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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


9 Jurassic Patterns for Your Favorite Dino Lover!

May 15th, 2015

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The Jurassic Park universe is back in a big way this summer! Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallace Howard returns to the updated Isla Nublar theme park with bigger, badder dinos. The movie is out on June 12th so we are getting in the mood with pterodactyls, triceratops, and, everyone’s favorite, the t-rex!

Below are 9 patterns for every little dinosaur lover and even their furry friends!

Crochet Dotty Dinosaur
made with Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Dinosaur Scarf made with Vanna’s Choice® Crochet Dinosaur Scoodie
Made with Hometown USA® by Articles of a Domestic Goddess
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Knit Dalton Dino Cowl
made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® by The Velvet Acorn Designs
Crochet Worsted Weight Triceratops Hat made with Vanna’s Choice®
by Micah Makes
Crochet Amigurumi Pterodactyl Dinosaur
made with Vanna’s Choice® by loneilteaches
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Knit Dinosuar Triceratops by Philip Skipper, try it with Woolspun®! Knit Dragon Slayer Dog Sweater made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Dragon Slayer Hood
made with Vanna’s Choice®

A Little Glamour in Sin City

May 14th, 2015

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I’d never wanted to visit Vegas. I don’t like to gamble and I don’t like crowds (even after almost ten years living in New York City). Quite frankly, Las Vegas seemed like the opposite of my favorite thing to do which is curl up with my knitting and a good movie. But when I got the opportunity to go on a some-expenses-paid trip to Sin City, I felt like I shouldn’t turn it down.

Since I spend a lot of my day perusing Lion Brand’s free patterns, I’m often spotting new projects that I want to start. When I saw the Sparkle Slipon in our Fashion Show, I was totally in love. It was fun and summery and oh so sparkly! I felt like I needed to have a little glitz to wear by the pool if I was going to visit the land of showgirls!

But I was a little nervous. I’d just taught myself how to make granny squares after years of knitting. I’d never crocheted anything bigger than a coaster. When I read over the pattern, I realized that the Sparkle Slipon is a lot like a granny square. I’ve never shied away from a crafting challenge so I decided to dive in. I got some help (and a lot of encouragement) from Arabia in the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. I wanted to use fewer colors than the pattern called for so she helped me calculate how much yarn I would need and, after making the lower body too tight, she gave me advice on how to make easy changes.

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This was the perfect project for a novice crocheter! It certainly was a challenge for me and it’s not perfect but this was a great way to translate what I knew how to do into a big project. I was able to pick up some new skills but I wasn’t pulled too far out of my comfort zone since it had so little shaping. The color and fiber made this garment just the right weight for a swimsuit cover up. And since Vanna’s Glamour® is machine washable and dryable, I won’t have to worry about getting sunscreen on this top.

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On my very first day by the pool, a woman stopped me to say how much she loved my top. I don’t usually let people know when I’m wearing something handmade but this time, I was so proud, I had to let it spill! She said, “I’m a crocheter, too! I was looking at that top and I thought, ‘I have to make one!'” I was so happy! I love inspiring other people with the things that I make!

I’m really looking forward to wearing this next time I get by the pool!

Have you ever gotten an unexpected compliment on something you made? Do you take baby steps when you’re learning something new or do you dive in?


We Like How You Use Our Yarn (Mother’s Day Edition): Susan the Sunflower

May 10th, 2015

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How cute is this? Crochet designer Alyssa Voznak knocks it out of the park with this super-sweet amigurumi sunflower made with our popular Vanna’s Choice® yarn.


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This is a paid pattern, available through Ravelry for $5.

:: Vanna’s Choice® colors seen here in Duckie, Sweet Pea, Chocolate and Rose. ::



Our Picks for Dad: 6 Easy Gifts to Knit or Crochet!

May 9th, 2015

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While you’re hard at work on your project for Mom, don’t forget about Dad! Father’s Day is June 21st this year — leaving plenty of time for projects to be made for your loved ones.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite crafts for dads (and grandfathers!) that make for fun and useful gifts.

tablet cozy

Dad always glued to his tablet? Keep all his apps handy and safe in this Digital Tablet Cozy. Made with Tweed Stripes®.

big game cozies

Whether he’s court-side or couch-side, Dad will love this Big Game Cup Cozie. Made with Kitchen Cotton and Bonbons.

clubs

Customize these Golf Club Covers for the dad or grandpa in your life that loves to get out on the course.
Choose from a variety of colors of Hometown USA®.

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Keep the sun out of his eyes and focused on a hole-in-one with this Men’s Cabled Golf Cap by Moogly.* Made with Wool-Ease®.

