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6 New Knit & Crochet Patterns Just For Dogs!

September 17th, 2015

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6 Knit & Crochet Patterns Just For Dogs
The kids are off at school, you’ve finished up that shawl for fall, now what? If you’re not too busy making toys and beds for your feline friends, consider something for your dog!

We love dogs here at Lion Brand® — sometimes we even bring them to work! We’ve also shared how knitting and crocheting for animals can be therapeutic for you.

Make walks with your dog all the more special this season with a new sweater. We’re especially big fans of the patterns made with Scarfie — it’s easy to make a matching scarf for yourself!

If you’ve never tried amigurumi, both the Red Hook Cheeseburger and Coney Island Franks are great introductions to 3D crocheting. Dress up either with your favorite “toppings” for a unique twist.

Check out our latest patterns for dogs below!:

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Knit Clifford Dog Sweater made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Marley Dog Sweater made with Hometown USA® Knit Hunter’s Urban Dog Sweater made with Scarfie
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Crochet Coney Island Frank Dog Toy made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Asta Dog Sweater made with Scarfie Crochet Red Hook Cheeseburger Dog Toy made with Vanna’s Choice®

Have you knit or crocheted for your pet? Let us know what you’re working on in the comments!

2 Shawls Before Fall – Kristy Glass Explores Ombré-inspired Color Palettes

September 10th, 2015

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In her latest video for Lion Brand, our gal pal Kristy Glass, leader of the Glass Posse, re-imagines both the Crochet Lace Petal Shawl and the Knit Graduated Eyelets Shawl with ombré-inspired color palettes.

These are both great transitional garments – perfect for those in-between days that are too warm for a jacket but too cool for just a t-shirt.

Can’t see the video above? Click here:

Make the shawls!

Crochet Lace Petal Shawl Knit Graduated Eyelets Shawl LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo

8 Purr-fect Knit & Crochet Projects for Your Cats!

September 7th, 2015

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8 Purr-fect Knit & Crochet Projects for Your Cats! Well, Psy and Thai (mostly Thai), my cats, have finally had their big moment in front of the camera.  It was catnip and treats all day for these fur balls!

We had a cat-themed photo shoot and, let me tell you, cats are not like dogs.  I personally never took the time to train my cats.  I feel like if I did train my cats, I wouldn’t have a rip in my jeans from running after them all day!

I geared up Psy and Thai for the photo shoot and the moment we got on set, Psy rushed under a couch! Thai really shined though. Even though everyone mistakes him for a “she” — because he really is that pretty — he did a really great job modeling.  A bunch of shots were taken on the window sill because that’s where he was most comfortable and the lighting was beautiful!

He liked the two new Hometown USA® cat beds! As an owner, I love them because they have an insert on the bottom in the inside so you can easily take it out and clean it!

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Crochet Curl-Up Kitty Bed made with Hometown USA® Knit Pretty Kitty Bed made with Hometown USA® Knit Cat Bed made with Fettuccini®

Thai was definitely loving the sardines and, can I just say how “puuurfect” those sardines go with Thai’s eyes?!  Psy decided as a “Meowyorker” he had to pose with the bagel and his brother Thai with a yummy pretzel.  Great for stuffing with catnip!  Now when I order Chinese, I am going to have to make the fortune cookie toy for them so they don’t play with my food!

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Crochet Amigurumi Sardines Cat Toy made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Kent Street Bagel Cat Toy made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Prospect Park Pretzel Cat Toy made with Vanna’s Choice®


Crochet Amigurumi Fortune Cookie Cat Toy made with Vanna’s Choice®

Needless to say, at the end of the day the three of us went home and passed out. I was awoken the next morning by purring and cats licking my face like any other day!

Crochet Holiday Pet Sweater made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Fun Fur®

Check out more silly cat antics in the video below!:

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

4 Celebrity Scarf & Cowl Trends To Try This Fall

September 5th, 2015

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4 Celebrity Scarf & Cowl Trends To Try This Fall
It’s no secret that those looking to keep up with the fashion world are constantly looking to celebrities’ style to gain inspiration. We see celebrities in movies, on television shows, on stages performing, and in the press. With all this exposure, the pressure to be on-trend must be intense!  They, unlike us, have teams of stylists to make sure they show off the latest designer fashions, stay polished and camera-ready, and dress for the occasion. Think you can’t replicate the look at home? You can!

With fall and winter ahead of us, we’re thinking up ways to dress up our sweaters and coats. Here are 4 celebrity cold-weather trends to consider when selecting your next project.


The Look: Subtle Details

(from left to right: Actress Krysten Ritter; Actress Sophia Bush; Singer Taylor Swift)

When celebrities wear knit scarves, they tend to have subtle details, like small cables or neatly ribbed patterns. They also stick to neutral colors — like navy or grey — creating a simple, but elegant look. Sticking to a neutral hue will also make any detailed stitches stand out much more.

Get the Look:

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Knit Brisbane Scarf made with Hometown USA® Crochet Crystal Falls Cowl  made with Alpine Wool Knit Cable Panel Scarf made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®



What’s Trending for Fall: Why spend $500 on a trendy cowl when you can knit one yourself for less than $60?

September 3rd, 2015

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See it … make it!


We spotted this Nuage Paillette Hand-Knit Tube Scarf in the latest Lafayette 148 catalog (on the left) and it’s gorgeous … not to mention it immediately reminded us of the Dobbs Ferry Cowl (on the right) made in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®.

You can buy the pre-made cowl for $500 OR you can make one yourself for under $60 – which option will you choose for your wardrobe this fall?