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News, Ideas and Information for Crafting with Yarn

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Can you tell, is it knit or crochet? Guess and win!

March 30th, 2015

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Tell us which one you think is crocheted, the Tri Color Cowl or the Simple Shrug, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a 2-in-1 Tote Lion Brand Bag and six (6) balls of LB Collection® Superwash Merino. *

* Only one entry per person. Promotion ends April 12th, 2015 at 11:59m EST. One (1) winner will be randomly selected and contacted by email before April 17th, 2015. Open to residents of the USA and Canada. No purchase necessary. Retail value of prize is approximately $65 USD.


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

 


13 Patterns You Won’t Believe You Can Make

March 25th, 2015

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It’s been fun introducing our 2015 fashion show patterns over the past few weeks. So far we’ve walked you through Simple Rectangles and Rectangles Sewn Together.

So now that you’ve worked through the first two sections of our fabulous new collection, are you up for a challenge? We’re excited to show you the third chapter of the collection, A Bit of Technique. These bold patterns build on the idea that garments can be made from simple shapes and use easy shaping to create v-necks, patchwork, and over-sized cowls. Fun techniques like lace, cables, and embroidered embellishments make these projects look like they stepped right off the runway.

See all of these patterns in action here.

Knit Montclair Poncho Knit Danielle’s Radiant Wristers Knit Kimono Pullover
Knit Sophomore Hat Knit Poncho Pullover and Crochet Poncho Pullover Knit Cozy Cowl Pullover
Knit Color Block Sweater Knit Midnight Garden Tunic Crochet Ripple Bolero
Knit Glitzy Striped Legwarmers Crochet Moody Blue Bag Crochet Lacy Poncho
Crochet Mountain Dawn Cowl

8 Colorful Landscapes Projects Knit and Crocheted By Bloggers, Ravelry Users, and Lion Brand Staff!

March 24th, 2015

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The intense colors of Landscapes® have really motivated people to craft with this yarn. With names like Apple Orchard, Boardwalk, Metropolis, and Tropics, it’s very easy to be inspired. Whether you knit or crochet, are a beginner or veteran, the roving texture of this yarn will work up in a lovely fabric for you.

From one-stitch cowls to blankets, a simple project becomes a beautifully detailed project. And now until March 31st, Landscapes® is 20% off!

Here is a collection of stunning projects from our favorite bloggers, Ravelry users and Lion Brand staff:

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Hands Occupied made this very colorful cowl using a Brioche Stitch. She even  includes a video tutorial for those who work right-handed or left-handed. Ilana from our Marketing Department knit this beautifully striped cowl with Tropics using just one stitch, the garter stitch! A customer posted to our project gallery the Crocheted Vest with our Apple Orchard colorway. Check out those stripes! Brandyce from Marketing is currently working on a seed stitch cowl in Metropolis – she loves watching her project work up in texture and color.
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lajoyagirl made two beautiful crochet cowls in Boardwalk and Sand Dune Marlene from Sales  chose Apple Orchard to make the Back to School #Scarfie as a gift because it made her think of the person’s  bright, cheerful, and friendly personality.  mommy2maya used Apple Orchard to make these adorable baby booties. Heidi from our Colonie store made the My Celebration #Scarfie in Tropics as her project of the month!

What patterns do you like to knit or crochet with Landscapes®? Share with us below!


22 Popular Patterns for Boys and Men

March 19th, 2015

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Celebrate Pi Day with Some Nerdy Knitting and Crochet

March 14th, 2015

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Happy Pi Day! It’s a special one too because today is 3/14/15, which happens to be the first five digits of Pi (3.1415) and if you’re super-into Pi, you know that this post went up at 9:26am, the next three digits (3.1415926)!

Don’t know what the heck I’m on about? Pi is an irrational number relating to the circumference and diameter of a circle. It’s approximately equal to 3.14, though the decimal places are believed to go on forever. You can learn a little more about Pi here, or you can just have fun with the collection of math and Pi-themed knitting and crochet patterns below!

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Pi Family by Alicia Kachmar Butterfly Pi Shawl by lafarrelly
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Knit Pie Top for Pi Day by Lorna and Jill Watt, aka Knits for Life Pi Guy by Ms. Premise-Conclusion
Knit Irrational Scarf by Anne Bruvold Knit Pi Digits Scarf by Christina J
Knit Pi Dish Towel by Shannon Servesko Crochet Amigurumi Pi by Alicia Kachmar

*Note: Some of these patterns require a Ravelry account. Make sure you are signed up or create a free account to access.


