Last week I put up my Christmas tree, a tiny two-feet tall plastic tree that was the perfect size for a cozy apartment in New York City. Since I started working at Lion Brand a few months ago, I’ve been thinking about adding some handmade ornaments to reflect my love of yarn and crochet.
When one of our readers had mentioned she had used baby booties as ornaments, it gave me the inspiration to crochet amigurumi! They would be small enough to fit on my tree and could also fit in a shoe box once the holiday season was over. Cute and functional!
Here are some ideas for decorating your tree:
|Amigurumi Graduation Bookworm
in Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Glamour®
|Amigurumi Lady Bug
For most people, pets are part of the family. They have their own individual personalities that the family has come to know and love, and in return, their pet loves them back just as much (if not more).
Pets can’t tell you what they want for the holidays, so it helps to have some ideas on what to give your “furry family member.”
Here are some great dog sweater patterns, starting with an easy knitted number modeled by a Boston terrier who is part of my extended family. He was extremely nervous on the day of the shoot and breathing heavily, hence the extended tongue.
|Knit Need for Tweed Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease®
Thick & Quick®
|Crochet Striped Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease®
Thick & Quick®
|Knit City Stripes Dog Sweater in
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games trilogy (based on the book series), is out in theaters today! If you’re a fan, you’ve likely watched the trailer more than twice, and fawned over the teaser pictures of Katniss wearing her cowl. Well, you can definitely count our Design Department among The Hunger Games’ fans—they all unanimously wanted to create their own versions of this famous cowl.
While the cowl worn in the movie is actually woven, our Design Department wanted a more wearable interpretation while still maintaining a textured look. According to Jackie, our technical editor, the Design team created the knit version—that was inspired by the original—by using a stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stitch. While the crochet version got a little more creative, using bobbles on the cowl, to give its armor-like appearance. The yarn is Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Grey Marble, not only because of the colors but because it was also the perfect yarn to create the texture they wanted.
They are very proud of this particular design because it can be a worn as a cowl wrap or just a cowl as a cozy cold weather accessory on its own!
Whether you are from District 1 and wearing it to be fashion savvy, or District 12 and wearing it because it is one of the warmest things you own – our District 12 Cowl Wrap proves this is not just Katniss’ cowl, but everyone’s.
Whether it’s for your newest family member or a gift for your best friend’s newborn, babies will always need booties. They are so easy to make, you’ll start making them in every size and color.
Let your imagination run wild with these inventive patterns:
|Knit Ruby Red Slippers||Crochet Posy Baby Booties||Knit Holiday Mousie Slippers|
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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|
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.
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It was one of my favorite books growing up. I would read it over and over, gobbling all the words just like the Caterpillar eating all food. As result, I’ve become a voracious reader.
I’ve also become a voracious crocheter.
When I saw this pattern by Twinkie Chan (I’d recommend using Amazing® yarn in Rainforest for a gradient look), I was immediately taken back to my childhood and my favorite book. Make one yourself, along with everything the Very Hungry Caterpillar ate, and pick out items as you read the book together with the children in your life.
For those unsure how much he actually ate:
Although he ate so much … remember he did eventually turned into a beautiful butterfly. Are there any books that have inspired you to knit or crochet the main character?
I try to keep in touch with my college friends as much as possible. But it’s hard when they don’t live near you—especially when they live as far way as the Virgin Islands. When my friend Amanda told me her mother was passed away due to breast cancer, it pained me that I couldn’t be there for her.
Since then, I’ve been motivated to regularly email her, and send care packages every Christmas, which includes one handmade item. Since Lion Brand has marked down their Pink (#103) Pound of Love® to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it would be the perfect time to think about her holiday care package.
Here are some patterns that can be used with Pound of Love:
|Knit Sweater Bag||Crochet Eyelet Shawl||Easy to Crochet Bolero||Knit Evergreen Speed Stitch Afghan|
Click here for more patterns that use Pound of Love.
You’ve bought bags of candy to hand out to the all the trick or treaters, the decorations are all hung up ready to scare, and you’ve even created a Halloween music playlist.
But what about the costumes for the kids?
Here are some costumes that can easily be put together with some hooks, needles, and of course, some yarn.
Max from Where the Wild Things Are
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
New York Comic Con (NYCC) starts next weekend, which means it’s that time of the year when all of the East Coast fanboys and geek girls go to gather, hang out, and meet new people who love comics just as much as they do. While I can’t sew or make elaborate costumes, I still like to dress up and will crochet or knit accessories to coordinate for outfits to wear at conventions.
So you could say I’m more of a yarn nerd than a comics nerd. However you are never a nerd once a year, and after all four days of NYCC are over how can you express yourself the other 361 days?
Here are some patterns which you can wear and use regularly so that “every day is a nerdy day:”
Have you knitted or crocheted anything nerdy for yourself or for others? Or are you just a self-proclaimed crochet geek or knit nerd?
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Editor’s note: We’re happy to welcome Petrina to the Lion Brand team. Petrina is a crocheter who loves to make cute and fashionable projects in her spare time. Here at Lion Brand, she’ll be blogging and creating some of your favorite newsletters. This is her first blog post!
When e-readers came onto the market, I was very skeptical.
I loved the smell of a new (and old) book, the sound of turning page, and even judging various books by their covers.
Then I realized I could use one to upload all of the crochet and knitting patterns I had saved on my computer over the years.
My entire pattern library would reside in one e-reader.
No more figuring out which pages are out of order; no more running out of paper and ink for printing patterns; and no more frustration when pages got wet or worn from overuse.
When I asked for an e-reader for Christmas, I didn’t want a case at the time — I was picky when it came to tech accessories. But after endless Etsy searches, and browsing electronic stores,
I could never find “the one.”
Then it occurred to me that I could make my own. I took some leftover Wool-Ease®Thick & Quick from a scarf that had been already given away and crocheted a large rectangle (enough a cover and a flap) — I even crocheted a frog clasp for a fastener. Now I had a case that I could easily carry around and easily identify without worrying about damaging it.
While I crocheted with no pattern in mind, here are some other patterns for tech accessories:
This is a great starter project for those learning how to knit or crochet, especially if you are not interested in making scarves or want to try something new. Have you crocheted or knitted anything to go along with your tablet, ereader, phone, or laptop?