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Father’s Day Ideas for 6 Different Dads

May 18th, 2014

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Lion Brand’s Patternfinder is filled with gift ideas for that special dad in your life. Whether he loves watching the game on Sunday or spending quiet time with a good book, we have a craft project that you can make just for him. And like most dads, he will appreciate a handmade gift because it’s made with love.
Father’s Day is June 15th. I’ve gathered some of my favorite ideas that would suit any type of dad, so start browsing now and get started crafting for dear old dad.

Knit Ipad Cozy Crochet Touchdown Hat and Scarf Set  petloverdad
Knit Tablet(iPad) Fair Isle Tech Vest – for the hi-tech Dad Crochet Touchdown Hat and Scarf Set – for the sports Dad Knit the Sports Nut Hat and Dog Sweater – for the pet-lover Dad
Knit Travelin; man Shoe Covers Crochet Super Hero Blanket Knit Compact Car Blanket
Knit Travelin’ Man Shoe Covers – for the on-the-go Dad Little Super Hero Blanket (lapghan for adults)- for the comics-lover Dad Knit Compact Car Blanket – for the “no-presents” Dad

If you still stumped at what to make, we have some great tips to help you brainstorm.


April Popular Patterns

May 9th, 2014

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April showers bring May … projects? It seems so! Rainy days are perfect for crafting, and by the looks of it you loved working on the Simple Shrug, which is a great accessory for any kind of weather and the most popular pattern for April!

With the warmer weather we also think about soft and lacy things, as you can see below. Browse below for other patterns that were popular during the month of April.

Happy Crafting!

Crochet Golightly Tote Crochet Baby Blankie Knit Speckled Shrug
Crochet Golightly Tote Crochet Baby Blankie Knit Speckled Shrug
Knit Lacework Cardigan Scallop Crochet Scarf Crochet Celtic Afghan
Knit Lacework Cardigan Scallop Crochet Scarf Crochet Celtic Afghan
Knit Sutter's Mill Throw Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Throw Knit Little Lamb Sock Critter
Knit Sutter Mill’s Throw Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Throw Knit Little Lamb Sock Critter

Craft Through the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – Next Stop: Embellishments!

April 30th, 2014

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Nathan Vincent sculpture of the Taj Mahal; model wearing crochet Knit Embellished Pullover

Crafting is not just for cold months, but all year round. Warmer weather is the time for lacy projects and it’s also a great time to make garments brand-new with small embellishments.

Which brings us to our next stop in Lion Brand’s 7 Wonders of the Yarn World series: Embellishments and the Taj Mahal. Earlier this year we asked Nathan Vincent to create fiber art sculptures that incorporated seven different yarn techniques and to associate each with one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Previously in this series we’ve covered textures, stripes and chevrons, and cables.

Nathan’s recreation of the Taj Mahal represents this yarn technique well because of its attention to detail.

An embellishment can be anything from a simple ruffle or fur trim to a scarf made with our array of self-striping yarns like Unique and Tweed Stripes® to a complex embroidery pattern. Lion Brand’s Bonbons yarn is perfect for embroidery and embellishing larger projects like afghans and sweaters.

Below are some of amazing designs that use embellishments to make them even better!

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Knit Abstracted Lion Pullover Knit Embroidered Slouch Hat
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Openwork Crochet Shrug
Crochet Flower Power Hat
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Knit Modular Cowl
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My First Collared Raglan Cardigan
Knit Garden Fantasy Afghan

9 Great Gifts for Mother’s Day!

April 25th, 2014

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With Mother’s Day just a few weeks away, there’s a great opportunity to thank the person who nurtured you and who may have even taught you how to knit or crochet. She could be your aunt, your grandmother, or, of course, your mother — so make a handmade gift to show how much you appreciate her and the time she’s spent with you over the years.

If you’re like myself, you have an abundance of wishlist items, so to help narrow it down, I’ve selected some of my favorite patterns that are great for gifting:

Crochet Romantic Lacy Shawl Knit Everday Glamour Cardigan Knit and Crochet Tunic
Crochet Romantic Lacey Shawl Knit Everday Glamour Cardigan Knit & Crochet Tunic
Knit Tweed Cowl Crochet Skipping Stone Tote Knit Seashell Shawl
Knit Tweed Cowl Crochet Skipping Stone Tote Knit Seashell Shawl
Top Down Crochet Jacket Knit Lace Eyelet Shawl Crochet Open Air Shrug
Top Down Crochet Jacket Knit Lace Eyelet Shawl Crochet Open Air Shrug

What will you be making?


A Great Giveaway Just In Time for Mother’s Day!

April 23rd, 2014

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Update: Congratulations to our winners, Dixie I., Karen C., and Jamie T.! Check your email for a message from us about collecting your prizes!

Some of my favorite garments to crochet are shawls, or wraps if you prefer to call them that, because of how easy they are to throw over your shoulders whenever there’s a slight chill … and that’s why I’m extremely excited to announce this great giveaway, courtesy of Stackpole Books and Tammy Hildebrand:

Crochet Wraps: Every Which Way by Tammy Hildebrand features 18 original designs for you to try for yourself or make a gift just in time for Mother’s Day! We’re selecting 3 lucky winners who will receive a copy of the book, as well as enough LB Collection® Silk Mohair to make the Purple Passion wrap, a pattern we’ve made available to our readers here.

