One of my most cherished childhood memories is reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic “Little House on the Prairie” series — seeing what adventures Laura would get into always had me coming back for more. Throughout the series, the Ingalls family lived in a sod house, in the “big woods” of Wisconsin… but perhaps most memorable was the series’ eponymous little house on the Kansas prairie.
Log cabins, like the one in Wilder’s series, are a true American icon. Log Cabin Day — typically celebrated the last Sunday in June — is an event for many in the Midwest states to celebrate a simpler time and help preserve a part of history. Among traditions that date back to prairie times is Log Cabin quilting, named for its construction. Log Cabin patterns in knitting and crocheting are a great way to make use of a wide color palette, as well as a way to get through a stash of yarn!
Log Cabin afghans make beautiful housewarming gifts. Make one for your family, or someone you know! Here, we round-up a few of our favorite Lion Brand patterns for Log Cabin throws, blankets, and lapghans:
|Crochet Log Cabin Afghan, made with Wool-Ease®||Knit Striped Squares Afghan, made with Heartland®||Crochet Log Cabin Afghan, made with Vanna’s Tapestry® and Vanna’s Choice®|
|Crochet Log Cabin Arrow Afghan, made with Heartland®||Crochet Bright Log Cabin Afghan, made with Hometown USA®||Crochet Log Cabin Afghan, made with Fishermen’s Wool|
|Crochet Cozy Cabin Throw, made with Vanna’s Choice®||Knit Slip Stitch Sampler Lapghan, made with Vanna’s Choice®||Crochet Baby Log Cabin Blanket, made with Vanna’s Choice®|
* Not a Lion Brand pattern.
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Did you know? Although the most patriotic day — Independence Day — is celebrated on July 4th, Flag Day commemorates our nation officially adopting the stars-and-stripes-patterned flag on June 14th, 1777.
Stars, stripes, pom-poms — this pattern’s got it all!
For more inspiration, check out our pattern recommendations below, as well as our Independence Day Pattern Round-Up!
|Knit Heartland Patriotic Scarf, made with Heartland®||Crochet American Flag Dishcloth by Being Spiffy*
Made with Kitchen Cotton
|Crochet USA Afghan, made with Hometown USA®|
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*Not a Lion Brand Pattern
It’s getting hotter and sweaters are the last thing on my mind. But just because it’s spring time doesn’t mean that I want to put down my needles or hooks! There are plenty of ways to knit through the warm months without making hats and scarves. This summer, I’m making decorations! From pillows to plant-holders, I’m sprucing up my place with beautiful, hand-made pieces.
Here are a few projects that you can make for your home!
|Crochet Stash Basket
made with Fettuccini®
|Crochet Geometric Pillow and Afghan made with Heartland®||Knit Wall Hanging
Made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Hometown USA®, and Wool-Ease® by While They Play Designs*
|Macrame Plant Hanger
made with Nature’s Choice Organic® Cotton
|Knit Sunset Diamonds Afghan made with Textures®||Crochet Little Waves Rug
made with Cotton-Ease® by Moogly*
|Crochet Pop of Color Garland made with Bonbons||Knit Felted Little Loops Pillow made with Fishermen’s Wool®||Crochet Log Cabin Arrow Afghan
made with Heartland®
*Not a Lion Brand Pattern
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Today is the final installment featuring our 2015 fashion show collection. Over the past few weeks we’ve visited four groups of patterns all based on simple rectangles and easy construction – 1) Simple Rectangles; 2) Rectangles Sewn Together; 3) A Bit of Technique; and 4) Color & Textture. The finale of the show is called Achievable Wow. These patterns are all about jaw-dropping looks that you can knit or crochet yourself— and you’ll be impressed by just how easy they are to make!
Many of the projects from this section — such as the Cosmic Rainbow Afghan and Jewel Box Pullover — use self-striping yarns Unique and Landscapes® to create gorgeous palettes with little work. Others, such as the Sparkle Slipon and Filet Mesh Top, use simple stitching to create an off-the-runway look!
