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Have a Happy 4th of July!

July 4th, 2015

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Happy 4th of July! We’ll be celebrating with barbecues, watching the fireworks, getting together with friends and family, and decorating with Red, White and Blue. We wish you a safe and enjoyable day.

Celebrate the day with a few U.S.A.-inspired patterns!:

9 Patriotic Patterns for Independence Day!

Lola Gets Crafty for the Fourth … Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Yarn!

Celebrate the Stars and Stripes With These Flag Day Patterns!

 


Shark Week is a Great Time to Knit & Crochet

July 2nd, 2015

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Shark Week starts Sunday! Shark Week is an annual, week-long programming block on the Discovery Channel which features shark-based programming, real and fictional.

We think it’s the perfect time to combine one cultural phenomenon with another, knitting & crochet with Shark Week! Here are some fun patterns to get you started:

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Stitchfinder: Knit Sea Creature: Angelfish — make it with Wool-Ease® Stitchfinder: Knit Sea Creature: Blue Whale — make it with Wool-Ease® Stitchfinder: Knit Sea Creature: Clownfish — make it with Modern Baby® or Kitchen Cotton Stitchfinder: Knit Sea Creature: Giant Squid — make it with Wool-Ease®
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StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Anglerfish — make it with Wool-Ease® StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Blue Starfish – make it with Wool-Ease® StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Bullion Coral — make it with Vanna’s Choice® StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Pygmy Octopus — make it with Wool-Ease®
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Crochet Amigurumi Angel Fish — make it with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Amigurumi Octopus – make it with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Shark Afghan — make it with Hometown USA® StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Seahorse — make it with LB Collection® Superwash Merino

Save 20% on July’s Yarns of the Month: Kitchen Cotton, Cotton-Ease, Cotton Bamboo and Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton

July 1st, 2015

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July yarns of the month
Kitchen Cotton: Made in the USA, this classic worsted-weight cotton is perfect for kitchen items and bath accessories.
Cotton-Ease®: Combining the absorbency of cotton with the lightweight of acrylic, it is ideal for making year-round garments and accessories for the entire family.
LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo: Combining the softness and drape of bamboo rayon with the durability of cotton, our beautiful Cotton Bamboo yarn is great for year-round projects, such as clothing and baby items.
Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton: Nature’s Choice is grown and spun without the use of pesticides, herbicides or other chemicals. Nature’s Choice is a soft, versatile yarn that’s so easy to work with and perfect for everything from baby blankets to fashion items. It’s good for your crafting and good for the planet.

All of these amazing yarns are on sale now – SAVE 20% off for the entire month of July!

Below is collection of our most popular patterns using these popular cotton yarns:


6 Crochet Projects Just For Baby!

June 30th, 2015

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Some of our favorite summer projects are baby patterns.  The light, bright colors and smaller size make them perfect patterns to work on in the warm weather.  And, one thing for certain is that there will always be new babies to get gifts for, so why not get a jump start and have some finished gifts on hand? Whether it’s a toy, baby booties, or an afghan, you’ll find a gift that’s just right from our selection of the most popular crochet baby projects.

One of our all-time most popular baby projects is the Crochet Bunny Lovie.  It takes just one ball of Vanna’s Choice® in the color of your choice, a little fiberfill, and some scrap yarn for the face.  You can delight a new mom for just a few dollars! Two other popular crochet toys are the Little Lamb and the Bella Blocks.  They’re both easy and small and you can combine several toys for a gift of soft, hand-made toys to welcome a new baby.

The baby afghans we selected take only 3 balls of Babysoft® and can be completed in a weekend.  The Sweetest Baby Afghan is a Beginner skill level pattern, so it’s the perfect first project for those of you looking to go beyond just making simple scarves.  The Bunratty Baby Blanket is made in squares, so you can travel easily with it while you’re in the car this summer or on the go.

Finally, rounding out our selection are the baby booties.  Add an embellishment, like a flower or heart to make customize them.

 

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Crochet Bunny Lovie
Made with Vanna’s Choice®.
Crochet Sweetest Baby Afghan
Made with Babysoft®.
Crochet Baby Love Booties
Made with Vanna’s Choice®.
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Crochet Bella Blocks
Made with Baby’s First®
Crochet Bunratty Baby Blanket
Made with Babysoft®.
Crochet Little Lamb
Made with Homespun® and Wool-Ease®

 


Patterns We Keep Coming Back To: Anne loves the Honest Warmth Shawl made with Homespun®!

June 28th, 2015

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This Pattern Journal comes to us from Anne B. in New Hampshire. Anne shares this story about one of her favorite Lion Brand patterns, the Honest Warmth Shawl.


