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10 Halloween Patterns You Can Use All Winter Long!

October 1st, 2014

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When I knit or crochet, I typically choose patterns that are very versatile – this includes themed projects like one you might make for Halloween.

So it’s no surprise that I really love patterns like the Fuzzy Bear Hood – which, incidentally, is Lion Brand’s most popular pattern for Halloween! Your little one could wear his/her favorite outfit with this hood and they’d be set for a night of Trick or Treating or a play date with a cherished friend. The same idea can be applied to the Cat Headband and Wrist Warmers. Stuff Genie the Ghost and the Candy Corn Amigurumi with catnip and have a treat toy  for your favorite black cat — or wait a few months to hang them on your Christmas tree!

Even the Fairy Wings and Tutu patterns are great for pretend dress up anytime!

Check out some of our most popular patterns for Halloween below:

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Knit Cat Headband and Wrist Warmers Crochet Amigurumi Black Cat Door Stopper Crochet Genie the Ghost

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4 Matching Costume Sets for Kids and Pets!

September 24th, 2014

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Knit Octopus Poncho Knit Octopus Dog Costume
Tentacles and all, venture under the sea with this original
Knit Octopus Poncho and Knit Octopus Dog Costume set.

Halloween is a family affair – so include your dog! To make it easy to do, we’ve put together an adorable collection of matching costume sets for your child and your dog. Think of the photo opportunities!

Check out some of the fun pairings below:

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Meet Our Newest Made in America Yarn, Country®!

September 23rd, 2014

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It’s the first day of fall – a perfect day to introduce one of Lion Brand®‘s newest super-bulky yarns, Country®! A classic 2-ply super bulky yarn, this silky roving combines a palette of painterly striping colors with contrasting solid black or off-white shades. The colorways are aptly named after iconic American symbols and landmarks: Adirondack GreenLobster, Campfire, Hampton Sunset, New England Granite, and Nantucket, just to name a few.

This soft, lofty yarn has the look of a hearty wool, and is ideal for fast finish projects, afghans and chunky accessories. It’s 100% premium acrylic with the touch and feel of real wool, making it a great alternative for people who are sensitive to natural fibers.

I love how this yarn’s striping effect adds life and texture to projects. To see what I mean, take a look at the Side to Side Cardigan and the Tasseled Hooded Cowl below. Gorgeous!

Best of all,  Country® is made in America!

Below is a selection of my favorite patterns which use Country® . Click here for more patterns that use this hearty yarn.

Knit Tasseled Hooded Cowl Crochet Campfire Poncho Knit Side to Side Cardigan Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan
Knit Tasseled Hooded Cowl Crochet Campfire Poncho Knit Side to Side Cardigan Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan
Crochet Rustic Hat Knit Unstructured Vest Crochet Buffalo Stance Cowl Knit Riding Jacket
Crochet Rustic Hat Knit Unstructured Vest Crochet Buffalo Stance Cowl. Knit Riding Jacket

In love with American-made yarns? Lion Brand has a large selection of yarns made in USA.


Check out the latest Halloween Patterns from Lion Brand!

September 19th, 2014

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12 Spooky Pattners to Knit or Crochet

Our Design department has outdone themselves again. What I love about these patterns is that you can easily use them again and all year round – like the Meow Hat seen above, for instance. The Jolly Roger Poncho is perfect for “Talk like a Pirate Day” or a punk-style outfit. The Spooky Spider Afghan is a great gift for the kid who loves everything bug-related. I can easily imagine our Ghoulish Treat bag (we have a ghost version too!) hanging on a bedroom doorknob to scare away “unwanted” visitors once Trick or Treating is over. And you can leave the Autumns Leaves Wreath hanging on your door right up until the first snowfall!

I’ve selected some of my favorites below:

Crochet Bats and Cats Afghan Knit Jolly Roger Poncho Crochet Creepy Candy Cauldron
Crochet Bats and Cats Afghan Knit Jolly Roger Poncho Crochet Creepy Candy Cauldron

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What To Do When Someone You Know Needs Comfort

September 15th, 2014

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Sometimes there is nothing you can actually do when someone you care about is going through a difficult time.  Perhaps a friend is grieving the loss of a loved one. Or, maybe you know someone who is suffering from a serious illness. As much as we’d like to, it isn’t always possible to do much. But there is value to letting that person know that she is cared for and supported.

That’s why so many people who knit or crochet have discovered how helpful it is to use their skills to create a physical sign of caring in the form of a comfort shawl.  A person who receives a handmade gift understands this. A shawl is like a warm hug.

And, there’s an extra benefit to giving something of yourself away. Why? Because it’s difficult to feel poor or deprived when you are giving. People who knit and crochet shawls to comfort others say that they feel better as well.

So, when there isn’t anything you can do to make things better for someone in need, there is something you can knit or crochet to offer comfort beyond words.

Here are a few patterns to inspire you when you want to knit or crochet a comfort shawl:

Simple Lace Shawl Crochet Tranquil Comfort Shawl Knit Heartfelt Shawl Crochet Daylight Tweedy Shawl
Knit Simple Lace Shawl Crochet Tranquil Comfort Shawl Knit Heartfelt Shawl Crochet Daylight Tweedy Shawl

Check out our Yarn of the Month: Heartland Thick & Quick

September 14th, 2014

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YOTMTo get you ready for your fall and winter knitting and crocheting, we’re featuring Heartland Thick & Quick® for our Yarn of the Month selection. For some inspiration, check out our knit and crochet patterns.

We’ve even got this great tutorial from Yolanda Soto-Lopez at the All Crafts Channel on YouTube to guide you through this Ripple Afghan pattern, check out the video below!

