Have you ever knit or crocheted for charity? Mixing a hobby you’re passionate about with the act of giving back to others is a delightful way to make yourself and others feel appreciated. As you search for your next project, consider patterns for chemo caps, prayer shawls, or warm afghans. Gifts like these let those in need know that you’re thinking of them – a good feeling for all!
We’ve rounded up a list of charities that could benefit from your handmade gifts, as well as suggested patterns for each one. Whether they’re in your local community or across the nation, we hope you’ll consider using your talents to give back.
“Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection… the lovers, the dreamers and me.”
Just as Kermit the Frog once sang praises of rainbows, we celebrate the coming-together of every color with a few of our favorite multi-hued crafts!
|Crochet Kisses Pouch. Make one (or two!) with
|After the Rain Crochet top by Jessie At Home*
Make your own with
|Magic Rainbow Baby Blanket by Moogly.* Make one using
|Rainbow Slipper Socks by Oomanoot.* Make a pair with LB Collection Superwash Merino.||Bumpy Rainbow Blanket by 3 Beans In a Pod.* Make one with Modern Baby®.||Proud Supporter Dog Sweater. Make one for your favorite furry friend with Bonbons.|
* Not a Lion Brand Pattern
Textures® was the big hit yarn in April!
From scalloped waves, to classic stripes, to triangular patterns, Textures® looks exquisite in any geometric shape your pattern may call for. Textures® comes in eight colorways, including the deep russet of Sunset Rays and the cool tones of Enchanted Forest.
Our pick for spring? Textures® in Meadow Flowers, as featured in our Easy Eyelet Scarf pattern, the most popular pattern in April! The lace detailing of the stitches pairs well with this self-striping yarn. No matter your stitch of choice, these colors are sure to bring your project to light, just in time for spring.
Learn more about Textures® at lionbrand.com.
Below is a collection of the most popular patterns from April, as chosen by you!
|Crochet Diagonal Squares Afghan||Crochet Button Cowl||Crochet Lagoon Ripple Poncho|
|Knit Flattering Shaded Tunic||Knit Left Bank Scarf||Knit Glamour Jacket|
|Crochet Color Bright Baby Blanket||Crochet Canyon Shrug||Crochet Lacy Poncho|
It’s May the Fourth, it’s May the Fourth! Happy #StarWarsDay!
In observance of this great day of geekery, we’ve put together a collection of our favorite patterns. Enjoy!
|Crochet Dark Commander mask by Crafty Ridge.* Make your own with
|Crochet Droid Beanies by Jen Spears.*
Make your own with
|Mini Master Amigurumi by Vivianne.* Make one using
|Crochet Dark Side Cat* by MysteriousCats. Make one with Modern Baby®.||Crochet Freezie Cozy* by Dearest Debi. Make them with Vanna’s Choice®.||Crochet Farmboy Amigurumi* by Amidorable Crochet. Make with Vanna’s Choice®.|
Yub Nub Scoodie* by Kristen Stevenson.
Make this hat with Wool-Ease®Chunky!
|Knit Droid Tea Cosy* by TeaCosyFolk. Make one with Modern Baby®.||Crochet Patricia Castillo’s Doomed Star pillow.*
Make one with Vanna’s Choice®.
* not a Lion Brand pattern
Hosted by Darrin Morris, it’s a great group for beginners who want support and inspiration from their fellow men. If you live in the New York City area, rsvp to join in the fun!
For those of you not in New York City, tell us about the knitting and crocheting groups for men in your area in the comments below.
Let’s get the word out!
Here’s a round-up of five our favorite posts that feature patterns and stories for men:
Susan Haviland is Lion Brand’s Design Editor. She loves to knit and crochet in the company of her favorite films and televisions shows.
Do you find it impossible to sit in front of the television without knitting or crocheting? Are you attracted to projects with many mindless sections so you can stitch and watch the screen?
I find my appreciation of television entertainment increasingly linked to my daily stitching. And by that I mean watching movies and streaming reruns of my favorite television series surrounded by bags and baskets brimming with easy projects.
Costumers may rejoice – I am appreciating your work! How can one forget the countless knitted vests in “All Creatures Great and Small”, the terrific crocheted shawls in “Babette’s Feast“, Holly Golightly’s work in progress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s“, Faye Dunaway’s pullover in “Bonnie and Clyde”, Greer Garson’s bed jacket in “Random Harvest“, the knitting hidden in the office drawer in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”, Miss Lemon’s outfits in “Poirot”, Mr Ingelby’s jumper in “Murder Must Advertise” … I could go on …
And then there’s the thrill of the shared moment of catching a star with needles in hand: Bette Davis, Meryl Streep, Renee Zellweger, Katherine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, Julia Roberts, and of course, many others.
