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Be Eco-Conscious with our Newest Faux Fur Yarn, Pelt

December 21st, 2014

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Pelt is our newest faux fur yarn and it’s made in natural and dyed shades – great for fashion-forward accessories and garments.  For people who love our Fun Fur®, but prefer a yarn that is a bit more glamorous, Pelt is the yarn for you!

It’s the perfect yarn to use if you like the look and feel of real fur, but want to be eco-conscious. You can make textured projects like the Simple Hat, or you can use it as trim for items like the Color Pop Felted Crochet Stocking and the Bristol Bay Hat.

Below, I’ve put together a collection of our favorite patterns that use Pelt – enjoy!

Knit Bristol Bay Hat Crochet Foxy Wristers Knit Dinner in Aspen Scarf Crochet Foxy Buttoned Neckwarmer
Knit Bristol Bay Hat Crochet Foxy Wristers Knit Dinner in Aspen Crochet Foxy Buttoned Neckwarmer
Color Pop Felted Crochet Stocking Knit Winter's Tale Poncho Crochet Fabulous Fur  Scarf Knit Simple Hat
Color Pop Felted Crochet Stocking Knit Winter’s Tale Poncho Crochet Fabulous Fur Scarf Knit Simple Hat

For more patterns using Pelt click here.


Spotlight: 6 Crochet Projects from Bloggers Featuring Heartland Yarn

December 18th, 2014

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Blogger Heartland Roundup

Today, I’m excited to share 6 awesome crochet patterns from some wonderfully talented bloggers and designers. Some of you may be familiar with the works of these bloggers already, and if not – be sure to browse through and check out each site; I’m sure you’ll find something that piques your interest! All of the links below feature projects from crafters who made items with our yarn of the month, Heartland (which is now 20% off).

(Top left to right)

  1. Baby Elephant Hat (Katmai and Olympic Blue) by: Repeat Crafter Me
  2. Cabled Beanie (Grand Canyon) by: All About Ami
  3. Tunisian Crochet Cowl (Acadia and Yosemite) by: Rescued Paw
  4. Fairy Tale Poncho (Redwood) by: Moogly
  5. Gold Leaf Infinity Scarf (Shenandoah) by: Fiber Flux
  6. Braided and Broken Wrap (Yellowstone) by: Cre8tion Crochet

Dress with a Smile For Annie! 8 Cute Patterns for your Favorite Little Girl

December 17th, 2014

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The newest rendition of Annie comes out in theaters this Friday. Whether you grew up with the film or plan to see it for the first time – it’s a great movie to inspire little girls to believe in themselves.

One of my favorite songs from Annie is “You Are Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile,” so in honor of my favorite song, here are a 8 patterns to inspire you to knit or crochet for your favorite little girl.

Crochet Next Generation Dress Little Sweetheart Bolero Crochet Blooming Cap and Mitts Knit Fresh Picked Color 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan
Crochet Next Generation Dress Knit Little Sweetheart Bolero Crochet Blooming Cap and Mitts Knit Fresh Picked Color 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan
Knit Colorful Cardigan and Hat Crochet Headwrap with Bow Knit Sassy Stripe Leg Warmer Trio Crochet Country Cute Cardi
Knit Colorful Cardigan and Hat Crochet Headwrap with Bow Knit Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio Crochet Country Cardi

9 Knit and Crochet Patterns to Celebrate the Release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

December 16th, 2014

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes out tomorrow, December 17th, marking the last installment of a long-loved trilogy.  The Hobbit features magical creatures – elves, dwarfs, dragons, oh my! – stunning landscapes, and epic battles.

Will you join Bilbo, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, and Thorin (phew!) on the final leg of their journey as they battle Smaug for Middle Earth? If so, you may want to add a little something to your wardrobe to get in the mood …

If you’re feeling inspired to take a trip to the Misty Mountains of Middle Earth, here are nine knit and crochet patterns for you!

Bofur Hat gimli helmet gandalf beard
Knit The Hobbit: Bofur’s Hat
made with Vanna’s Choice® and Homespun®
Crochet Gimli Inspired Helmet made with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Glamour® Knit Jordanna’s Beard pattern
Made with Wool-Ease®
by Ravelry user melissalm
hippie chic crocheted wristers
Knit Pippin’s Scarf
made with Wool-Ease® by Ravelry user SuzieBlue
Crochet Hippie Chic Vest made with Fun Fur® Easy Crocheted Wristers
made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Merino
cable luxe cable vest tall trees
Knit Cable Luxe Tunic
made with Wool-Ease®
Knit Cabled Teal Vest made with LB Collection® Organic Wool Knit Tall Trees Tunic
Made with Fisherman’s Wool

10 Most Popular Knit and Crochet Patterns of November!

December 15th, 2014

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This past November, knitters and crocheters alike were deep in gift-making mode. Some of the most popular patterns focused on simple silhouettes like the Canyon Shrug and the Emily Bronte Topper. And whether it was a cat and mouse, reindeer or penguin, novelty mittens were also must-have addition to the project list.

