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Let’s Celebrate Flag Day!

June 14th, 2014

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Designated by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, Flag Day is celebrated in the United States on June 14. It’s observed to commemorate the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened on that day in 1777.

Although not an official federal holiday, it is at the President’s discretion to proclaim its observance.

We don’t want to step on anyone’s toes or anything, but here at Lion Brand we’re calling it … it’s time to celebrate Flag Day and do it in style. In fact, all of Lion Brand’s American-made yarns like Heartland, Hometown USA® and Kitchen Cotton are 20% off for a limited time!

Here are some of our favorite patriotic patterns in red, white and blue:

Crochet Flag Headband Flag Pullover Crochet Flag Afghan
Crochet Flag Headband Knit Flag Pullover Crochet Flag Afghan
Knit Team USA Mittens Crochet True Colors Scarf Loom Woven Placemats
Knit Team USA Mittens
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Crochet True Colors Scarf Loom Woven Placemats
Little Super Hero Blanket Knit Americana Afghan Crochet Independence Day Table Mats
Crochet Little Super Hero Blanket Knit Americana Afghan

 

Crochet Independence Day Mats

4 Pattern Specific Kits for Your Next Project Inspiration

June 12th, 2014

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Today we’re highlighting four awesome kits to inspire you to get you started on your next project! Two knit and two crochet, each kit includes all of the yarn you need to complete the project, and since everything is bundled for a specific pattern, you get a bargain deal!

Be sure to check out the links below the images for more kits, including options for babies, afghans, adult garments and more.

Sun and Sea Shawl Kit
(Knit) Sun and Sea Shawl Kit
Pattern Full Price= $33.96, Kit Price= $20.38
Edith Shawl
(Knit) Edith Shawl Kit
Pattern Full Price= $42.45, Kit Price= $33.95
USA Afghan
(Crochet) USA Afghan Kit

Pattern Full Price= $58.19, Kit Price= $45.97
Sunset Shrug
(Crochet) Sunset Shrug

Pattern Full Price= $24.25, Kit Price= $25.24
  • Interested in kits for baby related patterns? Click here.
  • Looking for more garment and accessory pattern kits? Click here.
  • Want to check out more afghan and blanket kits, then click here.

Show your love of Americana crafts with these 9 patterns!

June 11th, 2014

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There’s something about the color combination of red, white, and blue.  It has the power to make you feel bold, confident, and most of all, proud. With the 4th of July coming up in a few weeks, we’re celebrating the American spirit in the best way we know how - by crafting up a storm!

To represent your love for American-made items (and ours too!), we’re offering a 20% discount on all of our Made in the USA yarns like Country®, Heartland, Hometown USA®, Kitchen Cotton, and, one of our newest yarns, Quickie!

You can check out more of our American-made yarns here.

Below you’ll find some of our favorite Lion Brand patterns that capture the American spirit best:

Loom Woven Placemats Crochet Flag Headband Knit Lion Country Afghan
Loom Woven Placemats in Hometown USA® Crochet Flag Headband in Heartland Knit Americana Afghan in Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet 4th of July Potholders Knit Independence Day Kerchief Crochet 4th of July Garland
Crochet 4th of July Potholders in Cotton-Ease® Knit Independence Day Kerchief
in Vanna’s Glamour®
Crochet 4th of July Garland in Cotton-Ease®
Knit Flag Pullover Crochet Independence Day Table Mats Crochet Americana Afghan
Knit Flag Pullover in Heartland Crochet Independence Day Table Mats in Kitchen Cotton Crochet Americana Afghan in Heartland

What will you be making that’s red, white, and blue?


Craft Through the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – Next Stop: Granny Squares!

June 10th, 2014

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As we continue on the journey of The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – a spectacular series of handmade, yarncrafted sculptures by fiber artist Nathan Vincent – our next stop is an exploration of the beautiful motifs of granny squares. The 6th yarn wonder in our collection features a small scale Great Wall of China, assembled with hundreds of granny squares to compose the wall itself and the hilly landscape it sits on.

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Nathan Vincent’s sculpture of the Great Wall of China; model wearing Granny Square Coat

Sometimes thought of as old-fashioned, granny squares are experiencing a revival of sorts and being refashioned into numerous different styles and shapes. In fact, you’ll find they’re quite popular in “hippie-inspired” spring and summer collections. Granny squares, which are crocheted, can be formed into different shapes like hexagons, flowers and stars. Crocheting a granny square motif is done by crocheting in multiple rounds from the center starting point, moving outwards.

