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.
As a typical excitable Aries I usually like for my accessories to match my inner fire. I found myself gravitating towards crimson hues this winter and was surprised to discover how well the zodiac scarf for my sign meshed with my wardrobe. I could definitely see myself rocking this scarf with a flared red dress, black leggings, and knee-high riding boots for a night out with friends.
Click here to find the pattern for your zodiac sign. Don’t forget to share pictures with us to show us how you make the look uniquely yours!
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Hats are a more important fashion accessory than ever and the slouchy hat is the most popular style of all. The slouchy hat is a beanie with an extra flap that hangs down in the back. Some of the celebrities who have been photographed wearing this style include Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Mary-Kate Olsen. It’s even popular with men, including Jake Gyllenhaal (who has been spotted in the Lion Brand Yarn Studio on 15th Street in New York City!)
For those of you who love to knit and crochet hats, the good news is that people are wearing them all year round, indoors and out. You can knit or crochet a slouchy hat with a seasonally appropriate yarn like Wool Ease® Thick & Quick® for winter or Cotton-Ease® for spring and summer. Simply change up the colors and the patterns and you can have a new look every day.
Here are six of the most popular slouchy hats on our site to choose from.
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.
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.
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!
Jan 21 – Feb 19
Knit or Crochet
Feb 20 – Mar 20
Knit or Crochet
Mar 21 – Apr 20
Knit or Crochet
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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.”
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).
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.
|Crochet Two Tone Mobius Cowl
in Homespun® Thick and Quick®
in Mixed Berries and Claret
|Knit Lace Beret
in Vanna’s Sequins
|Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set
in Tweed Stripes