It appears that colder weather was also on the minds of many – the Essential Fall Pullover, made with Heartland, took the lead as the most popular pattern to knit for November! Super-bulky yarns like Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Homespun® Thick&Quick® were also popular, likely because they work up quickly and will bring you closer to finishing your gift list for friends and family faster.

Here is a collection of popular Lion Brand patterns that inspired crafters in the month of November:
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20 Projects Featuring Heartland, December’s Yarn of the Month!

December 11th, 2014

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As you can probably tell by the name, Heartland is inspired by prominent American landmarks and landscapes — Kings Canyon, Mammoth Cave, Glacier Bay, and Shenandoah to name a few. Composed of deep heathered and even tweed shades, I often refer to them as jewel-like because of the yarn’s vibrant colors. It is an easy-care yarn perfect for garments, afghans and accessories for kids and adults – best of all Heartland is made in the USA!

Even better, from now until the end of December, Heartland is 20% off!

There are many wonderful patterns that use this yarn — and many are just perfect for the holiday season.

Below you’ll find a lookbook of our favorites. Want more? Visit lionbrand.com.


Crochet A Quick Hooded Cowl: a #Scarfie Pattern by Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me

December 9th, 2014

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#Scarfie = A selfie with a scarf

This great #scarfie project comes from Sarah, the creative mind behind the blog, Repeat Crafter Me. So cozy for this time of year, Sarah’s Crochet Hooded Cowl works up fast with 3 balls of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, and the toddler version only requires 2. This project is quite easy to crochet and assemble, and Sarah has even included some lovely pictures to help you visualize the process!

Make matching sets for you and your little one with Sarah’s awesome patterns: Crochet Hooded Cowl

Repeat Crafter Me Scarfie Blog


13 Gifts You Can Make with 2 Balls of Yarn or Less

December 8th, 2014

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Every year I participate in a handmade Secret Santa gift exchange. Working at Lion Brand has definitely inspired me to learn to knit, and as a person who usually crochets, I wanted to make something different and challenging this year.

I found the Ribbed Bolero pattern to be a good place to start. It’s a good beginner project to both improve knitting skills, and to make a great gift at the same time. It’s just like making a scarf — just much wider and folded in half.  This pattern is perfect as I had also been looking for a 2-ball project that uses Homespun®.

One of the many skills I gained from this project was learning to differentiate between a stockinette (which the pattern called for) and a garter stitch (which I accidentally did). I was surprised (and relieved) that it still looked similar the picture, except with a different stitch – and it only cost $15!

Below I’ve selected several 2-ball projects that will let you practice your craft and make a great handmade gift at the same time. Let the gift knitting begin!

Knit His or Her Hat Simple Shrug Knit My First #Scarfie Knit Hat in a Flash
Knit His or Her Hat Crochet Simple Shrug Knit My First #Scarfie Knit Hat in a Flash

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Learn to Knit an Easy Fair Isle Tam with Christine from iKNITS

December 5th, 2014

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Christine from the iKNITS YouTube channel shows you how to work up Gretchen’s Easy Tam using Heartland yarn – which, by the way, is 20% off until the end of this month.

This tutorial is great for those who may feel intimidated by fair isle knitting; Christine does a wonderful job of making the pattern and technique easy to understand. With a beautiful snowflake/star image at the center of the hat, it’s the perfect winter accessory. There are plenty of colors in Heartland for you to choose contrasting hues that best suit your tastes. I personally like the red and white combination for a striking Christmas hat.

Watch Christine’s video below and get started!


12 Patterns Featuring Color and Texture – Perfect Baby Gifts!

December 4th, 2014

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Two of my good friends have recently had babies and while I’m still thinking about making gifts for my friends, I’m also thinking of their newborns this holiday season.

I love making baby gifts that are colorful or have a lot of texture – the extraordinary color palette of Modern Baby® is one of my favorite yarns for color, and for a touchable pattern with lots of texture, I always come back to the symbolic Tree of Life Afghan.  

Earlier this year, when Lion Brand introduced its newest yarn, Ice Cream, I got excited about the Confetti Color Blanket – the variegated colors and knitted indentations give it a touchable, fabric-like appearance – a delightful combination of both color and texture!

To inspire you this holiday season, I’ve selected some of my favorite patterns that feature color and texture:

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Knit Panda Pullover Crochet Little Boy Blue Blanket Knit Sweet Sweater Dress Crochet Modern Ripple Baby Blanket
Knit Panda Pullover Crochet Little Boy Blue Blanket Knit Sweet Sweater Dress Crochet Modern Ripple Baby Blanket
Lemon Squeezy Stroller Blanket Crochet Bella Blocks
Knit Lemon Squeezy Stroller Blanket Crochet Bella Blocks

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