Erica cast on the three stitches to begin the Honest Warmth Shawl. This would be the third one she had knit. The first, knit in Lion Brand’s Homespun® in Rococo, was for Mum. The soft golds and whites were the perfect color that Mum always liked to wear, and brought out the healthy rose of her skin. The second shawl, for Gram, was Baroque, the purples and blues the colors Gram always loved best. She had knit the shawls one after the other, consciously infusing each stitch with warm memories and love, imagining with each row how the warmth would envelop them like a hug, keeping the cold drafty breezes of New Hampshire off their hips and shoulders. But this shawl was a little different. This one was for Mum’s Japanese sister.

Mariko was visiting in two months time, and her visit was very special. Erica wanted this shawl to show the respect and honor the family felt at receiving this visit. She had researched color meaning in Japan. Mariko was a doctor, and she knew that Japanese culture associated white with the medical profession, referring to nurses as “angels in white”. She also knew that Mariko might appreciate the warmth on a cool New Hampshire evening. She saw the Homespun® in Deco, and knew the light cream was perfect.

As Erica knit this shawl, she thought of the hard work Mariko had done to become a doctor. And she thought of the bonds forged when Mariko had visited the United States as a teenager, living with her host American family for a whole year. Mariko had returned many times to visit over the decades, sometimes bringing her own family to meet her. One time, when she was a little girl, Erica had played for a weekend with Mariko’s daughter and son.

As the shawl grew over the evenings of knitting, Erica recalled the times she had met Mariko as she grew up. The last time she had seen her, Mariko had given gifts to Erica’s own daughters, enchanting the little girls with beautiful origami paper and clever pens. She hoped her gift would show the appreciation and love the families had forged over the years and generations.
Once finished, Erica wrapped the Honest Warmth Shawl in beautiful paper, tied it carefully with a bow and added a fabric flower. It was perfect.

A story submitted by Anne B. from New Hampshire.

Enjoy 20% off the Honest Warmth Shawl kit for a limited time!

Would you like to be featured in an upcoming Pattern Journal? Submit a story, click here.


Your Next Baby Project Starts With These 6 Fun Patterns — Featuring Babysoft®!

June 27th, 2015

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If you’re looking for a lightweight, easy care yarn, look no further than Babysoft®. Between its pastel palette and the fact that it’s machine washable and dry-able, it’s a go-to yarn for our favorite patterns for little ones!

We just love how some of our favorite designers use Babysoft®, so we’re sharing six adorable projects from knitters and crocheters who share their patterns on their blogs and on Ravelry — these designes really show off how gorgeous this yarn looks when worked up.

Take a look below, and get inspired to make your next baby project with Babysoft®!

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Lacy Shells Crocheted top by Erica/5 Little Monsters* in Lavender Knit Cabled Sleep Sack by Natalia Price for All Free Knitting* in Pastel Print Peek-A-Boo Ripple Afghan by Rose Marie Brooks* in Pastel Green and White
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Crochet Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket by Celeste Young* in Lavender Knit Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly Brooker* in Pastel Pink Crochet Ripple Baby Afghan by Aleta Lyn* in White and Pastel Print

*Please note, these are not Lion Brand patterns.

 

 

 

 


9 Log Cabin Afghan Patterns to Celebrate Log Cabin Day

June 25th, 2015

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Log Cabin Day One of my most cherished childhood memories is reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic “Little House on the Prairie” series — seeing what adventures Laura would get into always had me coming back for more. Throughout the series, the Ingalls family lived in a sod house, in the “big woods” of Wisconsin… but perhaps most memorable was the series’ eponymous little house on the Kansas prairie.

Log cabins, like the one in Wilder’s series, are a true American icon. Log Cabin Day — typically celebrated the last Sunday in June — is an event for many in the Midwest states to celebrate a simpler time and help preserve a part of history. Among traditions that date back to prairie times is Log Cabin quilting, named for its construction. Log Cabin patterns in knitting and crocheting are a great way to make use of a wide color palette, as well as a way to get through a stash of yarn!

Log Cabin afghans make beautiful housewarming gifts. Make one for your family, or someone you know! Here, we round-up a few of our favorite Lion Brand patterns for Log Cabin throws, blankets, and lapghans:

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Crochet Log Cabin Afghan, made with Wool-Ease® Knit Striped Squares Afghan, made with Heartland® Crochet Log Cabin Afghan, made with Vanna’s Tapestry® and Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Log Cabin Arrow Afghan, made with Heartland® Crochet Bright Log Cabin Afghan, made with Hometown USA® Crochet Log Cabin Afghan, made with Fishermen’s Wool
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Crochet Cozy Cabin Throw, made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Slip Stitch Sampler Lapghan, made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Baby Log Cabin Blanket, made with Vanna’s Choice®

* Not a Lion Brand pattern.


