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Amazing and True: Raglan Sleeve Topper

February 23rd, 2014

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This story is from our newletters called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. We’re sharing the most recent story here in the blog. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here.

l0613aSome garments just call out to you, and this Raglan Sleeve Topper was one of them, Rose thought. But “raglan sleeve topper”was too modest a title for something so beautiful. To Rose it seemed a magical wrap that transformed the wearer into the best she could possibly be. It was obvious that your natural attributes—whether you were willowy or full-figured, long-or short-haired, enthusiastic or reserved—would be optimized by the form and colors of the gently curving sweater.

Rose didn’t believe in love at first sight, but her attraction to the design she saw online was close to that. The more she studied the image, the more she felt compelled. This was a must-do project. Yet there was some half-completed knitting that should take precedence: two baby gifts, an almost- done afghan, a hat for Dad’s birthday…

Uncharacteristically, she wasn’t dissuaded. She knew those things would be finished eventually, and…she really needed a sweater.

Actually…honestly…she really wanted to knit something just for herself.

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10 Most Popular Patterns from January!

February 19th, 2014

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Our most popular pattern this month was designed over 10 years ago by Nicky Epstein.  There is something timeless and elegant about this design. The Tree of Life Afghan has special meaning for me because I gave the pattern its name.  (Yes, I’ve been at Lion Brand well over 10 years!)

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The phrase “Tree of Life” has been used by almost every religion and in philosophy and science.  I also like this design because as a person whose first name means “tree” I gravitate toward anything with a tree design on it.

When I think about this design I think about family: growth, roots, and being intertwined.  It makes it a meaningful gift for newlyweds, new parents, and housewarmings.

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Featured Pattern: Knit Slouchy Hat

February 14th, 2014

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Hats are a more important fashion accessory than ever and the slouchy hat is the most popular style of all.  The slouchy hat is a beanie with an extra flap that hangs down in the back.  Some of the celebrities who have been photographed wearing this style include Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Mary-Kate Olsen.  It’s even popular with men, including Jake Gyllenhaal (who has been spotted in the Lion Brand Yarn Studio on 15th Street in New York City!)

For those of you who love to knit and crochet hats, the good news is that people are wearing them all year round, indoors and out. You can knit or crochet a slouchy hat with a seasonally appropriate yarn like Wool Ease® Thick & Quick® for winter or Cotton-Ease® for spring and summer.  Simply change up the colors and the patterns and you can have a new look every day.

Here are six of the most popular slouchy hats on our site to choose from.

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Get Ready for Spring with Cotton Bamboo, Now on Sale!

February 7th, 2014

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Our LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo yarn is a luxury fiber, now on sale at a bargain price.  Available exclusively from Lion Brand, this yarn is ideal for making garments that you can wear all year round.

The patterns shown below for Cotton Bamboo are some of our most highly rated patterns, and range from beginner to experienced.  Best of all, they  can be made for as little as about $10.

The blend of Bamboo and Cotton create a light and luscious fiber that has the soft, beautiful drape of bamboo rayon and the wearable comfort and lightweight warmth of cotton.  If you haven’t tried this yarn, now’s your chance to make something for yourself or a new baby expected to arrive this spring or summer.

Everyday Cardi Eyelet Swing Cardi Cheerful Squares baby Throw
Crochet Everyday Cardi Knit Eyelet Cardi Crochet Cheerful Squares Baby Throw
Knit Mitered Ridges Top Serene Shell Echo Lake Shawl
Knit Mitered Ridges Top Crochet Serene Shell Knit Echo Lake Shawl

Sparkle and Shine with Vanna’s Stained Glass Sweater

February 6th, 2014

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At the Craft and Hobby Association tradeshow earlier this year Lion Brand unveiled its “7 Wonders of the Yarn World,” a larger-than-life art installation, designed and created by fiber artist Nathan Vincent. The response was wild – people loved it!

Then we went for the old one-two punch with a runway show to spotlight our newest line of knit and crochet fashions. Our lovely spokesperson Vanna White was on hand and people went crazy for the sweater she was wearing. Across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – people wanted to know, “where can I find that pattern?”

Well we have good news! We’re so pleased to be able to share the pattern for our Stained Glass Sweater with you now. The dramatic use of  Vanna’s Glamour® and a metallic colorway of Bonbons make the alternating chevrons on this piece really stand out against the black background.

This sweater is also very versatile – you can wear it to the office during the day and leave it on for a fancy dinner that evening. It’s the perfect outfit sweater – dress it up, dress it down – wear it the way you feel best.

We’d like to say a special thanks to our fabulous Design team for the amazing details this sweater boasts – right down to the embroidered cuffs and collar – they did a fab job!


Bundle Up with these 9 Cozy Winter Projects

February 4th, 2014

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Here on the East Coast we’re preparing for another round of snowstorms – a good reminder that winter is not done with us yet.  To lighten the mood, I thought I’d round up some of our favorite winter patterns as a way to help keep your mind off the blistery cold.

