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15 Popular Projects Featuring Babysoft, Lion Brand’s Yarn of the Month for June!

June 1st, 2015

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A special, soft acrylic blend in a generously-sized ball, Babysoft® is a medium sportweight yarn that comes in in classic pastel colors and prints – it makes precious, long-lasting items.

Babysoft® is on sale now – SAVE 20% off for the entire month of June!

Below is collection of our most popular Babysoft® patterns:


New Pattern Journal: Shira Loves to Knit the Octavia Blanket for New Babies!

May 31st, 2015

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This story is from our newsletter called Pattern Journal which brings a warm-hearted, wholesome story to your inbox to read every month. Would you like to be featured in an upcoming Pattern Journal? Submit a story, click here.

Patterns We Keep Coming Back To: Shira Loves to Knit the Octavia Blanket for New Babies!

Shira Blumenthal is Brand Ambassador for Lion Brand Yarn Company, a family-owned and operated business for 137 years. A fifth-generation member of the family, Shira shares a personal story about one of her favorite Lion Brand patterns, the Octavia Blanket.

I learned to knit when I was nine years old and while I often knit special things for myself, there’s nothing better than making something special for someone and seeing them wear it or use it.

About two years ago my "big sister” Jasmine (our moms grew up together) told me she was expecting. As unofficial auntie, I decided to up my game from the usual hat or scarf. I searched the Lion Brand PatternFinder to see what I could comfortably knit in a month or two.

I found the Octavia Blanket which uses Baby’s First®. The pattern is super-easy to knit – just garter stitch with some yarn overs and knit-two togethers … "I can handle this," I reassured myself and I did!

I really love Baby’s First®. It’s so soft and it comes in a great selection of beautiful pastels! I love it for babies too because it’s an easy care yarn – machine washable and dryable!

Octavia Blanket

Did I mention it’s a fast knit? I added cute labels that say, "Made with love by Shira”, giving it an extra touch of love.

I visited the week before the baby was due to hand deliver the blanket. As luck would have it, he was born while I was there! In fact, I was one of the first people to meet Zen and witness the blanket I made for him in action.

Then about a year ago my brother and sister-in-law told me that they were expecting. I had my usual cry-fest for joy when someone tells me they’re expecting. They decided that they were not going to find out if they were having a boy or girl beforehand. So besides being super-excited, I also had to figure out what I was going to make. Of course, I chose the Octavia Blanket, but this time instead of just one color, I decided to get fancy and use two gender-neutral colors, Honey Bee and Beanstalk.


On June 30th she was born. At the time of her birth, I was on a business trip with my dad – she was probably delivered while we were mid-air, between NYC and Germany. Girls do not happen often in my family so this was a big deal. Alas, like most knitters and crocheters, I suffer from a mild case of procrastination … the blanket wasn’t even started and here she was.

Octavia Blanket

No problem, it’s such a quick knit I knew if I started it on my way back from the trip, it would get done in good time.

My life took an unexpected turn when I returned but looking back a year later, I realize that everything happens for a reason. Knitting this blanket became about healing for me. I could not wait to see my niece use it, but also the amount of love, tears and strength that went into knitting it meant a lot to me. This blanket marked a point when my life changed and just knowing that it would keep her warm and protect her and it could one day turn into her "blankie” eased my heart.

I think of that blanket as strength, I hope to share with my niece one day what that blanket means to me. It kept me focused and allowed me to say "onward and upward.”

After that, the Octavia Blanket has just been my go to for both beginners and experts. It’s one of those blankets that you really can make your own because the pattern is that simple it allows for simple modifications.

Thanks for reading my story.

A true story by Shira Blumenthal.

Enjoy 20% off the Octavia Blanket kit for a limited time!


Hit the Beach with This Perfect Cover Up! (Crochet Video Tutorial by Yolanda Soto Lopez)

May 30th, 2015

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Memorial Day weekend has passed, we’re jumping in pools and beach waters, and thinking about… vacation! With all of the summery goodness happening, don’t forget to keep those needles and hooks going. To keep you crafting through the summer, we’ve got this great crochet Beach Cover Up tutorial for you today, from Yolanda Soto Lopez (All Crafts Channel). Watch below, and start crocheting your summer garment! (pattern is completed in 3 videos).

P.S – We’ve got a great sale on select colors of Cotton-Ease® right now, so be sure to check that out as well.

Can’t see the video below? Click here to watch.

 


Would you like to be featured in the Pattern Journal newsletter?

