I’d like to introduce you to the newest addition to the Lion Brand® Yarn family, Textures®! Textures® is a self-striping boucle yarn that creates gorgeous drape. The colors are inspired by a natural palette, drawing from the forest, ocean, meadows, and skies. This yarn is an acrylic and nylon blend so your garments are machine washable and dryable. Textures® is light weight which means it’s great for springtime knitting and crochet!
Check out this video to learn more about this exciting new yarn!
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Feeling inspired? Here are a few patterns made with Textures®!
|Knit Sunset Diamond Afghan||Knit Flattering Shaded Tunic||Crochet Button Cowl|
|Crochet Lagoon Ripple Poncho||Knit Triangle Shawl||Crochet Diagonal Squares Afghan|
So now that you’ve worked through the first two sections of our fabulous new collection, are you up for a challenge? We’re excited to show you the third chapter of the collection, A Bit of Technique. These bold patterns build on the idea that garments can be made from simple shapes and use easy shaping to create v-necks, patchwork, and over-sized cowls. Fun techniques like lace, cables, and embroidered embellishments make these projects look like they stepped right off the runway.
See all of these patterns in action here.
|Knit Montclair Poncho||Knit Danielle’s Radiant Wristers||Knit Kimono Pullover|
|Knit Sophomore Hat||Knit Poncho Pullover and Crochet Poncho Pullover||Knit Cozy Cowl Pullover|
|Knit Color Block Sweater||Knit Midnight Garden Tunic||Crochet Ripple Bolero|
|Knit Glitzy Striped Legwarmers||Crochet Moody Blue Bag||Crochet Lacy Poncho|
|Crochet Mountain Dawn Cowl|
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It’s National Puppy Day – the perfect opportunity to celebrate our furry friends! So go on, take the pooch out for a longer walk, give them an extra treat or two, and while you’re at it, knit or crochet them a new sweater to show off at the dog run.
|Crochet Striped Dog Sweater in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®||Knit Cabled Dog Cardigan in Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®||Crochet Poet Dog Sweater in Homespun®||Knit The Dragon Slayer Dog Sweater in Vanna’s Choice®|
|Knit Sports Nut Dog Sweater in Hometown USA®||Crochet Romantic Dog Sweater in Vanna’s Choice®||Knit Proud Puppy Dog Sweater in Amazing®||Crochet The Lady Who Lunches Dog Sweater
in Bonbons and Vanna’s Choice®
Have you knit or crochet anything for your best furry friend lately? Share with us below!
In case you missed it, last week we highlighted the first section of our 2015 fashion collection, Simple Rectangles, which featured pieces made from, you guessed it, rectangles!
This week we’re having fun with the second section, Rectangles Sewn Together, which features easy rectangle shapes that require just a little bit of simple seaming to become impressive garments! You can make runway-inspired garments with minimal shaping. If you’ve never made a cardigan before, this group of patterns is a great place to start – you really can do it!
See all of the patterns from part two: Rectangles Sewn Together!
|Crochet Electric Granny Vest||Crochet Bright Squares Afghan||Crochet Simply Constructed Pullover|
|Knit Colorblock Slipover||Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan||Knit Seed Stitch Cardi with Scarf|
|Crochet Small Squares Shawl||Crochet Oversized Popover Top||Knit Hudson Riverfront Hat|
|Knit Reading Room Cardigan||Chatsworth Cable Poncho||Knit Painterly Mitered Pullover|
|Crochet Log Cabin Arrow Afghan|
Hear more about the idea behind this year’s collection from Lion Brand®‘s Design Director Adina Klein in the video below!
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Was Cinderella your favorite Disney Princess when you were a little girl? Well, she’s making a big comeback! Disney’s new live-action Cinderella comes to theaters this weekend to bring magic to a new generation. Do you think this new film will be a fun update or is the classic version your all-time favorite?
