Lion Brand Notebook

News, Ideas and Information for Crafting with Yarn

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Go Back to Basics with this LB Collection Sweater!

January 28th, 2016

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I have a little secret! When I’m not making videos with Shira, I’m designing patterns! It’s just a small hobby for me but when you’re surrounded by gorgeous yarns all day long, it’s so easy to get inspired! I wanted to share some of the ideas behind my latest design, the Peggy Sweater which is available now in Knitscene’s Spring 2016 issue! This sweater is a drapey boatneck with a plunging back. And, best of all, it’s easy to make!

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This sweater is made with LB Collection® Baby Alpaca. This yarn is not only incredibly soft but it makes for a very airy top that’s perfect for those chilly spring months. The striking back is inspired by a Dior jumpsuit. I think that lots of ladies prefer to show off their shoulders and backs and, over a dress or lacy tank top, this makes a great transitional garment.

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I was also influenced by so many of Lion Brand®’s patterns that are based on squares and rectangles. I really wanted to design something that wasn’t too complicated for other knitters to execute. The back looks dramatic but is actually created only by increasing a few stitches. The shoulders are then sewn together to create that scooping back. In essence, this sweater is really made of four simple shapes and then seamed together! It’s one of those projects that you can do while you relax and watch TV and those are my favorites!

The Peggy Sweater is available in Knitscene Spring 2016 in five sizes!

 

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Shop for LB Collection® Baby Alpaca here.

 

It’s Our First Crochet-Along of 2016 — Help Pick Our Project!

January 27th, 2016

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It’s that time of year again! Crochet-along with us as we make one of the following garments: The Clement Canyon Poncho, The Sorrento Shrug, or The Lacey Picot Shrug  — VOTE BELOW!

A crochet-along is a virtual event, where all the participants make the same project together. Follow along with crochet-along host Kristy Glass of the Glass Posse here on the blog and share your comments and photos. There’s no need to sign up, and it’s free to join! (New to crochet-alongs? Check out our guide here.)

Votes must be cast by 12:00 midnight EST Sunday, February 7th. You must click on the photo you like to cast your vote; comments here on the blog do NOT count as votes. The winning pattern will be announced here on the blog on Wednesday, February 10th — we’ll also give you details on picking up your supplies and getting started on the project!

Vote for your favorite pattern now by clicking on one of the photos below and following the steps to submit your vote:

On a mobile device and can’t see all three choices below? Click here.

 

 

We Like How You Use Our Yarn: Crochet Hudson Hat & Mittens!

January 26th, 2016

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‘Tis the season for Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®! This yarn has always been a fan favorite, and we think it’s safe to say that the Hudson Bay colorway is the reigning skein this season!

We spotted this sweet matching set over on Repeat Crafter Me:

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Blogger Sarah Zimmerman offers patterns for multiple sizes, from baby to adult! With 4 classic colors blending into neutral cream, these mitts will go with just about any winter wear. Top the hat off with a large pom-pom to add some fun!

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Get the pattern here. // Grab this yarn here.

 

Color for a Chance to Win Free Yarn

January 25th, 2016

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Grab your pencils, markers, and crayons – it’s time to color again!

Color for a chance to win!

 

Lola Gets Leggy on the Skating Rink!

January 22nd, 2016

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Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.

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Knit Colorwork Leg Warmers And Hat Knit Prince Street Leg Warmers Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio
Knit Colorwork Leg Warmers And Hat
— Made with LB Collection® Superwash Merino
Knit Prince Street Leg Warmers
— Made with Tweed Stripes®
Sassy Stripes Leg Warmer Trio
— Made with Modern Baby®

 

For more great pet patterns, visit PatternFinder.

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