You can tell a lot by the popularity of our patterns – it’s like palm reading (or pattern reading, in this case). With the weather getting colder we’ve noticed people are leaning towards heavier cover-ups like the Glamour Jacket and the Simple Shrug. The garments are made with our loftier yarns: Heartland Thick & Quick®, Homespun®, and Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®. One of our new yarns, Lion’s Pride® Woolspun® (exclusively sold at Micheals and Lion Brand) was a big hit – the Level 1 Crocheted Cardigan was our most popular project!
For more inspiration, we’re featuring your favorite projects from Steptember:
|Knit Cocoon Cape||Crochet Urban Nomad Tunic and Cowl||Knit Glamour Jacket|
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women and men worldwide — in 2012, it represented about 12 percent of all new cancer cases and 25 percent of all cancers in women — so almost all of you are affected by breast cancer either directly or through someone you care about.
Throughout the month of October, Lion Brand Yarn Company will donate 20% of the purchase price of a selection of pink yarns (see below) and our Knit for Life and Crochet for a Cause Kits to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, while supplies last. BCRF’s mission is to advance the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime. For more information about BCRF, please visit bcrfcure.org.
You can help make a difference!
Here are some Wool Ease® Thick & Quick® patterns to inspire you on I Love Yarn Day!
|Knit Cabled Dog Cardigan in Wool Ease® Thick & Quick®||Crochet Aviator Earflap Cap in Wool Ease®Thick & Quick®||Knit Favorite Classic Cabled Scarf in Wool Ease® Thick & Quick®||Crochet Owl Hat in Wool Ease®Thick & Quick®|
|Knit Ribbed Cowl in Wool Ease® Thick & Quick®||Openwork Crocheted Cowl
in Wool Ease® Thick & Quick®
|Crochet Touchdown Wristers in Wool Ease® Thick & Quick®||Knit Havemeyer Helmet in Wool Ease® Thick & Quick®|
|Knit District 12 Cowl Wrap in Wool Ease® Thick & Quick®||Crochet Toboggan Hat in Wool Ease®Thick & Quick®||Knit Snowstorm Hat in Wool Ease®Thick & Quick®||Crochet Girl’s Ruffle Edged Hat in Wool Ease® Thick & Quick®|
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Tweed Stripes® is one of our self-striping yarns composed of radiant colorways. Though categorized as a bulky weight, you’ll find it’s a yarn that stitches up in a cozy, lightweight fabric — great for sweaters, scarves, accessories and more. A few simple stitches go a long way — the color gradient does most of the work, making it a great yarn for beginners.
Whether you’re knitting or crocheting something for a child or an adult, there’s a Tweed Stripes colorway for everyone — Mixed Berries, Tundra, Ozark Forest, Popsicle, Apple Mint, and Limeade!
And now until October 31st, you can buy Tweed Stripes for 20% off the original price.
Below are several of our favorite patterns that use Tweed Stripes — enjoy!
|Knit Basic Shrug||Crochet Cowl Neck Poncho||Knit Rustic Ribbed Hat and Scarf|
|Crochet Seashell Poncho||Knit Sweet Dreams Baby Cocoon and Hat Set||Crochet Easy Peasy Hat and Scarf Set|
|Knit Soft, Easy Baby Throw||Crochet Tablet Cozy||Knit Caramel Swirl Hat|
It’s the first day of fall – a perfect day to introduce one of Lion Brand®‘s newest super-bulky yarns, Country®! A classic 2-ply super bulky yarn, this silky roving combines a palette of painterly striping colors with contrasting solid black or off-white shades. The colorways are aptly named after iconic American symbols and landmarks: Adirondack Green, Lobster, Campfire, Hampton Sunset, New England Granite, and Nantucket, just to name a few.
This soft, lofty yarn has the look of a hearty wool, and is ideal for fast finish projects, afghans and chunky accessories. It’s 100% premium acrylic with the touch and feel of real wool, making it a great alternative for people who are sensitive to natural fibers.
Best of all, Country® is made in America!
