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Knitting and Crocheting at the Movies: Patterns Inspired by Almost Famous

August 8th, 2015

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7 Patterns Inspired by Almost FamousShaggy hair, flared jeans, and classic rock — drenched in the mellow vibes of the early 1970s, Almost Famous is one of my absolute favorite films. It wasn’t until I watched it recently that I noticed I was drawn to the costumes more than ever.

Although the film follows a fifteen-year-old boy as he finds himself on tour with a rising rock band, the women of Almost Famous are perhaps the most notable — and most interesting — characters. As for their wardrobes? Simply stunning.

I’d always specifically envied the closet of Penny Lane, played by Kate Hudson. Her bohemian curls paired well with her uniform of cropped shirts and flared jeans; her suede and fur coat is one of the most iconic pieces from the film.

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Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous Knit Tie Front Vest made with Homespun® and Fun Fur®

It wasn’t until one scene where she dons a dramatic fur cap that I noticed something…

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Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous Knit Simple Hat made with Pelt

I’d pinned this Lion Brand pattern a while back so I could make it for winter. Had I been subconsciously inspired by Penny Lane?

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Fairuza Balk as Sapphire in Almost Famous Knit Soft Touch Cardigan made with Romance®

This feathered bolero shrug that Sapphire wears is over the top glam, with a bright color palette. While it makes a great costume, toning it down with neutral colors makes it a more wearable option. Get the texture effect with Romance® yarn, and use it a statement piece for your next party!


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Frances McDormand as Elaine Miller in Almost Famous Crochet Whiter Shade of Pale Car Coat made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

Even non-rock star characters get a fantastic wardrobe. Frances McDormand’s flowery tops and housecoats clash wonderfully with her strong role as the protagonist’s harried mother — “Rock stars have kidnapped my son!” This vivid housecoat is crocheted — a very on-trend piece for the 1970s — and features beautiful bell-shaped sleeves. Our Whiter Shade of Pale Car Coat gives it an updated silhouette.

Have you ever made a garment based on a costume you’ve seen in a movie or TV show? Let us know! Below are a few of my picks for more patterns inspired by Almost Famous:

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Crochet Granny Square Coat made with Unique Knit Tapestry Panel Coat made with Heartland® Crochet Inside Out Circles Top made with Bonbons


Introducing Curvy Girl: Knit And Crochet Fashions To Flatter A Curvy Girl Like Me!

May 28th, 2015

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In my life I’ve modeled for Lion Brand a total of three times. The first two times I was a little girl and I didn’t care much about the garments I modeled. I really love the floppy hat I wore when I was seven-ish but the bobbly cardigan before that — not so much.

The third time, just recently as a fashion-conscious adult, I had the opportunity to give input into the garments beforehand and let me tell you, I’m thrilled with the results. Today, I’m ecstatic to share the new Curvy Girl collection! With Susan Haviland, Lion Brand’s Design Editor, the Design team and some of my own clothes as inspiration, I really believe we hit the nail on the head with this fabulous collection.

:: Can’t see the video above? Watch here:

When I get dressed in the morning, as much as I am a proud curvy girl, there are parts I want to cover up. My tush, my stomach — muffin top anyone? And I have to admit, I’m never the first to go sleeveless …

There are four new patterns designed especially for women like us, women who have curves — two knit and two crochet — and I think you’ll be excited to knit and crochet these garments. We’re confident you’ll feel good and comfortable in your finished products. Since I was the fit model as well, they were designed to look great on a real-world curvy girl, not just a size 10-12 the fashion industry often uses for plus-size garment modeling.

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Curvy Girl Crochet Rufled Collar Cardigan
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Curvy Girl Knit Cabled Cardigan
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Curvy Girl Crochet Tunic
Made with Heartland®

I love the tunic and the open shoulder tops. The tunic is crochet and the open shoulder is knit. It was also really important in this process to make the patterns easy, yet intricate. The patterns are simple enough for beginners while allowing for pro- knitters and crocheters to add pizzazz with more complex finishing touches!


:: these are some of my favorite action shots from the shoot ::

I hope that you all love this as much as I do! It was a pleasure to model these garments and I hope that we continue making more Curvy Girl patterns because I like ice cream and chocolate and I am not willing to give those up!

Learn How to Crochet An Easy Spring Shawl with Yolanda Soto Lopez!

April 24th, 2015

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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!

The Perfect Knit For A Curvy Fit!

April 22nd, 2015

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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!

The Process

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!

9 Patterns Perfect for Handmade Prom Accessories

April 12th, 2015

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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.
Crocheted Flowers
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 Boutonniere
Knit a matching boutonniere for your date, and make multiples of the flower for your own corsage in Bonbons.
Knit Necktie
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.