Do you have a favorite knitted or crocheted moment from television or film? Is there a project inspired by some of these costumes and knitting moments that you’d be interesting making? We’d love to hear about any crocheting or knitting that appears in something you enjoy watching.
We’ll feature them here and maybe one day you’ll even see a free pattern inspired by your selection!
Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, this Joss Whedon-directed epic is already buzzing with great reviews. Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st and we thought it would be fun to round up a few of our favorite superhero-inspired knit and crochet patterns.
Who’s your favorite Avenger?
|Crochet Little Super Hero Blanket made with Hometown USA®.||Crochet Iron Man / Tony Stark made by Amilovesgurumi. Make it with Vanna’s Choice®! *||Crochet Incredible Hulk made by Hook Monster. Make it with Vanna’s Choice® – Hulk SMASH! *|
|Knit Marvel Comics Dice by Andrea Trooperschaf *. Make it with Vanna’s Choice®!||Crochet Nick Fury from the Avengers by Irene McCormick *. Make it with Vanna’s Choice®!||Knit Captain America Knit Hoodie by Beth Kluckhohn *. She made it with Vanna’s Choice®!|
|Crocheted Thor Avengers Amigurumi by Louis Mensinger made with Wool-Ease®. *||Crocheted Hawkeye Avengers Amigurumi by Louis Mensinger made with Wool-Ease®. *||Crocheted Black Widow Avengers Amigurumi by Louis Mensinger made with Wool-Ease®. *|
* not a Lion Brand pattern
“You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” – Henry Drummond
Presenting 12 gorgeous new patterns to help you make it a handmade wedding!
|Crochet Mr. And Mrs. Chair Covers||Crochet Say Woof To The Dress||Crochet The Barking Groom Tuxedo And Top Hat||Knit Wedding Belle Lace Gloves|
|Crochet Wedding Capelet||Knit Ring Bearer Pillow||Crochet Wedding Bouquet||Knit Wedding Cummerband And Bow Tie|
|Crochet Fascinator||Knit Bridal Bag||Crochet Boutonniere||Crochet Lovebirds Cake Topper|
For our whole wedding pattern collection, visit lionbrand.com.
As a knitter I always wonder when I travel, “can I bring my knitting needles with me?” That’s a question that maybe you ask yourself too. My co-worker Sarah wrote this post which offers some helpful tips for traveling with knitting and what handy dandy tools we’re allowed to use. I always use it as a guide, and this past trip I traveled to Montego Bay, Jamaica with no reason to worry, but I guess who doesn’t worry a little about getting their needles taken away from them.
Well now to the tale…
As I mentioned, I was just on vacation in Jamaica and I stayed in beautiful Montego Bay. Of course, being who I am — a diehard knitter — I brought my knitting along as I always do. I love to knit on the beach. I find it creates an ultra-calming feeling; the ocean, the knitting, no way to be stressed! I was working on my sweater and a gift for my friend. Everything was great.
But then it was time to go home.
I was going through security in Jamaica and I usually never have a problem with my bag, but this time I did. She asked if she could check my bag and I said, “of course.” What do I have to hide? But then as she went through my make-up and other bags inside, I realized “MY NEEDLES!” I started to get really nervous, not only nervous, but a slow-motion anger was building inside my belly!
I thought I was going to need to fight someone!
Thank goodness I didn’t have anything on my needles, but she was looking at them in question, like “what are these?” She then went to her supervisor and asked if they were “ok?” I felt like she was talking about my children. I mean she was holding at least $60 worth of needles in her hands … needles I hold like they’re new borns!! I was standing there thinking, “How could she be treating them like this?!” Not to mention the fire in my belly that was growing faster and faster…. These are my identity! Don’t you …. And then she threw them back in my bag and attempted to be neat, but wasn’t. I closed my bag up and it took about five breaths to bring me back down to this planet.
Tell me I’m not the only one!
I know I can’t be the only one who has been through this scare. Have your needles or crochet hooks ever been taken away from you? What did you do? How did you feel?
March is National Crochet Month – making it the perfect time to learn to crochet or perfect a stitch. Lion Brand offers many great resources to learn: there’s our Learning Center for step-by-step instructions, Stitchfinder to find the perfect stitch to practice, and our YouTube Channel if you’re a visual learner. We even have a Craftsy class to show you how to crochet your very first cowl.
Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran looking for new tricks, here are some great tips to get you started on your next crochet project:
So pick up a hook, some yarn and learn a new skill!