Inspired by the new movie, I’ve put together some patterns that can bippity-boppity-boo your little one into a real princess. The projects include our new crocheted Topsy Turvy Princess Doll that transforms with a flip from day to night! And the adorable Fairytale Headband and Wand set requires no knit or crochet skills- a great project to craft with the kids!
|Craft Fairytale Headband and Wand
made with Vanna’s Glamour® and Bonbons
|Crochet Topsy Turvy Princess Doll made with Vanna’s Choice, Vanna’s Glamour®, and Bonbons||Knit Baby Crown Hat
Made with Modern Baby®
|Crochet Pumpkin Hat
made with Vanna’s Choice® by Bowties and Fezzes
|Knit Rats! made with Wool-Ease®
by Ravelry user 3secondfish
|Knit Lavish Booties
made with LB Collection® Cashmere
|Knit Fairy-Tale Blanket
made with Vanna’s Sequins by Nicky Epstein
|Craft Fairy Wands made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Extra Soft Wool Blend and Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Glitter Eyelash||Loom-Woven Apron with Pockets
Made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Cotton Hemp
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As the weather moves from winter to warmer, a cardigan can serve as a great transitional piece. I’m a very petite person, so fit is always a concern, especially when it comes to sleeves. I prefer tops that have 3/4 sleeves because they end up being regular-sized – perfect for a small woman like myself!
I’d been eyeing the Perfect Crochet Cardigan for awhile and since with March is National Crochet Month, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to start this wishlist project. I had also needed an excuse to use the Fishermen’s Wool® in my stash, which turned out to be a great substitute for Amazing® – I didn’t even have to change hook sizes!
It really is the “perfect cardigan” – it worked up quickly, taking only a week to finish, and it fits great. I can also roll up the sleeves, as you can see, to create my own 3/4 sleeve effect. As a crafter, I added pockets so I have someplace to put my yarn cutter and measuring tape when I need it. It can even serve as a coat on those cooler spring evenings.
For more ideas, I’ve selected four projects that work well for petites!
|Level 1 Crochet Cardigan||Knit Eloise Eyelet Cardigan||Round-About Cropped Cardi||Knit My First Raglan Cardigan, 3/4 Sleeve Variation|
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Recently we debuted our newest collection of patterns at a fashion show called, You Can Do It! The show was divided into five sections, the first of which, Simple Rectangles, featured pieces made from, you guessed it, rectangles. These patterns were designed to give even a novice knitter or crocheter the confidence to tackle a gorgeous garment!
Shira sat down with Lion Brand®’s Design Director Adina Klein to talk about the inspiration behind these inventive projects.
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See the Simple Rectangles patterns below!
|Crochet Rainbow Squares Afghan||Knit Beginner Scarf||Knit Basic Hat||Knit Basic Wristers|
|Knit Easy Rectangle Cardigan and Cowl||Crochet Sparkling Shell Top||Knit Helio Poncho||Crochet Perfect Sleeveless Tunic|
|Crochet Blankets Are My Canvas||Crochet Glamorous Ripple Poncho||Crochet Not Your Grannie’s Gloves||Knit Shaped Poncho|
|Knit Tribeca Tunic||Knit Tricolor Cowl||Knit Senior Hat|
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It’s hard to believe that AMC’s Mad Men has been on the air for over seven years, and it’s even harder to believe that our final hours with Sterling Cooper & Partners are almost here. The second half of Mad Men’s final season begins on April 5th! The show has followed Don Draper, his colleagues, and family through the 1960s and there are only seven episodes left.
Costume designer Janie Bryant’s work has brought back mid-century styles, including a line at Banana Republic, and an official suit at Brooks Brothers.
To mark the occasion, I’ve put together a few patterns for the modern Joan, Peggy, and Betty in all of us!
|Knit Simple Hat||Knit Cozy Collared Cardi||Knit Necktie|
|Crochet Sparkle Slipon||Crochet Inside Out Circles Top||Crochet Lacy Poncho|
|Knit My First Raglan Cardigan||Crochet Classic Sleeveless Top||Crochet Tivoli Beret|
Staci walks you through the Knit Lace Stitch pattern in 4 LB Collection® yarns: Baby Alpaca, Silk, Cashmere, and Superwash Merino. And, we’re also happy to share this video with you today because when you spend $35 or more on yarns from the exclusive line, you get free shipping!
Take a look at the video below, and we hope you enjoy learning a new stitch.