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This Father’s Day Catchall looks great on both Dad’s dresser at home and his desk at the office. Made with Modern Baby®.

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Keep the whole pack cool with these easy bottle cozies from Evermine.*

Crochet one together with Kitchen Cotton‘s range of bright colors.

* Not a Lion Brand Pattern


Lion Brand’s 9 Most Popular Patterns from April!

May 5th, 2015

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april_popular_patternTextures® was the big hit yarn in April!

From scalloped waves, to classic stripes, to triangular patterns, Textures® looks exquisite in any geometric shape your pattern may call for. Textures® comes in eight colorways, including the deep russet of Sunset Rays and the cool tones of Enchanted Forest.

Our pick for spring? Textures® in Meadow Flowers, as featured in our Easy Eyelet Scarf pattern, the most popular pattern in April! The lace detailing of the stitches pairs well with this self-striping yarn. No matter your stitch of choice, these colors are sure to bring your project to light, just in time for spring.

Learn more about Textures® at lionbrand.com.

Below is a collection of the most popular patterns from April, as chosen by you!

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Crochet Diagonal Squares Afghan Crochet Button Cowl Crochet Lagoon Ripple Poncho
flattering shaded tunic Knit Left Bank Scarf Knit Glamour Jacket
Knit Flattering Shaded Tunic Knit Left Bank Scarf Knit Glamour Jacket
Crochet Color Bright Baby Blanket Crochet Canyon Shrug Crochet Lacy Poncho
Crochet Color Bright Baby Blanket Crochet Canyon Shrug Crochet Lacy Poncho

Ice Cream is Lion Brand’s Yarn of the Month!

May 1st, 2015

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923SkeinArtAlready a popular baby yarn, Ice Cream® is a soft and easy care yarn that works up to create delightful, self-striping colorways that blend unique and cheerful color combinations.

It comes in eight delightfully tasty colors like Lemon Swirl, Tutti Frutti, Banana Split, and Cotton Candy. There’s even Cookies & Cream, a sophisticated, tonal grey shade for the gender neutral projects.

This will be your go-to yarn for baby shower gifts, your own baby project and even big, bright and beautiful blankets like the Charleston Garden Blanket.

Best of all, you’ll save 20% on purchases of Ice Cream® for all of May!



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We’ve selected a few of our favorite Ice Cream patterns below. For the full selection, visit lionbrand.com.

Knit Checkerboard Blanket Crochet Sweet Baby Afghan Crochet Bright Hexagon Blanket Knit Favorite Baby Blanket
Knit Checkerboard Blanket
in Spumoni
Crochet Sweet Baby Afghan
in Strawberry
Crochet Bright Hexagon Blanket in Spumoni, Cotton Candy and Tutti Fruity Knit Favorite Baby Blanket in Cotton Candy
Knit Confetti Color Blanket Crochet Snips and Snails Hat, Booties and Mitts Knit Checkerboard Blanket Crochet Stroller Blankie
Knit Confetti Color Blanket in Tutti Frutti,
Strawberry,
andBlueberry
Crochet Snips and Snails Hat, Booties and Mitts in Blueberry Knit Checkerboard Blanket in Tutti Frutti Crochet Stroller Blankie in Lemon Swirl

New Pattern Journal: One Thing Leads to Another … Featuring the Tribeca Tunic and the Dotty Dots Afghan

April 26th, 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. If you enjoy it and would like to subscribe, click here.

One Thing Leads to Another

If Kathy’s sister hadn’t been named Dorothy, and if Dorothy hadn’t been expecting a baby, and if Kathy hadn’t crocheted a blanket for Dorothy’s baby, Kathy would never have knitted herself the most sophisticated sweater ever. It was as simple as that.

Dotty Dots Afghan

She’d gone to the crafts store, where the blanket was on display. Its upbeat colors–cream and soft grey, vivid yellow and purple–immediately appealed. She also loved the whimsical layout of squares, diamonds, and circles, as rhythmic and happy as a children’s song. When Kathy saw the pattern was titled “Dotty Dots,” that clinched it! The family had called her sister Dorothy “Dottie” since forever. A Dotty Dots blanket for Dottie’s baby—the coincidence was pure serendipity!

It was crocheted from a subtly-chained, petal-soft yarn, Modern Baby®, which had a lively, bouncy quality that her fingers loved. The Modern Baby® palette was joyous, the yarn a pleasure to use. After finishing the blanket, Kathy wondered what else she could do with it. Too much fun to stop now!