Whether you’re heading outside (to shovel, what else?) or you get to stay inside all toasty and warm, keep your mind and hands occupied! Pick up some hooks and needles and start a new project …

Crochet Braided Hood Knit Team USA Mittens Crochet Two Tone Mobius Cowl
Crochet Braided Hood
in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Knit Team USA Mittens
in Heartland
Crochet Two Tone Mobius Cowl
in Homespun® Thick & Quick®
Knit Inviting Times Pullover Bright Log Cabin Afghan Knit Flip-Top Mittens
Knit Inviting Times Pullover
in Homespun® Thick & Quick®
Crochet Bright Log Cabin Afghan
in Hometown USA
Knit Flip-Top Mittens
in Heartland
Sunflower Stripes Hat and Scarf Set Knit Diamond Cowl Crochet Speed Hook Shell Afghan
Crochet Sunflower Stripes Hat and Scarf
in Heartland and Vanna’s Glamour®
Knit Diamond Cowl
in Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Speed Hook Shell Afghan
in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

What have you been working on?


A Perfect Gift for the Pisces Who Always Gives

February 3rd, 2014

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When it comes to birthday gifts, what better gift than one that’s personalized based on the birth date itself?  We’ve created twelve scarves inspired by the zodiac signs and their meanings to make it easy for you to choose a thoughtful and worthwhile birthday gift.

Those of is with birthdays that fall between February 20th and March 20th are born under the sign of Pisces. Represented by two fish, Pisces are known for having a well-balanced mindset. They use their craft to keep stress levels low and to keep them focused on their daily tasks.  They’re often shy and many like to express their creativity with a handmade knit or crochet item.

Pisces are described as compassionate and charitable. Those born under this sign love to give handmade gifts just to see the smile it brings; their selfless devotion to others and to everything they do, including their craft, is what attracts so many to Pisces people.

The colors in our Pisces scarf were inspired by the aquamarine gemstone, the birthstone for March babies. Our Pisces Zodiac scarf is composed of  “go with the flow” blues complemented with Kelly and Dusty greens.

Why not surprise a Pisces you love with this knit or crochet  scarf? It’s sure to be a cherished gift for the special giver in your life …


6 Fast Finish Gifts for Valentine’s Day

January 31st, 2014

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Here at Lion Brand, we’ve always pictured Valentine’s Day as a day to express the love you have for others and nothing says that more than with a handmade gift. Send a card with a crocheted rose applique, knit your cherished friend a scarf in their favorite colors or make a sweater for your beloved pet.

Check out some of our ideas below — show how much you appreciate your special someone:

Valentine's Day Mittens Valentine's Day Mittens Flower Hair Accessories.
Give these hugs and kisses badge pins to your best friend(s) for life. Red and white knit mittens are made for little ones who need a little love to warm them up. Make hair clips, pins
or a bouquet of roses for
that special someone.
Crochet Bon Bon Magnets Crochet Lorelei the Lady Bug Knit and Crochet Cupcakes
These Bon Bon Magnets
make great gifts
without the calories.
Crochet this ladybug
for the special lovebug
in your life.
Decorate a small jewelry box or candy favor with this knit and crochet cupcake.

Check out more of our Valentine’s Day related patterns.

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Who Loves You More Than Your Dog!

January 29th, 2014

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They always greet you with a wet nose and a wagging tail when you come home, and they never complain about your taste in TV shows. Even when you’re having a bad hair day they still act like you’re the most beautiful person they know. You’ve been together through thick and thin, and you know they’ll stick by you through whatever the future holds. That’s right, I’m talking about your pet pooch! Commemorate your special bond this Valentine’s Day with this matching Romantic Dog Sweater and Romantic Hat set!


Show Your Support for Team USA!

January 24th, 2014

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With the winter Olympics less two weeks away I can feel the anticipation mounting. I’m usually not a big fan of sports but whenever the Olympics come around I always find myself getting swept up in the excitement. I’m instantly hooked after watching the opening ceremonies and immediately start searching online for the schedule of my favorite events. While watching the US competitors perform astounding acts of athleticism while clad in their dazzling red, white, and blue uniforms I can’t help but feel a little patriotic.

embroidering mittensAfter Lion Brand was featured in David Muir’s Made In America segment on ABC News (check out the video here!), I decided to help our Design team create our own version of the Olympic mittens. The Design team made the mittens first with our American-made Heartland yarn. Next, I got to design the embroidery to give the mittens some patriotic flare. The embroidery went pretty quickly, maybe 15-20 minutes per mitten and I was sort of figuring out the design as I did it. Then they were sent back to the Design team so they could write a pattern for our customers!

Click here to get the pattern for the knit Team USA mittens or click here for the crochet version! You can find the patterns for the hats and scarf shown in the photo above here.

Did you know that many of our yarns are made in America? Click here to see the full list!