The 1970s have been having a moment in fashion lately, and with it comes a trend we’re familiar with… Granny Squares!
Although the pattern’s always been a favorite for afghans and throws, we love the idea of wearing this dynamic pattern. Combine your favorite colors to make a vibrant square, or go for a monochromatic look with a single color, like Alison Craftland’s bolero project below. Even fans of high fashion will want to get their hands on a Granny Square piece — top designers have incorporated the pattern in their European fashion shows!
Crocheters rejoice; the beloved pattern is making a comeback this spring and summer and we’ve got a few projects to match.
|Crochet Multi-Colored Granny Square Shawl. Made with Vanna’s Glamour®.||Crochet Woodstock Granny Vest. Make one with LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo Yarn.||Crochet Granny Square Bolero by Alison Craftland.*Make one with LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo Yarn.|
|Miu-Miu DIY Crochet Top by Trinkets in Bloom.* Crocheted with Kitchen Cotton.||Crochet Granny Square Scarf and Hat. Make a set with Bonbons.||Crochet Granny Square Skirt. Made with Vanna’s Tapestry® and Vanna’s Choice®|
|Crochet Electric Granny Vest. Made with Kitchen Cotton.||Crochet Not Your Grannie’s Gloves. Made with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Palettes®.||Knit and Crochet Granny Raglan Pullover. Made with Vanna’s Choice® and Vanna’s Palettes®.|
* Not a Lion Brand pattern
“Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection… the lovers, the dreamers and me.”
Just as Kermit the Frog once sang praises of rainbows, we celebrate the coming-together of every color with a few of our favorite multi-hued crafts!
|Crochet Kisses Pouch. Make one (or two!) with
|After the Rain Crochet top by Jessie At Home*
Make your own with
|Magic Rainbow Baby Blanket by Moogly.* Make one using
|Rainbow Slipper Socks by Oomanoot.* Make a pair with LB Collection Superwash Merino.||Bumpy Rainbow Blanket by 3 Beans In a Pod.* Make one with Modern Baby®.||Proud Supporter Dog Sweater. Make one for your favorite furry friend with Bonbons.|
* Not a Lion Brand Pattern
Already 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!
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 in Spumoni, Cotton Candy and Tutti Fruity||Knit Favorite Baby Blanket in Cotton Candy|
|Knit Confetti Color Blanket in Tutti Frutti,
|Crochet Snips and Snails Hat, Booties and Mitts in Blueberry||Knit Checkerboard Blanket in Tutti Frutti||Crochet Stroller Blankie in Lemon Swirl|
There is no better way to shop at home for yarn than using color cards. If you’re one of those people who wants to plan your purchase before you actually start shopping, you’ll get the feel of the yarn, and the color with these handy mini-samples. Some people take one thread off the card from each of the yarns they want to use in a project and hold them together. Some people look at a color card and get inspired to make a gift for someone special.
We just updated the color cards for six of our most popular yarns (priced from about $1.00 to $3.00) so you can start dreaming about your next project. Why not have your own collection on hand so you’ll be ready when inspiration strikes!
Vanna Yarns: Sample Card
Heartland®: Color Card
|Heartland® Thick & Quick®: Sample Card|
Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®: Sample Card
Landscapes: Sample Card
Country: Sample Card
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We have another great stitch video from Staci of Very Pink Knits. Staci previously demonstrated how to knit the Lace Stitch, a stitch that can be found in the stitch finder section of our website (under the “Learning Center” bar at the top of lionbrand.com). It was a popular video, so we’re excited to share her tutorial for the Granite Relief stitch, which is also available on the stitch finder.
The Granite Relief stitch produces a lovely texture which is great for washcloths and just as great for afghans with a garter stitch border, as Staci shows in the video below. Check out Staci’s tutorial for the Granite Relief stitch, which has been worked in LB Collection Superwash Merino, Cotton Bamboo, and Silk to demonstrate the varying looks in each yarn.
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April’s featured yarn is Modern Baby®! This chainette yarn was designed with fun baby projects in mind but the Lion Brand design department has also used Modern Baby® in runway-inspired patterns for adults! In the video above, Design Editor Susan Haviland joins our Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal for a behind the scenes chat to discuss how customers like you inspired these beautiful patterns.
Take a look at more Modern Baby® patterns for adults below!
|Crochet Simply Constructed Pullover||Knit Color Grid Pullover||Knit Hopscotch Cowl|
|Knit Calypso Cardigan||Knit Tribeca Tunic|
We love hearing from our customers and our Brand Ambassador Shira is on standby to answer your questions! First up, she reports on which Lion Brand yarns are made right here in the USA.
Check out the video below to learn more and bookmark our updated list of made in America yarns our right here.
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Do you have a question for Shira? You can leave them in the comments below or tweet her at @shiraroars and she just might answer your question in her next video!
We debuted Modern Baby® last year as a yarn inspired by today’s child: bright, bold and full of life. It’s an easy-care yarn with a unique chainette construction that has a similar feel to merino, alpaca and cashmere blends but with an anti-itch, non-allergenic, easy-care fiber blend of premium acrylic and nylon.
The palette consists of crayon-like primary shades, along with rich pastels and neutral tones – this is a great yarn for babies, toddlers, and even adults!
Best of all, for the entire month of April Modern Baby® is 20% off – which gives you a great head start on those summer baby shower gifts!
Check out our look book below for more inspiration:
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|
The intense colors of Landscapes® have really motivated people to craft with this yarn. With names like Apple Orchard, Boardwalk, Metropolis, and Tropics, it’s very easy to be inspired. Whether you knit or crochet, are a beginner or veteran, the roving texture of this yarn will work up in a lovely fabric for you.
From one-stitch cowls to blankets, a simple project becomes a beautifully detailed project. And now until March 31st, Landscapes® is 20% off!
Here is a collection of stunning projects from our favorite bloggers, Ravelry users and Lion Brand staff:
|Hands Occupied made this very colorful cowl using a Brioche Stitch. She even includes a video tutorial for those who work right-handed or left-handed.||Ilana from our Marketing Department knit this beautifully striped cowl with Tropics using just one stitch, the garter stitch!||A customer posted to our project gallery the Crocheted Vest with our Apple Orchard colorway. Check out those stripes!||Brandyce from Marketing is currently working on a seed stitch cowl in Metropolis — she loves watching her project work up in texture and color.|
|lajoyagirl made two beautiful crochet cowls in Boardwalk and Sand Dune||Marlene from Sales chose Apple Orchard to make the Back to School #Scarfie as a gift because it made her think of the person’s bright, cheerful, and friendly personality.||mommy2maya used Apple Orchard to make these adorable baby booties.||Heidi from our Colonie store made the My Celebration #Scarfie in Tropics as her project of the month!|
What patterns do you like to knit or crochet with Landscapes®? Share with us below!