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Your First Sweater: The Reading Room Cardigan

September 28th, 2015

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Two stitches, one piece — that’s the Reading Room Cardigan in a nutshell! This cardigan knits up easily and in little time thanks to Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®. With a brilliant variety of solids, heathers, and tweeds to choose from, this yarn is a go-to for sweater weather.

Design Editor Susan Haviland walks Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal through the simplicity of this pattern. Check out the video below and see just how easy it is to make this cardigan!

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


Knit Reading Room Cardigan made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Click for the FREE pattern.

9 Pumpkin Patterns to Make This Weekend!

September 26th, 2015

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9 Pumpkin Patterns to Make This Weekend!
Fall is here and one color reigns supreme — the warm orange of pumpkins! Between the burnt reds and golden yellows of the leaves, the color of pumpkins always gets us in a fall mood. We’re already preparing our treks to the pumpkin patch and apple orchards to stock up on a plentiful harvest!

Whether you like pumpkins in your pies or your morning lattes, these quick and easy patterns are sure to brighten your breezy fall days!

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Crochet Pumpkin Pie Brooch made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Jack-O-Lantern Dog Sweater made with Hometown USA® Crochet Pumpkin Patch Hoodie paid pattern by The Hat & I* made with Vanna’s Choice®
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Knit Pumpkin Patch Sock by Maggie van der Stok* Make it with Sock-Ease Crochet Pumpkin Hat by Bowties Fezzes* made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Amigurumi Happy Pumpkin made with Vanna’s Choice® Baby
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Crochet Pumpkin Pie Bunting by Repeat Crafter Me* made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Cornucopia made with Wool-Ease® Crochet Pumpkin Headband by Tanya Bernard* made with Vanna’s Choice®

*Please note, this is not a Lion Brand pattern.

7 New Additions to our Curvy Girl Collection!

September 25th, 2015

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7 New Additions to our Curvy Girl Collection!
Back in May, we launched a collection of patterns tailored just for Curvy Girls. The response was overwhelming — so many of our fans loved seeing beautiful new patterns in a wide range of sizes!

We’re happy to add seven new patterns — three crochet, four knit — to this collection. We’ve also adapted a few of the patterns from our debut collection. Loved the knit Cabled Cardigan from last time? It’s now available as a crochet pattern!

Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal shares more on the expansion of the collection — check out the video below!

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


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Crochet Curvy Girl Openwork Top Down Pullover made with Vanna’s Glamour® Crochet Curvy Girl Cabled Cardigan made with Heartland® Crochet Curvy Girl Two-Tone Vest made with LB Collection® Superwash Merino and LB Collection® Silk Mohair
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Knit Curvy Girl Cowl Neck Tunic made with Heartland® Knit Curvy Girl Urban Color Vest made with LB Collection® Superwash Merino and LB Collection® Silk Mohair Knit Curvy Girl Subtle Texture Cardigan made with Vanna’s Glamour® and Modern Baby®
Knit Curvy Girl Drop Stitch Pullover made with Vanna’s Glamour®

Stay tuned for more on the inspiration and design process of these new patterns!

We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Sugar Skull Hat made with Vanna’s Choice

September 20th, 2015

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Get into the Halloween spirit early with this Sugar Skull Hat!

Designed by Kristy Glass, this beanie is inspired by decorative sugar skulls used in Day of the Dead celebrations. Make it with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Glamour®!


:: Get the paid pattern on Ravelry – click here ::

Feeling spooky? Here are three more skull-themed patterns!

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Knit Croak Skull Illusion Scarf made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Halloween Skull Ornament made with Wool-Ease® Knit Jolly Roger Wrap made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

6 New Knit & Crochet Patterns Just For Dogs!

September 17th, 2015

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6 Knit & Crochet Patterns Just For Dogs
The kids are off at school, you’ve finished up that shawl for fall, now what? If you’re not too busy making toys and beds for your feline friends, consider something for your dog!

We love dogs here at Lion Brand® — sometimes we even bring them to work! We’ve also shared how knitting and crocheting for animals can be therapeutic for you.

Make walks with your dog all the more special this season with a new sweater. We’re especially big fans of the patterns made with Scarfie — it’s easy to make a matching scarf for yourself!

If you’ve never tried amigurumi, both the Red Hook Cheeseburger and Coney Island Franks are great introductions to 3D crocheting. Dress up either with your favorite “toppings” for a unique twist.

Check out our latest patterns for dogs below!:

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Knit Clifford Dog Sweater made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Marley Dog Sweater made with Hometown USA® Knit Hunter’s Urban Dog Sweater made with Scarfie
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Crochet Coney Island Frank Dog Toy made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Asta Dog Sweater made with Scarfie Crochet Red Hook Cheeseburger Dog Toy made with Vanna’s Choice®

Have you knit or crocheted for your pet? Let us know what you’re working on in the comments!