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Craft Through the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – Next Stop: Stripes & Chevrons

March 26th, 2014

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Earlier this year Lion Brand unveiled The 7 Wonders of The World – a series of sculptures designed by fiber artist Nathan Vincent. Not only did each sculpture represent one of the 7 Wonders in yarn techniques, but we presented a fashion show where each technique was reflected in a variety of fashions. In the last post in this series we visited texture and it’s importance to knitting, crochet, and felting. Today we present part two: “Stripes & Chevrons.”

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Nathan Vincent’s sculpture of Mayan Ruins; model wearing Crochet Flame Stitch Coat

The Mayan Ruins is our second Wonder of the Yarn World. Chosen to represent bold colors and the spirit of adventure, you’ll find that the patterns associated with this line are fun and perhaps even a little rebellious. Our Creative Director Adina Klein calls this line, “chevrons gone wild!”

With distinct colorways, vertical chevrons and magnificent mash-ups (“coatigan” anyone) – these pieces are well-suited to the yarncrafter who’s looking to spin that afghan on its head and try something new. The yarns featured include HomespunHomespun® Thick & Quick®, Vanna’s Glamour®, Heartland and our newest super bulky yarn, Heartland Thick & Quick®.

Below we’ve chosen several of the striking designs from the stripes and chevrons collection from our fashion show. In the coming weeks we’ll continue featuring the rest of the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World — from lace to granny squares to modern color work, you’re sure to find inspiration in this amazing collection.

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Drawstring Slouch Hat*
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Knit Zig Zag Dress
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Ripple Afghan
Crochet Greenpoint Grunge Cap
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Lace Edged Poncho*
Crochet Sunset Stripe Hat
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Radiant Ripple Poncho
Crochet Zigzag Hat
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Chevron Afghan

* pattern coming soon

 


Welcome Spring with 9 Patterns in Cotton Bamboo

March 21st, 2014

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I’m thinking about Spring, even as winter continues to dig its claws into us here in New York City.  It’s still light out when we leave work, which is at least one sign that the rest will surely follow.

This spring, not only can you keep knitting and crocheting seasonally appropriate garments and gifts, but you can also help support a great cause.  For the months of March and April, we will donate 10% of the proceeds of all LB Collection yarns to Krochet Kids International.  If you’re not familiar with their incredible work, empowering women to help them escape the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families, you can read about it on their site or here in this blog.

We’ve selected 9 of our most popular Cotton Bamboo patterns to inspire you to start dreaming of and working toward your spring wardrobe and spring gifts.  Plan for Mother’s Day, graduations, anniversaries and new baby gifts with this selection of knit and crochet patterns and help make a difference with your purchase of LB Collection, Cotton Bamboo yarn.

Knit Spring Ruana Crochet Everyday Cardi Knit Tiger Lily Tank
Knit Spring Ruana Crochet Everyday Cardi Knit Tiger Lily Tank
Cheerful Squares Baby Throw Feather and Fan Baby Sweater Crochet Knotted Headband
Crochet Cheerful Baby Squares Throw Knit Feather and Fan Baby Sweater Crochet Knotted Headband
Knit Sunshine Shawlette Solid Shell Crochet Jewelry Frame Knit Spring Essential Top
Knit Sunshine Shawlette Solid Crochet Jewelry Frame Knit Spring Essential Top

Knitted Toys: A Caterpillar Emerges

March 16th, 2014

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Writer and avid knitter Selma Moss-Ward joins us for a series of blog posts about becoming a first-time grandmother and knitting toys. Click here to read her previous blog posts.

I enjoy knitting toys more than most other projects I undertake, because they’re easy and fun to make. There aren’t concerns with gauge or fit, as with a garment, and if a toy doesn’t turn out looking exactly like the photo on the instructions, it seems individualized and special, rather than flawed.

This is to say I loved making the “Cuddly Caterpillar” from Lion Brand’s vast pattern database.  It’s great for any beginner just starting out or an experienced knitter like myself.

Vanna’s Choice,” the  specified yarn, knits into a smooth, slightly glossy fabric, and, being washable and firm, withstands the rigors of playtime.  It’s also non-allergenic and moth-proof .  As with the other Lion Brand toys I’ve blogged about—William the Hedgehog and Leo the Lion—there’s plenty of yarn left over for another caterpillar…or two!

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6 Mathematical Patterns for Pi Day!

March 14th, 2014

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As crafters we have a secret relationship with math — whether you realize it or not! You keep count of your rows, use numerical sequences to determine patterns, and you read a knit and/or crochet pattern code as good as any web designer reads html.

In honor of Pi Day, the day we irrationally celebrate this irrational number, I’ve collected our favorite mathematically themed patterns:

Hyperbolic Crochet Geek Mittens Knit Pi Socks
Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Motifs (Inspired by hyperbolic curves) Knit Geek Mittens (For those who love opensource software.) Knit Pi Socks (Uses irrational number to dictate the striped pattern.)
Escher Seahorse Afghan Anamorphic Fibs Knit Pythagorean Triangles Hat
Knit Escher Seahorse Afghan (Inspired by Escher’s tessellations.) Knit Anamorphosic Fibs (Socks knitted in a Fibonacci sequence) Knit Pythagorean Triangles Hat (A hat made up of Pythagorean right triangles, right down to the decreases.)

