While you’re hard at work on your project for Mom, don’t forget about Dad! Father’s Day is June 21st this year — leaving plenty of time for projects to be made for your loved ones.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite crafts for dads (and grandfathers!) that make for fun and useful gifts.
Keep the whole pack cool with these easy bottle cozies from Evermine.*
Crochet one together with Kitchen Cotton‘s range of bright colors.
* Not a Lion Brand Pattern
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Textures® was the big hit yarn in April!
From scalloped waves, to classic stripes, to triangular patterns, Textures® looks exquisite in any geometric shape your pattern may call for. Textures® comes in eight colorways, including the deep russet of Sunset Rays and the cool tones of Enchanted Forest.
Our pick for spring? Textures® in Meadow Flowers, as featured in our Easy Eyelet Scarf pattern, the most popular pattern in April! The lace detailing of the stitches pairs well with this self-striping yarn. No matter your stitch of choice, these colors are sure to bring your project to light, just in time for spring.
Learn more about Textures® at lionbrand.com.
Below is a collection of the most popular patterns from April, as chosen by you!
|Crochet Diagonal Squares Afghan||Crochet Button Cowl||Crochet Lagoon Ripple Poncho|
|Knit Flattering Shaded Tunic||Knit Left Bank Scarf||Knit Glamour Jacket|
|Crochet Color Bright Baby Blanket||Crochet Canyon Shrug||Crochet Lacy Poncho|
Already a popular baby yarn, Ice Cream® is a soft and easy care yarn that works up to create delightful, self-striping colorways that blend unique and cheerful color combinations.
It comes in eight delightfully tasty colors like Lemon Swirl, Tutti Frutti, Banana Split, and Cotton Candy. There’s even Cookies & Cream, a sophisticated, tonal grey shade for the gender neutral projects.
This will be your go-to yarn for baby shower gifts, your own baby project and even big, bright and beautiful blankets like the Charleston Garden Blanket.
Best of all, you’ll save 20% on purchases of Ice Cream® for all of May!
We’ve selected a few of our favorite Ice Cream patterns below. For the full selection, visit lionbrand.com.
|Knit Checkerboard Blanket
|Crochet Sweet Baby Afghan
|Crochet Bright Hexagon Blanket in Spumoni, Cotton Candy and Tutti Fruity||Knit Favorite Baby Blanket in Cotton Candy|
|Knit Confetti Color Blanket in Tutti Frutti,
|Crochet Snips and Snails Hat, Booties and Mitts in Blueberry||Knit Checkerboard Blanket in Tutti Frutti||Crochet Stroller Blankie in Lemon Swirl|
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One Thing Leads to Another
If Kathy’s sister hadn’t been named Dorothy, and if Dorothy hadn’t been expecting a baby, and if Kathy hadn’t crocheted a blanket for Dorothy’s baby, Kathy would never have knitted herself the most sophisticated sweater ever. It was as simple as that.
It was crocheted from a subtly-chained, petal-soft yarn, Modern Baby®, which had a lively, bouncy quality that her fingers loved. The Modern Baby® palette was joyous, the yarn a pleasure to use. After finishing the blanket, Kathy wondered what else she could do with it. Too much fun to stop now!
Maybe, she thought, it’s time to focus on me. Making something just for her — that was when her creativity peaked. She could play with color, shape, and structure. She could express herself.
At the baby shower, Kathy wore the chic Tribeca Tunic, worked in cream and two shades of black, over velvet leggings. She gave Dottie the Dotty Dots Afghan, and her sister was enchanted. “Thank you so much!” Dottie enthused. “I’ve never seen anything as adorable! And by the way, that’s a fabulous sweater you’re wearing. Is it new?”
Kathy smiled, and considered how lucky she was to be a sister and an almost-aunt, as well as someone who loved to crochet and knit. It had been so rewarding to follow her intuition from baby blanket to Tribeca Tunic, as one creative project led to another, in natural succession — just like life itself.
Nothing is more fashionable than a handmade accessory you’ve made yourself. Save 20% off these kits for a limited time:
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.
There’s something irresistible about baby booties! Their tiny size means they work up fast (and who doesn’t love a fast-finish project?), but I think we love to make them because they are just so cute! Baby Day is May 2nd. Even if you don’t have a baby or grandbaby to celebrate, chances are you know someone who does. Those little feet need booties! Of course, booties make fantastic shower or new mom gifts too, and if you’re feeling extra crafty, why not make a whole baby set? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite free patterns to get you started.
|Crochet Springtime Set. Make this set with
Lion Brand Fun.
|Knit Lullaby Layette.
Make this set with
|Learn to Knit Baby Set. Make this set with
|Crochet Butterfly Barefoot Sandals* by Repeat Crafter Me. Make them with Bonbons!||Crochet Summer Sandals* by AshleeMarie. Make them with Babysoft® & Extra Soft Wool Blend!||Crochet Loopy Love Booties (3 sizes)* by Moogly. Make them with Vanna’s Choice® Baby!|
|Snips & Snails Set.
