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Add Sparkle to Your Knit & Crochet Projects with Gold Leaf!

January 2nd, 2015

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Start off the New Year with some sparkly goodness! Gold Leaf® is a super bulky yarn that adds a metallic flair to your fast-finish projects. This wool blend is printed with gold or silver foil to create bold and elegant garments and accessories.

Gold Leaf® makes hats, scarves, sweaters and cowls shine! Accessories made with Gold Leaf® dress up any outfit!

Here are a few of our favorite knit and crochet patterns using this great new yarn:

Tricolor Knit Cowl Crochet All That Glitters Cowl Knit Glitter Cabled Hat
Knit Tricolor Cowl Crochet All That
Glitters Cowl
Knit Glitter Cabled
Hat
Open Knit Cardigan Knit Simple Sparkling hat Knit Rib Wrap Cowl
Open Knit Cardigan Knit Simple Sparkling Hat Knit Rib Wrap Cowl

Top 10 Most Popular Patterns from 2014!

December 31st, 2014

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As we wrap up 2014, we noticed this past year was the “year of the afghan” for crafters.  Whether it was knit or crochet, a lot of you found afghans to be the best project to satisfy your knitting or crochet urges. You preferred creative patterns like the Zig Zag Throw and Slip Stitch Afghan, as well touchable textures like the Classic Cable Throw and Animal Talk Throw.

Last year we made a yarn prediction that crafters would use more American-made yarns. True to our prediction, our most popular pattern for 2014 was the Flag Afghan made with our American-made yarn, Heartland!

Another big surprise was you still loved our District 12 Cowl Wrap, a pattern inspired by the Hunger Games movies, which was our most popular pattern from 2013.

Check out below for all of our popular patterns from 2014 to inspire you in the new year!

District 12 Cowl Wrap Knit Zig Zag Throw Knit Cromwell Court Afghan
Knit Disctrict 12 Cowl Wrap Knit Zig Zag Throw Knit Cromwell Court Afghan
Knit Slip Stitch Afghan Knit Classic Cable Throw Knit Striped Boyfriend Cardigan
Knit Slip Stitch Afghan Knit Classic Cable Throw Knit Striped Boyfriend Cardigan
Crochet Ripple Afghan Knit Simple Lace Shawl Knit Animal Talk Throw
Crochet Ripple Afghan Knit Simple Lace Shawl Knit Animal Talk Throw

Yarn is the Key to Friendship: The Concerto Cowl

December 28th, 2014

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This story is from our newsletter called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here.

“You don’t have to do everything yourself,” Tom said. “No one will mind if you buy a present, instead of making one.”

How could Lynn explain? There were some people she just needed to knit for. Like Beth, her BFF. They’d been together through violin lessons, music camps, statewide youth orchestra. They’d been music majors at the same college–and they’d been in each other’s weddings. That’s how close they were — like sisters. Lynn just couldn’t buy Beth a present. She deserved something lovingly handmade.

During the summer, Lynn had planned to knit Beth a vest. Then in September, she changed that to a scarf. Now Christmas was just weeks away, and she still hadn’t begun knitting. Where had time gone? Guilt was setting in, and with it, stress. Maybe she’d counted too much on Beth’s relaxed nature. Lynn knew that whatever she gave her, Beth would be fine with it. Their friendship wasn’t about stuff.

The next day Lynn visited her local craft store, wandering around, looking for inspiration. She passed the yarn — Heartland – on display, surrounded by swatches and samples . . . and stopped. She reached up and squeezed a skein. It was luxuriously soft. Heartland’s nuanced colors reminded her of Beth — elegant, luminous, subtle. Lynn placed two skeins in her basket.

She knew this was the beginning.

The beginning of what? Thank goodness for Lion Brand’s Patternfinder! Smartphone in hand, Lynn used the Lion Brand app to search for patterns. There were more than a hundred for Heartland. Then she saw the Concerto Cowl, a composition in exactly the yarn colors — ebony and ivory, like printed music — she’d just pulled off the shelf.

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Tom, coming into the living room, saw her curled on the sofa, knitting away.

“So you found something to make for Beth?”

“Definitely,” Lynn replied. “Except it was actually the other way around — I think this project found me.”

It was the first of many Concerto Cowls she’d knit — including one for herself. Quick to complete, and stunning in a variety of color combinations, the classic pattern was, like a beautiful piece of music, something she’d always love to replay.

All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

A story by Selma Moss-Ward.

Selma Moss-Ward writes and knits in Rhode Island. You can find her work on our blog, as well as Lion Brand’s monthly newsletter, Pattern Journal, which you can subscribe to here.


Be Eco-Conscious with our Newest Faux Fur Yarn, Pelt

December 21st, 2014

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Pelt is our newest faux fur yarn and it’s made in natural and dyed shades – great for fashion-forward accessories and garments.  For people who love our Fun Fur®, but prefer a yarn that is a bit more glamorous, Pelt is the yarn for you!

It’s the perfect yarn to use if you like the look and feel of real fur, but want to be eco-conscious. You can make textured projects like the Simple Hat, or you can use it as trim for items like the Color Pop Felted Crochet Stocking and the Bristol Bay Hat.

Below, I’ve put together a collection of our favorite patterns that use Pelt – enjoy!

Knit Bristol Bay Hat Crochet Foxy Wristers Knit Dinner in Aspen Scarf Crochet Foxy Buttoned Neckwarmer
Knit Bristol Bay Hat Crochet Foxy Wristers Knit Dinner in Aspen Crochet Foxy Buttoned Neckwarmer
Color Pop Felted Crochet Stocking Knit Winter's Tale Poncho Crochet Fabulous Fur  Scarf Knit Simple Hat
Color Pop Felted Crochet Stocking Knit Winter’s Tale Poncho Crochet Fabulous Fur Scarf Knit Simple Hat

For more patterns using Pelt click here.


