Meet Zaps, a colorful, super bulky weight yarn brand new to the Lion Brand family!
Zaps combines a two-ply strand of a solid color with a strand of contrasting, color changing yarn to produce a lightweight fabric with surprising pops of color. It’s perfect for fast-finish projects and, like so many of your favorite Lion Brand yarns, it’s machine washable!
Here’s a selection of new projects you’ll want to knit or crochet with Zaps!
|Crochet Cosmic Dorm Throw||Knit Latte Rib Scarf||Crochet Urban Tweed Vest||Knit Cabled Rectangles Poncho|
In December, cozy tops were in! Last-minute gift projects like the Fresh Bloom Circle #Scarfie and Holiday Mouse Slippers were also favored but sweaters and cardigans were most popular among knitters and crocheters! The winter chill has us all in the mood for over-sized tops such as December’s most popular pattern, the Open Knit Cardigan.
It looks like 2015 will be about big, bold knit and crochet garments such as the Chelsea Morning Cowl and Popover Top. With comfy cardigans come the biggest yarns – stay extra warm wrapped up in Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, and Hometown USA®.
|Crochet Fresh Bloom Circle #Scarfie||Knit Tree of Life Afghan||Crochet Simple Crochet Shrug|
Vanna’s signature yarns collection is one of Lion Brand’s most popular yarn lines. Choose from Vanna’s Choice®, Vanna’s Choice® Baby, Vanna’s Glamour®, Vanna’s Palettes, Vanna’s Sequins, and Vanna’s Tapestry.
One of the great things about this yarn collection is that a portion of your purchase goes towards St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since 2007 Lion Brand has donated over 1.5 million dollars! And for the month of January you can get all of Vanna’s yarns for 20% off their regular price – both online and at our three retail locations. Support a good cause!
For your inspiration, we put together a lookbook collection of our most popular Vanna’s yarns patterns:
Start off the New Year with some sparkly goodness! Gold Leaf® is a super bulky yarn that adds a metallic flair to your fast-finish projects. This wool blend is printed with gold or silver foil to create bold and elegant garments and accessories.
Gold Leaf® makes hats, scarves, sweaters and cowls shine! Accessories made with Gold Leaf® dress up any outfit!
Here are a few of our favorite knit and crochet patterns using this great new yarn:
|Knit Tricolor Cowl||Crochet All That
|Knit Glitter Cabled
|Open Knit Cardigan||Knit Simple Sparkling Hat||Knit Rib Wrap Cowl|
As we wrap up 2014, we noticed this past year was the “year of the afghan” for crafters. Whether it was knit or crochet, a lot of you found afghans to be the best project to satisfy your knitting or crochet urges. You preferred creative patterns like the Zig Zag Throw and Slip Stitch Afghan, as well touchable textures like the Classic Cable Throw and Animal Talk Throw.
Last year we made a yarn prediction that crafters would use more American-made yarns. True to our prediction, our most popular pattern for 2014 was the Flag Afghan made with our American-made yarn, Heartland!
Check out below for all of our popular patterns from 2014 to inspire you in the new year!
|Knit Disctrict 12 Cowl Wrap||Knit Zig Zag Throw||Knit Cromwell Court Afghan|
|Knit Slip Stitch Afghan||Knit Classic Cable Throw||Knit Striped Boyfriend Cardigan|
|Crochet Ripple Afghan||Knit Simple Lace Shawl||Knit Animal Talk Throw|
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How could Lynn explain? There were some people she just needed to knit for. Like Beth, her BFF. They’d been together through violin lessons, music camps, statewide youth orchestra. They’d been music majors at the same college–and they’d been in each other’s weddings. That’s how close they were — like sisters. Lynn just couldn’t buy Beth a present. She deserved something lovingly handmade.
During the summer, Lynn had planned to knit Beth a vest. Then in September, she changed that to a scarf. Now Christmas was just weeks away, and she still hadn’t begun knitting. Where had time gone? Guilt was setting in, and with it, stress. Maybe she’d counted too much on Beth’s relaxed nature. Lynn knew that whatever she gave her, Beth would be fine with it. Their friendship wasn’t about stuff.
