As we continue on the journey of The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – a spectacular series of handmade, yarncrafted sculptures by fiber artist Nathan Vincent – our next stop is an exploration of the beautiful motifs of granny squares. The 6th yarn wonder in our collection features a small scale Great Wall of China, assembled with hundreds of granny squares to compose the wall itself and the hilly landscape it sits on.
|Nathan Vincent’s sculpture of the Great Wall of China; model wearing Granny Square Coat|
Sometimes thought of as old-fashioned, granny squares are experiencing a revival of sorts and being refashioned into numerous different styles and shapes. In fact, you’ll find they’re quite popular in “hippie-inspired” spring and summer collections. Granny squares, which are crocheted, can be formed into different shapes like hexagons, flowers and stars. Crocheting a granny square motif is done by crocheting in multiple rounds from the center starting point, moving outwards.
The granny squares created in the Granny Square Coat pictured above are a harmonious blend of jewel tones found in our color-changing yarn Unique. The modern construction of this granny square jacket is slightly oversized and cozy, making it ideal for pairing with skinny or bootcut jeans and a basic top. Check out more granny square fashions below!
|Modern Granny Hat and
Modern Granny Scarf
|Granny Raglan Pullover and
Artfully Askew Afghan
|Sparkly Granny Cap and
Hexagon Fireworks Picnic Blanket
Every year, senior students from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) design knitwear pieces for their thesis project. As a proud sponsor of the knitwear class, Lion Brand is thrilled to be associated with this iconic school; a school that’s respected and well-loved within the fashion industry.
Each Spring semester, students work with Lion Brand yarns to create beautiful, high-fashion inspired garments, with many of the final works being featured in the school’s annual Future of Fashion fashion show in May. This past fashion show featured a stunning array of pieces, and I’m happy to share with you some of the most amazing designs that graced the runway, along with some “process” shots of their creation. I’ll be highlighting several other amazing pieces in upcoming blog posts, so be sure to keep an eye out!
|Designer and student Ou Ma hand-dyed skeins of LB Collection Silk Mohair||Ou Ma was inspired by the Cobweb Lace course she took at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio and used some of the technique she learned for the dress.
||Ou Ma’s Handpainted Dress on the runway|
|Sakshi Awal places pennies in the LB Collection Angora Merino knit material and ties them tightly with thread.||A larger cluster of the tied coins in the knit fabric, which will be washed to create an embossed fabric.
||Sakshi’s final dress without the coins on the runway.|
And here are some other beautiful, creative designs:
|Student and designer Jeong Ah (Jay) Woo’s dress knit with Romance and LB Collection Silk Mohair||Student and designer Jeanette Yu’s LB Collection Silk Mohair dress featured on the runway.
||Student and designer Dongeun Kwon’s dress on the runway with LB Collection Silk Mohair (Midnight) and Superwash Merino Cashmere (Ebony)|
See it … make it!
We spotted Anne Hathaway in this adorable granny square sweater and it reminded us of Lion Brand’s Granny Raglan Pullover pattern.
Vanna’s Palettes are brand new here at Lion Brand. Each package contains 8 miniature skeins of yarn in colorways that are specifically designed to complement each other and a coordinating skein of Vanna’s Choice®. Look for more great patterns for this convenient new yarn on our website soon …
See it … make it: Granny Raglan Pullover.
:: Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic. ::
Gemini is the sign of the Twins and it’s the sign for birthdays from May 21 to June 21. Geminis are witty and inquisitive and, like other air signs, they value intelligence. The dual aspect of this sign means that those born under it are able to see things from multiple perspectives, making them excellent communicators. It’s no surprise that they are also great multi-taskers! People born under this sign are cheerful and personable, so chances are good you’ve got at least one friend who is a Gemini!
The colors in this scarf match the qualities of Gemini: yellow for curiosity, navy for intelligence, sapphire for eloquence, and aqua for optimism.