Make this set with
NEW Ice Cream®!
|Made by Marni Knitted Booties*. Make them with
|Berry Pretty Set.
Make this set with
NEW Ice Cream®!
* not a Lion Brand pattern
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Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, this Joss Whedon-directed epic is already buzzing with great reviews. Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st and we thought it would be fun to round up a few of our favorite superhero-inspired knit and crochet patterns.
Who’s your favorite Avenger?
|Crochet Little Super Hero Blanket made with Hometown USA®.||Crochet Iron Man / Tony Stark made by Amilovesgurumi. Make it with Vanna’s Choice®! *||Crochet Incredible Hulk made by Hook Monster. Make it with Vanna’s Choice® – Hulk SMASH! *|
|Knit Marvel Comics Dice by Andrea Trooperschaf *. Make it with Vanna’s Choice®!||Crochet Nick Fury from the Avengers by Irene McCormick *. Make it with Vanna’s Choice®!||Knit Captain America Knit Hoodie by Beth Kluckhohn *. She made it with Vanna’s Choice®!|
|Crocheted Thor Avengers Amigurumi by Louis Mensinger made with Wool-Ease®. *||Crocheted Hawkeye Avengers Amigurumi by Louis Mensinger made with Wool-Ease®. *||Crocheted Black Widow Avengers Amigurumi by Louis Mensinger made with Wool-Ease®. *|
* not a Lion Brand pattern
“You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love.” – Henry Drummond
Presenting 12 gorgeous new patterns to help you make it a handmade wedding!
|Crochet Mr. And Mrs. Chair Covers||Crochet Say Woof To The Dress||Crochet The Barking Groom Tuxedo And Top Hat||Knit Wedding Belle Lace Gloves|
|Crochet Wedding Capelet||Knit Ring Bearer Pillow||Crochet Wedding Bouquet||Knit Wedding Cummerband And Bow Tie|
|Crochet Fascinator||Knit Bridal Bag||Crochet Boutonniere||Crochet Lovebirds Cake Topper|
For our whole wedding pattern collection, visit lionbrand.com.
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April’s featured yarn is Modern Baby®! This chainette yarn was designed with fun baby projects in mind but the Lion Brand design department has also used Modern Baby® in runway-inspired patterns for adults! In the video above, Design Editor Susan Haviland joins our Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal for a behind the scenes chat to discuss how customers like you inspired these beautiful patterns.
Take a look at more Modern Baby® patterns for adults below!
|Crochet Simply Constructed Pullover||Knit Color Grid Pullover||Knit Hopscotch Cowl|
|Knit Calypso Cardigan||Knit Tribeca Tunic|
In 2005 this pattern was downloaded well over 1 million times! A cultural icon wore it on an auspicious occasion and everyone who could crochet grabbed their hook and a few balls of Homespun® yarn and made one of their own. It turns out that this design is extremely flattering on lots of different body types and has an elegant, feminine flow to it that has kept it popular for the last ten years.
We’ve redesigned and recolored the poncho for 2015 and it’s more fashionable than ever with the latest trend in Boho style. Ponchos are also perfect for this time between seasons when you need to add a layer to lighter clothing or stay warm in your home or office when it’s a bit cooler than you’d like.
There have been lots of fads in crochet over the years but very few involved a single pattern. We hope you like this updated version. You can crochet it for under $30, the sizing is simple and you’ll enjoy this flattering look almost year round.
Get the free pattern: Boho Poncho
It’s almost the end of the school year for thousands of students across the country, and with the end of the school year comes prom! Many juniors and seniors in high school will be getting dressed up and made up for this amazing night of fun and dancing with friends. To celebrate this joyous occasion, we’ve rounded up a few patterns to add a touch of handmade to you or your date’s outfit for prom. Check out the selections below!
|Crochet Summer Sonata Shawl
This delicate shawl would be a beautiful cover up for a simple sleeveless dress. Check out the colors in Vanna’s Glamour to see what you like best.
These flowers in Bonbons would make a great corsage or hair pin. They’re also pretty easy to crochet, check out a video tutorial here!
|Crochet Evening Glitter Clutch
A crochet clutch would go perfectly with almost any prom outfit! Not a fan of the red? Check out the many colors available in Vanna’s Glamour.
|Knit Bow Tie
Knit bow ties are fun and the perfect way to add a handmade element to a prom outfit. Find the cummerband pattern here.
Knit a matching boutonniere for your date, and make multiples of the flower for your own corsage in Bonbons.
Knit ties seem to be quite popular among men these days, why not knit a tie for your prom date to match your dress?
| Crochet Tied Shawlette
This shawlette would certainly keep you warm and look adorable with a sweetheart strapless dress. Crocheted in Pound of Love
| Purple Passion Crochet Wrap
This light and airy wrap is a showstopping piece, best paired with a simple dress. Crocheted in LB Collection Silk Mohair.
| Crochet Moon Water Clutch
A simple clutch made in Vanna’s Sequins that has consistent little pops of sparkles.