Crafters are often intimidated by straying from pattern instructions, but one of the easiest ways to customize a project is by simply changing the colors! Pattern designers do a great job picking colors for their samples, but sometimes you’ll find that although they look lovely, they aren’t your colors. For patterns that are written for one solid color, it’s an easy swap, but what happens when the pattern includes color work? Choosing a whole new color palette need not be daunting!
Vanna’s Choice® is an excellent yarn to work with if you are looking to create a custom palette. With 66 colors currently in the main line, you’ve got a lot to choose from. Add double-stranding into the mix, and you’ve got a whopping 2,145 color options! Vanna’s Choice® is also expertly designed with color matching in mind, so customize your creation with confidence – Vanna’s Choice® colors work together no matter what your desired palette!
To help get you started, we’ve created four kits based on some of our favorite color combinations:
|Mystic Mermaid||Fetching Fern|
|Dapper Daisy||Happy Harvest|
Each kit contains 6 skeins of yarn, one in each color pictured. Try combining them in one of these 6 ball patterns, or pick a favorite pattern from your own library. You’ll be amazed at how simply changing the colors can give a familiar project a new look! Did you notice that the two ripple afghans below are actually the same pattern?
|Crochet Ripple Afghan||Knit Sampler Afghan||Cozy Ripple Lapghan||Color Blocked Hoodie|
If you’re ready to create your own palettes, there are lots of tools online to help you. Here are just a couple to get you started:
Coolors has an excellent color palette generator (free to use on the web) which allows you to choose a base color and generate matching color schemes with the click of the spacebar. Drag to reorder the swatches, click the lock to keep colors you like, and use the sliders to tweak colors manually.
Photocopa is another nifty color palette helper (also free to use). Upload a photo or choose one from their gallery and Photocopa will generate a palette based on the photo! Choose the ones you like and use the sliders to change the proportions of the swatches.
All of these amazing yarns are on sale now – SAVE 20% off for the entire month of July!
Below is collection of our most popular patterns using these popular cotton yarns:
If you’re looking for a lightweight, easy care yarn, look no further than Babysoft®. Between its pastel palette and the fact that it’s machine washable and dry-able, it’s a go-to yarn for our favorite patterns for little ones!
We just love how some of our favorite designers use Babysoft®, so we’re sharing six adorable projects from knitters and crocheters who share their patterns on their blogs and on Ravelry — these designes really show off how gorgeous this yarn looks when worked up.
Take a look below, and get inspired to make your next baby project with Babysoft®!
|Lacy Shells Crocheted top by Erica/5 Little Monsters* in Lavender||Knit Cabled Sleep Sack by Natalia Price for All Free Knitting* in Pastel Print||Peek-A-Boo Ripple Afghan by Rose Marie Brooks* in Pastel Green and White|
|Crochet Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket by Celeste Young* in Lavender||Knit Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly Brooker* in Pastel Pink||Crochet Ripple Baby Afghan by Aleta Lyn* in White and Pastel Print|
*Please note, these are not Lion Brand patterns.
You may already know Landscapes® as a gorgeous, self-striping, roving yarn. We love how this yarn works up so much, we added a batch of solid colors!
Create stunning ombre patterns by mixing solid and multi-colored skeins — like the dewy colors chosen for the Misty Moors scarf!
Check out the patterns below – they each feature a mix of the new solid colors of Landscapes® and its original self-striping collection.
|Crochet Rainbow Shawl||Crochet Misty Moors Scarf||Crochet Tonal Diamonds Afghan|
|Loom-Woven Heat Wave Wall Hanging||Crochet Diagonal Stripes Scarf||Loom-Woven Fiesta Wall Hanging|
Are you looking to add a little character to your home this summer? Our Yin Yang Wall Hanging patterns are the perfect addition to any room. Our team has been so in love with the wall hangings trend, we just can’t stop making them!
|Yin Yang Wall Hanging
Get the pattern here.
|Braided Fringe Wall Hanging
Get the pattern here.
Their popularity continues to grow and we are seeing them pop up everywhere, including Instagram and Pinterest! They are a fabulous summer yarn project. And the part we love the most? They are so easy to create and no crafting skills are needed! We’ve provided instructions for the wall hanging shown in our photo – but remember this project is meant to inspire you, so feel free to experiment with other Lion Brand yarns and colors, too!
For this wall hanging we used our Quickie yarn. It’s a silky soft blend of natural wool and brilliant pre-dyed acrylic fibers twisted gently with a solid strand of black. We just love the texture and color palette of this yarn. You can use any combination of Quickie colors because they all coordinate beautifully!
This project can be completed in well under an hour and costs under $30! Love it! We hope you enjoy creating your very own Yin Yang Wall Hanging!
Wall hangings designed by Chelsea Carle, Lion Brand’s Business Development Coordinator.
We’re thrilled that Johnny and his team have been using our chunky weight Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® for their tutorials. Since the New Stitch A Day team enjoys working with Woolspun so much, I thought I’d touch on 3 great reasons why you’ll love Woolspun too!
1. Color Range! Woolspun has 24 colors available in neutrals and brights, heathers and solids. There are many different color combinations that can be made with this yarn, which adds to its versatility. Make projects for anyone you know; you’ll definitely find something to make for a man, woman, teen, child, or baby with these beautiful colors.
To hightlight, watch the following New Stitch A Day tutorial, “Two Color Interlocking Block Stitch”:
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2. Stitch Definition: Stockinette stitch looks wonderful in Woolspun. Stitches look well defined and neat with this yarn – especially when working in the right gauge. The tightly plied (12 ply) construction of the yarn allows your work to truly stand out, especially if working on cables.
Take a look at the New Stitch A Day tutorial as Johnny shows you how to knit the C4B stitch (Cable with 4 stitches to the back):
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3. Easy Care: You get the warmth of wool, and the easy care of acrylic — how convenient! You can machine wash and dry your Woolspun projects for continued use, time after time, making this a great yarn to use for your next gift or baby project. No shrunken sweaters with this yarn!
We want to hear from you! Have you worked with Lion’s Pride® Woolspun®? Tell us why you love it in the comments below.
A special, soft acrylic blend in a generously-sized ball, Babysoft® is a medium sportweight yarn that comes in in classic pastel colors and prints – it makes precious, long-lasting items.
Babysoft® is on sale now – SAVE 20% off for the entire month of June!
Below is collection of our most popular Babysoft® patterns:
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|