This past November, knitters and crocheters alike were deep in gift-making mode. Some of the most popular patterns focused on simple silhouettes like the Canyon Shrug and the Emily Bronte Topper. And whether it was a cat and mouse, reindeer or penguin, novelty mittens were also must-have addition to the project list.
It appears that colder weather was also on the minds of many – the Essential Fall Pullover, made with Heartland, took the lead as the most popular pattern to knit for November! Super-bulky yarns like Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Homespun® Thick&Quick® were also popular, likely because they work up quickly and will bring you closer to finishing your gift list for friends and family faster.
Here is a collection of popular Lion Brand patterns that inspired crafters in the month of November:
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As you can probably tell by the name, Heartland is inspired by prominent American landmarks and landscapes — Kings Canyon, Mammoth Cave, Glacier Bay, and Shenandoah to name a few. Composed of deep heathered and even tweed shades, I often refer to them as jewel-like because of the yarn’s vibrant colors. It is an easy-care yarn perfect for garments, afghans and accessories for kids and adults – best of all Heartland is made in the USA!
Even better, from now until the end of December, Heartland is 20% off!
There are many wonderful patterns that use this yarn — and many are just perfect for the holiday season.
Below you’ll find a lookbook of our favorites. Want more? Visit lionbrand.com.
Every year I participate in a handmade Secret Santa gift exchange. Working at Lion Brand has definitely inspired me to learn to knit, and as a person who usually crochets, I wanted to make something different and challenging this year.
I found the Ribbed Bolero pattern to be a good place to start. It’s a good beginner project to both improve knitting skills, and to make a great gift at the same time. It’s just like making a scarf — just much wider and folded in half. This pattern is perfect as I had also been looking for a 2-ball project that uses Homespun®.
One of the many skills I gained from this project was learning to differentiate between a stockinette (which the pattern called for) and a garter stitch (which I accidentally did). I was surprised (and relieved) that it still looked similar the picture, except with a different stitch – and it only cost $15!
Below I’ve selected several 2-ball projects that will let you practice your craft and make a great handmade gift at the same time. Let the gift knitting begin!
|Knit His or Her Hat||Crochet Simple Shrug||Knit My First #Scarfie||Knit Hat in a Flash|
Two of my good friends have recently had babies and while I’m still thinking about making gifts for my friends, I’m also thinking of their newborns this holiday season.
I love making baby gifts that are colorful or have a lot of texture – the extraordinary color palette of Modern Baby® is one of my favorite yarns for color, and for a touchable pattern with lots of texture, I always come back to the symbolic Tree of Life Afghan.
Earlier this year, when Lion Brand introduced its newest yarn, Ice Cream, I got excited about the Confetti Color Blanket – the variegated colors and knitted indentations give it a touchable, fabric-like appearance – a delightful combination of both color and texture!
To inspire you this holiday season, I’ve selected some of my favorite patterns that feature color and texture:
|Knit Panda Pullover||Crochet Little Boy Blue Blanket||Knit Sweet Sweater Dress||Crochet Modern Ripple Baby Blanket|
|Knit Lemon Squeezy Stroller Blanket||Crochet Bella Blocks|
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If you were born between December 22 and January 19, your zodiac sign is Capricorn. The Capricorn crafter is known to be very familiar with every stitch, their yarn stash is extremely organized, and their project wishlist is always completed.
As perfectionists, Capricorns love to try new stitches and projects and will practice their craft until they get it just right … before moving onto something more challenging.
Capricorns might appear to be private about their crafting habits, but it’s actually that they are very shy. When it comes to displaying their feelings and emotions, they like to show their caring nature through handmade gifts – discreetly.
Show your favorite Capricorn how much you care with knit or crochet zodiac scarf in colors to match their amazing characteristics: charcoal grey for practicality, grey marble for ambition, barley for resourcefulness, and oatmeal for discipline.
Don’t know a Capricorn? Check out our entire collection of Zodiac scarves.
Save 25% on select bags – perfect gifts for the knitters and crocheters in your life!
|Project+ Tote Bag: Knit Purl Print||Small Project Bag: Crafty Girl Print||Small Project Bag: Leap Frogging Sheep Print||Pippa Yarn Dispenser: Navy Pop|
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Thanksgiving is often the best time to get the family together — how about having a Pre-Thanksgiving crafting hour!? It’s also a great way to keep kids occupied, as you and the rest of the family make preparations for the main event.
Kids can decide what kind of fruit and vegetables go into the Cornucopia. Show them how to wrap yarn to make the Pompom turkey. Or my all-time favorite: play hide and seek with your very own Tom Turkey while waiting for guests to arrive or food to be served!
Display finished works in the hallway, living room, or dining room table for a handmade centerpiece that makes a great conversation starter at dinnertime. I’ve selected a few quick and easy inspirational projects to get you started on your handmade Thanksgiving:
|Pom Pom Turkey||Crochet Thanksgiving Gourds||Thanksgiving Fruit Ornaments||Crochet Napkin Rings|
|Crochet Cornucopia||Knit Leaf Strewn Table Runner||Crochet Tom Turkey||Thanksgiving Wreath|
Are you incorporating any handmade items for Thanksgiving? Feel free to share with us in the comments below.
Winter is coming and Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® is the perfect yarn for colder weather. It’s a super bulky version of Wool-Ease® and it has the feel, warmth and softness of wool, with the easy care of acrylic – it’s also perfect for those who are normally allergic to real wool!
This is a great yarn to use when you’re learning how to knit: it works up quickly and easily for projects like sweaters, jackets, vests, slippers, hats, and, of course, scarves.
AND For the entire month of November, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® is 20% off the original price!
Find some inspiration in the collection below and for more free patterns, search Patternfinder – it’s time to get knitting and crocheting!
|Knit District 12 Cowl Wrap||Crochet Slouchy Stripe Hat||Knit Simple Hat|
Beyond bringing you new patterns and reporting on the latest knit and crochet trends each week, Lion Brand also provides numerous tutorials on techniques and methods all knitters and crocheter should know about (and try at least once!).
Tutorials are a great method of learning – for knitters and crocheters who are just learning the basic, to experienced crafters who want step-by-step visuals to master a new technique.
Bottom line, tutorials are a great way to learn new skills that will help you on future knitting and crochet projects!
Here is a collection of our most popular tutorials:
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|Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set||Knit Rustic Ribbed Hat and Scarf Set|
Tweed Stripes® is a bulky yarn that works up in a lightweight fabric – it’s great for a transitional project for fall, like a hat and scarf set!
In addition, we’re also offering a great giveaway for you too! We’re picking 3 winners who will receive enough Tweed Stripes® yarn of their choice to crochet the Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set or knit the Rustic Ribbed Hat and Scarf Set.
Contest ends October 31st, so enter now and good luck!
Rules and Guidelines:
1. Entries must be received by October 31st, 11:59p.m. EST
2. Must be 18 and over to enter.
3. One person per entry
*All winners will be announced on the blog and social media. If you do not respond to the e-mail indicating that you were selected as the winner within 7 days, another winner will be selected to receive the prize
If the form below does not work for you, please click here to the link.
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