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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. 


9 Easy Halloween Accessories for Adults, Children, and Pets!

October 16th, 2013

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Halloween is 2 weeks away, and there’s still plenty of time to make yourself, a pet, or someone you know, a fun item for a costume or disguise. Today’s pattern round up includes simple designs that are sure to be gratifying projects because they can be completed before it’s time to celebrate. Be sure to check out the “Related Links” at the bottom of the page for more Halloween ideas and inspiration!

Jack O Lantern Dog Sweater
Knit Jack-O-Lantern Dog Sweater in
Hometown USA
Pumpkin Hat & Booties Set
Knit Pumpkin Hat and Booties set in Vanna’s
Choice Baby
King of the Beasts (Lion) Dog Sweater
Knit King of the Beasts (Lion) Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, Moonlight Mohair, Homespun and Chenille

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Designer Spotlight: Lily Chin’s Versatile Styles and Skills

July 21st, 2013

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Designer Spotlight: Lily Chin | Lion Brand NotebookSomething I love about working in the yarn industry is all of the creative people you meet. Working with designers, artists, and writers constantly inspires me. One of my favorite people in the industry is extremely prolific designer Lily Chin.

Look her up on Amazon.com or Ravelry and you’ll find dozens of books and individual designs, ranging from accessible accessories to complex cables—reversible, no less!

But don’t take my word for it! Here are a few podcasts and videos from our collections featuring interviews with Lily herself:

Want to make your own Lily Chin original? Here are a few patterns she’s designed for Lion Brand that I think are awesome summer projects:

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Favorite Tips on Dressing to Flatter Your Body

July 8th, 2013

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A flattering outfit can make you feel more confident and at ease. For plus-sized women, structured pieces, prints proportionate to your body, and details that emphasize your strongest assets can help you to look your best. For petite women, pieces that hit your body at the right places will help you look great. Discover some of our favorite tips.

10 Tips for Dressing to Flatter Your Body | Lion Brand Notebook

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Lion Brand Yarns Spotted at Fashion Institute of Technology’s 2013 Fashion Show

July 3rd, 2013

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Every year, the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) graduating seniors attaining a bachelor of arts in fashion design collaborate to present handmade collections for a professional runway show in New York City.  Lion Brand has provided yarn for the knitwear design students over the years and is always proud to be part of such an inspiring and creative event.  Lion Brand has been a long time supporter of FIT, and in 2009, a seminar room specifically designated for knitting, crocheting and jewelry making was dedicated to the late Isidor Blumenthal, Lion Brand’s 3rd generation President and CEO.

This year, I was able to attend FIT’s “The Future of Fashion: 2013 Graduates Collection“, and I was amazed by the designs that came down the runway made by students who will someday be fashion designers.  It was so interesting to see how yarn used to make everyday garments and accessories can create high-fashion and out-of-the box designs.  The specializations in the show included sportswear, special occasion, knitwear, intimate apparel, and children’s wear.  Below, you’ll find some images from the seniors who worked on the knitwear collection.

FIT garment
Designed by: Heidi Bischoff
Grey dip-dyed dress with thick & thin hand weaving detail
LB Collection Silk Mohair was used in parts of dress.

FIT garment2
Designed by: Danielle Ridarick
Black & Blue Hand Knit Sculptural Dress
Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Mambo

 

FIT garment5
Designed by: Jongsuk Park
Off-white chunky cotton cord hand-knit jacket, harem pant
Lion Cotton 1 Pound Cone used in head cover

FIT garment3
Designed by: Nora Abdelwahed
Grey dip-dyed cotton cropped tank,
striped skirt with weaving detail
LB Collection Silk Mohair used in skirt
Wool-Ease used in top

Have you seen any interesting knitwear in fashion lately? Share with us in the comments!

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From Our Newsletter Archives: Tips from Our Design Department on Adding Color to Your Project

April 24th, 2013

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Hand-knit and hand-crocheted items make great gifts to be treasured and loved. Make them even more special by making them unique. Pick colors special to you or your recipient and you’re sure to please, says Jackie Smyth, our technical editor. In this interview, Jackie shares more great tips. 

Knitting and crocheting are great for handmade gifts that really reflect the giver or the recipient. What’s a simple recommendation about how to customize a project?
One word—COLOR. The great thing about patterns is that it’s easy to choose other colors in the same yarns and get a totally different look. To make a pattern really personal, choose colors that you like or that have representative meanings to the recipient. Perhaps they love autumn colors or spring colors. The right colors can add a lot of depth to a project.

What if you are nervous about choosing colors that will go together?
Going with a yarn that has a great color range is often a good place to start. The Lion Brand Design team works to create yarn collections that are designed that coordinate beautifully.

