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10 Popular Knit and Crochet Patterns from September!

October 14th, 2014

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You can tell a lot by the popularity of our patterns – it’s like palm reading (or pattern reading, in this case). With the weather getting colder we’ve noticed people are leaning towards heavier cover-ups like the Glamour Jacket and the Simple Shrug. The garments are made with our loftier yarns: Heartland Thick & Quick®, Homespun®, and Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®. One of our new yarns, Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® (exclusively sold at Micheals and Lion Brand) was a big hit – the Level 1 Crocheted Cardigan was our most popular project!

A big surprise in September: people still loved our District 12 Cowl Wrap! Inspired by the Hunger Games films, this pattern (in knit and crochet versions) was a big hit last year.

For more inspiration, we’re featuring your favorite projects from Steptember:

Knit Cocoon Cape Crochet Urban Nomad Tunic and Cowl Knit Glamour Jacket
Knit Cocoon Cape Crochet Urban Nomad Tunic and Cowl Knit Glamour Jacket


Lion Brand Yarns and Patterns in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month… You Can Help Make a Difference

October 13th, 2014

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dT8odgjTeOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and men worldwide — in 2012, it represented about 12 percent of all new cancer cases and 25 percent of all cancers in women — so almost all of you are affected by breast cancer either directly or through someone you care about.

Throughout the month of October, Lion Brand Yarn Company will donate 20% of the purchase price of a selection of pink yarns (see below) and our Knit for Life and Crochet for a Cause Kits to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, while supplies last. BCRF’s mission is to advance the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime. For more information about BCRF, please visit

You can help make a difference!


New Beginnings: The Raglan Sleeve Pullover

October 12th, 2014

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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.

raglan sleeve pulloverHunter clasped Jill’s hand at the bus stop, talking excitedly—his teacher, Ms. Randall, said he could hold the flag for the Pledge; a turtle lived in the science corner; could he buy lunch when there was pizza?

As the bus arrived, he wrenched away before the doors opened—so no one would know he liked to be close to his mom—then melted into the rambunctious cargo of school-bound kids.

She’d thought she’d feel wistful when Hunter started first grade, but sitting in the quiet kitchen with a cup of coffee, Jill was surprisingly cheery. Six open hours lay ahead—a gift! Her plan, formed during the summer, was to progress in knitting—to grow beyond the scarves and caps that had given her confidence. She’d knit her first sweater in this new-found time.

The pattern, a classic raglan of wheat-colored Wool-Ease® Chunky, was precise and clear. As the fabric swiftly grew on her needles, Jill wondered why she’d been timid. Sweater knitting was absorbing and fun! Already she was thinking about making herself another, and one for Jack. The yarn came in such luscious colors…

One evening she modeled her achievement for husband and son. “Looks great on you!” Jack exclaimed. Hunter, busy with crayons and paper at the kitchen counter, agreed.

Later, they tucked Hunter into bed, and went downstairs to talk over the day. Jack picked up Hunter’s drawing. “Did you see this?”

Three stick figures represented the family holding hands. Hunter, the smallest, wore his favorite baseball cap and a red sweater, Jack, a brown sweater; Jill, the new wheat-colored raglan.

“There’s a message here,” said Jack.

“And a compliment,” Jill added.

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.

Knit an Animal Hat with Gramma Nancy’s “Animal Hats and Booties Too!” – Giveaway + Free Patterns!

October 10th, 2014

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Every year, Lion Brand Yarn Company hosts the “Vanna’s Choice Contest” in which participants submit a creative knit or crochet design made with Vanna’s Choice yarn for the chance to travel to California to meet Vanna White. Our 2012 contest winner was “Gramma” Nancy Nielsen, who made adorable matching animal hat and booties sets as baby gifts.


Make A Zodiac Scarf for Scorpio Birthdays

October 8th, 2014

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If you were born between October 23rd and November 21st, your zodiac sign is Scorpio, the eighth sign of the Zodiac, represented by the scorpion. Folks born under this sign are often serious people who take great care to learn as much as they can about others.

Scorpios are not afraid of obstacles or challenges — whether it’s something unavoidable or a competitive frenemy. In fact, they thrive on adversity and love trying to prove that no one can stop them!

cancer-signThe colors in this scarf match the essence of the sign of Scorpio: burgundy for strength of character, cranberry for passion, wild berry for their complex and secretive side, and terracotta for Mars (the planet Scorpio is ruled by).

Famous and fashionable Scorpios include: Julia Roberts, Katy Perry, Rachel McAdams, and Anne Hathaway.

If you have a friend who has a birthday coming up, a handmade gift is perfect, and since Scorpios are drawn to intense, rich colors, there’s no doubt your friend will appreciate a new scarf made by a close friend. If you are a Scorpio yourself, make two – one for you and one for a friend!

The Scorpio zodiac scarf is available for both Knit and Crochet (pictured). Not your sign? Check out our other zodiac scarves here.

10 Popular Projects Using Tweed Stripes!

October 6th, 2014

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Tweed Stripes® is one of our self-striping yarns composed of radiant colorways. Though categorized as a bulky weight, you’ll find it’s a yarn that stitches up in a cozy, lightweight fabric — great for sweaters, scarves, accessories and more. A few simple stitches go a long way — the color gradient does most of the work, making it a great yarn for beginners.

