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Show Your Support for Team USA!

January 24th, 2014

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With the winter Olympics less two weeks away I can feel the anticipation mounting. I’m usually not a big fan of sports but whenever the Olympics come around I always find myself getting swept up in the excitement. I’m instantly hooked after watching the opening ceremonies and immediately start searching online for the schedule of my favorite events. While watching the US competitors perform astounding acts of athleticism while clad in their dazzling red, white, and blue uniforms I can’t help but feel a little patriotic.

embroidering mittensAfter Lion Brand was featured in David Muir’s Made In America segment on ABC News (check out the video here!), I decided to help our Design team create our own version of the Olympic mittens. The Design team made the mittens first with our American-made Heartland yarn. Next, I got to design the embroidery to give the mittens some patriotic flare. The embroidery went pretty quickly, maybe 15-20 minutes per mitten and I was sort of figuring out the design as I did it. Then they were sent back to the Design team so they could write a pattern for our customers!

Click here to get the pattern for the knit Team USA mittens or click here for the crochet version! You can find the patterns for the hats and scarf shown in the photo above here.

Did you know that many of our yarns are made in America? Click here to see the full list!


Create Elegant Fashions With Silk Mohair, Now On Sale!

January 24th, 2014

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One of our most popular yarns in the exclusive LB Collection  is Silk Mohair.  This lightweight, lofty combination of two luxury fibers–70% Super Kid Mohair, 30% Silk–will help you create beautiful lace, elegant accessories and lightweight garments.  The yarn comes in 6 vibrant fashion colors that are flattering to wear.

Now, for a limited time, you can buy this seemingly indulgent yarn for the reasonable price of $7 per ball for 251 yards.  Here are a few patterns to inspire you.  The yarn has a subtle halo around it and when you give a gift made with Silk Mohair, so will you!

South Bay Shawletter Knit Luxe Lace Pullover Featherweight Granny Scarf
Crochet South Bay Shawlette Knit Luxe Lace Pullover Crochet Featherweight Granny Scarf
Berkeley Cardigan Wild Flower Shawl Knit Safran Shrug
Knit Berkley Cardigan Crochet Wild Flower Shawl Knit Safran Shrug

NOTE: The LB Collection is exclusively available through Lion Brand via LionBrand.com, the Lion Design catalog, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City, and the Lion Brand Yarn Outlet in Carlstadt, New Jersey. Because these yarns are specially made in small batches, these yarns are not available through any other retailer.


2014 Pantone Color of the Year is. . . Radiant Orchid!

January 8th, 2014

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At the beginning of every year Pantone appoints one color to inspire world trends for the months ahead. A regular practice since 2000, Pantone recently announced this year’s color: “Radiant Orchid.” According to the leading color authority, Radiant Orchid “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health,” and was chosen to influence fashion, personal style and all creative matters in 2014.

Purple is a color that’s often associated with encouraging individual creativity and used in meditation to help visualize a harmonious, spiritual balance. Expect to see this purple popping up on  inspiration and mood boards everywhere—and of course yarn projects.

With personalization becoming a bigger aspect in fashion this year, we find that purple a great color to work with because of its complexity. While it is a simple combination of blue and red, the variety of shades you choose to use in a project can vary, depending on the mood you wish to reflect.

Two Tone Mobius Cowl Knit Lace Beret Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set
Crochet Two Tone Mobius Cowl
in Homespun® Thick and Quick®
in Mixed Berries and Claret
Knit Lace Beret
in Vanna’s Sequins
in Merlot
Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set
in Tweed Stripes
in Orchid

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Introducing Keppi: our newest Lion Brand Yarn!

December 20th, 2013

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If you love knitting or crocheting hats for children or just love seeing the bright-eyed look children have when giving them the latest “it” accessory, you’ll love our latest addition to Lion Brand.

Keppi is a our newest yarn; made up of bright pastels and candy-like colors, it’s the perfect yarn for a child’s or even an adult-sized Small hat. This yarn is not only multicolored but multitextured, made to look like you’ve used several different types and colors of yarn.

Keppi is just one continuous strand, no changing colors or yarn.

It comes in 8 fun, exciting, Hello Kitty cute colors like Rainbow Cupcake, Orange Fizz, Taffy, etc. Plus every ball of yarn is topped with a matching colored pompom, like the cherry on a sundae.

Whether you knit or crochet a hat for the kid who wants the new “it” accessory or a children’s charity project to bring a smile to someone’s face, using Keppi will be fun to make, fun to wear, and fun to touch!

Keppi in Cotton Candy Pink
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Sparkle Crochet Hat
in Grape Jelly
Jazzy Knit Hat
in Cotton Candy Pink
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in Rainbow Cupcake
Jazzy Crochet Hat
in Taffy

A Beret That’s Good Enough to Eat!

