Every baby is a member of a royal family and deserves to wear a crown! This month’s top pattern is an ingenious design knit in everyone’s favorite new yarn, Modern Baby®.
There is definitely a theme to what’s popular this month. Many of the other popular patterns were designed in the lively, upbeat colors of Modern Baby® and several were created with Sock-EaseTM, a fingering weight yarn, perfect for working with in the warmer months.
As you can see, you don’t need to make socks to enjoy Sock-EaseTM. The Crochet Candy Color afghan was made with this yarn. It’s bright and lightweight–perfect for a warm weather throw to keep you cool in an air conditioned room.
So keep it light this summer and you can continue to knit and crochet even when it’s 90 degrees outside!
We love using lots of color in our patterns, which is why I’m excited to introduce a new Lion Brand yarn: Vanna’s Palettes. Similar to Bonbons, with Vanna’s Palettes you get eight mini-skeins of yarn, specifically designed to compliment each other and a coordinating skein of Vanna’s Choice®. Each package of Vanna’s Palettes comes with suggested Vanna’s Choice® color pairings and a knit or crochet pattern. Couple Vanna’s Palettes with a matching skein of Vanna’s Choice® and you’ve got a nine-color project at an affordable price!
Below is a selection of Lion Brand’s latest Vanna’s Palettes patterns:
Sock-Ease™ is a Lion Brand finger weight yarn that is perfect for socks. The colors range from bold, vibrant solids to colorful gradients excellent for striping. Not just for socks, Sock-Ease™ is also great for scarves, accessories, and even afghans. And that’s not all. . . you may not know this but for easy-care crafting, Sock-Ease™ is also finished with aloe vera which will soften your hands as your knit or crochet! Pretty neat, don’t you agree?
Make your next project the All Season Wristers, the most popular pattern for this yarn. And now until July 31st, Sock-Ease™ is on sale for 15% off the original price.
Below you’ll find a selection of popular patterns that use Sock-Ease™:
|Crochet Candy Color Afghan||Cozy Crochet Socks|
|Knit Baby Bright Pants||Knit Women’s Double Strand Toe Up Socks||Knit Sparrow Fingerless Gloves|
|Crochet Garden Scarf||Knit Thigh High Footless Socks||Knit Houndstooth Check Tie|
Yarn that is dyed so it changes colors is great fun to knit or crochet. Watching the color pattern reveal itself as you work is a joy. Simply work a project in rows or in the round and what was once a plain project magically turns into something special!
When you run out of yarn and add a new skein, if you begin the second skein as you normally would it will likely not match where you left off. You will see a noticeable color change in your work that could be jarring. To avoid this, you need to unwind the new skein until you find the exact place in the color scheme where the old one ended. This does waste some yarn, but it’s the only way to get the skeins to match up.
Yarn that is dyed with short lengths of color before it changes is often referred to as a “print” (Wool-Ease® and Vanna’s Choice® comes in print colors). Generally the color changes every 3 to 4 stitches and combines perhaps 3 total colors. Lion Brand also offers yarns we call “stripes” (Wool Ease® Thick & Quick®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Jamie®, and Fun Fur® all come in stripe colorways). The color changes are longer and create distinct stripes with no work at all!
This past June it seems everyone was knitting and crocheting with our American-made yarns like Heartland and Kitchen Cotton. We also noticed through the month may of you prepared for July 4th with Americana-inspired projects like our Independence Day Table Mats and Flag Afghan. It was also a great month for shrugs and shawls, like our Cabled Buttoned Wrap in Heartland , our most popular pattern for June. It’s a great garment for air-conditioned offices by day and dinners out by night!
Below is a collection of our most popular patterns in June:
|Craft Friendship Bracelets
|Crochet Open Air Shrug
in Kitchen Cotton
|Crochet Round-About Cropped Cardi
|Crochet USA Afghan
in Hometown USA®
|Crochet Independence Day Table Mats
in Kitchen Cotton
|Knit Colorwaves Tank Top
in Kitchen Cotton
|Knit & Crochet Splendid Triangle Shawlin Heartland||Crochet Flag Afghanin Heartland||Crochet Arrow Lake Shawl in Homespun®|
Were you working on anything in June? Share with us!