If you’ve got a friend with a birthday coming up, a handmade gift is always the way to go. Your Gemini friend will probably want to know all about how you made it, so it might be fun to set aside some time to teach him or her your craft. If you are a Gemini yourself, you’ll probably want to make two of these scarves – one for you and one for your bestie!
If you enjoyed Audra’s tutorial, check out her YouTube channel, The Kurtz Corner!
I think it’s safe to say that most of us enjoy personalized gifts, or making things for ourselves that reflect a bit of our personality. For instance, I recently just picked up the Leo colorway in our LB Collection Silk because I’m a Leo and well, I thought it would be fun to work in a colorway that matched my sign’s color palette, which also happens to complement my wardrobe. This post though, is about Taurus and the specific color representations chosen in the Zodiac Scarf that reflect certain qualities of those born under this sign.
Taurus is an earth sign, with birthdays that range from April 20th – May 20th. This zodiac scarf incorporates two shades of green, which are color representations of Taurus’ generous and harmonious nature. Taurus really appreciates balance in life, and wants the people around them to be happy, so they might be more inclined to start a new project with someone else in mind.
A Taurus also tends to be a strong-willed individual who is determined to get the job done, which leads me to think that they may possibly have a lower UFO stash than some of us (can anyone attest to this?). The brown colors in the scarf also represent loyalty, and the Taurian’s need for stability and structure. Could this also translate to having a more organized yarn stash?
Hey all you Taurus yarncrafters, shed some light on some of these personality traits and how it affects your crafting styles, we’d love to hear your thoughts!
Spring has sprung! Well, it’s still a bit chilly for us in NYC, but we’re eager to start switching our wardrobes. With the sun shining and the cool chill in the air, now is a great time to work on a new transitional piece for the season.
Below is a round up of seasonally appropriate garments for you to browse in preparation for the warm weather!
My First Raglan Cardigan
in Vanna’s Choice
(Also offered as a Craftsy Course,
learn more here)
Top Down Crochet Jacket
in Fishermen’s Wool and Amazing
Knit Tabard Vest
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Earlier this year Lion Brand unveiled The 7 Wonders of The World – a series of sculptures designed by fiber artist Nathan Vincent. Not only did each sculpture represent one of the 7 Wonders in yarn techniques, but we presented a fashion show where each technique was reflected in a variety of fashions. In the last post in this series we visited texture and it’s importance to knitting, crochet, and felting. Today we present part two: “Stripes & Chevrons.”
|Nathan Vincent’s sculpture of Mayan Ruins; model wearing Crochet Flame Stitch Coat
The Mayan Ruins is our second Wonder of the Yarn World. Chosen to represent bold colors and the spirit of adventure, you’ll find that the patterns associated with this line are fun and perhaps even a little rebellious. Our Creative Director Adina Klein calls this line, “chevrons gone wild!”
With distinct colorways, vertical chevrons and magnificent mash-ups (“coatigan” anyone) – these pieces are well-suited to the yarncrafter who’s looking to spin that afghan on its head and try something new. The yarns featured include Homespun, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Vanna’s Glamour®, Heartland and our newest super bulky yarn, Heartland Thick & Quick®.
Below we’ve chosen several of the striking designs from the stripes and chevrons collection from our fashion show. In the coming weeks we’ll continue featuring the rest of the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World — from lace to granny squares to modern color work, you’re sure to find inspiration in this amazing collection.
|Drawstring Slouch Hat*
Knit Zig Zag Dress
|Crochet Greenpoint Grunge Cap
Lace Edged Poncho*
|Crochet Sunset Stripe Hat
Radiant Ripple Poncho
|Crochet Zigzag Hat
* pattern coming soon
Shop for Unique here: http://lby.co/1i2sGRN
Shop for Homespun® Thick & Quick® here: http://lby.co/1i1ccck
Update: if you’re unsure of how to seam the piece, we have a pictorial walkthrough for you.