Crafters are often intimidated by straying from pattern instructions, but one of the easiest ways to customize a project is by simply changing the colors! Pattern designers do a great job picking colors for their samples, but sometimes you’ll find that although they look lovely, they aren’t your colors. For patterns that are written for one solid color, it’s an easy swap, but what happens when the pattern includes color work? Choosing a whole new color palette need not be daunting!
Vanna’s Choice® is an excellent yarn to work with if you are looking to create a custom palette. With 66 colors currently in the main line, you’ve got a lot to choose from. Add double-stranding into the mix, and you’ve got a whopping 2,145 color options! Vanna’s Choice® is also expertly designed with color matching in mind, so customize your creation with confidence – Vanna’s Choice® colors work together no matter what your desired palette!
To help get you started, we’ve created four kits based on some of our favorite color combinations:
|Mystic Mermaid||Fetching Fern|
|Dapper Daisy||Happy Harvest|
Each kit contains 6 skeins of yarn, one in each color pictured. Try combining them in one of these 6 ball patterns, or pick a favorite pattern from your own library. You’ll be amazed at how simply changing the colors can give a familiar project a new look! Did you notice that the two ripple afghans below are actually the same pattern?
|Crochet Ripple Afghan||Knit Sampler Afghan||Cozy Ripple Lapghan||Color Blocked Hoodie|
If you’re ready to create your own palettes, there are lots of tools online to help you. Here are just a couple to get you started:
Coolors has an excellent color palette generator (free to use on the web) which allows you to choose a base color and generate matching color schemes with the click of the spacebar. Drag to reorder the swatches, click the lock to keep colors you like, and use the sliders to tweak colors manually.
Photocopa is another nifty color palette helper (also free to use). Upload a photo or choose one from their gallery and Photocopa will generate a palette based on the photo! Choose the ones you like and use the sliders to change the proportions of the swatches.
We think it’s the perfect time to combine one cultural phenomenon with another, knitting & crochet with Shark Week! Here are some fun patterns to get you started:
|Stitchfinder: Knit Sea Creature: Angelfish — make it with Wool-Ease®||Stitchfinder: Knit Sea Creature: Blue Whale — make it with Wool-Ease®||Stitchfinder: Knit Sea Creature: Clownfish — make it with Modern Baby® or Kitchen Cotton||Stitchfinder: Knit Sea Creature: Giant Squid — make it with Wool-Ease®|
|StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Anglerfish — make it with Wool-Ease®||StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Blue Starfish – make it with Wool-Ease®||StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Bullion Coral — make it with Vanna’s Choice®||StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Pygmy Octopus — make it with Wool-Ease®|
|Crochet Amigurumi Angel Fish — make it with Vanna’s Choice®||Crochet Amigurumi Octopus – make it with Vanna’s Choice®||Crochet Shark Afghan — make it with Hometown USA®||StitchFinder: Crochet Sea Creature: Seahorse — make it with LB Collection® Superwash Merino|
Can you crochet a granny square? Great! You’re on your way to making an awesome pixel crochet afghan.
What is pixel crochet, you ask? Sarah from Repeat Crafter Me offers this explanation, “basically a pixel crochet blanket is made up of a series of granny squares where each square represents one pixel of the picture. When joined together, the squares (pixels) make a large image.”
So for example, if you wanted to make a Lola afghan, you’d find your favorite Lola image and convert it into a chart using a tool like KnitPro 2.0. Each square in the chart you see below represents one granny square.
It’s easy and fun to do. Below are some examples of crochet pixel afghans. Click the images for charts and explanations for each project.
|8-Bit Avengers Blanket, made by Jessica Jamey – design a pattern with your favorite charts and make it with Modern Baby® *||Crochet Cupcake Pixel Blanket by Repeat Crafter Me – make it with Vanna’s Choice® *||Tetris Afghan by Bethany A. Hamilton – make it with Vanna’s Choice® *||Hello Kitty Afghan made by Tarmine626 – make it with Babysoft® *|
|Pixel Storm Trooper Afghan made by InAnotherCastle – check out the chart and make one with Modern Baby® *||Pick of the Litter Afghan – make one for yourself (or for our resident cat lady, @ShiraRoars!) with Vanna’s Choice® *||8-Bit Transformer Afghan by AmandaJayne00 – pick your favorite chart and make one with Vanna’s Choice® or Modern Baby® *||8-Bit Pinkie Pie Afghan by AmandaJayne00 – pick your favorite chart and make one with Vanna’s Choice® or Modern Baby® *|
* Not a Lion Brand pattern
Here is the latest installment of Lola, from its creator Todd Clark.
You can get crafty too!
|Firework Treat Toppers
Made with Vanna’s Glamour®
|Crochet Independence Day Top Hat
Made with Kitchen Cotton
|Crochet Independence Day Table Mats
Made with Kitchen Cotton
|Knit Flag Pullover
Made with Heartland®
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Well, it’s only appropriate that I write a little tea round-up, seeing as I have become a “Tea Maven” here at Lion Brand. As I search the internet for patterns, the first thing that comes to mind is, “why do such warm things need to be cozied?” But, I’m getting off track.
I’ve realized that with my new web series — Tea with Shira — the perfect gift for my friends this holiday season will be Mug Cozies. You can get super detailed and go all out or do a simple single crochet or garter stich. So I’m going though and checking out which ones are my favorites. The first thing that comes to my mind is “aww” when I see those amigurumi tea-cups; they would make a great keychain or earrings! And that lion-themed cozy? Being the Brand Ambassador of Lion Brand, I have to get on this!
