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Our Vogue Knitting NYC 2016 Recap!

January 21st, 2016

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We had a blast at Vogue Knitting Live here in New York City!

#VKLive saw the debut of one of Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s most magnificent window displays — the Fruit Stand! Lion Brand president David Blumenthal has always envisioned a fruit stand display and the result is a cornucopia of yarncrafting. Fans who stopped by couldn’t stop marveling at the details, which included hand-felted apples, amigurumi vegetables and an ingenious use of textures!



Fans of Lion Brand got a good laugh in our photobooth, where attendees were able to take home snapshots of their weekend! One of our featured writers Franklin Habit stopped by to join in:

Our friend London Kaye was right at home with other yarn artists as she crocheted a piece commemorating David Bowie. Here’s the finished piece!:

We brought some of our new favorite yarns to sell at Vogue Knitting Live. Yarn fans were able to grab Color Clouds, LB Collection® Wool, and 24/7 Cotton!


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Color Clouds LB Collection® Wool 24/7 Cotton


 That’s a wrap for us at Vogue Knitting Live.  We can’t wait to see where we’ll end up next!

Lion Brand Yarn Wins Best Booth at CHA!

January 16th, 2016

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Members of Team Lion Brand recently visited the Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show in California!

There, new yarns were shown, as well as new patterns … don’t worry, they’ll be available soon! Our brand ambassador, Shira Blumenthal served as MC for the Lion Brand Fashion show, where new designs are shown for the first time.

To top things off, Lion Brand won “Best Booth” at the show! Our booth featured yarnbombing by none other than our friend London Kaye, who created two beautiful sweeping yarnbomb pieces (using all Lion Brand yarn!) for the booth.




Visit Us at Vogue Knitting Live NYC On January 15 – 17!

January 10th, 2016

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Feast your eyes on Vogue Knitting Live! We’re excited to be a part of this event once again, with an exciting new experience to share!

Join us at our Photo Booth, where you and friends can grab snapshots of your weekend together. You’ll also get to see one of our favorite Lion Brand Yarn Studio window displays up close and personal — the famed Fruit Stand!


As usual, we’ll be selling yarn at a 20% off discount, so those who haven’t gotten to experience the LB Collection® in person will be able to meet special yarns like Natural Wool (for those trendy, chunky stitches!) and beautiful Silk Chiffon. Look out for new favorites as well, including 24/7 Cotton, Scarfie, Color Clouds, and more.

 In addition to selling great yarns, we’ll have catalogs and some free patterns available to take home with you.

Tamara Kelly Shares 15 Quick & Easy Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

November 30th, 2015

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Today’s guest post is brought to us by Tamara Kelly, author and designer of Moogly Blog. Tamara is sharing 15 of her favorite quick and easy gift patterns that can be completed before Hanukkah or Christmas. The patterns she’s sharing come from a variety of sources and can be made for all of the wonderful people in your life. We hope you find some inspiration below!

The holidays are sneaking up fast! It’s fun sitting down with your gift list and filling it out with pattern ideas… at least until you realize there are only a few weeks left to get it all done! These one and two skein patterns featuring Lion Brand® yarns can help you stay on track, on budget, and make it a handmade holiday!


Quick and Easy Crochet Gift Ideas for Men: Men are notoriously difficult to crochet for – but keeping the stitches simple, and the color palette neutral, goes a long way!

Waffle Stitch Thermal Scarf (crochet): Just 2 balls of Wool-Ease® and a 2 row repeat!

Ombre Ridges Scarf (crochet) by Beatrice Ryan Designs: One ball of new Lion Brand Scarfie – photo tutorial included!

A Very Good Hat (crochet) by Moogly: Wool-Ease® comes in so many colors, you’re sure to find the ones he loves – this hat can be as simple or colorful as he prefers!


Quick and Easy Crochet Gift Ideas for Women: Crochet is right on trend for women this winter – here are just a few fast and fabulous options!

Penelope’s Lacy Wrap by Simply Collectible: Can you believe just one ball of Amazing® makes this wrap – it’s… well, amazing!

Hoodie Cowl by Jessie at Home: One skein of Scarfie makes a cowl that works as a hood – with gorgeous detailing!

Passion Fruity Cowl by CrochetKim: With 2 skeins of Hometown USA®, you can whip up a feminine neck warmer!


Quick and Easy Crochet Gift Ideas for Teens: For teens, think fashion looks in fun colors!

Havemeyer Helmet: Only 1 ball of Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® – in team colors!

Stormy Weather Cowl by Moogly: Two skeins of Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and one evening are all you need for this chunky cowl!

Lookin’ Lovely Beanie by ELK Studio: Colorful Landscapes® makes this fun toque – only 1 or 2 skeins needed!


Quick and Easy Crochet Gift Ideas for Kids: Fun, durable, and colorful are all on the menu for kids!

Amigurumi Elephant Pillow: With 2 balls of Homespun® you’ll have something they’ll love for years to come!

Colorful Earflap Hat: A package of Bonbons® gives you all the colors you need to make this fun hat!

Hello Gnome Mittens by Moogly: Keep their hands warm with fun mittens made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®!


Quick and Easy Crochet Gift Ideas for Teachers and Co-workers: Share the holiday spirit with the people who make your day easier!

Off Kilter Infinity Scarf by Cre8tion Crochet: With 2 skeins of Jiffy you can create a bright fashion forward scarf that’s sure to fit (and won’t irritate any unknown allergies)!

Sparkly Jar Cover by M2H Designs: Vanna’s Glamour® makes a gorgeous jar cover – fill it with something yummy or a handmade candle for extra credit!

Happy Handle Coffee Cozy by Moogly: Hometown USA® Twist gives you a great look with just one skein – with a coffee shop gift card it’s the perfect pair!

What’s your favorite go-to crochet pattern for gift giving? Mine seems to change every year! There are just so many wonderful Lion Brand® yarns and patterns to explore, it’s too hard to choose!

Crochet an Adorable Corner To Corner (C2C) Owl Baby Blanket! With Step-by-Step Images to Get Started

November 18th, 2015

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Are you familiar with the corner to corner crochet method? Corner to corner (C2C) crochet is a fun technique which involves working with a graph and crocheting your complete piece along a diagonal. In working the afghan, you start at one corner of your pixel square graph (typically the bottom right hand corner) and follow the graph row by row, building your stitches. You end up completing your afghan at the opposite corner (typically the top left hand corner).

These C2C blankets have become quite popular because of how quickly and easily they work up. They’re also appealing because you can easily customize the look of your project by creating a picture graph to work off of. Today, we’re excited to share with you Lion Brand®’s first crochet Corner to Corner blanket made by Sarah Zimmerman, from the popular blog, Repeat Crafter Me.

We worked with Sarah to bring you this exclusive Baby Owl pattern on, so we hope you enjoy it!

Please »click here« for the COMPLETE pattern with materials needed.

Use code: BabyOwlAfghan for 20% off all of the Vanna’s Choice® yarn needed to make this project.
*Good through 11/22; One coupon per person; cannot be combined with other coupons; does not apply to items already on clearance or yarn other than Vanna’s Choice®. Minimum purchase quantity is 12 balls – enough to make the afghan!

C2C Owl Afghan Graph