*Note: Some of these patterns require a Ravelry account. Make sure you are signed up or create a free account to access.

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Top 10 Most Popular Patterns from February

March 12th, 2014

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We must be feeling extra patriotic these days because the most popular pattern of the month is this beautiful crochet Flag Afghan:

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Made with Heartland, one of Lion Brand’s most popular lines, this made-in-America yarn is easy to care for, making it perfect for garments, afghans and accessories. It’s also machine washable and dryable!

Below are some of the other popular designs this month. With three market bags in the mix, it’s fair to say that people are excited about getting out to open-air farmer’s markets again (I know I am!) and the crochet Scalloped Cowl is right on-trend for spring!

Crochet Simple Shrug Knit Basketweave Baby Blanket Crochet Grand Blossoms Scarf
Crochet Simple Shrug in Homespun® Craft Soft Blue Pom-Pom Rug in Wool-Ease®
and Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Shaded Ripple Afghan in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Crochet Market Bag Crochet Hexagon Market Bag Knit Braided Headband
Crochet Market Bag in Cotton-Ease® Crochet Hexagon Market Bag in Kitchen Cotton Knit Braided Headband in Microspun
Crochet Skipping Stone Tote Crochet Scalloped Cowl Crochet Lacy Scarf
Crochet Skipping Stone Tote in Vanna’s Colors Crochet Scalloped Cowl in Jiffy® Crochet Lacy Scarf  in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

One Baby Blanket Made 3 Different Ways!

March 10th, 2014

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My mother is a nurse in the neonatal department at a hospital in Boston, and is reknowned for knitting and crocheting gifts for her newborn patients. Like my mother, I have inherited her desire to craft whenever someone I know is expecting a bundle of joy. My go-to pattern is the Hooded Baby Blanket made with Pound of Love® yarn. The popcorn stitch pattern makes it very simple to make, but still incredibly detailed.

Plus, I love using this yarn because the name sounds like you are literally infusing love into your future project. Here are three versions that I’d like to share with you today:

A charity item for a local drive that collected handmade
items to send to those affected by the tsunami
in Japan in 2011. To keep it simple, I removed the hood.
(Plush toy was not included)
Charity blanket
Her father is a big fan of the Superman franchise,
so I chose the superhero’s iconic logo to put on the back.
Trimmed with Baby’s First in Twinkle Toes, and the logo
was a combination of Baby’s Wool in Sunflower and
Vanna’s Choice in Scarlet.
Super Baby
A good friend of mine recently had a baby boy
and wanted something playful he could grow into.
I decided to make it look like a dragon pelt,
making the blue scales out of Baby’s First in Bluebell.
Dragon Pelt

What’s your favorite baby item to make? Share with us below!


6 Patterns for St. Paddy’s Day!

March 7th, 2014

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There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were.

You probably know that St. Patrick is revered as the patron saint of Ireland and that on March 17th every year many folks celebrate his life and Irish culture in general. But do you know why?

via Spoonful:

Born in Britain during the 4th century, St. Patrick was kidnapped and enslaved by Irish raiders when he was a teenager. Although he was able to escape after six years and become a priest in Britain, he later chose to return to Ireland as a missionary, in order to help spread the teachings of Christianity to pagans. According to Irish folklore, he also used a shamrock to explain the Christian concept of Trinity to the Irish. In spite of continuous opposition from pagan leaders, he continued to evangelize for thirty years while baptizing newly converted Christians and establishing monasteries, churches, and schools. He died on March 17th and was canonized by the local church.

While some folks still celebrate March 17th as a religious holiday, these days St. Patrick’s Day is more often a celebration of Irish culture in general.

With that in mind, here are several St. Patrick’s day patterns to help you get the festivities started and …

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Top Of The Morning Hat

A brand new pattern, this fun and festive Top of the Morning Hat is crocheted with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Grass and Vanna’s Glamour in Onyx and Gold.

Lucky Shamrock Scarf

Another brand new pattern, crochet this easy Lucky Shamrock Scarf in no time — made in Hometown USA in the colors Green Bay and Oklahoma City Green.

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Shamrock Pin

You don’t need any knitting or crochet experience to craft this fun and festive Shamrock Pin, made with Vanna’s Choice yarn in Kelly Green and Fern. Just one skein will outfit a whole group of little leprechauns!

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Celebrating Craft Month with 9 Inspirational Projects from the Lion Brand Customer Gallery!

March 2nd, 2014

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In honor of National Craft Month, we’re sharing several truly awe-inspiring projects from our Customer Gallery–perhaps one was even made by you! The following customer creations will have your imagination running wild about your next project (after you’ve finished your current one of course).

