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The Shape of Things to Come: Lion Brand’s 2016 Fashion Show!

February 16th, 2016

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The idea was clear; simple geometry leads to spectacular results. When our design team set out to create new patterns for 2016, they chose a fitting theme: “The Shape of Things to Come.”

Squares, triangles, circles and polygons come together to create an endless array of new garments and accessories. They made their debut at the Craft & Hobby Association Megashow this January in Lion Brand’s annual Fashion Show, co-hosted by Vanna White and our brand ambassador, Shira Blumenthal!

Get a glimpse at these new patterns in the video below!


Like what you see? Here’s a taste of the newest patterns!

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Crochet Graphic Statement Cardigan made with Heartland® Knit Cozy Collared Pullover made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® and Homespun® Thick & Quick® Knit Slip Stitch Graphic Shawl made with Vanna’s Choice® Knit Color Grid Pullover made with Vanna’s Glamour

All patterns will be released very soon. Can’t wait? Sign up for our New Patterns Alert and have the latest batch of patterns delivered directly to your inbox!

9 Top Blogger Patterns of 2015!

December 30th, 2015

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We’ve said it before — we like how you use our yarn! This year saw an abundance of patterns from our blogger friends. They took our yarn, their imaginations, and created patterns we can’t wait to try and make again and again.

With the year coming to an end, we rounded up the top blogger patterns of 2015.

Thank you for thinking of Lion Brand® for your projects. We enjoy seeing how our yarn inspires others and look forward to sharing a lot more patterns from you in 2016!

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Crochet C2C Baby Sheep Graphghan by Repeat Crafter Me
Made with Vanna’s Choice®
Crochet Granite Cape by All About Ami
Made with Heartland®
Crochet Sugar Cookie Scarf by Fiber Flux
Made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
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Crochet Southwest Tote by Mama in a Stitch
Made with Vanna’s Choice®
Knit Cables & Columns Blanket by Petals to Picots
Made with Jiffy®
Crochet Log Cabin Afghan by Moogly
Made with Textures®
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Crochet Fresh Produce Market Bag by Make and Takes
Made with Cotton-Ease®
Knit Gold Leaf Hat by Gina Michele
Made with Gold Leaf®
Knit Black & White Colorblock Infinity Scarf by Mama in a Stitch

Made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®

Yarncrafting Costumes: Designing Light-up Horns

December 26th, 2015

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In this guest post by Gali Beeri, she reveals a knitted costume perfect for the theme, “wicked witches” …

Just because Halloween is behind us doesn’t mean my costuming adventures have ended! I like to find opportunities for costuming year-round. The last costume party’s theme was wicked witches.

Choosing the project was the easy part – I’ve long been fascinated with the shape and dramatic look of Maleficent’s horns. Then it was time to select my yarn and start designing on the needles. I chose Vanna’s Choice® in Black held together with (you guessed it) Vanna’s Glamour® in Onyx for a touch of sparkle, worked on a US 8 needle.

I cast on a few stitches in I-cord, worked a few rows, and then started increasing and working in the round. I played with positioning of increases and decreases to create the desired slant and twist in the horns. Taking notes along the way, I reversed the shaping for the second horn to create mirror-image horns.

I knitted a flat circle for each horn and seamed it most of the way around each base. A length of jewelry wire bent into shape and inserted into each horn provided some structural support. Then I stuffed the horn with fiberfill and seamed the piece closed.

To affix the horns to my head, I stitched them to a sturdy lace-look elastic headband. Testing the placement of the horns while using the subway car door as a mirror perhaps entertained my fellow commuters!

From the beginning I knew I wanted the horns to have a light feature. In the past I’ve added string LED lights to my hair (for my winged superhero look), which were powered by a pack of three AA batteries. This can be quite cumbersome to carry on the head, so this time I sought out string LED lights with a smaller power source – two coin cell batteries. (I found mine here.) These smaller batteries are much easier to hide in my hair, especially when I added a piece of black lace fabric to my updo as a cover for the battery pack.

I wrapped a string of red lights around each horn, spiraling the wire around the knitted piece. This had the added benefit of helping the knitted piece to keep its shape, and the contrast of the silver wire against the black fabric also highlighted the curvature of the horns.

The horns made a comeback for another costume party. This time I turned my hair into a sculpture of sorts and added several decorative objects into the mix – including a knitted tiny turtle by Mochimochi Land!

Merry Stitchmas from the Lion Brand Yarn Family to Yours!

December 24th, 2015

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What will you get this Stitchmas?

Watch as we count down three Wool Hats,

two Lace Shawls,

And a pattern for some booties!

:: Can’t see the video above? Click here to watch – ::

The Force Awakens: Claire’s Star Wars Amigurumi & Hat!

December 18th, 2015

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Claire Cromwell is the Studio Manager at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City. In this post, she celebrates Star Wars with both knit and crochet projects!

You may have heard about this film sequel coming out today – a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yes, the highly anticipated sci-fi film comes out today and you can bet I’ve got my ticket ready! I’ve been a Star Wars fan for most of my life and here at work I’ve been providing a daily countdown to the new film.

There may not be an iconic crafted item for Star Wars (like Doctor Who’s long stripey scarf), but that doesn’t mean that fans haven’t put their creativity to good use. A few years ago in our staff holiday swap I received a knitted “Gnomda”  – a co-worker adapted a gnome doorstop pattern and turned it into venerable Jedi Master Yoda!

Also adorning my bookshelves are amigurumi figures of Han Solo, Princess Leia, Wicket the Ewok and Boba Fett (one of my favorite characters). For these, I used patterns published by Lucy Collins and scraps of Vanna’s Choice®, LB Collection® Superwash Merino & Cashmere and Lion Wool. I have some gold Vanna’s Glamour® stashed that’s going to be perfect for C-3PO too!

For the new film I had the urge to make a new project and paged through the patterns tagged “Star Wars” on Ravelry. Right away the free pattern for The Force Awakens hat caught my eye. I knew that I could get LB Collection® Superwash Merino to work at a sport-weight gauge, so I picked three colors (Night Sky, Charcoal, and Ivory to represent the Empire!) and cast on right away.

Since I’m going to spending a couple hours waiting in line I brought the perfect travel project with me – socks! Self-striping yarn like Sock-Ease is perfect for my preferred stockinette sock pattern. The yarn does all the work and knitting round and round means that I can speculate about the plot without dropping a stitch.

May the Force be with you!