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Amazing and True: Raglan Sleeve Topper

February 23rd, 2014

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l0613aSome garments just call out to you, and this Raglan Sleeve Topper was one of them, Rose thought. But “raglan sleeve topper”was too modest a title for something so beautiful. To Rose it seemed a magical wrap that transformed the wearer into the best she could possibly be. It was obvious that your natural attributes—whether you were willowy or full-figured, long-or short-haired, enthusiastic or reserved—would be optimized by the form and colors of the gently curving sweater.

Rose didn’t believe in love at first sight, but her attraction to the design she saw online was close to that. The more she studied the image, the more she felt compelled. This was a must-do project. Yet there was some half-completed knitting that should take precedence: two baby gifts, an almost- done afghan, a hat for Dad’s birthday…

Uncharacteristically, she wasn’t dissuaded. She knew those things would be finished eventually, and…she really needed a sweater.

Actually…honestly…she really wanted to knit something just for herself.

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Get Ready for Spring with Cotton Bamboo, Now on Sale!

February 7th, 2014

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Our LB Collection® Cotton Bamboo yarn is a luxury fiber, now on sale at a bargain price.  Available exclusively from Lion Brand, this yarn is ideal for making garments that you can wear all year round.

The patterns shown below for Cotton Bamboo are some of our most highly rated patterns, and range from beginner to experienced.  Best of all, they  can be made for as little as about $10.

The blend of Bamboo and Cotton create a light and luscious fiber that has the soft, beautiful drape of bamboo rayon and the wearable comfort and lightweight warmth of cotton.  If you haven’t tried this yarn, now’s your chance to make something for yourself or a new baby expected to arrive this spring or summer.

Everyday Cardi Eyelet Swing Cardi Cheerful Squares baby Throw
Crochet Everyday Cardi Knit Eyelet Cardi Crochet Cheerful Squares Baby Throw
Knit Mitered Ridges Top Serene Shell Echo Lake Shawl
Knit Mitered Ridges Top Crochet Serene Shell Knit Echo Lake Shawl

Sparkle and Shine with Vanna’s Stained Glass Sweater

February 6th, 2014

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At the Craft and Hobby Association tradeshow earlier this year Lion Brand unveiled its “7 Wonders of the Yarn World,” a larger-than-life art installation, designed and created by fiber artist Nathan Vincent. The response was wild – people loved it!

Then we went for the old one-two punch with a runway show to spotlight our newest line of knit and crochet fashions. Our lovely spokesperson Vanna White was on hand and people went crazy for the sweater she was wearing. Across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – people wanted to know, “where can I find that pattern?”

Well we have good news! We’re so pleased to be able to share the pattern for our Stained Glass Sweater with you now. The dramatic use of  Vanna’s Glamour® and a metallic colorway of Bonbons make the alternating chevrons on this piece really stand out against the black background.

This sweater is also very versatile – you can wear it to the office during the day and leave it on for a fancy dinner that evening. It’s the perfect outfit sweater – dress it up, dress it down – wear it the way you feel best.

We’d like to say a special thanks to our fabulous Design team for the amazing details this sweater boasts – right down to the embroidered cuffs and collar – they did a fab job!


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
Featuring Rose Garden (#302)
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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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