We’re excited to bring you a completely new kind of yarn for the modern baby or child. Your newborn, toddler or young child will delight in the lively colors of this unique yarn. It’s an easy-care yarn with a chainette construction for an extra-soft, downy feel. The palette consists of crayon-like primary shades, along with rich pastels and neutral tones. You like soft? This yarn 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.
A yarn like Modern Baby® deserves a collection of patterns that make the most of its softness, comfort and color options. Choose from a selection of free, whimsical knit and crochet patterns — from Easy to Intermediate — that fit your child’s personality. Animal lover? Choose the Fishy Wishy Hat and Scarf or the Circus Afghan. Drawn to brights? Choose one of our patchwork style throws.
Don’t be surprised when a Modern Baby blanket becomes the one your child can’t live without!
|Knit Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio||Crochet Patchwork Style Throw||Knit Fishy Wishy Scarf and Hat|
|Crochet Graphic Blanket||Knit Circus Afghan||Crochet Buttoned Wrap|
Join Shira at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in Manhattan as she walks you through a selection of yarns great for arm knitting a summer scarf.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes out next Friday and we’re so excited! Are you excited?
To mark the day, here are two fantastic new dragon-themed patterns for you. Kids will love seed stitch dragon scales on The Dragon Slayer Hood and just for fun, make The Dragon Slayer Dog Sweater for the family pooch – they’ll be off having backyard adventures together before you know it.
Both Dragon Slayer patterns are made with Vanna’s Choice® yarn, which means you have a wide variety of color combinations to choose from.
Hand-knit and hand-crocheted items make great gifts to be treasured and loved. Make them even more special by making them unique. Pick colors special to you or your recipient and you’re sure to please, says Jackie Smyth, our technical editor. We asked Jackie to recommend readers three patterns that feature color as the main attraction. (This column originally appeared in The Weekly Stitch newsletter.)
|Knit Slip Stitch Pom Hat||Crochet Sante Fe Throw||Crochet Little Princess Throw|
LBY Newsletter: Knitting and crocheting are great for handmade gifts that really reflect the giver or the recipient. What’s a simple recommendation about how to customize a project?
Jackie: One word—COLOR. The great thing about patterns is that it’s easy to choose other colors in the same yarns and get a totally different look. To make a pattern really personal, choose colors that you like or that have representative meanings to the recipient. Perhaps they love autumn colors or spring colors. The right colors can add a lot of depth to a project.
LBY Newsletter: What if you are nervous about choosing colors that will go together?
Jackie: Going with a yarn that has a great color range is often a good place to start. The Lion Brand Design team works to create yarn collections that are designed that coordinate beautifully.
LBY Newsletter: What’s a yarn you might recommend for someone looking for easy-to-match yarns?
Jackie: Vanna’s Choice® is a great yarn for mixing and matching colors. All 23 of the solid colors in this collection are designed to match and coordinate. You could use three colors in one family—say, Dusty Rose, Rose, and Antique Rose—to get a light-to-dark effect, or you could pick a few contrasting colors like Purple, Chocolate, Pea Green, and Rust that will really pop against each other.
It’s good to look for inspiration from the things around you. The garden is one place to find unexpectedly beautiful contrasting colors. Fashion and architecture are other places to draw inspiration.
LBY Newsletter: Would you recommend a few colorful patterns for our readers?
Jackie: For a simple project, I like the Slip Stitch Pom Hat pattern. We’ve carefully plotted the colors for each pattern stripto create a bold statement piece, but I would encourage you to experiment with your own color combinations. You could draw from the current fashion concept of Normcore and create a more traditionally color hat.
Next, I like the Santa Fe Throw. In colors to match the recipient’s home décor, it but would make a truly fabulous house warming gift.
My third recommendation, the Little Princess Throw, of the impact of color in your project. Tailor your color choice to the baby to create an heirloom – or have fun with gender neutral brights–have fun!
Don’t be afraid to change the colors in a pattern to suit you better. That’s the great thing about knitting and crocheting; you can really make every item your own.
LBY Newsletter: Thank you for your recommendations, Jackie. We look forward to speaking with you again next month.
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