The granny squares created in the Granny Square Coat pictured above are a harmonious blend of jewel tones found in our color-changing yarn Unique. The modern construction of this granny square jacket is slightly oversized and cozy, making it ideal for pairing with skinny or bootcut jeans and a basic top. Check out more granny square fashions below!

 

sevenwondersgrannyvannaspalettesModern Granny Hat and
Modern Granny Scarf
sevenwondersgrannysweaterartfullyaskewGranny Raglan Pullover and
Artfully Askew Afghan
SevenWondersPicnicBlanketSparkly Granny Cap and
Hexagon Fireworks Picnic Blanket

 


Top 10 Patterns from May!

June 8th, 2014

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After a long winter and sluggish spring, warm weather is finally here to stay and just like an explosion of spring flowers, this month’s top patterns reflect a brighter, more cheerful palette. Bold patterns also take center stage with zig-zags, ripples, stripes, and granny squares. With all of the dazzling color changes and stitch patterns, you might assume that these projects are only for the expert crafter, but thanks to the magic of vivid color-changing yarns like Unique and our brand new Vanna’s Tapestry, most of these projects are rated easy! After all, taking up your favorite craft should be rewarding AND relaxing (it’s good for you too!).

It looks like many of you are getting into new crafts as well, so we’re pleased to offer more patterns for our Knit & Weave Loom like the placemat shown below. For those of you who are new to weaving, coasters and placemats are great beginner projects and they also make great handmade gifts!

Finally, May is the time many yarncrafters begin patriotic projects for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day, so it’s no surprise that our Flag Afghan is number one again (it’s popular all year round – it was #1 in February and in the top 10 for March!). With our best-selling Heartland yarn that’s proudly Made in the USA, it’s a great way to honor the Red, White, and Blue!

Knit Simple Lace Shawl Granny Inspired Afghan Knit Poncho Pullover
Knit Simple Lace Shawl in Unique Crochet Granny Inspired Afghan in Unique Knit Poncho Pullover in Vanna’s Tapestry
Knit Color Rich Afghan Granny Square Coat Knit Zig Zag Throw
Knit Color Rich Afghan in Vanna’s Tapestry and Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Granny Square Coat in Unique Knit Zig Zag Throw in Vanna’s Choice®, Vanna’s Glamour®, Homespun® and Unique
Loom Woven Placemat Crochet Modern Ripple Baby Blanket New Slant Afghan
Loom Woven Placemat in Bonbons Crochet Modern Ripple Blanket in Bonbons and Pound of Love® Crochet New Slant Afghan in
Wool-Ease®

Train Your Own Little Dragon(s) with The Dragon Slayer Hood and Dog Sweater

June 6th, 2014

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes out next Friday and we’re so excited! Are you excited?

To mark the day, here are two fantastic new dragon-themed patterns for you. Kids will love seed stitch dragon scales on The Dragon Slayer Hood and just for fun, make The Dragon Slayer Dog Sweater for the family pooch – they’ll be off having backyard adventures together before you know it.

Both Dragon Slayer patterns are made with Vanna’s Choice® yarn, which means you have a wide variety of color combinations to choose from.


How to Customize a Pattern Using Color

June 5th, 2014

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Hand-knit and hand-crocheted items make great gifts to be treasured and loved. Make them even more special by making them unique. Pick colors special to you or your recipient and you’re sure to please, says Jackie Smyth, our technical editor. We asked Jackie to recommend readers three patterns that feature color as the main attraction. (This column originally appeared in The Weekly Stitch newsletter.)

Knit Slip Stitch Pom Hat Crochet Sante Fe Throw Crochet Little Princess Throw

LBY Newsletter: Knitting and crocheting are great for handmade gifts that really reflect the giver or the recipient. What’s a simple recommendation about how to customize a project?

Jackie: One word—COLOR. The great thing about patterns is that it’s easy to choose other colors in the same yarns and get a totally different look. To make a pattern really personal, choose colors that you like or that have representative meanings to the recipient. Perhaps they love autumn colors or spring colors. The right colors can add a lot of depth to a project.

LBY Newsletter: What if you are nervous about choosing colors that will go together?

Jackie: Going with a yarn that has a great color range is often a good place to start. The Lion Brand Design team works to create yarn collections that are designed that coordinate beautifully.

LBY Newsletter: What’s a yarn you might recommend for someone looking for easy-to-match yarns?

