If you love fiber and the look of hand crafted elegance, you’re going to enjoy the trends we see for 2016. In all of these trends, yarn is a big, bold star. From the powerful combination of black and white, to giant, chunky stitches, to the no-holds-barred flowing fringe look, it’s all about standing out. As yarn takes center stage, we seem to be in love with the look of it and with the stitches themselves. Whether it’s cable, stockinette or woven stitches, we want to see them, and the bigger, longer and more dramatic, the better!
Colors go in and out of fashion, and although black is always popular, the trend we see is black and white. From Angelina Jolie on the cover of Vogue to the preponderance of runway fashions in the contrasting black and white patterns, the evidence is clear that black and white makes a bold on trend fashion statement.
Lion Brand®‘s yarns in a variety of weights help you design in black and white, and Scarfie is the perfect yarn to help you create this trend in an ombre look.
Get the look: Crochet Fast Fringed Scarf
According to some sources, fringe is the biggest trend for Spring 2016. Fringe is everywhere, from the obvious–on ponchos–to dresses, shoes, boots and even scarves. The look is dramatic, off beat and retro, with a new twist that there is not limit to the ways you can wear fringe or the length that the fringe can be!
Everyone wants the look of knit stitches. If you buy knits, you’ll find that the stitch definition is part of the design. Even items that aren’t knitted like the tights and the printed bags shown below have the appearance of knitted stitches. It’s a sign that knitting has become part of pop culture and has seeped into every corner of design. From yarn bombing to the latest Netflix knitted socks, knitting is in. If you’re a knitter, you’re set and if you crochet, you can still get the look with knit look crochet patterns.
So, it’s not only the look of your stitches but the boldest, biggest stitches that seem to be taking over accessory and home decor patterns. The designs are attention getting and powerful. If you knit or crochet, you can make your projects quickly and easily. Our new size 50 circular needles were just introduced especially to help you use the chunkiest yarns available.
Weaving is a simple way to craft with yarn and woven wall hangings are the most woven project. Even a novice can pick up a basic loom and start creating artistic wall art. It doesn’t stop with wall hangings though, as the woven look is popular for home decor objects like table runners and pillows, as well as tote bags and clutches. If you’re a knitter or crocheter, you’ll enjoy the new ways to use the fibers you love. With weaving, you’ll enjoy mixing yarns and the variety of texture and dimension that possible with woven projects.
The Comfort of Knitting is a unique how to knit book with a mission. It is presented by Project Knitwell, a non-profit organization started by a mother who found knitting helped her relax and provided a distraction from her worries during countless hours spent in the hospital. That mom, Carol Caparosa, was so moved by her experience, that she has devoted the last 11 years of her life to helping others discover the joy of knitting in times of stress.
Project Knitwell volunteers work in hospitals, in after-school programs for at-risk youth and with cancer support groups. They supply the The Comfort of Knitting book, offer knitting instruction, and provide yarn, needles and patterns to patients, family members and health care providers.
Lion Brand®, working with Project Knitwell designed and produced The Comfort of Knitting. It includes
With a focus on caring for the caregiver, the book recognizes the unique stresses and feelings of isolation experienced by the scores of millions of people who take care of family members and patients every day.
Included in the book is the Three Strand Afghan pattern. Made with Hometown USA®, it’s an easy knit blanket that offers warmth and comfort to its receiver.
|Knit Three Strand Afghan made with Hometown USA®|
Lion Brand® has committed all of its proceeds from the book to Project Knitwell and to the Alzheimer’s Association, since caregivers for Alzheimer’s patients often face long term and unrecognized efforts.
Can you share a story of using knitting to help you deal with the stress of being a caregiver?
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.