Below is a selection of my favorite patterns which use Country® . Click here for more patterns that use this hearty yarn.
|Knit Tasseled Hooded Cowl||Crochet Campfire Poncho||Knit Side to Side Cardigan||Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan|
|Crochet Rustic Hat||Knit Unstructured Vest||Crochet Buffalo Stance Cowl.||Knit Riding Jacket|
In love with American-made yarns? Lion Brand has a large selection of yarns made in USA.
Welcome all to the 2014 Fall Crochet Along! I’m Grace and I will be guiding you through the Top Down Crochet Jacket. This is a great project that should give most a little challenge. (If you haven’t acquired your materials yet, you still can: http://lby.co/1liJ1a1.) Throughout the next 5 weeks we will explore swatching, raglan shaping, working with multiple colors and much more. If you are a beginner don’t let the skill level discourage you. We are all here to support each other. Throughout the project post your questions and I’ll be here to help. I also invite other experienced crocheters to share their knowledge so we can all learn from each other.
There are so many things that excite me about this project. I love wooly yarns like Fisherman’s Wool®. While at first is may seem a little rough it softens up wonderfully with wear, the longer you wear it the cozier it gets, perfect to cuddle up with this coming winter! The self-striping colors of Amazing® are beautiful and add so much interest without the extra work. For those of you who don’t need such a warm wooly sweater there are plenty of yarns that you could substitute. For something wool-free and machine-washable I would suggest substituting Vanna’s Choice® for the Fisherman’s Wool® and Landscapes® for the Amazing®. For my project I will be using Fisherman’s Wool® in Nature’s Brown and Amazing® in Strawberry Fields .
Heartland, one of our most popular worsted-weight yarns, is loved for its soft and silken make. We super-sized it to create a super-bulky weight version, Heartland Thick & Quick® — perfect for soft-to-touch garments, quick afghans, and plush accessories.
For the month of September, enjoy Heartland Thick & Quick® at 20% off the regular retail price.
Below is a selection of Lion Brand’s FREE popular knit and crochet patterns that use Heartland Thick & Quick® (scroll down to the bottom for a special pattern from The Crochet Crowd’s Diva Dan):
|Crochet Ridge Pattern Hat||Knit Capelet and Hat||Crochet Flower Power Hat|
|Knit Chunky Cabled Hat||Knit Slouchy Ribbed Hat||Knit Deep V Cabled Vest|
|Knit Striped Cabled Hat||Knit Ski Lodge Hat||Knit Mixed Ribbed Scarf|
And below is an inspired winter scarf pattern from The Crochet Crowd’s Diva Dan:
Get the FREE pattern via The Crochet Crowd: http://thecrochetcrowd.com/winter/
As students get ready for school, knitters and crocheters are finishing up summer projects like the Semi-Tropical Shawl, the Poncho Pullover and the ever popular Open Air Shrug, to make room for colder weather projects that use yarns like Heartland and one of our newest yarns, Landscapes®.
In fact, our sporty and stylish Portland Poncho, made with Heartland, turned out to be the most popular pattern for August! For those who want to start their fall knitting and crochet, I recommend starting with small garments like the Multi Directional Hat or the Textured Cowl – or try a combination of both with our Asymmetrical Neckwarmer!
Here is a collection of your favorite patterns from August:
Tropics colorway// Image credit: Flickr/rich_f28
I absolutely love the color palette and feel of one of our newest yarns, Landscapes. Earlier in the year, I made a hat in Desert Spring, and my knitting went rather quickly because I was eager to see each new band of color appear. After seeing all of the beautiful garments for our patterns, and swatches of colors, I thought to myself – maybe I should go through all of the yarn names and compare real-life landscape shots, to match the colors of the yarns we have.
In my search, I came across some wonderful images on Flickr that were representative of the names and colorways of the yarn, take a look for yourself, and hopefully you’ll be inspired to work with one of these gorgeous yarns!
Check out the video tutorials below!
If you like this video, check out more tutorials from Yolanda at All Crafts Channel!