Spotlight: 6 Crochet Projects from Bloggers Featuring Heartland Yarn

December 18th, 2014

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Blogger Heartland Roundup

Today, I’m excited to share 6 awesome crochet patterns from some wonderfully talented bloggers and designers. Some of you may be familiar with the works of these bloggers already, and if not – be sure to browse through and check out each site; I’m sure you’ll find something that piques your interest! All of the links below feature projects from crafters who made items with our yarn of the month, Heartland (which is now 20% off).

(Top left to right)

  1. Baby Elephant Hat (Katmai and Olympic Blue) by: Repeat Crafter Me
  2. Cabled Beanie (Grand Canyon) by: All About Ami
  3. Tunisian Crochet Cowl (Acadia and Yosemite) by: Rescued Paw
  4. Fairy Tale Poncho (Redwood) by: Moogly
  5. Gold Leaf Infinity Scarf (Shenandoah) by: Fiber Flux
  6. Braided and Broken Wrap (Yellowstone) by: Cre8tion Crochet

Dress with a Smile For Annie! 8 Cute Patterns for your Favorite Little Girl

December 17th, 2014

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The newest rendition of Annie comes out in theaters this Friday. Whether you grew up with the film or plan to see it for the first time – it’s a great movie to inspire little girls to believe in themselves.

One of my favorite songs from Annie is “You Are Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile,” so in honor of my favorite song, here are a 8 patterns to inspire you to knit or crochet for your favorite little girl.

Crochet Next Generation Dress Little Sweetheart Bolero Crochet Blooming Cap and Mitts Knit Fresh Picked Color 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan
Crochet Next Generation Dress Knit Little Sweetheart Bolero Crochet Blooming Cap and Mitts Knit Fresh Picked Color 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan
Knit Colorful Cardigan and Hat Crochet Headwrap with Bow Knit Sassy Stripe Leg Warmer Trio Crochet Country Cute Cardi
Knit Colorful Cardigan and Hat Crochet Headwrap with Bow Knit Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio Crochet Country Cardi

9 Knit and Crochet Patterns to Celebrate the Release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

December 16th, 2014

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes out tomorrow, December 17th, marking the last installment of a long-loved trilogy.  The Hobbit features magical creatures – elves, dwarfs, dragons, oh my! – stunning landscapes, and epic battles.

Will you join Bilbo, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, and Thorin (phew!) on the final leg of their journey as they battle Smaug for Middle Earth? If so, you may want to add a little something to your wardrobe to get in the mood …

If you’re feeling inspired to take a trip to the Misty Mountains of Middle Earth, here are nine knit and crochet patterns for you!

Bofur Hat gimli helmet gandalf beard
Knit The Hobbit: Bofur’s Hat
made with Vanna’s Choice® and Homespun®
Crochet Gimli Inspired Helmet made with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Glamour® Knit Jordanna’s Beard pattern
Made with Wool-Ease®
by Ravelry user melissalm
hippie chic crocheted wristers
Knit Pippin’s Scarf
made with Wool-Ease® by Ravelry user SuzieBlue
Crochet Hippie Chic Vest made with Fun Fur® Easy Crocheted Wristers
made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Merino
cable luxe cable vest tall trees
Knit Cable Luxe Tunic
made with Wool-Ease®
Knit Cabled Teal Vest made with LB Collection® Organic Wool Knit Tall Trees Tunic
Made with Fisherman’s Wool

10 Most Popular Knit and Crochet Patterns of November!

December 15th, 2014

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This past November, knitters and crocheters alike were deep in gift-making mode. Some of the most popular patterns focused on simple silhouettes like the Canyon Shrug and the Emily Bronte Topper. And whether it was a cat and mouse, reindeer or penguin, novelty mittens were also must-have addition to the project list.

It appears that colder weather was also on the minds of many – the Essential Fall Pullover, made with Heartland, took the lead as the most popular pattern to knit for November! Super-bulky yarns like Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Homespun® Thick&Quick® were also popular, likely because they work up quickly and will bring you closer to finishing your gift list for friends and family faster.

Here is a collection of popular Lion Brand patterns that inspired crafters in the month of November:
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20 Projects Featuring Heartland, December’s Yarn of the Month!

December 11th, 2014

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As you can probably tell by the name, Heartland is inspired by prominent American landmarks and landscapes — Kings Canyon, Mammoth Cave, Glacier Bay, and Shenandoah to name a few. Composed of deep heathered and even tweed shades, I often refer to them as jewel-like because of the yarn’s vibrant colors. It is an easy-care yarn perfect for garments, afghans and accessories for kids and adults – best of all Heartland is made in the USA!

Even better, from now until the end of December, Heartland is 20% off!

There are many wonderful patterns that use this yarn — and many are just perfect for the holiday season.

Below you’ll find a lookbook of our favorites. Want more? Visit lionbrand.com.


Crochet A Quick Hooded Cowl: a #Scarfie Pattern by Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me

December 9th, 2014

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#Scarfie = A selfie with a scarf

This great #scarfie project comes from Sarah, the creative mind behind the blog, Repeat Crafter Me. So cozy for this time of year, Sarah’s Crochet Hooded Cowl works up fast with 3 balls of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, and the toddler version only requires 2. This project is quite easy to crochet and assemble, and Sarah has even included some lovely pictures to help you visualize the process!

Make matching sets for you and your little one with Sarah’s awesome patterns: Crochet Hooded Cowl

Repeat Crafter Me Scarfie Blog

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