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December’s Coziest Top 9 Patterns!

January 11th, 2016

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December saw a the beginning of a mild winter, but that didn’t stop you from seeking out projects to stay warm in!

The ever-popular Level 2 Easy Knit Cardigan topped the list with its wide size selection (5 sizes!) and easy-level pattern, available as a Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Brandagram.

We introduced Color Clouds! Looking to get those big, chunky stitches you’ve been seeing in fashion lately? This jumbo-weight yarn is the answer! Incorporate the trend into your winter wear with projects like the Devon Scarf or Cliff Rose Cowl.

Cuddle up quickly with fast afghan projects like the 5 1/2 Hour Afghans and Cromwell Court Afghan. Whether you’re using a super bulky-weight yarn or double-stranding, you’ll have a new home decor piece in little time!

See the full list of December’s top patterns below!:

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Level 2 Easy Knit Cardigan made with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® Crochet Canyon Shrug made with Heartland® Knit Cobble Hill Hat made with Color Clouds
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Crochet Cliff Rose Cowl made with Color Clouds Knit Devon Scarf made with Color Clouds Crochet 5 1/2 Hr Neutral Tones Afghan made with Hometown USA® and Homespun®
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Knit Cobble Hill Cowl made with Color Clouds Knit Cromwell Court Afghan made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® Crochet 5 1/2 Hour Throw made with Homespun®

Your Knit Style: Rockland Poncho made with Color Clouds

January 7th, 2016

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Just looking at the Rockland Poncho, one can’t help but think of fluffy clouds! And it’s no wonder … Knit with Color Clouds, a new and unique jumbo weight yarn, the Rockland Poncho is one of those garments that flatters any body type! Knit in one big piece, this Easy (Level 2) poncho is a fantastic project for the knitter who can comfortable knit and purl.

Did we mention it’s a fast knit too?

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Get the free pattern: Rockland Poncho
Get the yarn: Color Clouds

Your Knit Style: Deerfield V-Neck Pullover made with Vanna’s Complement®

January 3rd, 2016

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One of our newest patterns and already a popular favorite, you’ll look and feel your best in a loose-fitting Deerfield V-Neck Pullover – available to make in three sizes. Knit one for yourself in the New Year with Vanna’s Complement® in one of 16 bold colorways.

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Get the free pattern: Deerfield V-Neck Pullover
Get the yarn: Vanna’s Complement®

12 Ways to Add Rose Quartz & Serenity to Your Wardrobe – Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year!

December 31st, 2015

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For the the first time ever, Pantone has chosen TWO colors of the year: 2016 is the year of Rose Quartz and Serenity!

You’ll definitely be adding these colors to your wardrobe in the new year and lucky you, we’ve got you covered with several Lion Brand yarn selections: Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Glacier; Wool-Ease® in Seaspray; Heartland® in Denali; Vanna’s Choice® in Pink; Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Blossom.

Rose Quartz is a beautiful light pink and Serenity is a periwinkle blue. Both of these colors are gentle and calming but don’t be fooled into thinking these are just for babies! From the Pantone web site:

“As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

Alone or together, Rose Quartz and Serenity are great ways to add pops of color to any grown-up wardrobe. And, even though this combination is traditionally reserved for springtime, icy blue is a great way to create a modern look for winter!

Here are some patterns that you can make with these trendy new colors!

Knit My First Raglan Cardigan
made with Wool-Ease® in Seaspray
Crochet Easy Pocket Scarf made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Glacier and Fisherman Crochet Serene Shell
Made with LB  Collection® Cotton Bamboo in Hyacinth
Crochet Solitude Circle Scarfie
made with Heartland® in Denali
Knit Cabled Heart Boot Cuff made with Vanna’s Choice®
in Pink
Crochet Openwork Cowl
made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Blossom
Knit Dreamy Pastel Cowl
made with Amazing® in Pink Sands
Simple Crochet Shrug made with Homespun® in Delft Knit Two Stitch Cowl
Made with Amazing®  in Carnival
Crochet Metropolitan Ave Hat
made with Unique in Grape Vine
Crochet Fast and Easy Cowl made with Amazing® in Pink Sands Crochet Shades of Blue Scarf
Made with Tweed Stripes®  in Prism

9 Top Blogger Patterns of 2015!

December 30th, 2015

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We’ve said it before — we like how you use our yarn! This year saw an abundance of patterns from our blogger friends. They took our yarn, their imaginations, and created patterns we can’t wait to try and make again and again.

With the year coming to an end, we rounded up the top blogger patterns of 2015.

Thank you for thinking of Lion Brand® for your projects. We enjoy seeing how our yarn inspires others and look forward to sharing a lot more patterns from you in 2016!

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Crochet C2C Baby Sheep Graphghan by Repeat Crafter Me
Made with Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Granite Cape by All About Ami
Made with Heartland®
Crochet Sugar Cookie Scarf by Fiber Flux
Made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
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Crochet Southwest Tote by Mama in a Stitch
Made with Vanna’s Choice®
Knit Cables & Columns Blanket by Petals to Picots
Made with Jiffy®
Crochet Log Cabin Afghan by Moogly
Made with Textures®
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Crochet Fresh Produce Market Bag by Make and Takes
Made with Cotton-Ease®
Knit Gold Leaf Hat by Gina Michele
Made with Gold Leaf®
Knit Black & White Colorblock Infinity Scarf by Mama in a Stitch

Made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®