Spring has officially sprung, which means warmer weather and longer nights – and we’re excited! With the warm breezy days and cool nights, finding the right outfit can be a little tricky. The key to staying comfortable in this fickle weather is to dress in layers.
Shawls are a great layer to have when you want to go out in a cute dress or maybe just short or long sleeves with no jacket. Throw a shawl over your shoulders, and you’ll certainly be comfortable and cozy on a spring day or night – while showing off your handiwork. The openwork in the Daylight Tweedy Shawl in Heartland yarn is perfect for spring because it lends itself to being light and airy, perfect for those “in between” weather stages.
We’re happy to share this tutorial with you today in which Yolanda Soto Lopez shows you how to crochet this easy shawl that you’ll be able to work up in no time!
Well I have some exciting news!!!
Lion Brand has decided to get curvy! That’s right. Lion Brand is creating a collection of patterns specifically designed with curvy ladies in mind. I’ve had the opportunity to be part of the design process, from the beginning planning stages, all the way to modeling the end garment. I used to hate my curves but as I’ve matured, and might I add, become much wiser, I’ve learned there’s nothing to hate just more to love!
I sat down with Susan Haviland, Design Editor, who asked me some great questions to help her develop the perfect garment. What do I look for when I shop? What does my mom (who’s also a curvy lady) look for? I always wear flowing tops and garments that hide what needs to be hidden and accentuate all the right parts! Susan borrowed a lot of my tops for inspiration. I was flattered that she liked my taste in clothes so much! She took my measurements and I really felt like Cinderella — all we were missing were some squirrels, birds and mice helping Susan and then it would have been perfect. Based on many of the tops I left Susan, she came up with some really awesome knit and crochet garments.
Perfect fit for Cinderella… That’s me
I can’t get over how perfect the garments fit! They covered my tush perfectly. They fit my arms just right, and the colors of course were PERFECT! I wish all of my clothing was made to fit my shape. This collection will inspire you to craft for your curvy shape. Don’t deny your curves hand knit or crocheted sweaters or cardigans, because we all need to be crafty. . . and fabulous too!
More pictures and posts coming soon! Can’t wait to share!
It’s almost the end of the school year for thousands of students across the country, and with the end of the school year comes prom! Many juniors and seniors in high school will be getting dressed up and made up for this amazing night of fun and dancing with friends. To celebrate this joyous occasion, we’ve rounded up a few patterns to add a touch of handmade to you or your date’s outfit for prom. Check out the selections below!
|Crochet Summer Sonata Shawl
This delicate shawl would be a beautiful cover up for a simple sleeveless dress. Check out the colors in Vanna’s Glamour to see what you like best.
These flowers in Bonbons would make a great corsage or hair pin. They’re also pretty easy to crochet, check out a video tutorial here!
|Crochet Evening Glitter Clutch
A crochet clutch would go perfectly with almost any prom outfit! Not a fan of the red? Check out the many colors available in Vanna’s Glamour.
|Knit Bow Tie
Knit bow ties are fun and the perfect way to add a handmade element to a prom outfit. Find the cummerband pattern here.
Knit a matching boutonniere for your date, and make multiples of the flower for your own corsage in Bonbons.
Knit ties seem to be quite popular among men these days, why not knit a tie for your prom date to match your dress?
| Crochet Tied Shawlette
This shawlette would certainly keep you warm and look adorable with a sweetheart strapless dress. Crocheted in Pound of Love
| Purple Passion Crochet Wrap
This light and airy wrap is a showstopping piece, best paired with a simple dress. Crocheted in LB Collection Silk Mohair.
| Crochet Moon Water Clutch
A simple clutch made in Vanna’s Sequins that has consistent little pops of sparkles.
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.