Thinking about making one of these? Wondering what’s next on Tea with Shira? Let me know in the comments!
|Crochet One-Stitch Mug Cozy, made with Heartland®||Crochet Lionheart Coffee/Tea Cup Cozy, made with Wool-Ease®||Knit Owl Coffee Cup Cozie by My Knitting Basket* Make it with Vanna’s Choice®|
|Crochet Tea Time Amigurumi by Misaki-C* Make it with Bonbons.||Knit Cabled Coffee Cozy, made with Vanna’s Choice®||Crochet Brain Freeze! Ice Cream Cozy by The Crochet Dude* Made with Cotton-Ease®|
Of course, that Brain Freeze cozy may not be for tea.. but it’s a cozy for ice cream… cold things need cozies too!
* Not a Lion Brand Pattern
This Friday is a special day for dog lovers — it’s Take Your Dog to Work Day! If your place of work allows it, consider bringing along your pup to hang out for the day.
Here at Lion Brand Yarn, we’re pretty fond of dogs — two in particular, in fact!
Barkley and Harold are two sweet peas that belong to our Art Director, Janeen, and our Yarn Development Coordinator, Gail.
Both have modeled a few of our dog patterns — Barkley even has a pattern named after him! The two of them come into the office a couple of times of month, but are eager to celebrate officially on Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Gail shared that having Harold in the office is “a benefit for everyone. The dogs get a lot of attention, and it helps us with office camaraderie.”
Janeen seconded this, saying that having her dog, Barkley, around is therapeutic. “They change the energy,” she added.
Whether they’re headed to the office with you or not, keep your doggie stylish with these six patterns just for dogs!
|Knit Prep Dog Sweater
Made with Wool-Ease®
|Crochet Poet Dog Sweater
Made with Homespun®
|Knit Animal Lover Dog Sweater
Made with Vanna’s Glamour®
|Crochet Casual Friday Dog Sweater
Made with Heartland®
|Knit Proud Puppy Dog Sweater
Made with Amazing®
|Crochet Flower Garden Dog Sweater
Made with Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®
|Our friend Kristy Glass, leader of the Glass Posse, spotted one of our newest and most popular crochet patterns — the Wedding Capelet — and saw it could be something more than a formal garment. Made with Vanna’s Glamour®, Kristy chose to use the Copper colorway for her version of the Wedding Capelet … let’s let her share her inspiration – take it away Kristy!|
Can’t see the video above? Click here: https://youtu.be/f2xhFLh_wkQ
POSTPONED! Due to thunderstorm activity in NYC today, the event in Union Square is cancelled. We will announce a rain date shortly.
If you’re in New York City on Sunday, June 28th, drop by Union Square between 11am-4pm and add a small swatch of knitting or crochet to our mystery yarnbomb! We’ll be there with world-famous yarnbomber London Kaye Crochet, who is delightful in the latest episode of Tea With Shira #5:
Some ideas from StitchFinder:
|Knit Small Leaf||Crochet Octagon Motif|
Who: You, London Kaye Crochet, Lion Brand Yarn and Brand Ambassador Shira Blumenthal will all be there!
What: We’re crowdsourcing a yarnbomb and we want you to contribute! Bring a small swatch of knitting or crochet, free-form or based on a pattern, and add it to our big yarnbomb!
Where: Union Square, New York City, by East 14th Street & Union Square West
When: Sunday, June 28th, 2015, 11am-4pm (If the gathering must be postponed due to poor weather, an announcement will be made by 9am the day of the event through Twitter and Facebook.)
Little ones will love getting their hands on knit versions of their favorite ocean dwellers — let’s say hello to our tentacled and finned friends with a round-up of ocean-inspired patterns!
|Crochet Undersea Mobile, made with Vanna’s Choice® Baby||Crochet Sweet Hanging Amigurumi Jellyfish, paid pattern by Tori Carroll.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice® Baby and Vanna’s Choice®||Crochet Fancy Goldfish Amigurumi by Kate Wood.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®.|
|Knit Ollie the Octopus, made with Vanna’s Choice® Baby||Crochet Crab by Repeat Crafter Me.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®.||Knit Fishy Wishy Afghan, made with Modern Baby®|
|Crochet Starfish Appliques by Flower Girl Cottage.* Make a few with Kitchen Cotton.||Knit Toy Lobster by Dirigo.* Make one with Vanna’s Choice®.||Crochet Tiny Turtle, made with Vanna’s Choice®|
* Not a Lion Brand pattern.
Several times a year we host a crochet- or knit-along, a virtual event in which knitters and crocheters come together here online to work on one pattern together, share their experiences, and to learn together. There’s no need to sign up! Simply follow along with the blog posts at your own pace as you crochet your project, and feel free to share your comments and/or photos as you progress. Want to learn more? Click here for our guide.
Thank you for voting for our crochet-along! The winning pattern is … the Sabrina Tunic!
Feel free to pick up this badge to use on your blog, Ravelry, etc to show that you’re participating! (Right-click on PCs or Ctrl+click on Macs to save it to your desktop and upload it to your site)
1. This week, download the pattern (click here for the pattern) and read it through so you have a sense of how the project is going to take shape. We’ll be walking you through a different element each week, so don’t worry if you see anything you’re not familiar with!