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Showered With Love: Knit and Crochet Projects to Give to New Parents!

May 25th, 2015

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What better way to celebrate a new addition to the family than a gift made with love? Blankets and hats remain popular projects to make and give, but we like to think of all the essentials new parents may need.

Gifting a car sear? Make a canopy to match!

Crocheting an afghan? Consider a matching lovey for the baby to play with.

Bath wraps and washcloths make for a smart addition to a gift set of baby washes and lotions.

The possibilities are endless! Here are our picks for gifts to give to expectant mothers at their baby showers:

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Knit Baby Crown Hat. Make your own with Modern Baby® Down on the Farm Playset
Crochet your own with
Vanna’s Choice® & Fun Fur®.
Chevron Car Seat Canopy by Heather Ormond.* Make one with Kitchen Cotton.
Lion Baby Bath Wrap Sheep Baby Blanket washcloth
Lion Baby Bath Wrap. Crocheted with Kitchen Cotton. Sheep Baby Blanket by Two Sisters Crafting & Jean Adel.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®. Crochet Serene Spa Washcloth Make a stack with Kitchen Cotton.
baby bear hoodie Wee Mouse Lovey glamour babys hat
Knit Baby Bear Hooded Jacket Made with Homespun® Thick & Quick® Wee Mouse Lovey by Briana Olson*Make one with Cotton-Ease® Knit Glamour-Baby’s Hat
Make one with Baby Wool

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern


9 Fresh Food-Inspired Projects!

May 23rd, 2015

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Everyone’s going “bananas” over Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s newest window display! Chock-full of knit and crochet fruits and vegetables, the Farmer’s Market-themed display features pineapples, apples, eggplants, cauliflower, corn, sunflowers and more!

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You can read all about it over at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, “Our New Window is Orchard Fresh!

Inspired by this tasty treat, we collected our favorite food-inspired knits – make a few for your market basket!


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Crochet Fruit Pot Holders *Paid* Pattern by Marcelline Simonotti Designs.* Made with Wool-Ease® Chunky Crochet Springtime Vegetable Pen Cozies by Twinkie Chan.* Made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Apple Slice Tawashi Scrubber made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Apple Cozy by Petals to Picots.* Made with Kitchen Cotton. Crochet Eggplant Amigurumi
Made with Wool-Ease®
Crochet Watermelon Coin Purse by Repeat Crafter Me* Made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Crochet Strawberry Hat by Repeat Crafter Me.*Make one with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Apple Amigurumi made with Wool-Ease® Crochet Banana Hat for Babies *Paid* Pattern by HGS Designs* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern


9 Fun Tote Bag Patterns To Knit And Crochet For Summer

May 22nd, 2015

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If you knit and crochet, you are likely to want to do it all year.  That sense of satisfaction that comes from accomplishing something with your hands would be missed if you give it up when the warm weather comes.  And, what would you do if you didn’t have knitting or crocheting to de-stress for months at a time?

I’ve searched through our selection of patterns to find a variety of summer totes that will keep your hands busy and your nerves calm while you travel or just relax on the porch or the beach this summer.  They are all made with lighter weight yarns and can be finished quickly and given as gifts (or to yourself!)

These market bags and totes can be stuffed in a suitcase and used as a bag to carry your souvenirs and gifts after a trip,  or you can take these sturdy bags to the grocery store and use them instead of disposable bags.  They are lightweight and casual, so they’ll work with the relaxed style we all enjoy in the summer. Whether you take them to the beach, the store, or on a trip, you’ll find the perfect tote for every occasion.

 

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Crochet 4 Ball Market Bag made with Kitchen Cotton Knit Sitara designed by Uma Padu made with Cotton-Ease® * Crochet Hexagon Market Bag made with Kitchen Cotton
Knit Slip Stitch Mosaic Tote Crochet Woodland Owl Bag designed by Laura Bozeman Knit Blended Tote
Knit Slip Stitch Mosaic Tote made with Kitchen Cotton Crochet Woodland Owl Bag designed by Laura Bozeman made with Vanna’s Choice® * Knit Blended Tote made with Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Rainbow Burst Tote
Knit Mini Market Tote
Simple Crochet Tote
Crochet Rainbow Burst Tote made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Mini Market Tote made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Cotton Hemp Simple Crochet Tote made with Vanna’s Glamour®

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern


9 Ways to Decorate with Knit and Crochet!

May 21st, 2015

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It’s getting hotter and sweaters are the last thing on my mind. But just because it’s spring time doesn’t mean that I want to put down my needles or hooks! There are plenty of ways to knit through the warm months without making hats and scarves. This summer, I’m making decorations! From pillows to plant-holders, I’m sprucing up my place with beautiful, hand-made pieces.

