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Lion Brand is in Macy’s Window!

February 10th, 2014

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If you’re in New York City this week, be sure to stop by Macy’s in Herald Square for their special window in honor of New York Fashion Week. The window features selected pieces from “Organic Matter: Woven Artwork by Pratt Fashion” – a collaboration between designer Ralph Pucci and a selection of students from Pratt Institute. Lion Brand is proud to have provided the yarn used in the show and subsequent Macy’s window display.

Using Pucci’s signature gray mannequin as their muse, students designed and created handmade pieces faithful to Pucci’s preference for clean, simple, and minimal design.

They used a variety of our neutral-colored yarns, from Homespun® to Heartland to LB Collection® Pure Wool to many of our made in America yarns. Many of the students played with texture and combined various yarns to create magnificent and astounding works of art.

Personally, I’m always amazed at the many things you can do with yarn and these students have really taken knitwear fashion to another level. Below I’ve included a selection of pieces that were on display at Ralph Pucci International’s Gallery Nine last month.

Organic Matter: Woven Artwork by Pratt Fashion runs from February 6th to the 13th at Macy’s Herald Square window displays on Broadway between 34th and 35th streets. This is a traveling exhibition with future planned destinations to Miami and Dallas.

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A Perfect Gift for the Pisces Who Always Gives

February 3rd, 2014

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When it comes to birthday gifts, what better gift than one that’s personalized based on the birth date itself?  We’ve created twelve scarves inspired by the zodiac signs and their meanings to make it easy for you to choose a thoughtful and worthwhile birthday gift.

Those of is with birthdays that fall between February 20th and March 20th are born under the sign of Pisces. Represented by two fish, Pisces are known for having a well-balanced mindset. They use their craft to keep stress levels low and to keep them focused on their daily tasks.  They’re often shy and many like to express their creativity with a handmade knit or crochet item.

Pisces are described as compassionate and charitable. Those born under this sign love to give handmade gifts just to see the smile it brings; their selfless devotion to others and to everything they do, including their craft, is what attracts so many to Pisces people.

The colors in our Pisces scarf were inspired by the aquamarine gemstone, the birthstone for March babies. Our Pisces Zodiac scarf is composed of  “go with the flow” blues complemented with Kelly and Dusty greens.

Why not surprise a Pisces you love with this knit or crochet  scarf? It’s sure to be a cherished gift for the special giver in your life …


Today’s Yarncraft Horoscope Is…

January 27th, 2014

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This year we celebrate your creativity and the unique ways in which handcrafting with yarn helps you shine through. Not only is everything you create a reflection of you,we understand that you want ideas for gifts that are unique and personalized.

With the introduction of scarves designed to reflect the personalities of each of the signs of the Zodiac, we offer a way to customize birthday gifts for friends and family.

Search the word “zodiac” in our Patternfinder database and you’ll find knit and crochet scarves for each sign of the Zodiac. They speak to an individual’s personality and their astrological sign. Our zodiac scarves — using Vanna’s Choice yarn because of the wide variety of colors in the collection — are inspired by the colors often associated with each zodiac sign: Purple for an artistic Aquarius; Sea-green for a daydreaming Pisces; bright red for the independent Aries; Gold for the always confident Leo … to name a few.

These scarves are perfect for those who love to check out their daily horoscope or for those who want to show off their zodiac sign boldly and stylishly.  Add bobbles or a fringe trim to personalize it and make it your own!

Aquarius Pisces Aries
Aquarius
Jan 21 – Feb 19
Knit or Crochet
Pisces
Feb 20 – Mar 20
Knit or Crochet
Aries
Mar 21 – Apr 20
Knit or Crochet

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Make A Zodiac Scarf For Aquarius Birthdays

January 13th, 2014

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Do you want a personalized gift for someone with an upcoming birthday?
How about a scarf that is designed for their sign of the Zodiac? The word Zodiac literally means “Circle of Life.” The twelve signs of the Zodiac offer believers insights into their personalities, qualities, and talents. Whether you consider the traits of your Zodiac sign to be light entertainment or a determining force in your life, as a knitter or crocheter, you’ll find that making a scarf designed with a specific birthday in mind is the perfect gift to create something made with them in mind.

Aquarius birthdays are from January 20th through February 18th, and are people who are both generous and known for their charity yarn crafting. If you’re born during this period you have a drive to make the world a better place. You may be involved in your local community or a religious organization and you are a very social person, so knitting or crochet groups are probably part of your life. You love to engage others, so you most likely enjoy teaching people the craft that has given you so much satisfaction.

The symbol of Aquarius is the Water Bearer and Aquarians bring creativity and ideas into the world. As an Aquarius you like to make things your own. What a perfect way to start the year we’ve designated as “You Shine Through.”

Aquarius zodiac scarf

These creative people may be a bit quirky but that often goes along with being creative. The colors of the Aquarius scarf are the colors of water and creativity (purple).

We have both knit and crochet versions. Start now and you’ll have the scarf for the late January to mid-February birthdays finished in time!


2014 Pantone Color of the Year is. . . Radiant Orchid!

January 8th, 2014

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At the beginning of every year Pantone appoints one color to inspire world trends for the months ahead. A regular practice since 2000, Pantone recently announced this year’s color: “Radiant Orchid.” According to the leading color authority, Radiant Orchid “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health,” and was chosen to influence fashion, personal style and all creative matters in 2014.

Purple is a color that’s often associated with encouraging individual creativity and used in meditation to help visualize a harmonious, spiritual balance. Expect to see this purple popping up on  inspiration and mood boards everywhere—and of course yarn projects.