Have you tried working with Heartland Thick & Quick® yet? Share your experiences with us!


Blanket Statement: Knit Bobbled Tree Throw

September 14th, 2014

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This story is from our newsletter called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here.

My mom always says, “Teach someone to knit, and they’re warm for life.” She taught me to knit, of course. Mom’s saying is like my dad’s. Dad taught me to fish. At the lake he’d always say, “Give someone a fish, and you feed them for a day. Teach someone to fish, and you feed them for life.”

When Mom says, “Teach someone to knit, and they’re warm for life,” I feel close to my parents. It helps me remember Dad. (Like me, he always wore the things she knitted.) My parents’ kindness taught me so much.

When I was eight, I knitted Mom a red garter-stitch scarf for Mother’s Day. She burst into tears.

“I thought you liked red,” I said. “I love red, sweetie,” she sobbed. “This is the best scarf ever.”

That’s how I learned you could cry when you were happy.

So, when the day came that Joe asked my permission to marry Mom, I was, first, speechless, then I felt tears start. That he asked me before asking her was totally amazing. I certainly saw that Mom loved Joe. They’d met years before at a bereavement support group. They knew about loss.

“Teach someone to knit, and they’re warm for life.”

They knew about happiness, too. Together, we’d had good times, whether just at home, or taking hikes, or yes, going to the lake to fish. But it wasn’t until last year, when I was fifteen, that Joe proposed.

Mom accepted, of course.

The afghan, of lusciously thick yarn, was so textured and interesting, I could hardly stop knitting. The cool part was it looked intricate, but worked up fast. As the panels flowed from my needles, the bobbled trees of life at the center, flanked by rich vertical cables, reminded me of everything about Mom and Joe that was strong and good. They were positive people. Despite their losses, they wanted to make a future together–and with me.

Just before the wedding, I gave them the afghan. “I love you both so much,” I said, handing it over. I burst into tears, and so did Mom and Joe.

And we were all incredibly happy.

All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

A story by Selma Moss-Ward.

Selma Moss-Ward writes and knits in Rhode Island. You can find her work on our blog, as well as Lion Brand’s monthly newsletter, Pattern Journal, which you can subscribe to here.


Crochet Yourself an Out of the Box Friend!

September 12th, 2014

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In celebration of the fun new movie Boxtrolls, which will be in theaters on September 26th, we’ve got these cute little critters for you to crochet for (or with) your children. You’ve even got enough time to make some and bring along to the movie premiere!

Boxtrolls are shy trolls who live and hide in boxes (similar to turtles with their shells). Despite living in the sewers, these boxtrolls are actually just peculiar, yet sweet little characters who are more than what their name implies. The story of this movie originated from the beloved children’s book series, Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow, so it will be exciting to see this story come to life.

This boyfriend and girlfriend set (pictured) will be the perfect companion for anyone who is just as shy and quirky as the boxtrolls in the movie. Check out the Out of the Box Girlfriend and Out of the Box Boyfriend, and get started on a fun and unusual project.

P.S:  Make it super special by customizing it to for the person you’re making it for! Check out our previous post on making monograms.


Top Down Crochet Jacket Crochet-Along: Swatching

September 11th, 2014

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CAL_08282014Welcome all to the 2014 Fall Crochet Along! I’m Grace and I will be guiding you through the Top Down Crochet Jacket. This is a great project that should give most a little challenge. (If you haven’t acquired your materials yet, you still can: http://lby.co/1liJ1a1.) Throughout the next 5 weeks we will explore swatching, raglan shaping, working with multiple colors and much more. If you are a beginner don’t let the skill level discourage you. We are all here to support each other. Throughout the project post your questions and I’ll be here to help. I also invite other experienced crocheters to share their knowledge so we can all learn from each other.

There are so many things that excite me about this project. I love wooly yarns like Fisherman’s Wool®. While at first is may seem a little rough it softens up wonderfully with wear, the longer you wear it the cozier it gets, perfect to cuddle up with this coming winter! The self-striping colors of Amazing® are beautiful and add so much interest without the extra work. For those of you who don’t need such a warm wooly sweater there are plenty of yarns that you could substitute. For something wool-free and machine-washable I would suggest substituting Vanna’s Choice® for the Fisherman’s Wool® and Landscapes® for the Amazing®. For my project I will be using Fisherman’s Wool® in Nature’s Brown and Amazing® in Strawberry Fields .

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Fall Fashion Trends for 2014: Knit Wear and Fur Accents!

September 11th, 2014

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Saks Fifth Avenue recently released the latest edition of The Trendcaster, their monthly report on what’s hot for the upcoming season.

We love all of the pieces they recommend and we realized gleefully that many of the furry fashion trends could be recreated with Lion Brand® products and patterns.

1) If you’re inspired by the Eugenia Kim Pom-Pom Hat, knit your own version for just $9.49 using Lion Brand® yarn Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® — available in 65 colors! Enjoy the FREE pattern, “Pompoms Hat (L32106)” and make the pompoms yourself, or try one of our faux-fur Poms in a variety of colors for $1.99 each.

2) Fur accents are a big trend this fall and no doubt that’s why the Alice + Olivia Fur-Collar Jacquard Poncho is a big seller! To stay on trend and save money, we recommend Lion Brand®‘s free pattern “Dinner In Aspen Scarf (L40312),” which uses two skeins of Pelt and one ball of Landscapes®, for a grand total of $18.97.

3) Easy, easy, easy … for $2.49, you can embellish any pumps or shoes you like with a set of Lion Brand® Pompoms.

Who says you can’t be fashionable on a budget?

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