Here are a few projects that you can make for your home!

Crochet Stash Basket
made with Fettuccini®
Crochet Geometric Pillow and Afghan made with Heartland® Knit Wall Hanging
Made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®Hometown USA®, and Wool-Ease® by While They Play Designs*
Macrame Plant Hanger
made with Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton
Knit Sunset Diamonds Afghan made with Textures® Crochet Little Waves Rug
made with Cotton-Ease® by Moogly*
 Crochet Pop of Color Garland made with Bonbons Knit Felted Little Loops Pillow made with Fishermen’s Wool® Crochet Log Cabin Arrow Afghan
made with Heartland®

*Not a Lion Brand Pattern


Get Beach Ready with These 6 Open and Airy Patterns For Summer

May 19th, 2015

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Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and I’m sure many of you will be headed to the beaches and pools to enjoy the unofficial beginning of summer (yes, I know there’s still technically one month left!). With the thoughts of warm weather and water activities, I started thinking about bikini and bathing suit cover ups!

If you’re still not ready for the beach or pool, you’ve got plenty of time to work on the perfect cover up, and of course, if you work quickly you could have something in time for the weekend. The 6 patterns below are great for vacations, walking around the pool/beach grounds, and covering up at night once the breeze sets in.

Knit Spring Ruana
Diagonal Mesh Top
Knit Spring Ruana
The ruana knit in LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo is super stylish for walks on the beach or boardwalk once the sun sets.
Diagonal Mesh Top
Knit this top in Cotton-Ease® for the perfect bikini pullover for nights at the beach.
Beach Cover Up Cardigan
This cardigan in Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton also makes a nice cardigan for the transitions between the seasons.
Light 'n' Lively Tank Beach Cover Up
Light and Lively Tank
This airy tank top crocheted in Cotton-Ease® has a fun swing to it at the bottom, helping to keep you nice and cool!
Beach Cover Up
Learn how to crochet this cover up in Cotton-Ease® with Yolanda Soto Lopez, click here!
Beach Cape
*Paid* Pattern on Ravelry by Alexandra Tavel knit in Cotton-Ease®. *

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern


You Won’t Want to Shake Off These 9 Shawls

May 18th, 2015

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We love a good shawl. This versatile piece dresses up everyday outfits and jazzes up our more formal wear.

They’re the perfect thing to slip on when the office A/C’s just a little too cold, or when hot summer days turn into breezy nights.

What we like most about shawls is their simplicity – there are shawl patterns for every type of knitter or crocheter, beginner to expert.

With warmer weather on the way, we’ve dug up some of our favorite lighter shawl patterns:

 

Bridal Shawl June Bunnies Shawl Shell Ruffled Shawl
Crochet Bridal Shawl
Make your own with Vanna’s Glamour ®.
June Bunnies Shawl by Silver Lining Knits*
Knit one with LB Collection ® Silk Mohair.
Shell Ruffled Shawl by Brandie Knaggs* Made with Hometown USA ®
Dream Shawl Spring Thaw Shawl Irish Crochet Shawl
Dream Shawl by Kathy North* Make one with LB Collection ® Cotton Bamboo. Spring Thaw Shawl by Cheri McEwen* Make one with LB Collection ® Silk Mohair. Irish Crochet Shawl Made with Vanna’s Glamour ®.
triangle shawl Bella Luna Shawl South Bay Shawl
Triangle Pattern Shawl Made with Vanna’s Glamour ®. Crochet Bella Luna Shawl
Made with Vanna’s Choice ®.
Crochet South Bay Shawlette
Made with LB Collection ® Silk Mohair

 

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern


9 Jurassic Patterns for Your Favorite Dino Lover!

May 15th, 2015

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The Jurassic Park universe is back in a big way this summer! Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallace Howard returns to the updated Isla Nublar theme park with bigger, badder dinos. The movie is out on June 12th so we are getting in the mood with pterodactyls, triceratops, and, everyone’s favorite, the t-rex!

Below are 9 patterns for every little dinosaur lover and even their furry friends!