And for our grand finale, the pièce de résistance, here is our You Can Do It Afghan, featuring a Rosie the Riveter!
See all of the Achievable Wow patterns below!
|Knit Vintage Glam Turban||Crochet Sparkle Slipon||Crochet Kaleidoscope Afghan|
|Arm Knit Cowl||Knit Jewel Box Pullover||Knit Color Grid Pullover|
|Crochet Striped Wristers||Knit Colorful Striped Scarf||Knit Charleston Garden Blanket|
|Crochet Filet Mesh Top||Knit Calypso Cardigan||Knit Hopscotch Cowl|
|Knit Cosmic Rainbow Afghan||Knit Cropped Drop Stitch Pullover||Arm Knit Cowl|
|Knit Independence Day Scarf||Knit Independence Day Kerchief||Knit You Can Do It Afghan|
I’d like to introduce you to the newest addition to the Lion Brand® Yarn family, Textures®! Textures® is a self-striping boucle yarn that creates gorgeous drape. The colors are inspired by a natural palette, drawing from the forest, ocean, meadows, and skies. This yarn is an acrylic and nylon blend so your garments are machine washable and dryable. Textures® is light weight which means it’s great for springtime knitting and crochet!
Check out this video to learn more about this exciting new yarn!
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Feeling inspired? Here are a few patterns made with Textures®!
|Knit Sunset Diamond Afghan||Knit Flattering Shaded Tunic||Crochet Button Cowl|
|Crochet Lagoon Ripple Poncho||Knit Triangle Shawl||Crochet Diagonal Squares Afghan|
Recently we debuted our newest collection of patterns at a fashion show called, You Can Do It! The show was divided into five sections, the first of which, Simple Rectangles, featured pieces made from, you guessed it, rectangles. These patterns were designed to give even a novice knitter or crocheter the confidence to tackle a gorgeous garment!
Shira sat down with Lion Brand®’s Design Director Adina Klein to talk about the inspiration behind these inventive projects.
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See the Simple Rectangles patterns below!
|Crochet Rainbow Squares Afghan||Knit Beginner Scarf||Knit Basic Hat||Knit Basic Wristers|
|Knit Easy Rectangle Cardigan and Cowl||Crochet Sparkling Shell Top||Knit Helio Poncho||Crochet Perfect Sleeveless Tunic|
|Crochet Blankets Are My Canvas||Crochet Glamorous Ripple Poncho||Crochet Not Your Grannie’s Gloves||Knit Shaped Poncho|
|Knit Tribeca Tunic||Knit Tricolor Cowl||Knit Senior Hat|
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When I started knitting, I made so many scarves. I was intimidated by the idea of moving on to a bigger project, so I kept on making scarves, each one more intricate than the last. If someone had told me back then that I could tackle an afghan, I probably wouldn’t have believed them … but if you’ve knit or crocheted a scarf, you can do it!
The Design department here at Lion Brand has created a collection of patterns to give knitters and crocheters of all skill levels the confidence to make an afghan, one scarf at a time!
Design Director Adina Klein explains how you can step up your scarf game by doing the Neck’s Best Thing!
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Each of the patterns are available as both a scarf and afghan! See them all below:
|Knit Graphic Blanket||Knit Graphic Scarf||Crochet New Slant Scarf||Crochet New Slant Blanket|
|Crochet Triangle Shawl||Crochet Triangle Blanket||Crochet Color Blocks Afghan||Crochet Color Blocks Scarf|
|Level 2 Knit Neutral
Slip Stitch Afghan
|Level 2 Knit Neutral
Slip Stitch Scarf
|Level 2 Knit Neutral
Slip Stitch Scarf
Don’t you wish you could wrap all of your loved ones in gorgeous afghans and sweaters this holiday season? Well now you can … well at least their gifts anyways!