Panda Sweater- (VC) Tea in the Parlor Shawl (HS) district 12 - crochet (WETQ)
Panda Sweater
Made by – Shireen Mills
Yarn – Vanna’s Choice®
Pattern – Original
Tea in the Parlor Shawl
Made by – Veronica Barrera
Yarn – Homespun®
Thick & Quick®

Pattern – Tea in the Parlor
District 12 Inspired Cowl Made by – Christina Self
Yarn – Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Pattern – District 12 Cowl Wrap (crochet)
embellished beanie (HS) Edward Gorey gloves (WETQ) entrelac baby blanket
Embellished Beanie
Made by – Alexandra Richards
Yarn – Homespun®
Pattern – Embellished Beanie
Edward Gorey Gloves
Made by – Carrie Martin
Yarn – Wool-Ease®
Pattern – Original
Entrelac Baby Blanket
Made by – Cynthia Deermount
Yarn – Vanna’s Choice®
Pattern – Tumbling Blocks Blanket
crochet ripple afghan - VC Covetable Cable -(VC) baby blanket-BF
Crochet Ripple Afghan
Made by – R.R. Morin
Yarn – Vanna’s Choice®
Pattern – Updated Ripple Afghan
Covetable Cable Scarf
Made by – Gina Baronian-Moore
Yarn – Vanna’s Choice®
Pattern – Covetable Cable Scarf
Lovey
Made by – L Linda
Yarn – Baby’s First®
Pattern – Bunny Blanket Buddy

Have you recently made a project using Lion Brand yarns? Please share with us in the Customer Gallery!


Craft Through the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – First Stop: Textures

February 26th, 2014

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Nathan Vincent’s sculpture of Stonehenge; model wearing Knit Modern Varsity Jacket

Every year, Lion Brand presents an exciting booth display and fashion show at the Craft and Hobby Association Convention in Anaheim California. Past booths have included a Viennese table filled with yarn crafted cakes, cookies and other deserts and a menagerie of giant animal sculptures created with yarn.

Last month, we ramped up the excitement with the 7 Wonders of The World sculptures which were designed by fiber artist Nathan Vincent. Not only did each sculpture represent one of the 7 Wonders in yarn techniques, but we presented a fashion show where each technique was reflected in a variety of fashions.  Vanna White was there to emcee the show and all of the patterns we presented are now available on our website.

Our first highlighted wonder of the world is Stonehenge, which was designed to reflect texture and it’s importance to knitting and crochet design, including felting.  There was even life-like looking moss around the base of the monument.

One of the best things about knitting and crocheting your own garments is the rich texture you can achieve by using yarns that are super bulky, sparkly, or furry.  You’ll find that exceptional look in the yarns that these fashions were made of including Imagine, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Vanna’s Glamour®, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Romance®.

We hope you enjoy the ideas and unique designs represented in the popular textured fashions from our show. In the coming weeks we’ll be present all of the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World — from lace to chevrons, granny squares to modern color work, you’re sure to find inspiration in this amazing collection.

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Knit Voyager Vest
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Crochet Neon Beginner Scarf*
Knit Cocoon Cape
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Knit Simple Hat*
Crochet Fern’s Necklace
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Knit and Crochet 3 Color Top
Crochet Williamsburg Hat
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Knit Multidirectional Afghan*

*Patterns coming soon


12 Blends: The Meaning Behind the Colors of the Zodiac Scarves

February 24th, 2014

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We craft to inject the personal into the day-to-day and to infuse our lives meaning.  The yarn we choose speaks to us because we can instantly visualize it as a sweater or a scarf or an afghan, or simply because we like the color.  Color also speaks to us on a more mystical level – often symbolizing deeper meanings: red for love and passion; white for purity; yellow for cheerfulness, to name a few.

Lion Brand’s Design team takes this concept further with it’s Zodiac scarves collection.  Colors from the Vanna’s Choice collection were chosen to represent attributes related to each astrological sign.  We thought you might be interested in learning what each of the colors we chose represents.

Make one for yourself or make one for a friend. As with all of Lion Brand’s designs, our Zodiac scarves are a craft that encourages the personal to shine through.

Aquarius
Jan 21 – Feb 19
Knit or Crochet
pisces-color Pisces
Feb 20 – Mar 20
Knit or Crochet
Purple – Independence
Dusty Purple – Inventiveness
Charcoal Grey – Practicality
Eggplant – Respect
Dusty Blue – Devotion
Kelly Green – Patience
Dusty Green – Adaptibility
Silver Blue – Intuition
aries-color Aries
Mar 21 – Apr 20
Knit or Crochet
taurus-color Taurus
Apr 21 – May 20
Knit or Crochet
Linen – Idealistic
Scarlet – Instinctive
Black – Adventurous
Cranberry – Passion
Toffee – Sensibility
Chocolate – Loyalty
Radiant Lime – Generosity
Kelly Green – Patience

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