Whether you’re knitting or crocheting something for a child or an adult, there’s a Tweed Stripes colorway for everyone — Mixed Berries, Tundra, Ozark Forest, Popsicle, Apple Mint, and Limeade!

And now until October 31st, you can buy Tweed Stripes for 20% off the original price.

Below are several of our favorite patterns that use Tweed Stripes — enjoy!

Knit Basic Shrug Cowl Neck Poncho Knit Rustic Ribbed Hat and Scarf
Knit Basic Shrug Crochet Cowl Neck Poncho Knit Rustic Ribbed Hat and Scarf
Crochet Seashell Poncho Knit Sweet Dreams Baby Cocoon and Hat Set Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set
Crochet Seashell Poncho Knit  Sweet Dreams Baby Cocoon and Hat Set Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set
Knit Soft, Easy Baby Throw Crochet Tablet Cozy Knit Caramel Swirl Hat
Knit Soft, Easy Baby Throw Crochet Tablet Cozy Knit Caramel Swirl Hat

Loom Knitting Afghans: Book Giveaway and New Free Pattern!

October 3rd, 2014

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Thanks to our friends at St.Martin’s Griffin, we have copies of Isela Phelps’s new book, Loom Knitting Afghans: 20 Simple & Snuggle No-Needle Designs for all Loom Knitters to review and giveaway to our wonderful readers like you.

Isela Phelps, loom knitter extraordinaire, has authored more than a handful of loom knitting books with patterns for babies, socks, accessories, beginners, and more. Her newest book features beautifully designed patterns featured in high-quality photos that will amaze you. From cables to entrelac to lace — Isela has figured out how to work the loom to create beautiful techniques found in traditional knitting, and you’ll see them all in Loom Knitting Afghans.

As our treat to you, St.Martin’s has given us permission to reprint one of Isela’s patterns from the new book, Entrelac Baby Blanket and, we’ve got 10 copies of the book to giveaway! Read below for the details.

This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Rox K, Cathy W, Lee S, Lee P, Maureen C, Yvonne F, Darlene J, Kema R, Ruth C and Karen J!

Rules and Guidelines:
1. Entries must be received by October 10th, 11:59p.m. EST
2. Must be 18 and over to enter.
3. One person per entry

*All winners will be announced on the blog and social media. If you do not respond to the e-mail indicating that you were selected as the winner within 7 days, another winner will be selected to receive the prize

10 Halloween Patterns You Can Use All Winter Long!

October 1st, 2014

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When I knit or crochet, I typically choose patterns that are very versatile – this includes themed projects like one you might make for Halloween.

So it’s no surprise that I really love patterns like the Fuzzy Bear Hood – which, incidentally, is Lion Brand’s most popular pattern for Halloween! Your little one could wear his/her favorite outfit with this hood and they’d be set for a night of Trick or Treating or a play date with a cherished friend. The same idea can be applied to the Cat Headband and Wrist Warmers. Stuff Genie the Ghost and the Candy Corn Amigurumi with catnip and have a treat toy  for your favorite black cat — or wait a few months to hang them on your Christmas tree!

Even the Fairy Wings and Tutu patterns are great for pretend dress up anytime!

Check out some of our most popular patterns for Halloween below:

Cat Headband and Wrist warmers Copy Image URL Genie the Ghost
Knit Cat Headband and Wrist Warmers Crochet Amigurumi Black Cat Door Stopper Crochet Genie the Ghost


4 Matching Costume Sets for Kids and Pets!

September 24th, 2014

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Knit Octopus Poncho Knit Octopus Dog Costume
Tentacles and all, venture under the sea with this original
Knit Octopus Poncho and Knit Octopus Dog Costume set.

Halloween is a family affair – so include your dog! To make it easy to do, we’ve put together an adorable collection of matching costume sets for your child and your dog. Think of the photo opportunities!

Check out some of the fun pairings below:


Meet Our Newest Made in America Yarn, Country®!

September 23rd, 2014

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It’s the first day of fall – a perfect day to introduce one of Lion Brand®‘s newest super-bulky yarns, Country®! A classic 2-ply super bulky yarn, this silky roving combines a palette of painterly striping colors with contrasting solid black or off-white shades. The colorways are aptly named after iconic American symbols and landmarks: Adirondack GreenLobster, Campfire, Hampton Sunset, New England Granite, and Nantucket, just to name a few.

This soft, lofty yarn has the look of a hearty wool, and is ideal for fast finish projects, afghans and chunky accessories. It’s 100% premium acrylic with the touch and feel of real wool, making it a great alternative for people who are sensitive to natural fibers.

I love how this yarn’s striping effect adds life and texture to projects. To see what I mean, take a look at the Side to Side Cardigan and the Tasseled Hooded Cowl below. Gorgeous!

Best of all,  Country® is made in America!

Below is a selection of my favorite patterns which use Country® . Click here for more patterns that use this hearty yarn.

Knit Tasseled Hooded Cowl Crochet Campfire Poncho Knit Side to Side Cardigan Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan
Knit Tasseled Hooded Cowl Crochet Campfire Poncho Knit Side to Side Cardigan Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan
Crochet Rustic Hat Knit Unstructured Vest Crochet Buffalo Stance Cowl Knit Riding Jacket
Crochet Rustic Hat Knit Unstructured Vest Crochet Buffalo Stance Cowl. Knit Riding Jacket

In love with American-made yarns? Lion Brand has a large selection of yarns made in USA.