Some of Lion Brand’s most beautiful patterns have been transformed into selections of bold and stately Artisan Gift Wrap. Designed from variety of knit and crochet projects — ranging from funky crocheted hexagons to a classic cream-colored cable — each wrapping paper design (there are six all together) is so gorgeously detailed, we think you’ll have trouble tearing into your gifts! It’s perfect for wrapping hand crafted gifts – or, it can be used on its own for wall art, scrapbooking and origami designs!
Each wrapping paper is based on one of our favorite patterns, featured below:
|Knit Stained Glass Sweater||Crochet New Slant Afghan||Crochet Granny Variation Afghan|
|Crochet Fireworks Hexagon Picnic Blanket||Knit Dancing Cable Afghan||Knit Blazing Blocks Afghan|
It may not seem like it at first, but wine and afghans have a lot in common. They’re both diverse and they both come in many colors and varieties. They can evoke a sense of the pastoral just as easily as they can a sense of modernity. Their companionship is appreciated when we curl up with a good book on Saturday night or when they join us for Sunday afternoon movie-watching and snuggling.
Here are a few of my favorite Lion Brand afghans and a suggested wine pairing or two (… or three) for each.
Perfect for this time of year, this afghan is great for those cold winter nights when all there is to do is watch the snow fall outside your window.
I would pair this afghan with a rich-bodied white wine, something a bit spicy like an older German Reisling or a Gewürztraminer.
This rustic afghan is crocheted on the bias to create the unique diamond design. The earthy tones of Homespun® Thick and Quick® will have everyone wanting to warm up under this cozy throw.
Pair this afghan with red wines that exude aromas of earth, and maybe a touch of old wood – think Brunello, Cabernet Sauvignon or even a Malbec or Pinot Noir.
The unique border on this mitered rectangular throw gives it a very elegant and feminine look.
If this afghan strikes your fancy, a relaxing rosé would be the perfect match for your tastes!
You may not believe it, but Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are vintners – in addition to actors, parents and humanitarians – and they’re good at it too. Last year they released a rosé the critics loved called Miraval and if you can find a bottle, it’s a very lovely wine.
Bring a contemporary look to your living room with this afghan made of cabled hexagons.
A contemporary design calls for a younger wine, so a few pairings I recommend for this afghan are Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio on the white side or a Shiraz or Beaujolais for red.
The slip stitch afghan demands to be paired with a rare varietal. Try a Petite Verdot, a Picpoul Blanc or a Ramnista.
Bonus tip: If you’ve always wanted to try to make a slip stitch, take a look at our newest Craftsy class, My First Slip-Stitch Afghan.
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I’m one of those people who has a tendency of buying yarn without really knowing what to do with it. I buy one or two balls here, a skein there…
Soon, I find myself with a lot of single balls of yarn with no particular project in mind.
Of course, much of that yarn is well-used in one-skein projects. In fact, if you listen to our most recent episode of YarnCraft (the Lion Brand podcast that I co-host), you’ll get lots of ideas for great ways to use up single balls of yarn.
But if you’re looking to make a bigger project with all those disparate single balls, a crochet “mega granny square” afghan like our Afghan Squared pattern is an awesome way to go. Here, I’ve taken single balls of Vanna’s Choice®, Martha Stewart Crafts™ Extra Soft Wool Blend, Wool-Ease®, and Superwash Merino Cashmere and turned them into a beautiful gift for my cousin’s wedding.
Because they’re all machine-washable, worsted weight yarns, the blanket will be easy-care and non-yarncrafters won’t notice the difference in textures much.
How I designed my color scheme: While it may be feel daunting to make a variety of random colors harmonious, I found that it was best to look for colors that were similar in tone for 2-3 rows and then change to a color that provided contrast. In some areas, like the center, you’ll notice that I alternated between a single color (in this case, gray) and then one of several other colors, and then back to the first color to give it a more grounded look. I repeated the gray several more times throughout the afghan to give the color scheme some consistency. I think it turned out pretty well!
Now that I’ve taken a photo of it here in the office, I’ve put it in the mail for Jennifer and Harry to enjoy!
What have you made with single skeins or balls of yarn? Leave a comment and share your ideas!