Contest ends May 7th, so enter now and good luck!


Most Popular Patterns from March!

April 13th, 2014

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With spring finally here, we’re ready to start fun and colorful patterns like this Geometric Afghan made with Heartland, which was one of our most popular patterns in March. Today, we’re featuring some of the top patterns from last month, and by the looks of it, it seems that many of you might be working on afghans.

In addition to seeing afghans, it’s nice to see that people are still fond of the District 12 Cowl Wrap, and seeing the popularity of the Emily Bronte Topper inspires me to write the next “Great American Novel” while wrapped in Homespun® (wouldn’t that be a cool story to tell).

Check out the rest below and start adding to your crafting wishlist!

Crochet Ripple Afghan Knit Animal Talk Throw Knit Traffic Throw
Crochet Ripple Afghan Knit Animal Talk Throw Knit Traffic Talk Throw

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Do Your Ears Hang Low?

April 11th, 2014

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It’s really adorable to see your child and their furry best friend get excited over anything and everything. Whether it’s some fun at the park or a drive to Grandma’s house – these two are an inseparable pair!

Celebrate their love and friendship with Lion Brand’s knit Bunny Hoodie and Bunny Dog Costume this Easter!  They’ll be the best-dressed couple at the annual Easter Egg hunt!


Craft Through the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – Next Stop: Cables!

April 9th, 2014

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Nathan Vincent’s sculpture of Easter Island Statues; model wearing knit Oversized Fishermen’s Sweater

Last year, we asked Nathan Vincent to design several larger-than-life sculptures that could be associated with seven yarn techniques or, as we like to call them, “yarn wonders.” Revealed at the Craft and Hobby Association show earlier this year, these sculptures were presented as Lion Brand’s 7 Wonders of the Yarn World. Each yarn wonder was represented in our fashion show, displaying the variety of ways you can use and wear each one. We started with textures (Stonehenge) and stripes and chevrons (Mayan Ruins). Our third Wonder of the Yarn World, the Moai statues of Easter Island, represents timeless and awe-inspiring cables.

According to Creative Director Adina Klein, cabling may look complicated and mysterious but it’s actually a very easy stitch to pick up. This collection of cabled-designs features classic and timeless pieces that you can coordinate with any wardrobe.

We presented several designs that range from classic cabled afghans, to more modern takes on the Fishermen’s sweater. The garments featured were made in a variety of yarns like Heartland, Heartland Thick & Quick®Hometown USA®, Homespun®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Wool-Ease®, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Vanna’s Choice®, and Vanna’s Glamour®.

Below you can see a selection of some of the designs featured. Find your own cable inspiration and use this classic technique to make something new and modern.

Knit Neutral Cabled Afghan Knit Cabled Hat CHA-cables Knit Lush Ribbed Pullover
Knit Cabled Hat
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Knit Fitted Cable Pullover
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Knit Neutral Cabled Afghan
Knit Striped Cable Hat
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Knit Oversized Fisherman Sweater*
Knit Weekend Ribbed Hat
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Knit Cozy Textured Pullover
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Knit Studio Afghan
Knit Lush Ribbed Poncho

*Pattern(s) coming soon


6 Fast-Finish Easter Patterns!

April 4th, 2014

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After a long, cold winter, spring is finally here — which means Easter is just a few weeks away! While this often means buying marshmallow Peeps and hunting for candy-filled eggs for children, crafters are starting their Easter and spring-related projects.

Living in New York, this is the time of year when I like to walk down 5th Avenue and see  people  show off the crazy-fun hats they made just for the “Easter Parade” — traditionally, this time of year was when Victorian churchgoers use to show off their best hats, jewelry, and clothes after church. The event is similar to red carpet movie premieres and award ceremonies you see on TV.

Whether you are crafting for children or yourself, it is a good excuse to think of cute bunnies, sheep, and bright colored eggs.  Here are a few inspirational projects to put in a child’s Easter basket or decorating your home.

Craft Over Easy Eggs Crochet Amigurumi Chocolate Bunny
Over Easy Eggs Crochet Amigurumi Chocolate Bunny Knit Little Lamb
Crochet Chickadee Potholder Knit Little Bunny Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy
Crochet Chickadee Potholder Knit Little Bunny (Check out Selma’s post about making this cute critter) Crochet Amigurumi Bunny Egg Cozy

For more ideas check out Patternfinder and search under “Easter” or “Passover.”  Also check out our Pinterest Board for more Easter inspiration!


Same Yarn, Super-Sized: Introducing Heartland Thick & Quick®!

March 26th, 2014

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Whether you love our American-made yarns or have a soft spot for the deep-colored hues of Heartland—you’ll love our newest yarn Heartland Thick & Quick®!

Heartland has been one of our most popular yarns because of its soft and silken make, so we decided to make a super bulky version for people to make their projects bigger and better!

It’s a great yarn to go to for soft-to-touch garments, quick afghans, and plush accessories. Check out a few of  our recent knit and crochet patterns using Heartland Thick & Quick® below:

Knit Ski Lodge Cap Crochet Ripple Afghan Knit Deep V Cabled Vest Crochet Flower Power Hat
Knit Ski Lodge Cap Crochet Ripple Afghan Knit Deep V Cabled Vest Crochet Flower Power Hat
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