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9 Knit & Crochet Patterns Inspired by Mad Men

March 8th, 2015

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It’s hard to believe that AMC’s Mad Men has been on the air for over seven years, and it’s even harder to believe that our final hours with Sterling Cooper & Partners are almost here. The second half of Mad Men’s final season begins on April 5th! The show has followed Don Draper, his colleagues, and family through the 1960s and there are only seven episodes left.

Costume designer Janie Bryant’s work has brought back mid-century styles, including a line at Banana Republic, and an official suit at Brooks Brothers.

To mark the occasion, I’ve put together a few patterns for the modern Joan, Peggy, and Betty in all of us!

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Knit Simple Hat Knit Cozy Collared Cardi Knit Necktie
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Crochet Sparkle Slipon Crochet Inside Out Circles Top Crochet Lacy Poncho
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Knit My First Raglan Cardigan Crochet Classic Sleeveless Top  Crochet Tivoli Beret

 


Learn How to Knit an Easy Lace Stitch with Staci from Very Pink Knits!

March 6th, 2015

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Have you ever checked out the Stitch Finder section of our website? Our Stitch Finder has a vast amount of knit and crochet stitch techniques, which are great starting points for larger projects like afghans or scarves. Different stitch techniques that can be applied to projects include ripples, cables, lace patterns, flower motifs, and more. The Stitch Finder is like a treasure trove of fun little designs, and today, we’ve got an awesome video from Very Pink Knits, which guides you through the Knit Lace Stitch.

Staci walks you through the Knit Lace Stitch pattern in 4 LB Collection® yarns: Baby Alpaca, Silk, Cashmere, and Superwash Merino. And, we’re also happy to share this video with you today because when you spend $35 or more on yarns from the exclusive line, you get free shipping!

Take a look at the video below, and we hope you enjoy learning a new stitch.


Check Out Our Most Popular Patterns from February!

March 4th, 2015

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Knitters and crocheters love the trend of using simple shapes to create stunning garments.  For instance, did you know that the Tribeca Tunic, Rainbow Squares Afghan, and the Easy Sparkling Top are based on simple rectangles and squares?

And proving further that the combination of simple and stunning is a winner, the Simple Crochet Shrug continues to be a popular pattern; it was our most popular pattern in January too!

Even the Cromwell Court Afghan and the 5 1/2 Hour Throw use a repetitive pattern – perfect projects for  watching season three of House of Cards.

Here is a selection of popular patterns from last month:

Psy and Thai's Kitty Cozy Knit Tribeca Tunic Neck's Best Thing Triangle Shawl
Crochet Psy and Thai’s Kitty Cozy Knit Tribeca Tunic Crochet Neck’s Best Thing Shawl
Knit Tree of Life Afghan Crochet Rainbow Squares Afghan Knit Cromwell Court Afghan
Knit Tree of Life Afghan Crochet Rainbow Squares Afghan Knit Cromwell Court Afghan
Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Throw Knit Easy Rectangle Cardigan and Cowl Crochet Easy Sparkling Top
Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Throw Knit Easy Rectangle and Cowl Crochet Easy Sparkling Top

What have you been making this past month? Share with use below.


Step Into Spring With These 12 Easter Patterns!

March 3rd, 2015

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Despite the snow and cold, Easter is only a month away – which means that spring is almost here! So instead of spring cleaning, how about knitting a Bunny Hoodie to get you in a spring mood! Or our new and already popular Blooming Teapot Cozy will keep your tea warm as you watch your garden grow.

And back by popular demand, we’re re-introducing the Bunny Lovie – the perfect gift for newborns celebrating their first Easter!

And just in case it snows in April (ugh!), plan for an indoor egg hunt with these darling yarn-wrapped eggs.

Check out our favorite spring-spirations below! What are you waiting for? Hop to it!

Crochet Bunny Lovie Craft Easter Basket Loom Woven Bunny Knit Blooming Teapot Cozy
*NEW* Crochet Bunny Lovie *NEW* Craft Easter Basket Loom Woven Bunny *NEW* Knit Blooming Teapot Cozy
Crochet Cute Cabled Lamb Crochet Bella the Bunny Knit Bunny Dog Costume Crochet Easter Basket
Knit Cute Cabled Lamb Bella the Bunny Knit Bunny Dog Costume Crochet Easter Basket
Crochet Weed Rabbit Egg Cozy Knit Bunny Hoodie Crochet Hippity Hop Blankie Knit Bunny Hat and Booties
Crochet Wee Rabbit Egg Cozy Knit Bunny Hoodie *NEW* Crochet Hippity Hop Blankie Knit Bunny Hat and Booties

For more easter patterns simply type “Easter” in our Patternfinder for more great ideas!


Landscapes is 20% off for the the entire month of March!

March 2nd, 2015

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Landscapes® is a premium acrylic, single-ply roving yarn with a satiny feel. With its beautiful colorways, you’ll create stunning garments and accessories that make simple stitches look like art. Make beautiful stripes as seen in the Rib and Shells Shrug or colorful textures like in the Jewel Box Pullover.

The best part is from now until the end of March, Landscapes® is 20% off the original price!

Browse through our lookbook below to see the how this yarn really takes the idea of color-changing to a whole new level.


8 Knit & Crochet Patterns To Celebrate the Season Finale of Downton Abbey!

March 1st, 2015

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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:

Embellished Beanie Cable Vest Textured Raglan Jacket Shaped Cable Top
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!
Vegan Fur Poncho cloche Knit Vintage Glam Turban  
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.

Yolanda Soto-Lopez Shows You How to Crochet an Adorable Baby Vest with Just One Skein of Ice Cream!

February 27th, 2015

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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.

Check out the video below to watch and learn how to crochet the One Skein Wonder Vest with crochet maven Yolanda Soto-Lopez from the All Crafts Channel on YouTube!

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Our secret is out! These 70 new patterns are based on simple rectangles!

February 26th, 2015

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Lion Brand® attends The Craft & Hobby Association Conference and Tradeshow every year and a highlight of the event is our fashion show, hosted by Lion Brand spokesperson Vanna White and Lion Brand Creative Director Adina Klein. Based on five simple categories, we’re excited to present our latest collection of over 70 new patterns in the yarns you love – Modern Baby®, Unique, Homespun®, Heartland®, Amazing®, Landscapes®, Heartland Thick & Quick®, Hometown USA®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Wool-Ease®, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Vanna’s Choice®, and Vanna’s Glamour®.

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!


6 Easy Homespun Projects Designed by Bloggers and Ravelry Users

February 25th, 2015

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We’re celebrating Homespun®! As our yarn of the month, it’s currently on sale for 20% off at lionbrand.com!

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!

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(Knit) DIY Pompm Beanie
Homespun: Painted Desert
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Homespun: Shaker
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Arm Knit Blanket
Homespun: Pearls
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Waffle Scarf
Homespun: Edwardian
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Granny Square Blanket
Homespun: Pearls, Shaker, Barley
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Purple Zig Zag Cowl
Homespun: Purple Haze, Mixed Berries

Share with us, what patterns do you like to knit or crochet with Homespun?


Crochet a Chelsea Morning Cowl in two movies or less!

February 24th, 2015

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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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