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Crochet Yourself an Out of the Box Friend!

September 12th, 2014

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In celebration of the fun new movie Boxtrolls, which will be in theaters on September 26th, we’ve got these cute little critters for you to crochet for (or with) your children. You’ve even got enough time to make some and bring along to the movie premiere!

Boxtrolls are shy trolls who live and hide in boxes (similar to turtles with their shells). Despite living in the sewers, these boxtrolls are actually just peculiar, yet sweet little characters who are more than what their name implies. The story of this movie originated from the beloved children’s book series, Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow, so it will be exciting to see this story come to life.

This boyfriend and girlfriend set (pictured) will be the perfect companion for anyone who is just as shy and quirky as the boxtrolls in the movie. Check out the Out of the Box Girlfriend and Out of the Box Boyfriend, and get started on a fun and unusual project.

P.S:  Make it super special by customizing it to for the person you’re making it for! Check out our previous post on making monograms.


Make a Zodiac Scarf for Libra Birthdays!

September 10th, 2014

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libra-zodiac-scarfPeople who have birthdays which fall between September 23 and October 22 are born under Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac. Commonly represented by scales, Libras are considered to be social and level-headed people.

zodiac-libraLibra crafters will stick with their favorite go-to patterns: they might change colors, make it a larger size, or use a different yarn, but they like making the same pattern over and again with repeated pleasure.

They can sometimes be mistaken for shy and reserved, but their feelings tend to come through in their handmade gifts. They love to socialize and can often be found crafting in public or at their local knitting (or crochet) circle.

The colors used in Libra’s zodiac scarf are inspired by opal, a gemstone associated with September birthdays. The scarf is composed of four shades of grey to complement Libra’s harmonious and balanced nature: silver heather for grace, linen for idealistic, silver blue, silver grey for dependability.

Tip the scales for a change- reward your favorite Libra for all their generous crafting with a personalized gift and crochet or knit them a zodiac scarf. They deserve it!

Don’t know a Libra? Check out our other zodiac scarves.


Closely Knit Friends: The Poncho Pullover

September 7th, 2014

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This story is from our newsletter called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. We’re sharing the most recent story here in the blog. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here.

Crochet Poncho Pullover in Vanna's TapestryThe knitting group was baffled by Roseanne. A first-time expectant mother, she was making a jazzy-looking rectangle in a self-patterning yarn called “Vanna’s Tapestry,” whose variegated hues—earth brown, leafy green, cranberry, birch-bark grey and white—were unusual for infant clothes.

“It’s an edgy baby blanket, right?” asked Maddy.

“I think it’s a car-seat cover,” Jane declared.

Roseanne smiled.

“Come on, tell us,” pleaded Grace.

“Why not be surprised?” Roseanne asked.

“Because we don’t want to knit duplicate stuff,” Irene, always practical, said. “If you’re doing a blanket, I’d rather knit the baby a sweater or a cap.”

Roseanne’s coyness drove them crazy. She was the first of them to become a mother. “Roseanne’s always been so sharing and giving. Pregnancy has changed her,” they decided.

Meanwhile they knitted their friend a layette, favoring primary colors and neutrals—because if Roseanne knew her baby’s gender, she also wasn’t telling.

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Lion Brand’s Most Popular Patterns from August!

September 4th, 2014

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As students get ready for school, knitters and crocheters are finishing up summer projects like the Semi-Tropical Shawl, the Poncho Pullover and the ever popular Open Air Shrug, to make room for colder weather projects that use yarns like Heartland and one of our newest yarns, Landscapes®.

In fact, our sporty and stylish Portland Poncho, made with Heartland, turned out to be the most popular pattern for August! For those who want to start their fall knitting and crochet, I recommend starting with small garments like the Multi Directional Hat or the Textured Cowl – or try a combination of both with our Asymmetrical Neckwarmer!

Here is a collection of your favorite patterns from August:

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10 Most Popular Projects Using Lion Brand Wool-Ease®!

August 12th, 2014

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Wool-Ease® is one of our classic, wool-blend yarns that’s perfect to use when you’re just learning to knit or crochet. It’s soft and versatile for all sorts of projects, big and small — our Tree of Life Afghan being the most popular! It’s a great yarn to use for your first sweater, as well as for smaller sized projects like amigurumi and fall accessories like wristwarmers.

The best part is that Wool-Ease® is on sale now through August 31st!

Below is a selection of our most popular patterns that use this yarn.

Curvy Girl Intertwined Poncho Knit Slip Stitch Afghan Crochet Lady Like Pullover
Crochet Curvy Girl Intertwined Poncho Knit Slip Stitch Afghan Crochet Lady Like Pullover
My First Raglan Cardigan, 3/4 Sleeve Variation Crochet Robo-Blanky Knit My First Raglan Pullover
Knit My First Raglan Cardigan,
3/4 Sleeve Variation
Crochet Robo-Blanky Knit My First Raglan Pullover
Crochet Amigurumi Penguin Knit Meandering Rib Scarf Crochet Fingerless Gloves
Crochet Amigurmi Penguin Knit Meandering Rib Scarf Crochet Fingerless Gloves

Experiment with Color! Knit or Crochet Your Next Project with Lion Brand’s New Yarn, Vanna’s Palettes!