9 Patterns Inspired by Cinderella!

March 13th, 2015

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Was Cinderella your favorite Disney Princess when you were a little girl? Well, she’s making a big comeback! Disney’s new live-action Cinderella comes to theaters this weekend to bring magic to a new generation. Do you think this new film will be a fun update or is the classic version your all-time favorite?

Inspired by the new movie, I’ve put together some patterns that can bippity-boppity-boo your little one into a real princess. The projects include our new crocheted Topsy Turvy Princess Doll that transforms with a flip from day to night! And the adorable Fairytale Headband and Wand set requires no knit or crochet skills- a great project to craft with the kids!

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Craft Fairytale Headband and Wand
made with Vanna’s Glamour® and Bonbons
Crochet Topsy Turvy Princess Doll made with Vanna’s ChoiceVanna’s Glamour®, and Bonbons Knit Baby Crown Hat
Made with Modern Baby®
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Crochet Pumpkin Hat
made with Vanna’s Choice® by Bowties and Fezzes
Knit Rats! made with Wool-Ease®
by Ravelry user 3secondfish
Knit Lavish Booties
made with LB Collection® Cashmere
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Knit Fairy-Tale Blanket
made with Vanna’s Sequins by Nicky Epstein
Craft Fairy Wands made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Extra Soft Wool Blend and Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Glitter Eyelash Loom-Woven Apron with Pockets
Made with Martha Stewart CraftsTM/MC Cotton Hemp

Celebrate National Crochet Month with Lion Brand and you could win an afghan named after YOU!

March 11th, 2015

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Celebrate National Crochet Month!

Vote for your favorite crochet block below and you could win the opportunity to have a Lion Brand afghan pattern named after you, we’ll even throw in the afghan too! You can vote once a day! (Not a Facebook user? Don’t worry, you can vote here).

We’ll randomly select and contact the lucky winner no later than April 15th, 2015.*

To vote, click on the image or “like” button below and be sure to fill out the entry form. Thank you for voting and don’t forget to come back to vote again tomorrow!

* One entry per person. Click here for the official rules.


8 Knit & Crochet Patterns To Celebrate the Season Finale of Downton Abbey!

March 1st, 2015

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Downton Abbey finishes up it’s 5th season tonight and I can’t wait to see all the 1920s fashions. Downton’s fabulous fashion sense was always a big draw for me because I just love vintage styles. As I’m gearing up to watch this last episode, I’m making a list of patterns that I think would fit a few of my of my favorite characters from the show.

Check out what I’ve picked out below for characters past and present:

Embellished Beanie Cable Vest Textured Raglan Jacket Shaped Cable Top
This Embellished Beanie in Homespun® would look great if you had a bob like Lady Mary. Little George would look very handsome in this Cabled
Vest in Cotton-Ease®.
I can picture any of the upstairs Downton women wearing this Textured Raglan Jacket in LB Collection® Organic Wool! Lady Rose often sports a very simple and stylish look on the show- making the Shaped Cabled Top in LB Collection® Superwash Merino a perfect fit for her!
Vegan Fur Poncho cloche Knit Vintage Glam Turban  
Lady Sybil was a very empathetic character, so this Vegan Fur Poncho in Pelt® would be just perfect for her … if faux fur existed back then. This  Flapper Hat  would be great for any of the ladies of Downton Abbey – upstairs or downstairs. Make it with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® for a very cozy and stylish hat to wear. (note: this is a paid pattern)  Cora’s mother is a very fashion-forward woman and would definitely be seen wearing this Vintage Glam Turban in Vanna’s Glamour®.  This Car Coat in Wool-Ease® Thick and Quick® is perfect for any lady who’s heading up to London for business or pleasure.

Our secret is out! These 70 new patterns are based on simple rectangles!

February 26th, 2015

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Lion Brand® attends The Craft & Hobby Association Conference and Tradeshow every year and a highlight of the event is our fashion show, hosted by Lion Brand spokesperson Vanna White and Lion Brand Creative Director Adina Klein. Based on five simple categories, we’re excited to present our latest collection of over 70 new patterns in the yarns you love – Modern Baby®, Unique, Homespun®, Heartland®, Amazing®, Landscapes®, Heartland Thick & Quick®, Hometown USA®, Homespun® Thick & Quick®, Wool-Ease®, Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®, Vanna’s Choice®, and Vanna’s Glamour®.

Watch the fashion now:

Below is a look book of garments presented at the show – click the image to link to the free pattern. The majority of the patterns and yarns featured in the collection are available at lionbrand.com right now. Can’t find a garment you like in the look book? Check back by mid-March!

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