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Celebrity Style: Get the Look! Gigi Hadid Steps Out in a Granny Square Duster

February 7th, 2016

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See it, make it! Model Gigi Hadid was recently snapped in Paris wearing this cool granny square duster. This 70s-inspired sweater-coat is totally trendy right now but its price tag might shock you. This Rosetta Getty duster retails for $1,400! But you can make one yourself without breaking the bank!

The crochet Graphic Statement Cardigan is made with Heartland®. It’s a fun, bold cardi that’s a must for your winter wardrobe! And, with so many amazing colors of Heartland®, imagine all of the possibilities!



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You Only Need One Ball to Make This Headband!

February 6th, 2016

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Have you seen our newest yarn, Color Clouds? It’s a Jumbo weight yarn which means it’s perfect for quick-knit winter accessories that will keep you warm and wrap you in a pop of color! Big, chunky accessories are always in for the winter time! And Shira’s found her favorite!

In this video, Shira shows off her latest project, the Hampstead Headband. It’s the perfect project to give as a gift because it works up super fast. But your friends don’t have to know that! Shira’s knitting one for each of her friends and with so many colors to choose from, she’ll never get bored!

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See even more color possibilities!

Hampstead Headband (knit) Hebron Headband (crochet) Henniker Headband (knit)
Hebron Headband (crochet) Color Clouds Hebron Headband (crochet)

Get Organized with Crochet and Knit Patterns in 2016!

January 20th, 2016

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Today’s guest post is brought to us by Tamara Kelly, author and designer of Moogly Blog.

New year, new resolutions – and one of the most common ones for us crafters is getting our stash and supplies organized! You can by bins and shelves and all sorts of sorting things… but you can also use your stash to make organizational supplies! Two in one, and so much more fun than store bought items. Here are some great free knit and crochet patterns using Lion Brand® Yarn to get you started!


1. Valentine Pouch (Lion Brand – Knit): You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to make this pouch – made with Vanna’s Choice®, it will keep all sorts of goodies organized and show your supplies some extra love!


2. Felted Acorn Pencil Case (Lion Brand – Knit): This pouch, made with Fishermen’s Wool® and Vanna’s Choice®, is excellent for storing pencils, pens, cable needles, stitch markers, and all sorts of notions!


3. Felted Hook Book (Lion Brand – Crochet): What good is yarn without hooks? Make this pattern with Fishermen’s Wool® or LB Collection® Pure Wool and try felting while giving your tools a pretty new home!


4. Nifty Needle Case (Moogly – Crochet): Keeping the yarn needles, scissors, and stitch markers out of the couch cushions and carpet can be tricky – but this pattern made with 24/7 Cotton keeps it all under control!


5. Fettuccini Knit Bowl (Sarah E. White – Knit): A simple knit basket/bowl worked from the circular bottom up with one ball of Fettuccini® – quick, easy and sturdy!


6. Felted Needle Holder (Lion Brand – Knit): Knit with your needles… for your needles! Perfect for Fishermen’s Wool® or LB Collection® Pure Wool!


7. Large Crocheted Bowl (Lion Brand – Crochet): Featuring Fettuccini®, this quick crochet project will hold it all, and look good doing it!


8. Moroccan Basket (Moogly – Crochet): This basket is sturdy, pretty, and big enough to hold several skeins of yarn – made with Heartland® Thick & Quick®!


What are you doing to get your stash and supplies organized in 2016? Using Lion Brand Yarn to make new containers of course means you need new yarn to fill them – it’s a win win all around! Happy Organized New Year!

When Lola’s Passions and New Year’s Resolutions Collide …

January 8th, 2016

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


Knit Color Grid Pullover Crochet Sorrento Ripple Shrug Knit Sunday Stroll Vest
Knit Color Grid Pullover
— Made with Vanna’s Glamour®
Crochet Sorrento Ripple Shrug
— Made with Heartland®
Knit Sunday Stroll Vest
— Made with Homespun®


For more great pet patterns, visit PatternFinder.


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12 Ways to Add Rose Quartz & Serenity to Your Wardrobe – Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year!

December 31st, 2015

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For the the first time ever, Pantone has chosen TWO colors of the year: 2016 is the year of Rose Quartz and Serenity!

You’ll definitely be adding these colors to your wardrobe in the new year and lucky you, we’ve got you covered with several Lion Brand yarn selections: Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Glacier; Wool-Ease® in Seaspray; Heartland® in Denali; Vanna’s Choice® in Pink; Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Blossom.

Rose Quartz is a beautiful light pink and Serenity is a periwinkle blue. Both of these colors are gentle and calming but don’t be fooled into thinking these are just for babies! From the Pantone web site:

“As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.”

Alone or together, Rose Quartz and Serenity are great ways to add pops of color to any grown-up wardrobe. And, even though this combination is traditionally reserved for springtime, icy blue is a great way to create a modern look for winter!

Here are some patterns that you can make with these trendy new colors!

Knit My First Raglan Cardigan
made with Wool-Ease® in Seaspray
Crochet Easy Pocket Scarf made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Glacier and Fisherman Crochet Serene Shell
Made with LB  Collection® Cotton Bamboo in Hyacinth
Crochet Solitude Circle Scarfie
made with Heartland® in Denali
Knit Cabled Heart Boot Cuff made with Vanna’s Choice®
in Pink
Crochet Openwork Cowl
made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick® in Blossom
Knit Dreamy Pastel Cowl
made with Amazing® in Pink Sands
Simple Crochet Shrug made with Homespun® in Delft Knit Two Stitch Cowl
Made with Amazing®  in Carnival
Crochet Metropolitan Ave Hat
made with Unique in Grape Vine
Crochet Fast and Easy Cowl made with Amazing® in Pink Sands Crochet Shades of Blue Scarf
Made with Tweed Stripes®  in Prism