With personalization becoming a bigger aspect in fashion this year, we find that purple a great color to work with because of its complexity. While it is a simple combination of blue and red, the variety of shades you choose to use in a project can vary, depending on the mood you wish to reflect.

Two Tone Mobius Cowl Knit Lace Beret Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set
Crochet Two Tone Mobius Cowl
in Homespun® Thick and Quick®
in Mixed Berries and Claret
Knit Lace Beret
in Vanna’s Sequins
in Merlot
Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set
in Tweed Stripes
in Orchid

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Knit and Crochet and Yarn Trends For 2014

December 23rd, 2013

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1. Big, Bigger, Better

Big, Bigger, Best
1) Arm Knitting. 2) “Speed Stix” Knitting Needles. 3) Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® 4) Homespun® Thick & Quick®

We’ll see people supersizing everything in 2014 with big needle knit and crochet garments and home décor that display chunky, oversized stitches in oversized silhouettes. In 2014 we’ll be showing you a collection of designs that will keep you right on trend. Many of Lion Brand’s yarns are ideal for the “Big” trend including Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Homespun®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Hometown USA® . . . with more to come in 2014.

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May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor with Our
District 12 Cowl Wrap

November 22nd, 2013

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Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games trilogy (based on the book series), is out in theaters today! If you’re a fan, you’ve likely watched the trailer more than twice, and fawned over the teaser pictures of Katniss wearing her cowl. Well, you can definitely count our Design Department among The Hunger Games’ fans—they all unanimously wanted to create their own versions of this famous cowl.

While the cowl worn in the movie is actually woven, our Design Department wanted a more wearable interpretation while still maintaining a textured look.  According to Jackie, our technical editor, the Design team created the knit version—that was inspired by the original—by using a stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stitch. While the crochet version got a little more creative, using bobbles on the cowl, to give its armor-like appearance. The yarn is Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Grey Marble, not only because of the colors but because it was also the perfect yarn to create the texture they wanted.

They are very proud of this particular design because it can be a worn as a cowl wrap or just a cowl as a cozy cold weather accessory on its own!

Whether you are from District 1 and wearing it to be fashion savvy, or District 12 and wearing it because it is one of the warmest things you own – our District 12 Cowl Wrap proves this is not just Katniss’ cowl, but everyone’s.


Let’s Hit the Slopes! 9 Knit & Crochet Patterns Perfect for A New Ski Cap

November 8th, 2013

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Fall has arrived, temperatures have dropped, and some folks might’ve already had snow; ski season is now upon us! Of course it’s fun engaging in all of those outdoor activities like skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling, but it’s also fun coordinating those wintry outfits.  It’s so cool to see everyone in their bright jackets, and funky hats adorned with pompoms against the contrast of the snow.  So today, in honor of the new ski season, I’ve rounded up 9 hat patterns in knit and crochet to get you thinking about how you’ll stand out of the crowd in the sea of snow.

Sweet Harvest Hat
Crochet Sweet Harvest Hat
in Hometown USA
Snow Day Cap
Knit Snow Day Cap
in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
Halsey St. Pompom Helmet
Crochet Halsey St. Pompom Helmet
in Hometown USA

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Fall 2013 Color Trend: Burgundy

October 29th, 2013

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One of the big color trends for Fall 2013 has been burgundy. Burgundy is in the deep red color family and is a rich, stylish color for both day and night.  It pairs nicely with with neutrals like beige, gray and brown – even with animal prints like leopard and cheetah.  Make a nice chunky cowl or statement piece with one of the yarns in the selections below, and enjoy the regal color of burgundy.

Patterns featuring burgundy:

Sweetheart Shawl
Knit Sweetheart Shawl
Vanna’s Glamour Garnet
Voluminous Cardi
Knit Voluminous Cardi
DaVinci Wine
Sparkling Top
Crochet Sparkling Burgundy Top
Vanna’s Choice Burgundy
Vanna’s Glamour Garnet

 Burgundy yarn selections: 

DaVinci Wine
DaVinci Wine
Homespun Barks
Homespun Barks
Superwash Merino Wine
Superwash Merino Cashmere Wine
Vanna's Choice Burgundy
Vanna’s Choice Burgundy
Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Cabernet
Wool-Eae Thick & Quick Cabernet
Vanna's Glamour
Vanna’s Glamour Garnet

What do you think of this color trend, would you incorporate it into one of your new projects?

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The Cowl: A Winter Favorite

October 27th, 2013

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Our Design Department shares their thoughts on a favorite accessory of theirs.

We have been watching the cowl take off on the runways as this season’s favorite accessory. This face-framing neck warmer is versatile, practical and fashionable. Here are two variations on the theme that show how different a cowl can look, depending on your choice of yarns.

Knit Dobbs Ferry Cowl Crochet Wildfire Cowl
Knit Dobbs Ferry Cowl Crochet Wildfire Cowl

The Dobbs Ferry Cowl in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, knit by holding three strands of this extra-bulky, easy-care yarn together, features the popular look of large stitches. It not only keeps you warm, but also creates a flattering high collar. The Wildfire Cowl uses only one bright painterly shade of Homespun to make a simple stitch look like a complex mix of different colors of yarn. You’ll love the compliments you’ll get when you wear this eye-popping cowl with your dark winter coat. Wear the cowl long (as pictured) to stay warm indoors, or loop it over again for a cozy accessory that keeps you warm while staying in place.

For a selection of over 60 cowl patterns, click here.

A version of this article first ran in The Weekly Stitch newsletter. Click here to sign up for the newsletter and get articles, free patterns, and exclusive offers in your inbox each week. 

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