May 27th, 2015

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Each month the Pattern Journal newsletter features a story inspired by an irresistible pattern. We know you love to knit and crochet, so you must have stories to share about your favorite patterns, right? To see past Pattern Journals, visit the archive.

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Showered With Love: Knit and Crochet Projects to Give to New Parents!

May 25th, 2015

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What better way to celebrate a new addition to the family than a gift made with love? Blankets and hats remain popular projects to make and give, but we like to think of all the essentials new parents may need.

Gifting a car seat? Make a canopy to match!

Crocheting an afghan? Consider a matching lovey for the baby to play with.

Bath wraps and washcloths make for a smart addition to a gift set of baby washes and lotions.

The possibilities are endless! Here are our picks for gifts to give to expectant mothers at their baby showers:

baby crown down on the farm chevron car seat cover
Knit Baby Crown Hat. Make your own with Modern Baby® Down on the Farm Playset
Crochet your own with
Vanna’s Choice® & Fun Fur®.
Chevron Car Seat Canopy by Heather Ormond.* Make one with Kitchen Cotton.
Lion Baby Bath Wrap Sheep Baby Blanket washcloth
Lion Baby Bath Wrap. Crocheted with Kitchen Cotton. Sheep Baby Blanket by Two Sisters Crafting & Jean Adel.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®. Crochet Serene Spa Washcloth Make a stack with Kitchen Cotton.
baby bear hoodie Wee Mouse Lovey glamour babys hat
Knit Baby Bear Hooded Jacket Made with Homespun® Thick & Quick® Wee Mouse Lovey by Briana Olson*Make one with Cotton-Ease® Knit Glamour-Baby’s Hat
Make one with Baby Wool

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern


9 Fresh Food-Inspired Projects!

May 23rd, 2015

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Everyone’s going “bananas” over Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s newest window display! Chock-full of knit and crochet fruits and vegetables, the Farmer’s Market-themed display features pineapples, apples, eggplants, cauliflower, corn, sunflowers and more!

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You can read all about it over at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, “Our New Window is Orchard Fresh!

Inspired by this tasty treat, we collected our favorite food-inspired knits – make a few for your market basket!


fruit pot holders springtime vegetable pen apple slice
Crochet Fruit Pot Holders *Paid* Pattern by Marcelline Simonotti Designs.* Made with Wool-Ease® Chunky Crochet Springtime Vegetable Pen Cozies by Twinkie Chan.* Made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Apple Slice Tawashi Scrubber made with Vanna’s Choice®
apple cozy eggplant_small2 Watermelon1_small2
Crochet Apple Cozy by Petals to Picots.* Made with Kitchen Cotton. Crochet Eggplant Amigurumi
Made with Wool-Ease®
Crochet Watermelon Coin Purse by Repeat Crafter Me* Made with Vanna’s Choice®
StrawberryHat3 apple banana hat
Crochet Strawberry Hat by Repeat Crafter Me.*Make one with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Apple Amigurumi made with Wool-Ease® Crochet Banana Hat for Babies *Paid* Pattern by HGS Designs* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern


9 Fun Tote Bag Patterns To Knit And Crochet For Summer

May 22nd, 2015

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If you knit and crochet, you are likely to want to do it all year.  That sense of satisfaction that comes from accomplishing something with your hands would be missed if you give it up when the warm weather comes.  And, what would you do if you didn’t have knitting or crocheting to de-stress for months at a time?

I’ve searched through our selection of patterns to find a variety of summer totes that will keep your hands busy and your nerves calm while you travel or just relax on the porch or the beach this summer.  They are all made with lighter weight yarns and can be finished quickly and given as gifts (or to yourself!)

These market bags and totes can be stuffed in a suitcase and used as a bag to carry your souvenirs and gifts after a trip,  or you can take these sturdy bags to the grocery store and use them instead of disposable bags.  They are lightweight and casual, so they’ll work with the relaxed style we all enjoy in the summer. Whether you take them to the beach, the store, or on a trip, you’ll find the perfect tote for every occasion.