Crochet Dotty Dinosaur
made with Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Dinosaur Scarf made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Dinosaur Scoodie
Made with Hometown USA® by Articles of a Domestic Goddess
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Knit Dalton Dino Cowl
made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® by The Velvet Acorn Designs
Crochet Worsted Weight Triceratops Hat made with Vanna’s Choice®
by Micah Makes
Crochet Amigurumi Pterodactyl Dinosaur
made with Vanna’s Choice® by loneilteaches
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Knit Dinosuar Triceratops by Philip Skipper, try it with Woolspun®! Knit Dragon Slayer Dog Sweater made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Dragon Slayer Hood
made with Vanna’s Choice®

A Little Glamour in Sin City

May 14th, 2015

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I’d never wanted to visit Vegas. I don’t like to gamble and I don’t like crowds (even after almost ten years living in New York City). Quite frankly, Las Vegas seemed like the opposite of my favorite thing to do which is curl up with my knitting and a good movie. But when I got the opportunity to go on a some-expenses-paid trip to Sin City, I felt like I shouldn’t turn it down.

Since I spend a lot of my day perusing Lion Brand’s free patterns, I’m often spotting new projects that I want to start. When I saw the Sparkle Slipon in our Fashion Show, I was totally in love. It was fun and summery and oh so sparkly! I felt like I needed to have a little glitz to wear by the pool if I was going to visit the land of showgirls!

But I was a little nervous. I’d just taught myself how to make granny squares after years of knitting. I’d never crocheted anything bigger than a coaster. When I read over the pattern, I realized that the Sparkle Slipon is a lot like a granny square. I’ve never shied away from a crafting challenge so I decided to dive in. I got some help (and a lot of encouragement) from Arabia in the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. I wanted to use fewer colors than the pattern called for so she helped me calculate how much yarn I would need and, after making the lower body too tight, she gave me advice on how to make easy changes.

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This was the perfect project for a novice crocheter! It certainly was a challenge for me and it’s not perfect but this was a great way to translate what I knew how to do into a big project. I was able to pick up some new skills but I wasn’t pulled too far out of my comfort zone since it had so little shaping. The color and fiber made this garment just the right weight for a swimsuit cover up. And since Vanna’s Glamour® is machine washable and dryable, I won’t have to worry about getting sunscreen on this top.

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On my very first day by the pool, a woman stopped me to say how much she loved my top. I don’t usually let people know when I’m wearing something handmade but this time, I was so proud, I had to let it spill! She said, “I’m a crocheter, too! I was looking at that top and I thought, ‘I have to make one!'” I was so happy! I love inspiring other people with the things that I make!

I’m really looking forward to wearing this next time I get by the pool!

Have you ever gotten an unexpected compliment on something you made? Do you take baby steps when you’re learning something new or do you dive in?


We Like How You Use Our Yarn (Mother’s Day Edition): Susan the Sunflower

May 10th, 2015

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How cute is this? Crochet designer Alyssa Voznak knocks it out of the park with this super-sweet amigurumi sunflower made with our popular Vanna’s Choice® yarn.


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This is a paid pattern, available through Ravelry for $5.

:: Vanna’s Choice® colors seen here in Duckie, Sweet Pea, Chocolate and Rose. ::



Our Picks for Dad: 6 Easy Gifts to Knit or Crochet!

May 9th, 2015

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While you’re hard at work on your project for Mom, don’t forget about Dad! Father’s Day is June 21st this year — leaving plenty of time for projects to be made for your loved ones.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite crafts for dads (and grandfathers!) that make for fun and useful gifts.

tablet cozy

Dad always glued to his tablet? Keep all his apps handy and safe in this Digital Tablet Cozy. Made with Tweed Stripes®.

big game cozies

Whether he’s court-side or couch-side, Dad will love this Big Game Cup Cozie. Made with Kitchen Cotton and Bonbons.

clubs

Customize these Golf Club Covers for the dad or grandpa in your life that loves to get out on the course.
Choose from a variety of colors of Hometown USA®.

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Keep the sun out of his eyes and focused on a hole-in-one with this Men’s Cabled Golf Cap by Moogly.* Made with Wool-Ease®.

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This Father’s Day Catchall looks great on both Dad’s dresser at home and his desk at the office. Made with Modern Baby®.

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Keep the whole pack cool with these easy bottle cozies from Evermine.*

Crochet one together with Kitchen Cotton‘s range of bright colors.

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern

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