Lion Brand Notebook

News, Ideas and Information for Crafting with Yarn

Image frame

Archive for the 'Pattern Recommendations' Category

April’s Top Patterns: 7 Crochet Patterns To Wear This Season!

May 8th, 2016

Pin It

April was all about finding the perfect lightweight yarn to work with. With Shawl in a Ball and 24/7 Cotton, we think you’ll be whipping up a new project in no time! These beautiful light worsted yarns are just the right fit for the perfect spring garment.

The Key West Circle Top takes the cake — this mandala-inspired crochet poncho shows 24/7 Cotton’s impeccable stitch definition! Make it in a solid color, like the model wears, or create your own color palette for a boho-look.

You know Shawl in a Ball has enough yardage to make a shawl, but the inspiration doesn’t stop there. Patterns like the Hexagon Shawl/Vest were designed to be worn many ways. Check out our video series on styling shawls to see just how versatile these pieces are!

See April’s Top 9 Patterns below, and subscribe to the New Patterns Alert newsletter to get a fresh batch of patterns delivered right your inbox!

keywest bluemesa burnham
Crochet Key West Circle Top made with 24/7 Cotton Crochet Blue Mesa Tunic made with Shawl in a Ball Crochet Burnham Market Shawl made with Shawl in a Ball
largebowl  lacyponcho
Large Crocheted Bowl made with Fettuccini Crochet Fisher’s Island Cardigan made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Lacy Poncho made with Vanna’s Choice®
hexagon classicsleeve chatsworth
Crochet Hexagon Shawl/Vest made with Shawl in a Ball Crochet Classic Sleeveless Top made with Vanna’s Glamour® Knit Chatsworth Poncho made with Vanna’s Choice®

A Trend for Your Home: Chunky Calais Afghan!

May 6th, 2016

Pin It

What’s on our needles? Just ask Margaux, Lion Brand’s Marketing Analyst, who’s taking a cue from 2016 Knit & Crochet Trends and making a big-stitch afghan!

Margaux says:

I love knitting but, I admit it, I’m a bit lazy and I love when my project works up fast!

The LB Collection® Wool definitely complied with that requirement — my blanket was ready in a few hours! It’s chunky, soft, modern and just the best thing to wrap up in on a grey day. It’s a nice decor item too.

Hear all about this fast-finish afghan in the video below!

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

Grab the Calais Afghan Kit — now 20% off!


Knit Calais Afghan Kit made with LB Collection® Wool



Your Knit Style: Rio Rancho Cardigan made with Shawl in a Ball

May 3rd, 2016

Pin It

Now that you know Shawl in a Ball isn’t just for shawls, check out just one of the amazing garments you can make with this yarn!

Add a touch of glam with this cardigan/shawl hybrid. Featuring a cascading shawl-like back, the Rio Rancho Cardigan gives the classic cardigan shape a chic update. Shawl in a Ball‘s cotton-acrylic blend creates a drape that flatters.

See it in action in the video below!

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

Psst! – The Rio Rancho Cardigan is our Spring 2016 Knit-Along pattern! Grab a KAL kit — now 20% off! — and knit-along with host Kristy Glass.


Your Crochet Style: Key West Circle Top made with 24/7 Cotton

May 1st, 2016

Pin It

Just in time for summer! You’re going to want to get stitching on this adorable Key West Circle Top that you’ll be wearing all season. This top pairs a simple shape with fabulous fringe to make a trendy, light look. And 24/7 Cotton is the perfect yarn for the warm weather.

Throw it over a tank top or a sundress or make one to sport at the beach or by the pool! This yarn is machine washable!

Check out this top in the video below!

Having trouble viewing this video? Click here:


Go Behind the Scenes with Vanna White!

April 28th, 2016

Pin It

Ever wonder what it’s like to join Vanna White in front of the camera? Here’s your chance to go behind the scenes!

Vanna modeled new patterns made with Vanna’s Choice®, Vanna’s Complements®, and Vanna’s Glamour® and we were there to give you a sneak peek. She even snuck in some time between shots to crochet and chat with Shira about her passion for the craft and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Having trouble viewing this video? Click here:

Get all of the patterns featured in the video!

Color Block Modern Paint Afghan (crocheted with Vanna’s Choice®) Axbridge Afghan (crocheted with Vanna’s Choice®) Fisher’s Island Cardigan (crocheted with Vanna’s Choice®)
Overlapping Squares Afghan (knit with Vanna’s Choice®) Slip Stitch Graphic Shawl  (knit with Vanna’s Choice®) Starlight Evening Shawl (crocheted with Vanna’s Glamour®)
City Sleep Ruana (crocheted with Vanna’s Choice®) Simple Two-Color Poncho (crocheted with Vanna’s Complement®) Deerfield V-Neck Pullover (knit with Vanna’s Complement®)