 

Crochet 4 Ball Market Bag Knit Sitara designed by Uma Padu Crochet Hexagon Market Bag
Crochet 4 Ball Market Bag made with Kitchen Cotton Knit Sitara designed by Uma Padu made with Cotton-Ease® * Crochet Hexagon Market Bag made with Kitchen Cotton
Knit Slip Stitch Mosaic Tote Crochet Woodland Owl Bag designed by Laura Bozeman Knit Blended Tote
Knit Slip Stitch Mosaic Tote made with Kitchen Cotton Crochet Woodland Owl Bag designed by Laura Bozeman made with Vanna’s Choice® * Knit Blended Tote made with Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Rainbow Burst Tote
Knit Mini Market Tote
Simple Crochet Tote
Crochet Rainbow Burst Tote made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Mini Market Tote made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Cotton Hemp Simple Crochet Tote made with Vanna’s Glamour®

* Please note, this is not a Lion Brand pattern and the author is charging a small fee to download it.


9 Ways to Decorate with Knit and Crochet!

May 21st, 2015

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It’s getting hotter and sweaters are the last thing on my mind. But just because it’s spring time doesn’t mean that I want to put down my needles or hooks! There are plenty of ways to knit through the warm months without making hats and scarves. This summer, I’m making decorations! From pillows to plant-holders, I’m sprucing up my place with beautiful, hand-made pieces.

Here are a few projects that you can make for your home!

Crochet Stash Basket
made with Fettuccini®
Crochet Geometric Pillow and Afghan made with Heartland® Knit Wall Hanging
Made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®Hometown USA®, and Wool-Ease® by While They Play Designs*
Macrame Plant Hanger
made with Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton
Knit Sunset Diamonds Afghan made with Textures® Crochet Little Waves Rug
made with Cotton-Ease® by Moogly*
 Crochet Pop of Color Garland made with Bonbons Knit Felted Little Loops Pillow made with Fishermen’s Wool® Crochet Log Cabin Arrow Afghan
made with Heartland®

*Not a Lion Brand Pattern


Get Beach Ready with These 6 Open and Airy Patterns For Summer

May 19th, 2015

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Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and I’m sure many of you will be headed to the beaches and pools to enjoy the unofficial beginning of summer (yes, I know there’s still technically one month left!). With the thoughts of warm weather and water activities, I started thinking about bikini and bathing suit cover ups!

If you’re still not ready for the beach or pool, you’ve got plenty of time to work on the perfect cover up, and of course, if you work quickly you could have something in time for the weekend. The 6 patterns below are great for vacations, walking around the pool/beach grounds, and covering up at night once the breeze sets in.

Knit Spring Ruana
Diagonal Mesh Top
Knit Spring Ruana
The ruana knit in LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo is super stylish for walks on the beach or boardwalk once the sun sets.
Diagonal Mesh Top
Knit this top in Cotton-Ease® for the perfect bikini pullover for nights at the beach.
Beach Cover Up Cardigan
This cardigan in Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton also makes a nice cardigan for the transitions between the seasons.
Light 'n' Lively Tank Beach Cover Up
Light and Lively Tank
This airy tank top crocheted in Cotton-Ease® has a fun swing to it at the bottom, helping to keep you nice and cool!
Beach Cover Up
Learn how to crochet this cover up in Cotton-Ease® with Yolanda Soto Lopez, click here!
Beach Cape
*Paid* Pattern on Ravelry by Alexandra Tavel knit in Cotton-Ease®. *

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern


You Won’t Want to Shake Off These 9 Shawls

May 18th, 2015

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We love a good shawl. This versatile piece dresses up everyday outfits and jazzes up our more formal wear.

They’re the perfect thing to slip on when the office A/C’s just a little too cold, or when hot summer days turn into breezy nights.

What we like most about shawls is their simplicity – there are shawl patterns for every type of knitter or crocheter, beginner to expert.

With warmer weather on the way, we’ve dug up some of our favorite lighter shawl patterns:

 

Bridal Shawl June Bunnies Shawl Shell Ruffled Shawl
Crochet Bridal Shawl
Make your own with Vanna’s Glamour ®.
June Bunnies Shawl by Silver Lining Knits*
Knit one with LB Collection ® Silk Mohair.
Shell Ruffled Shawl by Brandie Knaggs* Made with Hometown USA ®
Dream Shawl Spring Thaw Shawl Irish Crochet Shawl
Dream Shawl by Kathy North* Make one with LB Collection ® Cotton Bamboo. Spring Thaw Shawl by Cheri McEwen* Make one with LB Collection ® Silk Mohair. Irish Crochet Shawl Made with Vanna’s Glamour ®.
triangle shawl Bella Luna Shawl South Bay Shawl
Triangle Pattern Shawl Made with Vanna’s Glamour ®. Crochet Bella Luna Shawl
Made with Vanna’s Choice ®.
Crochet South Bay Shawlette
Made with LB Collection ® Silk Mohair

 

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern

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