Lion Brand Notebook

News, Ideas and Information for Crafting with Yarn

Image frame

Archive for the 'Pattern Recommendations' Category

We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Stashbusting Stockings by Kristy Glass!

November 10th, 2015

Pin It

Deck the halls with a whimsical twist when you make these Christmas stockings by Kristy Glass!


Kristy dug into her yarn stash for some Vanna’s Glamour®, Hometown USA®, Woolspun®, and Vanna’s Choice® to make these chunky stockings. They’re a great stashbuster project, and you can make a unique one for every member of your family!


:: Chunky Stockings by Kristy Glass – Click here to get the pattern! ::


Get On Board With This Trend: Fringed Wraps & Ponchos!

November 9th, 2015

Pin It

Ask your resident Instagram-loving Tweeter — fringe and ponchos are in. Gone is the idea of a poncho being just a toss-on-and-go garment. Now, you can dress it up with a belt, experiment with plaids and tweeds, or choose one with long fringe. Wear them with boots (make matching boot cuffs!) or dress it up with heels. It’s a new must-have for cold weather fashion, and an accessory that’s sure to get more use than traditional cardigans.

Not sure what to get the girl that has plenty of knit hats and scarves? Consider a wrap or poncho, fringed or not, for her to accessorize. The good news is that this new trend extends beyond young women and is versatile for women of all ages. Use neutral tones for the more fashion-forward type, or play up a bright color palette with stripes or different stitches.

If a pattern doesn’t call for fringe, but you’d like to add it, we’ve got a tutorial for how to make and attach fringe.

Find some of our favorite poncho and wrap patterns below:

cabledrectangles petrona loomknit
Knit Cabled Rectangles Poncho made with Zaps Crochet Petrona Poncho made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Loom Knit Fringed Poncho made with Vanna’s Choice®
tribeca woodbridge beach_cape
Knit Tribeca Poncho made with Hometown USA® Crochet Woodbridge Poncho made with Homespun® Crochet Beach Cape by Two of Wands* made with Cotton-Ease®
swoncho sporty_poncho penelope
Crochet Sassy Swoncho by Silly Stitches* made with Wool-Ease® Chunky Crochet Sporty Poncho by Pardon My Chaos* made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Penelope Poncho made with Country®

*Please note, this is not a Lion Brand Pattern

9 Top Knit & Crochet Patterns You Loved in October!

November 8th, 2015

Pin It

October’s top pattern searches were all about looking for cozy ways to wrap up. Stay on trend and warm with patterns for the Petrona Poncho, the Canyon Shrug, and the Free Spirit Topper — your choice for the Fall Knit Along!

Two of October’s Featured Yarns, Wool-Ease® and Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® made a comeback, ushering in the season with warm knits. The Ladylike Pullover and Striped Boyfriend Cardigan were popular patterns for those planning out winter WIPs.

In conjunction with the release of our book, Healing Shawls, the stunning Striated Triangles Shawl was a top pick for shawl patterns. This hexagonal shaped shawl shows off the brilliant colors of self-striping Landscapes®.

Check out October’s top 9 patterns below:

ladylike autumnleaves petrona
Crochet Ladylike Pullover made with Wool-Ease® Knit Autumn Leaves Afghan made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Crochet Petrona Poncho made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
free_spirit newfield triangles
Knit Free Spirit Topper made with Scarfie Crochet Newfield Afghan made with Hometown USA® Crochet Striated Triangles Shawl made with Landscapes®
statement canyon stripedbg
Knit Statement Scarf made with Wool-Ease® Crochet Canyon Shrug made with Heartland® Knit Striped Boyfriend Cardigan made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

Curvy Girl Closer Look: Subtle Texture Cardigan

November 7th, 2015

Pin It

Think you can only use Modern Baby yarn for baby items? Think again! Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal shares her thoughts on this multi-colored cardigan:

The Subtle Texture Cardigan was fun to design. We took two very different yarns: Modern Baby and Vanna’s Glamour®, knit them together, and gave the sweater some pizzazz! That’s one of the things we wanted to encourage in designing this piece: get creative with choosing different yarns that you wouldn’t normally put together.  For the photoshoot, I wore it with jeans, but you could fancy it up with nice pants, or even a dress!

See the Subtle Texture Cardigan in action in the video below!:

:: Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch – ::

Knit Subtle Texture Cardigan made with Vanna’s Glamour® and Modern Baby

9 Holiday Patterns to Work On Now (When You’re Not Making Your Gifts!)

November 5th, 2015

Pin It

It’s that time again — time to hide your works in progress from the people that will receive them this holiday season!

Can’t stand the thought of taking a break from crocheting or knitting? Consider taking up a holiday home decor project! Tree skirts, decorative afghans for the couch, and even a sweet sweater for your dog are just some of the ways to branch out beyond your typical holiday crafts.

Below, find some of Lion Brand’s most popular holiday-themed patterns. Go ahead, deck the halls!

treebag frosty dogsweater
Knit Holiday Tree Gift Bag made with Vanna’s Choice® and Bonbons® Crochet Frosty Treat Jar made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit The Celebrator Dog Sweater made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Fun Fur®
penguin_ami snowman rainbow
Crochet Amigurumi Holiday Penguin made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Amigurumi Snowman made with Wool-Ease® Knit Rainbow Tree Throw made with Vanna’s Choice®, Landscapes®, and Vanna’s Glamour®
penguin_afghan wreath treeskirt
Crochet Holiday Penguin Afghan made with Hometown USA® and Fun Fur Knit Winter Wreath made with Heartland® and Bonbons® Crochet Candy Cane Tree Skirt made with Hometown USA®