What’s a yarn you might recommend for someone looking for easy-to-match yarns?
Vanna’s Choice is a great yarn for mixing and matching colors. All of the solid colors in this collection are designed to match and coordinate. You could use three colors in one family—say, Dusty Rose, Rose, and Antique Rose—to get a light-to-dark effect, or you could pick a few contrasting colors like Purple, Chocolate, Pea Green, and Rust that will really pop against each other.

It’s good to look for inspiration from the things around you. Flowers are one place to find unexpected but beautiful contrasting colors. Fashion and architecture are other places to draw inspiration.

Not-Your-Average-Granny Scarf: Colorful granny squares made in Vanna Squares Afghan: Colorful afghan crocheted in Vanna’s choice Boy’s Striped Cardigan: Knit kid’s sweater in Vanna’s Choice
Crocheted Not-Your-Average
Granny Scarf
Crocheted Squares Afghan Knit Boy’s Striped Cardigan

Would you recommend a few colorful patterns for our readers?
For a simple project, I like the Not-Your-Average-Granny Scarf pattern. We’ve carefully plotted the colors for each square, so that it’s an exciting color journey, but I would encourage you to be playful and experiment with your own color combinations. Feel free to exchange the colors between squares–have fun!

Next, I like the Squares Afghan. I think it’s just stunning in the palette we chose, but you can choose also choose colors that go with your own home décor.

My third recommendation, the little Boy’s Striped Cardigan, is a wonderful example of how just a shot of color can spice up a wardrobe basic. It shows that you can add a few or many colorful jolts of color with simple stripes that are easy to incorporate into any pattern.

Don’t be afraid to change the colors in a pattern to suit you better. That’s the great thing about knitting and crocheting; you can really make every item your own.

A version of this article first ran in The Weekly Stitch newsletter in August 2007. Click here to sign up for the newsletter and get articles, free patterns, and exclusive offers in your inbox each week. 


On Trend: 6 Knit & Crochet Patterns in Spring Pastels

April 17th, 2013

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Spring has finally sprung, and it feels great to transition into a different wardrobe.  Spring is a fun season because you can show off multiple pieces with layered outfits, play around with bright and bold colors, or add just a touch of color with soft and sophisticated pastels.  Pastel colors aren’t just for babies, as they have become quite popular this season, and they’re an easy family of colors to incorporate into your knitwear.

Pastels add classic sophistication to an outfit, and they pair great with neutrals like gray, white and beige.  Below, I’ve gathered a few patterns already knit or crocheted in pastel colors to help you determine what kind of pastel piece you’d like to add to your wardrobe.  I personally love the Eyelet Swing Cardi in LB Collection Cotton Bamboo; it would pair very nicely with slim fitting khaki pants and a white top/tankTake a look at some of the options below for more pastel inspiration (click on the photos to access the patterns on LionBrand.com):


Knit Ballet Wrap
Superwash Merino Cashmere: Seafoam
Spring Pastel Scarf
Crochet Spring Pastel Scarf
Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton:
Petits Fours
Modern Lace Shawl
Crochet Modern Lace Shawl
Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Extra Soft Wool Blend:
Gerbera Daisy
Pearl's Cardigan
Crochet Pearl’s Cardigan
Microspun: Blush
beach cover up
Crochet Beach Cover Up
Cotton-Ease: Seaspray
Eyelet Swing Cardi
Knit Eyelet Swing Cardi
LB Collection Cotton Bamboo: Gardenia

*For more pastel palettes, check out the colors in: LB Collection Angora Merino, Baby’s First and Babysoft

Thinking of incorporating a pastel piece into your knitwear? Share your thoughts on what type of pastel project you’d like to work on in the comments!

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12 Shrugs for All Ages and Styles

March 10th, 2013

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As we head into spring, there are more days when you need to start and end the day with a light sweater, but you may want it to be something easy to throw on and off as necessary. That, to me, is quintessential shrug weather. Relatively quick to knit or crochet, they’re great projects for “just because” gifts. Make one for your best friend, your mother, your goddaughter, or your niece. Whip one up for your little girl, your sister, or your coworker.

Whether their style is earthy and simple, a little glitzy, or fancy, we have patterns that are just right for them.

6 Stylish Shrugs for Women

Image of Acorn Shrug Image of Crowded Cable Shrug Image of Sparkling Shrug
Crochet Acorn Shrug Knit Crowded Cable Shrug Knit Sparkling Shrug
Image of Stockinette Stitch Shrug Image of Glittery Shrug Image of Simple Crochet Shrug
Knit Stockinette Stitch Shrug Crochet Glittery Shrug Simple Crochet Shrug

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