Downton Abbey finishes up it’s 5th season tonight and I can’t wait to see all the 1920s fashions. Downton’s fabulous fashion sense was always a big draw for me because I just love vintage styles. As I’m gearing up to watch this last episode, I’m making a list of patterns that I think would fit a few of my of my favorite characters from the show.
Check out what I’ve picked out below for characters past and present:
|This Embellished Beanie in Homespun® would look great if you had a bob like Lady Mary.||Little George would look very handsome in this Cabled
Vest in Cotton-Ease®.
|I can picture any of the upstairs Downton women wearing this Textured Raglan Jacket in LB Collection® Organic Wool!||Lady Rose often sports a very simple and stylish look on the show- making the Shaped Cabled Top in LB Collection® Superwash Merino a perfect fit for her!|
|Lady Sybil was a very empathetic character, so this Vegan Fur Poncho in Pelt® would be just perfect for her … if faux fur existed back then.||This Flapper Hat would be great for any of the ladies of Downton Abbey – upstairs or downstairs. Make it with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® for a very cozy and stylish hat to wear. (note: this is a paid pattern)||Cora’s mother is a very fashion-forward woman and would definitely be seen wearing this Vintage Glam Turban in Vanna’s Glamour®.||This Car Coat in Wool-Ease® Thick and Quick® is perfect for any lady who’s heading up to London for business or pleasure.|
You can crochet this adorable “One Skein Wonder Vest” with just one skein of our newest and already very popular baby yarn, Ice Cream. I personally love this pattern because it’s easy to crochet and the yarn is variegated – which means you can have multiple colors in your project without changing yarns! With 8 great colorways in this yarn, you can experiment with the variations and come up with new color combinations for your vest.
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Watch the fashion now:
Below is a look book of garments presented at the show – click the image to link to the free pattern. The majority of the patterns and yarns featured in the collection are available at lionbrand.com right now. Can’t find a garment you like in the look book? Check back by mid-March!
Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite Homespun® projects designed by bloggers and Ravelry users. These projects are so inspiring and they highlight the unique and beautiful color palettes of the yarn.
From accessories to home decor, Homespun® is a versatile yarn that can be used to create a wide range of projects – as you can see below!
(Knit) DIY Pompm Beanie
Homespun: Painted Desert
|All About Ami
Cozy Crochet Mittens
Arm Knit Blanket
Granny Square Blanket
Homespun: Pearls, Shaker, Barley
Purple Zig Zag Cowl
Homespun: Purple Haze, Mixed Berries
Share with us, what patterns do you like to knit or crochet with Homespun?
Lion Brand®‘s LB Collection® Silk Chiffon Ribbon is made from recycled silk sari fabric and I just love it. As a big fan of mori girl fashion – a Japanese street-style that focuses on forest-like aesthetics, layering, and upcycling – this handcut, artisanal yarn is a dream come true.
Thinking about the colder weather, I used the yarn to create a garment I call the “Chelsea Morning Cowl“. With some help from our Design department, I’ve made this pattern available to you so you can make one yourself!
Since each skein of Silk Chiffon Ribbon is one-of-a-kind, I decided to pair it with Wool-Ease® Thick and Quick® in the color Grey Marble – it’s a good neutral to use to emphasize the color scheme of the Silk Chiffon Ribbon. My skein featured beautiful blues and purples.
Mori girl focuses a lot on layering, so I created an eyelet design to highlight an outfit underneath the cowl. Since I’m a petite person, I normally wear it as a cape.
The best part of this pattern? It’s a super quick project and can be finished in under four hours – that’s about two movies or four episodes of your favorite television show!
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“If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” Mark Twain
Our American-made yarns draw inspiration from cherished American landscapes. Country®, for instance, is inspired by New England’s picturesque scenery. And like New England, where the weather can change if you just wait awhile, this striped yarn creates an unexpected but stunning heathered fabric as you knit or crochet with it.
It’s super bulky which means it works up quickly and keeps you warm at the same time, especially if you’re working on a large project like the Subtle Stripes Afghan.
It’s the perfect yarn to get you through the last few weeks of bitter cold and snow. Knit up an afghan inspired by your favorite vacation towns with Kennebunk Teal or Mystic Purple or crochet a last-minute winter accessory.
Below is a collection of our favorite Country® patterns:
|Knit Colorblock Slipover||Crochet Foxy Buttoned Neckwarmer||Knit Side to Side Sleeveless Cardi||Crochet Subtle Stripes Afghan|
|Crochet Rocky Hill Poncho||Knit Mountain Mittens||Crochet Stonework Afghan||Knit Nantucket Hat|
We can’t stop! There are just so many ways to turn a simple rectangle into a gorgeous garment. The Simple Shrug and Vegan Fur Poncho are perfect examples of that! Now we’re taking it to the next level with the Tribeca Tunic.
This top is made from two rectangles seamed together at the sides. Although the pattern is for intermediate knitters, there’s no shaping at the armholes or neck so it works up in a breeze! The front and back pieces are made up of smaller rectangular panels which a bold, geometric look that’s very trendy right now.
Made with Modern Baby®, you can see that the eye-catching contrast makes this yarn a fun choice to use for garments for children and adults alike! Plus, you’ll love the sparkly detailing done with Vanna’s Glamour®!
Design Editor Susan Haviland describes the construction of this unique piece in the video below:
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The Flattering Cowl is a popular pattern that’s easy to make, and super snuggly because it’s made with Lion Brand’s plush Homespun® Thick & Quick® yarn. It’s definitely a gratifying project because it works up quickly; you can easily finish this cowl in one day.
You’ll love the feel of Homespun® Thick & Quick® as it keeps you nice and toasty in this super bulky cowl. Watch the video below for a tutorial that’s great for beginners. Vanessa, from the Crafty Gemini, shares tips and tricks for working on this cowl, and offers advice for creating different variations. Enjoy!
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The Chinese New Year is represented by a rotating cycle of twelve animals. There are years named for dragons, and others named for dogs, snakes, and even rats! This new year, which begins on February 19th, is the Year Of the Sheep! It’s the cutest animal and the yarniest animal … definite reasons to celebrate. If you’re giving a baby gift to a baby born in the next twelve months, this is the gift – try our Little Lamb Sock Critter as your first project for the new year!
Below are a few of our favorite sheep-inspired patterns for your knitting and crochet enjoyment this year!
|Knit Cute Cabled Lamb||Crochet Little Lamb
||Knit Cabled Sheep||Knit Fluffy Little Sheep|
You’ll impress your friends (and yourself) when you make this Simple Shrug!
The Lion Brand® design team has developed a collection of gorgeous, uncomplicated patterns based on straightforward rectangles. The Simple Shrug is the perfect project for any crocheter who’s ready to graduate from making accessories!
This shrug can be worn in multiple ways, so it’s very versatile! Wear it over your favorite little black dress or pair it with jeans on a chilly summer night. Made with Lion Brand®‘s self-striping yarn Unique, the beautiful color changes do all of the work for you!
Design Editor Susan Haviland explains the easy construction of the Simple Shrug in the video below:
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