Knitting and Crocheting at the Movies: Pattern Recommendations!

June 24th, 2015

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4 Patterns Inspired by Movies & TV
Susan Haviland is Lion Brand’s Design Editor. She loves to knit and crochet in the company of her favorite films and televisions shows.

Thank you to everyone who wrote in with knitting and crochet sightings from film and television.  We discovered some new and inspiring work and we welcome more — leave a sighting in the comments below!

A number of the items you mentioned are very much at the forefront of design right now.  The large, colorful crocheted blanket on the back of the wagon in Like Water for Chocolate is one and the dramatic multi-hue scarf from the fourth Doctor Who series is in line with the recent “mood scarves” trend.


The “Doctor Who” scarf has a neutral beige color that acts like a canvas for the joyful stripes throughout the scarf.  Put together a group of colors based on a photograph or painting that you love and begin!  Design your scarf as you go – it keeps the knitting/crocheting very interesting.  If you feel shy about choosing your own colors, Bonbons or Vanna’s Palettes® have shades that are pre-selected to work together.

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Tom Baker in “Doctor Who Knit Doctor Who Scarf by Tara Wheeler 
on Ravelry, made with Vanna’s Choice®

Kiera Knightley’s shawl/afghan in “Seeking a Friend For the End of the World” has a cheerful improvised quality.  The colors are warm and the yarn looks cozy in this square, afghan style shawl.  A great combination of circles and squares can be found in a more symmetrical layout in Lion Brand’s Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan pattern.

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Keira Knightley in “Seeking a Friend
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Crochet Kaleidoschope Afghan, made
with Unique and Vanna’s Choice®

You can turn an afghan pattern like this one into a shawl by making fewer motifs.  Using light yarns always give an afghan a shawl–like quality.  Experimenting is a lot of fun and patterns may be used as guides to start you on your own creative journey.

An afghan similar in feeling to the Like Water for Chocolate style can easily be created from Lion Brand patterns:

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Crochet Rainbow Squares Afghan, made
with Vanna’s Choice® & Vanna’s Palettes®
Crochet Country House Afghan,
made with Heartland®

These basic granny square patterns can be made as large as you wish.  If you have a lot of leftovers, use them, adding a “main color” or two.  Neutrals often work well for “base colors” which hold many complicated multi-colored schemes together. Or consider using several different packs of Vanna’s Palettes® as we did.  The colors can be arranged in any way that pleases you.

In recent weeks, the Lion Brand design team has had a lot of fun interpreting some terrific knitted and crocheted styles from the “Outlander” TV series.  The designs will be available soon and we think you will enjoy them as much as we do!


Cozy Up With These Coffee and Tea Cozies!

June 23rd, 2015

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Coffee and Tea CoziesWell, it’s only appropriate that I write a little tea round-up, seeing as I have become a “Tea Maven” here at Lion Brand. As I search the internet for patterns, the first thing that comes to mind is, “why do such warm things need to be cozied?” But, I’m getting off track.

I’ve realized that with my new web series — Tea with Shira — the perfect gift for my friends this holiday season will be Mug Cozies. You can get super detailed and go all out or do a simple single crochet or garter stich. So I’m going though and checking out which ones are my favorites. The first thing that comes to my mind is “aww” when I see those amigurumi tea-cups; they would make a great keychain or earrings! And that lion-themed cozy? Being the Brand Ambassador of Lion Brand, I have to get on this!

Thinking about making one of these? Wondering what’s next on Tea with Shira? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Crochet One-Stitch Mug Cozy, made with Heartland® Crochet Lionheart Coffee/Tea Cup Cozy, made with Wool-Ease® Knit Owl Coffee Cup Cozie by My Knitting Basket* Make it with Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Tea Time Amigurumi by Misaki-C* Make it with Bonbons. Knit Cabled Coffee Cozy, made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Brain Freeze! Ice Cream Cozy by The Crochet Dude* Made with Cotton-Ease®

Of course, that Brain Freeze cozy may not be for tea.. but it’s a cozy for ice cream… cold things need cozies too!

 

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern


Kristy Glass Re-Imagines the Crochet Wedding Capelet for Parties, Festivals & Other Casual Affairs

June 20th, 2015

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kristy_wedding_capeletOur friend Kristy Glass, leader of the Glass Posse, spotted one of our newest and most popular crochet patterns — the Wedding Capelet — and saw it could be something more than a formal garment. Made with Vanna’s Glamour®, Kristy chose to use the Copper colorway for her version of the Wedding Capelet … let’s let her share her inspiration – take it away Kristy!

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Can’t see the video above? Click here: https://youtu.be/f2xhFLh_wkQ

Get the pattern: http://lby.co/1MJ3Wvr
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