The next day Lynn visited her local craft store, wandering around, looking for inspiration. She passed the yarn — Heartland – on display, surrounded by swatches and samples . . . and stopped. She reached up and squeezed a skein. It was luxuriously soft. Heartland’s nuanced colors reminded her of Beth — elegant, luminous, subtle. Lynn placed two skeins in her basket.
She knew this was the beginning.
The beginning of what? Thank goodness for Lion Brand’s Patternfinder! Smartphone in hand, Lynn used the Lion Brand app to search for patterns. There were more than a hundred for Heartland. Then she saw the Concerto Cowl, a composition in exactly the yarn colors — ebony and ivory, like printed music — she’d just pulled off the shelf.
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Tom, coming into the living room, saw her curled on the sofa, knitting away.
“So you found something to make for Beth?”
“Definitely,” Lynn replied. “Except it was actually the other way around — I think this project found me.”
It was the first of many Concerto Cowls she’d knit — including one for herself. Quick to complete, and stunning in a variety of color combinations, the classic pattern was, like a beautiful piece of music, something she’d always love to replay.
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.
Pelt is our newest faux fur yarn and it’s made in natural and dyed shades – great for fashion-forward accessories and garments. For people who love our Fun Fur®, but prefer a yarn that is a bit more glamorous, Pelt is the yarn for you!
It’s the perfect yarn to use if you like the look and feel of real fur, but want to be eco-conscious. You can make textured projects like the Simple Hat, or you can use it as trim for items like the Color Pop Felted Crochet Stocking and the Bristol Bay Hat.
Below, I’ve put together a collection of our favorite patterns that use Pelt – enjoy!
|Knit Bristol Bay Hat||Crochet Foxy Wristers||Knit Dinner in Aspen||Crochet Foxy Buttoned Neckwarmer|
|Color Pop Felted Crochet Stocking||Knit Winter’s Tale Poncho||Crochet Fabulous Fur Scarf||Knit Simple Hat|
For more patterns using Pelt click here.
Today, I’m excited to share 6 awesome crochet patterns from some wonderfully talented bloggers and designers. Some of you may be familiar with the works of these bloggers already, and if not – be sure to browse through and check out each site; I’m sure you’ll find something that piques your interest! All of the links below feature projects from crafters who made items with our yarn of the month, Heartland (which is now 20% off).
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The newest rendition of Annie comes out in theaters this Friday. Whether you grew up with the film or plan to see it for the first time – it’s a great movie to inspire little girls to believe in themselves.
One of my favorite songs from Annie is “You Are Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile,” so in honor of my favorite song, here are a 8 patterns to inspire you to knit or crochet for your favorite little girl.
|Crochet Next Generation Dress||Knit Little Sweetheart Bolero||Crochet Blooming Cap and Mitts||Knit Fresh Picked Color 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan|
|Knit Colorful Cardigan and Hat||Crochet Headwrap with Bow||Knit Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio||Crochet Country Cardi|
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes out tomorrow, December 17th, marking the last installment of a long-loved trilogy. The Hobbit features magical creatures – elves, dwarfs, dragons, oh my! – stunning landscapes, and epic battles.
Will you join Bilbo, Dwalin, Balin, Kili, Fili, Dori, Nori, Ori, Oin, Gloin, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, and Thorin (phew!) on the final leg of their journey as they battle Smaug for Middle Earth? If so, you may want to add a little something to your wardrobe to get in the mood …
If you’re feeling inspired to take a trip to the Misty Mountains of Middle Earth, here are nine knit and crochet patterns for you!
|Knit The Hobbit: Bofur’s Hat
made with Vanna’s Choice® and Homespun®
|Crochet Gimli Inspired Helmet made with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Glamour®||Knit Jordanna’s Beard pattern
Made with Wool-Ease®
by Ravelry user melissalm
|Knit Pippin’s Scarf
made with Wool-Ease® by Ravelry user SuzieBlue
|Crochet Hippie Chic Vest made with Fun Fur®||Easy Crocheted Wristers
made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Merino
|Knit Cable Luxe Tunic
made with Wool-Ease®
|Knit Cabled Teal Vest made with LB Collection® Organic Wool||Knit Tall Trees Tunic
Made with Fisherman’s Wool