July 30th, 2014

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We love using lots of color in our patterns, which is why I’m excited to introduce a new Lion Brand yarn: Vanna’s Palettes. Similar to Bonbons, with Vanna’s Palettes you get eight mini-skeins of yarn, specifically designed to compliment each other and a coordinating skein of Vanna’s Choice®. Each package of Vanna’s Palettes comes with suggested Vanna’s Choice® color pairings and a knit or crochet pattern. Couple Vanna’s Palettes with a matching skein of Vanna’s Choice® and you’ve got a nine-color project at an affordable price!

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The Lace Edged Poncho (above) is a great example of how to use this yarn. Using a combination of Vanna’s Choice® and just one package of Vanna’s Palettes, you can make this project at a fraction of the cost had you bought all of the colors in nine full-sized skeins. With Vanna’s Palettes, it’s all about easy color coordination!

Below is a selection of Lion Brand’s latest Vanna’s Palettes patterns:

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Lion Brand’s Most Popular Patterns for Sock-Ease!

July 24th, 2014

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Sock-Ease™ is a Lion Brand finger weight yarn that is perfect for socks. The colors range from bold, vibrant solids to colorful gradients excellent for striping.  Not just for socks, Sock-Ease™  is also great for scarves, accessories, and even afghans. And that’s not all. . . you may not know this but for easy-care crafting, Sock-Ease™ is also finished with aloe vera which will soften your hands as your knit or crochet! Pretty neat, don’t you agree?

Make your next project the All Season Wristers, the most popular pattern for this yarn. And now until July 31st, Sock-Ease™ is on sale for 15% off the original price.

Below you’ll find a selection of popular patterns that use Sock-Ease™:

Knit Basic Socks Crochet Candy Color Afghan Cozy Crochet Socks
Knit
Basic Socks
Crochet Candy Color Afghan Cozy Crochet Socks
Knit Baby Bright Pants Knit Women's Double Strand Toe Up Socks Knit Sparrow Fingerless Gloves
Knit Baby Bright Pants Knit Women’s Double Strand Toe Up Socks Knit Sparrow Fingerless Gloves
Crochet Garden Scarf Knit Thigh High Footless Socks Knit Houndstooth Check Tie
Crochet Garden Scarf Knit Thigh High Footless Socks Knit Houndstooth Check Tie

Check Out Lion Brand’s Most Popular Patterns from June

July 17th, 2014

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This past June it seems everyone was knitting and crocheting with our American-made yarns like Heartland and Kitchen Cotton. We also noticed through the month may of you prepared for July 4th with Americana-inspired projects like our Independence Day Table Mats and Flag Afghan.  It was also a great month for shrugs and shawls, like our Cabled Buttoned Wrap in Heartland , our most popular pattern for June. It’s a great garment for air-conditioned offices by day and dinners out by night!

Below is a collection of our most popular patterns in June:

Craft Friendship Bracelets Crochet Open Air Shrug Round-About Cropped Cardi
Craft Friendship Bracelets
in Bonbons
Crochet Open Air Shrug
in Kitchen Cotton
Crochet Round-About Cropped Cardi
in Heartland
Crochet USA Afghan in Hometown USA Crochet Independence Day Table Mats Knit Color Waves Tank Top
Crochet USA Afghan
in Hometown USA®
Crochet Independence Day Table Mats
in Kitchen Cotton
Knit Colorwaves Tank Top
in Kitchen Cotton
Splendid Triangle Shawl Crochet Flag Afghan Crochet Arrow Lake Shawl
Knit & Crochet Splendid Triangle Shawlin Heartland Crochet Flag Afghanin Heartland Crochet Arrow Lake Shawl in Homespun®

Were you working on anything in June? Share with us!


Throwback Thursday: Crochet from 1861

July 10th, 2014

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I spent my July 4th at the New York Historical Society to see an exhibit on Civil War Textiles. While most of the exhibit was quilts, I was quite surprised to find this very patriotic crochet shawl. It was made in 1861 (that’s older than Lion Brand!) and was presented to the Massachusetts governor and his wife to thank them for their support in the Civil War and abolitionist reforms.

I was most impressed by its simplistic design and could actually imagine someone making something similar today. It’s really amazing to see how the art of crochet (and knitting) has been an integral part of American history, don’t you think?


Yarn Bomb Spotted in Brooklyn

July 7th, 2014

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Over the weekend I spotted this yarn bomb under a Brooklyn highway as I was walking back home. As soon as I saw it I had to take a picture – not only because it was made out of yarn but I instantly recognized the person behind this mysterious yarn art.

This cute, cartoon style belongs to none other than local crochet artist, London Kaye, who is known for her unique street art pieces (she even yarnbombed an entire subway train for Valentine’s Day).  According to her blog and Instagram it was originally done last month in honor of International Yarn Bomb Day.

Great job London Kaye!

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