Jackie: Vanna’s Choice® is a great yarn for mixing and matching colors. All 23 of the solid colors in this collection are designed to match and coordinate. You could use three colors in one family—say, Dusty Rose, Rose, and Antique Rose—to get a light-to-dark effect, or you could pick a few contrasting colors like Purple, Chocolate, Pea Green, and Rust that will really pop against each other.

It’s good to look for inspiration from the things around you. The garden is one place to find unexpectedly beautiful contrasting colors. Fashion and architecture are other places to draw inspiration.

LBY Newsletter: Would you recommend a few colorful patterns for our readers?

Jackie: For a simple project, I like the Slip Stitch Pom Hat pattern. We’ve carefully plotted the colors for each pattern stripto create a bold statement piece, but I would encourage you to experiment with your own color combinations. You could draw from the current fashion concept of Normcore and create a more traditionally color hat.

Next, I like the Santa Fe Throw. In colors to match the recipient’s home décor, it but would make a truly fabulous house warming gift.

My third recommendation, the Little Princess Throw, of the impact of color in your project. Tailor your color choice to the baby to create an heirloom – or have fun with gender neutral brights–have fun!

Don’t be afraid to change the colors in a pattern to suit you better. That’s the great thing about knitting and crocheting; you can really make every item your own.

LBY Newsletter: Thank you for your recommendations, Jackie. We look forward to speaking with you again next month.

For more pattern ideas, click to visit our Pattern Finder.

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Make a Your Own Flower Bouquet using Bonbons Yarn!

May 28th, 2014

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During the summer months I prefer to work on smaller projects – something that I can complete in a day or so.

When I saw a crochet flower pattern on one of Lion Brand’s Pinterest boards, I knew it would be the perfect project for Bonbons. I decided on the “Nature” combination because of the variety of floral color combinations I could do with just one package.

Even though Bonbons are small skeins of yarn, they go a long way! As you can see I’ve finished a few and I still have some leftover for several more! Flowers are great for embellishing solid color cardigans, shawls, and scarves. Or even a bouquet or corsage for special occasions like weddings or proms.

For more fun projects with Bonbons, I’ve collected some of my favorite flowers patterns below:

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Knit Morning Glory Crochet Apple Blossom Knit Field Poppy
tradescantiasmall rosesmall lilysmall
Crochet Tradescantia Knit Rose Crochet Lily of the Valley

Check out even more flower patterns on Stitchfinder.


Celebrity Style: Anne Hathaway Rocks a Granny Square Sweater and You Can Too!

May 27th, 2014

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Anne Hathaway celeb style

See it … make it!

We spotted Anne Hathaway in this adorable granny square sweater and it reminded us of Lion Brand’s Granny Raglan Pullover pattern.

The Granny Raglan Pullover is crocheted using Vanna’s Choice® in the color Navy and Vanna’s Palettes in Charming.

Vanna’s Palettes are brand new here at Lion Brand. Each package contains 8 miniature skeins of yarn in colorways that are specifically designed to complement each other and a coordinating skein of Vanna’s Choice®. Look for more great patterns for this convenient new yarn on our website soon …

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See it … make it: Granny Raglan Pullover.

:: Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic. ::


8 Beautiful Patterns from Ravelry, Perfect for Weddings!

May 24th, 2014

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Wedding season is here and I know there are many brides-to-be, mothers, and friends searching for the perfect handmade pattern for the joyous occasion. How lovely it would be to have a handmade shawl or gift on that special wedding day; sure to become an heirloom piece, passed down from mother to daughter, and cherished for a lifetime.

I spent some time browsing wedding-related patterns on Ravelry and found these gorgeous patterns, all perfect for the big day. Couple them with Lion Brand’s “wedding appropriate” yarns, and just maybe you’ll have the perfect handmade wedding gift you’ve been looking for!

 Flying Home by Kat Coyle
Project by Ravelry User Lorix5
Knit Pattern: Flying Home by Kat Coyle
LB Collection Silk Mohair in Wisp
Morpho Shawlette by Cheri McEwen
Project by Ravelry User Paeonia
Crochet pattern: Morpho Shawlette by Cheri McEwan
LB Collection Silk Mohair in Wisp

 


Project by Ravelry User AngelSong76
Knit Pattern: Celtic Knot Stole by Sarah Kendrick Hughes
Vanna’s Glamour in Topaz
Siren Shrug
Project by Ravelry user BrotherLadies
Knit Pattern: Cashmere Bolero by Sharon Sorken
LB Collection Baby Alpaca in Fawn Heather
Vanna’s Glamour in Moonstone

 

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