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12 Ways to Add Rose Quartz & Serenity to Your Wardrobe – Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year!

December 31st, 2015

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For the the first time ever, Pantone has chosen TWO colors of the year: 2016 is the year of Rose Quartz and Serenity!

You’ll definitely be adding these colors to your wardrobe in the new year and lucky you, we’ve got you covered with several Lion Brand yarn selections: Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Glacier; Wool-Ease® in Seaspray; Heartland® in Denali; Vanna’s Choice® in Pink; Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Blossom.

Rose Quartz is a beautiful light pink and Serenity is a periwinkle blue. Both of these colors are gentle and calming but don’t be fooled into thinking these are just for babies! From the Pantone web site:

“As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

Alone or together, Rose Quartz and Serenity are great ways to add pops of color to any grown-up wardrobe. And, even though this combination is traditionally reserved for springtime, icy blue is a great way to create a modern look for winter!

Here are some patterns that you can make with these trendy new colors!

Knit My First Raglan Cardigan
made with Wool-Ease® in Seaspray
Crochet Easy Pocket Scarf made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Glacier and Fisherman Crochet Serene Shell
Made with LB  Collection® Cotton Bamboo in Hyacinth
Crochet Solitude Circle Scarfie
made with Heartland® in Denali
Knit Cabled Heart Boot Cuff made with Vanna’s Choice®
in Pink
Crochet Openwork Cowl
made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Blossom
Knit Dreamy Pastel Cowl
made with Amazing® in Pink Sands
Simple Crochet Shrug made with Homespun® in Delft Knit Two Stitch Cowl
Made with Amazing®  in Carnival
Crochet Metropolitan Ave Hat
made with Unique in Grape Vine
Crochet Fast and Easy Cowl made with Amazing® in Pink Sands Crochet Shades of Blue Scarf
Made with Tweed Stripes®  in Prism

9 Top Blogger Patterns of 2015!

December 30th, 2015

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We’ve said it before — we like how you use our yarn! This year saw an abundance of patterns from our blogger friends. They took our yarn, their imaginations, and created patterns we can’t wait to try and make again and again.

With the year coming to an end, we rounded up the top blogger patterns of 2015.

Thank you for thinking of Lion Brand® for your projects. We enjoy seeing how our yarn inspires others and look forward to sharing a lot more patterns from you in 2016!

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Crochet C2C Baby Sheep Graphghan by Repeat Crafter Me
Made with Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Granite Cape by All About Ami
Made with Heartland®
Crochet Sugar Cookie Scarf by Fiber Flux
Made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
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Crochet Southwest Tote by Mama in a Stitch
Made with Vanna’s Choice®
Knit Cables & Columns Blanket by Petals to Picots
Made with Jiffy®
Crochet Log Cabin Afghan by Moogly
Made with Textures®
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Crochet Fresh Produce Market Bag by Make and Takes
Made with Cotton-Ease®
Knit Gold Leaf Hat by Gina Michele
Made with Gold Leaf®
Knit Black & White Colorblock Infinity Scarf by Mama in a Stitch

Made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

Your Knit Style: Winter Park Pullover made with Color Clouds

December 29th, 2015

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Knit with Color Clouds, a new and unique jumbo weight yarn, the Winter Park Pullover is a bonafide hit! Knit in four pieces, this Easy + (Level 3) garment is a good project for the knitter who can knit and purl and is now ready for a new challenge.

You’ll be perfectly on trend sporting these big, beautiful stitches!

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Get the free pattern: Winter Park Pullover
Get the yarn: Color Clouds

6 Fantastic Last Minute Crochet Patterns for New Year’s Eve!

December 22nd, 2015

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Today’s guest post comes from Tamara Kelly author and designer of Moogly Blog. Tamara is sharing 6 diverse crochet patterns that you can complete just in time for your New Year’s celebration.  Whether going out, or staying in, you’re sure to find something here to suit your celebration needs!

The last holiday of “Happy Holidays” tends to be overlooked for crafting – but crochet might be just the touch your New Year’s Eve needs! And after the big gift-making rush, settling in with something sparkly, something fast, and something fun is very appealing! Ring in the new year with these fast (and free!) crochet patterns – all featuring Lion Brand® Yarn!

Raise a glass to welcome 2016 – and put it back down again without worrying about which one is yours! These Champagne Glass Tassels made with Vanna’s Glamour® are a perfect touch at your party – or a wonderful hostess gift if you’re the guest!

Of course, you need something to fill those glasses with! Bring a bottle along for the party in the Girls Night Out Champagne Carrier – make it up in under an hour with Fettuccini and a big hook!

Bonbons® come in a wide variety of looks and colors – from seaside to glam! Use your favorite palette to make the Crochet Rings Necklace, and give yourself a new look for the new year!

A sparkly new handbag never goes amiss at New Year’s either – and the Moon Water Clutch, another eye catching Vanna’s Glamour® pattern, will hold all your essentials for a hot night on the town!

Whether you’re going out or staying in, the Glitzy Accent Scarf in Vanna’s Glamour® is fun to make and wear – and thin enough to wear indoors or where New Year’s Eve doesn’t require layers to leave the house!

On the other hand, if you are celebrating outside, you might need something warmer – and the Hurry Up Holiday Cowl will do the job! Made with Hometown USA®, it takes under an hour and just one skein to make, so it’s the ultimate last minute pattern! (You can also try Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in a sparkly color like Starlight or Celebration)

Going out, staying in, cozying up under a crocheted blanket – whatever your plans are, I wish you all a happy, safe, prosperous, and yarny new year!

Our Top 4 Patterns for Heartland, one of December’s Featured Yarns!

December 21st, 2015

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Heartland® is wonderfully versatile! With 33 brilliant tones, you’ll reach for this yarn for both bright and neutral-hued projects. Create a color palette and watch as this yarn’s fine stitch definition creates accessories, garments, and afghans you’ll treasure for years. As an added bonus, Heartland® is an easy-care acrylic yarn and is machine washable.

See the top 4 patterns for this yarn as modeled by our brand ambassador, Shira Blumenthal, in the video below!

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Knit Gretchen’s Easy Tam Knit Cabled and Buttoned Wrap
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Crochet Flag Afghan Crochet Canyon Shrug