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Introducing… Vanna’s Complement!

September 21st, 2015

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Introducing... Vanna's Complement
With a brushed mohair-look and a dazzling color palette, you’ll want to grab Vanna’s Complement for your next project!

As a soft worsted weight yarn, Vanna’s Complement is the easy choice for snugly cowls like the Cocoon Cowl and Milbrook Cowl.

You can also use this yarn to add a plush texture to your afghans. We’re big fans of the sand dollar-like hexagons that make up the Shoreline Afghan. Make it in the suggested colors for an oceanic-themed throw, or mix and match your favorite colors!

Learn more about this yarn as our brand ambassador, Shira Blumenthal, walks us through this great addition to Lion Brand®‘s Vanna collection.

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

Below, find 9 new patterns for this yarn!:


tivoli milbrook cocoon
Knit Tivoli Slouch Hat Crochet Milbrook Cowl Crochet Cocoon Cowl
spicy taconic ripple
Knit Spicy Striped Scarf Knit Taconic Shrug Crochet Ripple Rainbow Afghan
dover shoreline flattering
Crochet Dover Plains Box Afghan Crochet Shoreline Afghan Knit Flattering Poncho



Get into the School Spirit with These Team Colors!

September 8th, 2015

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TeamColorsSchool is in session, and everyone is busy again! It’s never too late to make something for the new student trying to adjust, the college graduate, or the dorming student who needs something nice and cozy to remind them of home.

I’ve gathered some colors from our Hometown USA® and Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® lines that are perfect for making “team spirit” projects. Make scarf and hat sets, afghans, and whatever else you can think of, for the student in your life who wants to show off their school pride! A nice lapghan in school colors is a great gift for those chilly football games at night.

Check some of the color palettes below to get started on your new project; below the colors, you’ll find some patterns on Ravelry from people who have already knit or crocheted school spirit items for inspiration!

Bulldogs in
Hometown USA®
Jayhawks in
Hometown USA®
Razorbacks in
Hometown USA®
Red Beacon in
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Crimson in
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Spartans in
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Spartans in
Hometown USA®
Ducks in
Hometown USA®
Tigers in
Hometown USA®
Wildcats in Hometown USA® Huskies in
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Wolverines in
Hometown USA®
Gators in
Hometown USA®
Grizzlies in
Hometown USA®
Hoosiers in
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Hoyas in
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Checkerboard in
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Tigers in
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
Boilermakers in
Hometown USA®
Cowboys in
Hometown USA®

Get inspired by some school spirit patterns from Ravelry!

UniversityOfOregon UniversityOfIllinois Highschool blanket
University of Oregon Afghan
By KFayeMakes
Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Pine, Hometown USA Pittsburgh Yellow
University of Illinois Graduation (Stephen’s) Afghan by RLake, Wool-Ease Thick & Quick: Denim, Pumpkin, Fisherman Logan’s Football Blanket by Jessieh
Hometown USA Greenbay, Pittsburgh Yellow, New York White


September’s Yarn of the Month is Unique – Save 20% All Month!

September 1st, 2015

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Why knit or crochet with a single color when you can craft with them all?! Each ply of Unique® is colorful and made to look like hand painted yarn. Depending on your stitch, the color works up in a myriad of ways. Like most bulky weight yarns, Unique® stitches up fast, making it perfect for small projects you can make in a weekend!

Unique® is September’s Yarn of the Month — save 20% on all colors of Unique® now through September 30th!

Below, you’ll find a collection of our most popular patterns for that use :

Introducing 14 New Colors of Lion’s Pride Woolspun!

August 28th, 2015

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Your New Fall Style: 9 Knit Alternatives to Scarves and Sweaters
Arranging a color palette for your project is easier than ever with new colors of Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®! This wool-blend yarn is already a fan favorite for its softness and bounce — you’ll love the new color additions.

We’ve added mixes and prints to the Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® line — these skeins stitch up to create beautiful color work easily without the trouble of having to switch yarns. Create your own color palette, or choose from 6 color families to make coordinating sets!

Watch as our brand ambassador Shira introduces our new Color Made Easy program!:

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

Find our latest patterns for this yarn below:

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Beginner Loom Knit Hat & Scarf set in Metropolis Color Family Easy Crochet Scarf & Hat in Campfire Color Family Easy Crochet Scarf & Hat in Metropolis Color Family
ws_green ws_orange crochet_blue
Easy Knit Scarf & Hat in Forest Color Family Easy Knit Scarf & Hat in Mesa Color Family Easy Crochet Scarf & Hat in Ocean Color Family
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Easy Knit Scarf & Hat in Quarry Color Family Easy Crochet Cowl in Metropolis Color Family Beginner Knit Cowl in Forest Color Family

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Behind the Scenes at the Scarfie Photoshoot!

August 21st, 2015

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Take a peek at what goes into our photoshoots! Brand ambassador Shira Blumenthal speaks with Karlye Mayer, our Photo Producer, about styling our many knit and crochet patterns for our website. We’re going behind the scenes of the photoshoot for one of our newest yarns: Lights, Camera… Scarfie!

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

Get the look with these free Scarfie patterns!

knit_scarfie shira_scarfie l50090ca
One Ball Knit Scarfie One Ball Crocheted Scarfie One Ball Crocheted Scarfie