth generation of the family are working in the company. The children below are all members of the sixth generation and they’re dressed in fashions all knit and crocheted with American-made Heartland yarn. These patterns are easy to make and will delight the next generation in your family.
At this time of year, when families gather together, we wanted to share the faces that make us smile. Hoping you are fortunate enough to see the people who mean a lot to you this Thanksgiving. When you take a break from the traveling, and the cooking, and the cleaning, say hello in the comments below and tell us about your holiday meal.
|Crochet Next Generation Afghan and Hat||Knit Next Generation Crewneck Vest||Crochet Next Generation Crewneck Cardigan||Knit Next Generation V-Neck Cardigan|
|Knit Next Generation Crewneck Cardigan||Crochet Next Generation Vest||Knit Next Generation Crewneck Dress||Crochet Next Generation Vest|