December 12th, 2013

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A lot of my projects often are related to food because I’m inspired by a concept I like to call “good enough to eat.”  I’ve made berets that look like strawberries and pancakes and recently I crocheted a beret that looks like a “Jammie Dodger,” a jam -filled sandwich cookie.

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Tips and Tricks Using Homespun and Homespun Thick & Quick

December 4th, 2013

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Homespun® and Homespun® Thick & Quick® have become two of our most popular yarns because of their softness, colorways, and versatility. Whether it is the unique painterly shades or the bouclé texture, people are just drawn to it. Before trying out a new yarn it’s always good to know the best ways to use it in order to create amazing projects. Here are some things that we at Lion Brand think you should know when it comes to handling this plush yarn

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Our Most Popular Patterns from the LB Collection

November 20th, 2013

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Working at Lion Brand allows me to go through thousands of interesting patterns in PatternFinder, our online pattern directory.  I love doing this because I get to discover all of the different patterns Lion Brand has to offer. Of course, this also means that I have a never-ending list of projects that I’ll never get to soon enough!

For those curious about the LB Collection itself, here are some of my favorite patterns:

Crochet Cardiff Cowl Knit Luxe Lace Pullover Crochet Natalia Scarf
Crochet Cardiff Cowl in
LB Collection® Baby Alpaca
Knit Luxe Lace Pullover in
LB Collection® Silk Mohair
Crochet Natalia Scarf in
LB Collection® Angora Merino

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5 Perfect Yarns for Your Holiday Crafting!

November 16th, 2013

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With Hanukkah and Christmas around the corner, many of you may be planning for hearty dinners and fun family gatherings, or just want to decorate to feel festive!  Today, I’ve gathered a few yarns perfect for holiday decor and holiday themed gifts.  Take a look at the roundup below for yarns with colors that can be used for traditional decor, modern and more.

Holiday Homespun
Holiday Homespun
Spun with a ply of metallic gold for a touch of sparkle, Holiday Homespun comes in a palette of bright holiday colors, making it perfect for all of your holiday crafting, from home décor like afghans and wreaths to garments like hats and scarves. And best of all, Holiday Homespun is easy-care and has the silky-soft texture as our classic Homespun.
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Bonbons in Jingle Bells
Now your favorite collection of miniature skeins are available in fun holiday colors.  The pack includes solid colors, and metallic skeins with varying color combinations.To see some cute holiday patterns with Jingle Bells, click here.

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4 New Yarns in Our Fall Catalog

September 24th, 2013

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Love discovering the latest thing? Be sure to check out these 4 yarns that are part of our fall 2013 line. You’ll be seeing them in our upcoming catalog and in stores, but in the meantime, they are already available on LionBrand.com!

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Romance®

Ultra-soft and feathery Romance is a luxurious faux fur yarn you’re going to love for collars, scarves, and trim on your projects.

Click here for a video featuring just a few project ideas.

Click here to see all 15 colors and order online.

 

Unique

Unique

Create stunning, colorful projects with this new bulky-weight yarn. Each colorway is bold, making it perfect for statement pieces.

Click here to see knit samples of each colorway.

Click here to see all 6 colors and order online.

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Martha Stewart Crafts™ Glitter Ribbon

This shimmery, metallic yarn is great for craft projects, as well as quick knit and crochet projects. Try it in a drop-stitch design or an openwork stitch for a cool effect.

Click here to see all 9 colors and order online.

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LB Collection® Silk Yarn

A prized fiber for centuries, 100% silk is lustrous and soft. Discover this hand-dyed version from our exclusive LB Collection (only available from LionBrand.com and our own retail locations). Learn more with our earlier blog post.

Click here to see all 8 colors and order online.

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Introducing NEW LB Collection® Silk

September 16th, 2013

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Introducing NEW LB Collection® Silk | Lion Brand Notebook

In 2010, we introduced the first of our exclusive LB Collection®, a line of luxurious fibers—from 100% cashmere to a kid mohair/silk blend—available at affordable prices directly from LionBrand.com and our own retail store and outlet. Since then, we’ve added new yarns like Angora Merino as well as new colors to our Cashmere and Wool Stainless Steel lines.

A New Addition: 100% Silk

Today, I’d like to tell you about our newest LB Collection® yarn—100% Silk, hand-dyed in 8 rich colorways. We worked with a US-based dyer to create this beautiful line of sportweight yarn, perfect for delicate lace and detailed projects that stand the test of time.

Click here to learn more & order.

This luxurious yarn is ideal for luxurious shawlettes, scarves, wristers, and other accessories that you wear against your skin. It’s a perfect splurge for a special occasion project or gift. (Or maybe a “just because” treat for yourself!)

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