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Craft Through the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – Last Stop: Colorwork

June 25th, 2014

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The final stop on our tour of The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World is colorwork. If you’re new to the 7 Wonders series, I encourage you to start at the beginning with the unveiling of seven fiber sculptures by artist Nathan Vincent based on the 7 Wonders of The World. Each sculpture represents a yarn technique that was also incorporated into seven collections for a Lion Brand fashion show. The collections highlight all of the wonderful and sometimes unexpected things each technique can do.

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Nathan Vincent sculpture of the Lion Sphinx; model wearing knit Rhapsody of Color Dress

The Lion Sphinx is our seventh Wonder of the Yarn World. The real Sphinx (or Great Sphinx of Giza) is the largest and oldest monolith sculpture in the world. Our Sphinx’s pedestal is adorned with hieroglyphics, showcasing the amazing detail that can be achieved with colorwork. The patterns associated with this technique are bright, bold, and colorful!

The yarns featured in the colorwork collection are perfect for the yarncrafter in need of colorful combinations for stranded colorwork or intarsia – like Vanna’s Choice®, Heartland®, and Wool-Ease® - as well as vivid self-striping yarns like Amazing®Unique, and Keppi.

Below you’ll find several of the designs from the colorwork collection. We hope you’ve enjoyed your tour of The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World and that you’ve picked up some new patterns and techniques along the way. If you missed any of the other collections, take a look back at all of our posts on The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World: Textures, Stripes & Chevrons, Cables, Embellishments, Lace, Granny Squares, and Colorwork.

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Knit Color Paneled Coat
(pattern coming soon)
Poetic Colorwork Pullover
with
Knit Bobble Beret
Knit Slip Stitch Pom Hat with
Knit Slip Stitch Pom Scarf
Knit Shaded Colors Afghan
with
Knit Ski Lodge Cap

 


Top 10 Patterns from May!

June 8th, 2014

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After a long winter and sluggish spring, warm weather is finally here to stay and just like an explosion of spring flowers, this month’s top patterns reflect a brighter, more cheerful palette. Bold patterns also take center stage with zig-zags, ripples, stripes, and granny squares. With all of the dazzling color changes and stitch patterns, you might assume that these projects are only for the expert crafter, but thanks to the magic of vivid color-changing yarns like Unique and our brand new Vanna’s Tapestry, most of these projects are rated easy! After all, taking up your favorite craft should be rewarding AND relaxing (it’s good for you too!).

It looks like many of you are getting into new crafts as well, so we’re pleased to offer more patterns for our Knit & Weave Loom like the placemat shown below. For those of you who are new to weaving, coasters and placemats are great beginner projects and they also make great handmade gifts!

Finally, May is the time many yarncrafters begin patriotic projects for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day, so it’s no surprise that our Flag Afghan is number one again (it’s popular all year round – it was #1 in February and in the top 10 for March!). With our best-selling Heartland yarn that’s proudly Made in the USA, it’s a great way to honor the Red, White, and Blue!

Knit Simple Lace Shawl Granny Inspired Afghan Knit Poncho Pullover
Knit Simple Lace Shawl in Unique Crochet Granny Inspired Afghan in Unique Knit Poncho Pullover in Vanna’s Tapestry
Knit Color Rich Afghan Granny Square Coat Knit Zig Zag Throw
Knit Color Rich Afghan in Vanna’s Tapestry and Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Granny Square Coat in Unique Knit Zig Zag Throw in Vanna’s Choice®, Vanna’s Glamour®, Homespun® and Unique
Loom Woven Placemat Crochet Modern Ripple Baby Blanket New Slant Afghan
Loom Woven Placemat in Bonbons Crochet Modern Ripple Blanket in Bonbons and Pound of Love® Crochet New Slant Afghan in
Wool-Ease®

Make a Simple Shrug with Yolanda Soto-Lopez, Now With Spanish Subtitles!

May 9th, 2014

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One of our most popular patterns, the Simple Shrug, is an easy project that’s perfect for beginners. Many of you have requested that we provide Spanish language support for our patterns, so we are very pleased to bring you this great tutorial by Yolanda Soto-Lopez, now with added Spanish subtitles!

Spanish readers, here are Yolanda’s instructions on how to begin:

En este video aprendera hacer esta linda prenda de dama. Esta prenda es un nivel facil. El patron escrito esta disponible gratis en ingles solamente en el website de lionbrand.com Yo estare traduciendo las instrucciones en los Subtitulos en Español. Necesita bajar el patron numero: 90689D Necesita 4 madejas de estambre de LionBrand Homespun color: Manzana adulzada, un gancho N/13 (9mm) un avuja para estambre. Yo tambien use clips para detener mi prenda para coser los lados. Los materiales estan disponibles en tiendas como Joanne’s, Michael’s, y otras tiendas de lanas/estambres.

Check out the new video with Yolanda Soto-Lopez of “All Crafts Channel”, now with Spanish subtitles!


Make a Zodiac Scarf for Gemini

May 2nd, 2014

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Gemini scarf
Gemini is the sign of the Twins and it’s the sign for birthdays from May 21 to June 21. Geminis are witty and inquisitive and, like other air signs, they value intelligence. The dual aspect of this sign means that those born under it are able to see things from multiple perspectives, making them excellent communicators. It’s no surprise that they are also great multi-taskers! People born under this sign are cheerful and personable, so chances are good you’ve got at least one friend who is a Gemini!

gemini-signThe colors in this scarf match the qualities of Gemini: yellow for curiosity, navy for intelligence, sapphire for eloquence, and aqua for optimism.

If you’ve got a friend with a birthday coming up, a handmade gift is always the way to go. Your Gemini friend will probably want to know all about how you made it, so it might be fun to set aside some time to teach him or her your craft. If you are a Gemini yourself, you’ll probably want to make two of these scarves – one for you and one for your bestie!

The Gemini zodiac scarf is available for both Knit and Crochet (pictured). Not your sign? Check out our other zodiac scarves here.

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