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9 Log Cabin Afghan Patterns to Celebrate Log Cabin Day

June 25th, 2015

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Log Cabin Day 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:

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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®
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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
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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.

Celebrate the Stars and Stripes With These Flag Day Patterns!

June 14th, 2015

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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.

Natasha of Alaska Knit Hat designed this Old Glory hat – made with Woolspun® – just in time for a chilly summer in Alaska!



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!

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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

9 Ways to Decorate with Knit and Crochet!

May 21st, 2015

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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

18 Patterns That Will Make You Say Wow!

April 8th, 2015

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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!

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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
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Crochet Filet Mesh Top Knit Calypso Cardigan Knit Hopscotch Cowl
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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

And take a look back at the rest of the collection: Simple Rectangles, Rectangles Sewn Together, A Bit of Technique, and Color and Texture.

Lion Brand’s Newest Yarn “Textures” Gives Projects a New Dimension!

March 26th, 2015

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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®!

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Knit Sunset Diamond Afghan Knit Flattering Shaded Tunic Crochet Button Cowl
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Crochet Lagoon Ripple Poncho Knit Triangle Shawl Crochet Diagonal Squares Afghan