It’s National Puppy Day – the perfect opportunity to celebrate our furry friends! So go on, take the pooch out for a longer walk, give them an extra treat or two, and while you’re at it, knit or crochet them a new sweater to show off at the dog run.
|Crochet Striped Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®||Knit Cabled Dog Cardigan in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®||Crochet Poet Dog Sweater in Homespun®||Knit The Dragon Slayer Dog Sweater in Vanna’s Choice®|
|Knit Sports Nut Dog Sweater in Hometown USA®||Crochet Romantic Dog Sweater in Vanna’s Choice®||Knit Proud Puppy Dog Sweater in Amazing®||Crochet The Lady Who Lunches Dog Sweater
in Bonbons and Vanna’s Choice®
Have you knit or crochet anything for your best furry friend lately? Share with us below!
Watch the fashion now:
Below is a look book of garments presented at the show – click the image to link to the free pattern. The majority of the patterns and yarns featured in the collection are available at lionbrand.com right now. Can’t find a garment you like in the look book? Check back by mid-March!
Our number one trend prediction for 2014 (Big, Bigger, Better) was right on target and will continue to be one of the most important trends in 2015. This year we’ll be seeing more chunky knits and fast-finish crochet projects as the most popular yarns of the last year continue to be important. In our line, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Heartland Thick & Quick® and Country® are all category 6 super bulky weight yarns that make your projects work up quickly while being on-trend with lush, big stitches. Big yarns not only work up quickly but they also have rich texture and great stitch definition that you don’t usually see in store bought items. With the maker revolution in full swing, crafters want show that their work was made by a human being!
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.
For the past year and more, we’ve all been raving about the simplicity of arm knitting and how the technique makes it so easy to create beautiful, chunky, oversized knits for the winter – but, did you know there are also plenty of projects that can be made with just your fingers?
Mary Beth Temple’s newest release, Finger Knitting, highlights some cool and creative projects that can be made using just your hands. From home decor to funky accessories, there’s a project in this book to suit every style. I personally love the necklaces designed with beads – yes, you can even incorporate beadwork similar to traditional knitting! Take a look at some of Mary Beth’s designs below.
We’re proudly carrying Mary Beth’s Finger Knitting book at 20% off the retail price! Mary Beth’s book comes with detailed, full-photo instructions on how to get started with your finger knitting, and of course, she’s got a great selection of projects to work up.
|Button Love Scarf||Spiral Rug||
If you were born between November 23rd and December 21st, you are a Sagittarius. Sagittarians are known for being open, friendly, and outgoing, but their most outstanding trait is their love of freedom. They tend to be innovators in whatever they do, with imaginations that run free. They are often artists, writers, actors or entrepreneurs.
The ruling color of Sagittarius is purple. Purple is the color that represents creativity. The combination of blues and purples is perfect for those born under this sign because with such an outgoing personality, you need to balance it with colors that are not too bright and don’t draw attention to yourself.
Famous Sagittarians include Willa Cather, Jane Austen, Woody Allen, Brad Pitt and John Kennedy, Jr.
If someone you care about is a Sagittarius, this scarf will be the perfect gift. It’s not just any scarf, but one that reflects their unique personality and mindset.
Looking to make a customized scarf for other birthdays? Check out our entire collection of Zodiac scarves.
Saks Fifth Avenue recently released the latest edition of The Trendcaster, their monthly report on what’s hot for the upcoming season.
We love all of the pieces they recommend and we realized gleefully that many of the furry fashion trends could be recreated with Lion Brand® products and patterns.
1) If you’re inspired by the Eugenia Kim Pom-Pom Hat, knit your own version for just $9.49 using Lion Brand® yarn Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® — available in 65 colors! Enjoy the FREE pattern, “Pompoms Hat (L32106)” and make the pompoms yourself, or try one of our faux-fur Poms in a variety of colors for $1.99 each.
2) Fur accents are a big trend this fall and no doubt that’s why the Alice + Olivia Fur-Collar Jacquard Poncho is a big seller! To stay on trend and save money, we recommend Lion Brand®‘s free pattern “Dinner In Aspen Scarf (L40312),” which uses two skeins of Pelt and one ball of Landscapes®, for a grand total of $18.97.
3) Easy, easy, easy … for $2.49, you can embellish any pumps or shoes you like with a set of Lion Brand® Pompoms.
Who says you can’t be fashionable on a budget?
People who have birthdays which fall between September 23 and October 22 are born under Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac. Commonly represented by scales, Libras are considered to be social and level-headed people.
Libra crafters will stick with their favorite go-to patterns: they might change colors, make it a larger size, or use a different yarn, but they like making the same pattern over and again with repeated pleasure.
They can sometimes be mistaken for shy and reserved, but their feelings tend to come through in their handmade gifts. They love to socialize and can often be found crafting in public or at their local knitting (or crochet) circle.
The colors used in Libra’s zodiac scarf are inspired by opal, a gemstone associated with September birthdays. The scarf is composed of four shades of grey to complement Libra’s harmonious and balanced nature: silver heather for grace, linen for idealistic, silver blue, silver grey for dependability.
Don’t know a Libra? Check out our other zodiac scarves.
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|Micheal Kors, The Row, Rag + Bone via NYMag|
OK, well maybe Harper’s Bazaar doesn’t tell us what to knit or crochet, but they do offer great fashion guidance on what to wear … and we can make it! In the current issue, knitwear fashion designer Michael Kors shares his style advice on that one special piece to add to your closet this season — whether you’re an avid fashion trend follower or a classic-wear kind of woman.
“For fall, it’s all about statement making knits, anything with a lush texture …”
We’ve selected 5 patterns that fit the bill: dramatic, statement-making garments that you’ll love to make, and love to wear.
|Dinner in Aspen Scarf in Landscapes®
|Cozy Textured Pullover in Homespun® Thick &
|Naturally Chic Cape in LB Collection®
|Cabled and Buttoned Wrap in Heartland||District 12 Cowl Wrap in Wool-Ease® Thick &