Maybe, she thought, it’s time to focus on me. Making something just for her — that was when her creativity peaked. She could play with color, shape, and structure. She could express herself.


Tribeca Tunic

The Tribeca Tunic, a sophisticated look in two shades of Modern Baby® and one of sparkle-inflected Vanna’s Glamour®, was the perfect next project, Kathy discovered. Its construction appeared complicated, but was surprisingly straightforward. Yet there were enough changes in direction and color to keep things interesting. Knitting that sweater was as fascinating as crocheting the Dotty Dots afghan had been. She marveled at Modern Baby®‘s versatility—it worked equally well for adults’ and kids’ clothing.

At the baby shower, Kathy wore the chic Tribeca Tunic, worked in cream and two shades of black, over velvet leggings. She gave Dottie the Dotty Dots Afghan, and her sister was enchanted. “Thank you so much!” Dottie enthused. “I’ve never seen anything as adorable! And by the way, that’s a fabulous sweater you’re wearing. Is it new?”

Kathy smiled, and considered how lucky she was to be a sister and an almost-aunt, as well as someone who loved to crochet and knit. It had been so rewarding to follow her intuition from baby blanket to Tribeca Tunic, as one creative project led to another, in natural succession — just like life itself.

Nothing is more fashionable than a handmade accessory you’ve made yourself. Save 20% off these kits for a limited time:

1) Tribeca Tunic
2) Dotty Dots Afghan

All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

A story by Selma Moss-Ward.

Selma Moss-Ward writes and knits in Rhode Island. You can find her work on our blog, as well as Lion Brand’s monthly newsletter, Pattern Journal, which you can subscribe to here.


9 Baby Booties for Baby Day!

April 23rd, 2015

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There’s something irresistible about baby booties! Their tiny size means they work up fast (and who doesn’t love a fast-finish project?), but I think we love to make them because they are just so cute! Baby Day is May 2nd. Even if you don’t have a baby or grandbaby to celebrate, chances are you know someone who does. Those little feet need booties! Of course, booties make fantastic shower or new mom gifts too, and if you’re feeling extra crafty, why not make a whole baby set? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite free patterns to get you started.

l0017a Springtime Set 90060ada Lullaby Layette l32202a Learn to Knit Baby Set
Crochet Springtime Set. Make this set with
Lion Brand Fun.
Knit Lullaby Layette.
Make this set with
Babysoft®.
Learn to Knit Baby Set. Make this set with
Vanna’s Choice®.
Butterfly Sandals by Repeat Crafter Me Crochet Summer Sandals by AshleeMarie Loopy Love Booties by Moogly
Crochet Butterfly Barefoot Sandals* by Repeat Crafter Me. Make them with Bonbons! Crochet Summer Sandals* by AshleeMarie. Make them with Babysoft® & Extra Soft Wool Blend! Crochet Loopy Love Booties (3 sizes)* by Moogly. Make them with Vanna’s Choice® Baby!
l40365a Snips and Snails Set Made by Marni Knitted Booties l40366a Berry Pretty Set
Snips & Snails Set.
Make this set with
NEW Ice Cream®!
Made by Marni Knitted Booties*. Make them with
Vanna’s Choice®!
Berry Pretty Set.
Make this set with
NEW Ice Cream®!

* not a Lion Brand pattern


9 Fun Patterns Perfect for Fans of the Avengers!

April 18th, 2015

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Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, this Joss Whedon-directed epic is already buzzing with great reviews. Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters on May 1st and we thought it would be fun to round up a few of our favorite superhero-inspired knit and crochet patterns.

Who’s your favorite Avenger?

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Crochet Little Super Hero Blanket made with Hometown USA®. Crochet Iron Man / Tony Stark made by Amilovesgurumi. Make it with Vanna’s Choice®! * Crochet Incredible Hulk made by Hook Monster. Make it with Vanna’s Choice® – Hulk SMASH! *
Knit Marvel Comics Dice by Andrea Trooperschaf *. Make it with Vanna’s Choice®! Crochet Nick Fury from the Avengers by Irene McCormick *. Make it with Vanna’s Choice®! Knit Captain America Knit Hoodie by Beth Kluckhohn *. She made it with Vanna’s Choice®!
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Crocheted Thor Avengers Amigurumi by Louis Mensinger made with Wool-Ease®. * Crocheted Hawkeye Avengers Amigurumi by Louis Mensinger made with Wool-Ease®. * Crocheted Black Widow Avengers Amigurumi by Louis Mensinger made with Wool-Ease®. *

* not a Lion Brand pattern

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