Shawls are usually thought of as the perfect accessory for the spring and fall because you can keep warm without a jacket; they’re really wonderful transitional pieces. But, shawls are also great during winter months to keep you a bit warmer while you’re inside, such as an office or drafty space. We love shawls for their versatility and practicality, and with the fastening of a shawl pin, you won’t have to constantly maneuver and close your shawl by hand.
Below are a few knit and crochet shawls with some of our suggested shawl pins for closure. Give a handmade shawl along with a pin to a friend for a cozy and thoughtful gift this holiday season!
|Crochet Daylight Tweedy Shawl
Shawl Stick: Heart in Cherry Shawl Stick
|Crochet Caramel Tweed Shawl
Shawl Stick: Wiggle in Cherry
Knit Crystal Lace Shawl
Shawl Stick: Peacock in Blonde
Knit Seed Stitch Ruffled Wrap
Shawl Stick: Leaf in Blonde
Do you enjoy making shawls for yourself or others? If so, share your favorite shawl projects with us!
Here in NYC, the holiday spirit is definitely in the air! Windows have been lit and adorned with festive figurines, trees have been decorated, and the shoppers are out and about in the streets.
Today, I’ve got some patterns to help you spread your holiday cheer – from festive hats, to ornaments and stockings, there is plenty for you to choose from to get crafting for the holiday!
Crochet Santa Hat
Knit Winter Mix Stocking Cap
Crochet Elfin Baby Set
Last week I put up my Christmas tree, a tiny two-feet tall plastic tree that was the perfect size for a cozy apartment in New York City. Since I started working at Lion Brand a few months ago, I’ve been thinking about adding some handmade ornaments to reflect my love of yarn and crochet.
When one of our readers had mentioned she had used baby booties as ornaments, it gave me the inspiration to crochet amigurumi! They would be small enough to fit on my tree and could also fit in a shoe box once the holiday season was over. Cute and functional!
Here are some ideas for decorating your tree:
|Amigurumi Graduation Bookworm
in Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Glamour®
|Amigurumi Lady Bug
For most people, pets are part of the family. They have their own individual personalities that the family has come to know and love, and in return, their pet loves them back just as much (if not more).
Pets can’t tell you what they want for the holidays, so it helps to have some ideas on what to give your “furry family member.”
Here are some great dog sweater patterns, starting with an easy knitted number modeled by a Boston terrier who is part of my extended family. He was extremely nervous on the day of the shoot and breathing heavily, hence the extended tongue.
|Knit Need for Tweed Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease®
Thick & Quick®
|Crochet Striped Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease®
Thick & Quick®
|Knit City Stripes Dog Sweater in
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Catching Fire, the second film in The Hunger Games trilogy (based on the book series), is out in theaters today! If you’re a fan, you’ve likely watched the trailer more than twice, and fawned over the teaser pictures of Katniss wearing her cowl. Well, you can definitely count our Design Department among The Hunger Games’ fans—they all unanimously wanted to create their own versions of this famous cowl.
While the cowl worn in the movie is actually woven, our Design Department wanted a more wearable interpretation while still maintaining a textured look. According to Jackie, our technical editor, the Design team created the knit version—that was inspired by the original—by using a stockinette stitch and reverse stockinette stitch. While the crochet version got a little more creative, using bobbles on the cowl, to give its armor-like appearance. The yarn is Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Grey Marble, not only because of the colors but because it was also the perfect yarn to create the texture they wanted.
They are very proud of this particular design because it can be a worn as a cowl wrap or just a cowl as a cozy cold weather accessory on its own!
Whether you are from District 1 and wearing it to be fashion savvy, or District 12 and wearing it because it is one of the warmest things you own – our District 12 Cowl Wrap proves this is not just Katniss’ cowl, but everyone’s.
Working at Lion Brand allows me to go through thousands of interesting patterns in PatternFinder, our online pattern directory. I love doing this because I get to discover all of the different patterns Lion Brand has to offer. Of course, this also means that I have a never-ending list of projects that I’ll never get to soon enough!
For those curious about the LB Collection itself, here are some of my favorite patterns:
|Crochet Cardiff Cowl in
LB Collection® Baby Alpaca
| Knit Luxe Lace Pullover in
LB Collection® Silk Mohair
|Crochet Natalia Scarf in
LB Collection® Angora Merino
Whether it’s for your newest family member or a gift for your best friend’s newborn, babies will always need booties. They are so easy to make, you’ll start making them in every size and color.
Let your imagination run wild with these inventive patterns:
|Knit Ruby Red Slippers||Crochet Posy Baby Booties||Knit Holiday Mousie Slippers|
Click here for more great ideas. Have you ever gotten super creative with making baby items? Share below!
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Our Design Department shares their thoughts on a favorite accessory of theirs.
We have been watching the cowl take off on the runways as this season’s favorite accessory. This face-framing neck warmer is versatile, practical and fashionable. Here are two variations on the theme that show how different a cowl can look, depending on your choice of yarns.
|Knit Dobbs Ferry Cowl||Crochet Wildfire Cowl|
The Dobbs Ferry Cowl in Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, knit by holding three strands of this extra-bulky, easy-care yarn together, features the popular look of large stitches. It not only keeps you warm, but also creates a flattering high collar. The Wildfire Cowl uses only one bright painterly shade of Homespun to make a simple stitch look like a complex mix of different colors of yarn. You’ll love the compliments you’ll get when you wear this eye-popping cowl with your dark winter coat. Wear the cowl long (as pictured) to stay warm indoors, or loop it over again for a cozy accessory that keeps you warm while staying in place.
For a selection of over 60 cowl patterns, click here.
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It was one of my favorite books growing up. I would read it over and over, gobbling all the words just like the Caterpillar eating all food. As result, I’ve become a voracious reader.
I’ve also become a voracious crocheter.
When I saw this pattern by Twinkie Chan (I’d recommend using Amazing® yarn in Rainforest for a gradient look), I was immediately taken back to my childhood and my favorite book. Make one yourself, along with everything the Very Hungry Caterpillar ate, and pick out items as you read the book together with the children in your life.
For those unsure how much he actually ate:
Although he ate so much … remember he did eventually turned into a beautiful butterfly. Are there any books that have inspired you to knit or crochet the main character?
I try to keep in touch with my college friends as much as possible. But it’s hard when they don’t live near you—especially when they live as far way as the Virgin Islands. When my friend Amanda told me her mother was passed away due to breast cancer, it pained me that I couldn’t be there for her.
Since then, I’ve been motivated to regularly email her, and send care packages every Christmas, which includes one handmade item. Since Lion Brand has marked down their Pink (#103) Pound of Love® to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I thought it would be the perfect time to think about her holiday care package.
Here are some patterns that can be used with Pound of Love:
|Knit Sweater Bag||Crochet Eyelet Shawl||Easy to Crochet Bolero||Knit Evergreen Speed Stitch Afghan|
Click here for more patterns that use Pound of Love.