If you love fiber and the look of hand crafted elegance, you’re going to enjoy the trends we see for 2016. In all of these trends, yarn is a big, bold star. From the powerful combination of black and white, to giant, chunky stitches, to the no-holds-barred flowing fringe look, it’s all about standing out. As yarn takes center stage, we seem to be in love with the look of it and with the stitches themselves. Whether it’s cable, stockinette or woven stitches, we want to see them, and the bigger, longer and more dramatic, the better!
Colors go in and out of fashion, and although black is always popular, the trend we see is black and white. From Angelina Jolie on the cover of Vogue to the preponderance of runway fashions in the contrasting black and white patterns, the evidence is clear that black and white makes a bold on trend fashion statement.
Lion Brand®‘s yarns in a variety of weights help you design in black and white, and Scarfie is the perfect yarn to help you create this trend in an ombre look.
Get the look: Crochet Fast Fringed Scarf
According to some sources, fringe is the biggest trend for Spring 2016. Fringe is everywhere, from the obvious–on ponchos–to dresses, shoes, boots and even scarves. The look is dramatic, off beat and retro, with a new twist that there is not limit to the ways you can wear fringe or the length that the fringe can be!
Everyone wants the look of knit stitches. If you buy knits, you’ll find that the stitch definition is part of the design. Even items that aren’t knitted like the tights and the printed bags shown below have the appearance of knitted stitches. It’s a sign that knitting has become part of pop culture and has seeped into every corner of design. From yarn bombing to the latest Netflix knitted socks, knitting is in. If you’re a knitter, you’re set and if you crochet, you can still get the look with knit look crochet patterns.
So, it’s not only the look of your stitches but the boldest, biggest stitches that seem to be taking over accessory and home decor patterns. The designs are attention getting and powerful. If you knit or crochet, you can make your projects quickly and easily. Our new size 50 circular needles were just introduced especially to help you use the chunkiest yarns available.
Weaving is a simple way to craft with yarn and woven wall hangings are the most woven project. Even a novice can pick up a basic loom and start creating artistic wall art. It doesn’t stop with wall hangings though, as the woven look is popular for home decor objects like table runners and pillows, as well as tote bags and clutches. If you’re a knitter or crocheter, you’ll enjoy the new ways to use the fibers you love. With weaving, you’ll enjoy mixing yarns and the variety of texture and dimension that possible with woven projects.
Our Outlander: The Series collection of knit and crochet kits were inspired by the 18th century costumes featured on the show — but that doesn’t mean they’re just period pieces! All of the patterns — which include a chunky on-trend cowl and elegant arm warmers — can be used as accessories this season.
See how brand ambassador Shira Blumenthal gives these garments an update in the styling video below!:
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Back in May, we launched a collection of patterns tailored just for Curvy Girls. The response was overwhelming — so many of our fans loved seeing beautiful new patterns in a wide range of sizes!
We’re happy to add seven new patterns — three crochet, four knit — to this collection. We’ve also adapted a few of the patterns from our debut collection. Loved the knit Cabled Cardigan from last time? It’s now available as a crochet pattern!
Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal shares more on the expansion of the collection — check out the video below!
|Crochet Curvy Girl Openwork Top Down Pullover made with Vanna’s Glamour®||Crochet Curvy Girl Cabled Cardigan made with Heartland®||Crochet Curvy Girl Two-Tone Vest made with LB Collection® Superwash Merino and LB Collection® Silk Mohair|
|Knit Curvy Girl Cowl Neck Tunic made with Heartland®||Knit Curvy Girl Urban Color Vest made with LB Collection® Superwash Merino and LB Collection® Silk Mohair||Knit Curvy Girl Subtle Texture Cardigan made with Vanna’s Glamour® and Modern Baby®|
|Knit Curvy Girl Drop Stitch Pullover made with Vanna’s Glamour®|
Stay tuned for more on the inspiration and design process of these new patterns!
See it … make it!
We spotted this Nuage Paillette Hand-Knit Tube Scarf in the latest Lafayette 148 catalog (on the left) and it’s gorgeous … not to mention it immediately reminded us of the Dobbs Ferry Cowl (on the right) made in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®.
You can buy the pre-made cowl for $500 OR you can make one yourself for under $60 – which option will you choose for your wardrobe this fall?
A funny thing happened when my hair began to grey. I was thirty-five and resented a situation that seemed premature and, well, unfair. For every grey hair I plucked, ten appeared, suggesting that resistance was futile. So I began experimenting with different DIY hair colors offered by the neighborhood drugstore. Experimenting was fun. I could choose shades with cool or warm highlights, go auburn in the summer, or Goth when I felt dramatic. After a while, though, I sadly realized I wasn’t very good at covering what needed to be covered. I sought professional help.
Between Brunette and Blonde…
My hairdresser worked for months to remedy the self-inflicted dye damage. By now I was a decade older. My underlying color was so grey that when brown dye was applied, my hair seemed blonde. So, I became a dark blonde. But it didn’t stop there—I went lighter and lighter. My hair is now honey-colored, and I’m satisfied with the results.
My point is about personal color, but it applies equally to clothing. No matter what, I want to look my best—don’t we all? As I’ve gotten older, I’ve discovered that the colors most flattering to me aren’t the brights I wore when my tresses were chestnut. With light hair, I prefer neutral and natural shades. Fortunately, I really like neutrals and naturals. They seem serene, and they play well with jazzy accents. I love a camel coat with a crimson scarf, a grey tunic with a cobalt shawl, and anything black with apple green.
…And Every Shade in Between
My knitting, of course, reflects this preference. Right now I’m in the mood to knit a beautiful sweater to wear in the cold months ahead, and I want an interesting yarn, as enjoyable to work with as to wear. And—total wish fulfillment!—I’ve discovered Lion Brand’s Scarfie!
The Scarfie palette fits my personal color theory exactly. Scarfie is an ombré yarn that subtly moves from one shade to another. It’s dreamily dynamic, hypnotic, and outright magical as it transitions from light to intermediate tones, then darkens. Working with it is like watching clouds at sunset or morning haze over mountains, except it’s you and your pattern, not Mother Nature, behind the changes! The natural shades have a rustic purity, from cream to taupe in one skein, from silver to charcoal in another. There are stunning low-key colors, too—rich cranberry to deep black, forest to deep black, denim to midnight. All of them are in the palette most flattering to me.
It’s called Scarfie because one generous skein makes one generous scarf. But I’m determined to do something larger—a sweater. The gorgeous “Free Spirit Topper” in the Lion Brand Pattern Finder is exactly what I had in mind. But there’s also a high-fashion crochet pattern, the “Duo Tone Throw” which is ultra simple to make but totally interesting at the same time, because two different shades of Scarfie, moving along their individual paths, create a rhapsodic interplay of colors.
I might have to make them both….
|Knit Free Spirit Topper||Crochet One Ball Scarfie||Crochet Duo Tone Throw|
|Crochet Pero Poncho||Crochet Diagonal Shaded Shawl||Knit Neutral Slant Shawl|