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  • 15 Fan Favorite Blankets

    It's that cuddle up and get cozy time of year. We're talking chilly days and cold nights. Movies and hot chocolate. And, of course, snuggling up under hand made blankets. Afghans also make great gifts for your favorite people. If you're thinking of making one for the holidays now is the time to start!

    Below is a list of the top 5 fan favorite Lion Brand afghan and throw patterns and kits.

    Overall Top 5 Favorite Blankets (Knit & Crochet)

    5. 8 Hour Throw

    Craft: Knitting Kit
    Skill Level: Level 1 (Beginner)
    Yarn: Homespun®

    This simple, fast, and extremely cuddle-able afghan is worked up quickly using Homespun yarn and size 50 needles! That's some serious speed knitting.


    4. Hooded Baby Blanket

    hooded baby blanket

    Craft: Crochet Kit
    Skill Level: Level 1 (beginner)
    Yarn: Pound of Love®

    This hooded baby blanket pattern comes in a crochet and knit version. Both are beginner friendly and call for the same yarn.


    3. 5 1/2 Hour Afghan

    Craft: Crochet Kit
    Skill Level: Level 3 (Intermediate)
    Yarn: Homespun® Thick & Quick®

    This super chunky afghan is crocheted using a giant size Q crochet hook and holding 2 strands of super bulky (CYC #6) yarn together.


    2. Tree of Life Afghan

    tree of life

    Craft: Crochet Kit
    Skill Level: Level 5 (Experienced)
    Yarn: Wool-Ease®

    The Tree of Life afghan has been a long-time customer favorite and it's not hard to see why. The stitches are complex, but the results are worth every minute spent.


    1. Treasured Heirloom Baby Blanket

    baby blanket

    Craft: Knitting Kit
    Skill Level: Level 2 (Easy Beginner +)
    Yarn: LB Collection® Cashmere

    This bias-knit baby blanket is worked in luxurious LB Collection Cashmere for an heirloom piece. However, you can easily pair the pattern with your favorite CYC #3 (DK weight) yarn from Lion Brand for a more "every day" baby blanket.


    Runners Up: 5 Crochet Designs

    5. 5 1/2 Throw

    Craft: Crochet Kit
    Skill Level: Level 2 (Easy, Beginner +)
    Yarn: Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick®


    4. 5 1/2 Hour Neutral Tones Afghan

    Craft: Crochet Pattern Download
    Skill Level: Level 3 (Intermediate)
    Yarn: Homespun® & Hometown USA®

    This design mixes yarn for added visual interest in an otherwise simple all-over pattern.


    3. Mandala Afghan

    mandala

    Craft: Crochet Kit
    Skill Level: Level 3 (Intermediate)
    Yarn: Color Waves and Vanna's Style

    The Mandala afghan is another example of yarnline blending. This one, however, explores many colors. The kit comes with the combination shown, so there's no guess work to whether the tones will clash.


    2. Baby Owl Corner to Corner Afghan

    Craft: Crochet Kit
    Skill Level: Level 3 (Intermediate)
    Yarn: Vanna's Choice®

    Corner to corner afghans  allow for a lot of creativity in graphic design. If you can chart it, you can crochet it!


    1. Celtic Afghan

    Craft: Crochet Kit
    Skill Level: Level 4 (Intermediate +)
    Yarn: Vanna's Choice

    No, these cables are not knit! Beautiful braids and twisted cables travel across this afghan


    Runners Up: 5 Knitting Designs

    5. Quick and Cozy 3-Strand Lapghan

    Craft: Knitting Kit
    Skill Level: Level 1 (Beginner)
    Yarn: Homespun Thick and Quick\

    Worked with 3 strands of yarn held together, this afghan lives up to its name.


    4. Baby Tree of Life Afghan

    Craft: Knitting Pattern Download
    Skill Level: Level 5 (Experienced)
    Yarn: Pound of Love

    The Baby Tree of Life afghan is a smaller version of the ever-popular knit and crochet version of the same name. All appear in this list!


    3. Bird Song Afghan

    knit afghan

    Craft: Knitting Kit
    Skill Level: Level 2 (Easy, Beginner +)
    Yarn: Vanna's Choice®

    Embossed birds grace this afghan giving it a more complex look than it is.


    2. Tree of Life Afghan

    tree of life

    Craft: Knitting Kit
    Skill Level: Level 5 (Experienced)
    Yarn: Wool-Ease®

    The adult version of the previously mentioned baby blanket. This design is suitable for experienced knitters.


    1. Diagonal Comfort Baby Blanket

    Craft: Knitting Pattern PDF
    Skill Level: Level 2 (Easy, Beginner +)
    Yarn: Your favorite worsted weight yarn

    Pure and simple, it's easy to see why this pattern is so popular. The Diagonal Comfort Baby Afghan can easily be worked in any weight yarn to produce different looks.

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  • Crochet Your First Sweater with these 10 Free & Easy Patterns!

    by Tamara Kelly

    Learning to crochet opens up a whole world of projects! Most beginners start with scarves, blankets and other simple rectangles, thinking that garments will wait "for when I'm a more experienced crocheter."
    But garments can be for beginners *and* experienced crocheters when made with simple shapes! So I've put together a list of 10 free crochet garment patterns - sweaters, shrugs, and ruanas - all from your favorite bloggers and designers, and all easy enough for a crocheter of almost any skill level to make and wear with pride.

    The Patterns

    1. Granny Squared Crochet Top by One Dog Woof

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  • Yarn on Garnet Hill

    I don’t normally pay attention to the catalogs that my wife receives in the mail but this on caught my eye. The cover of the October edition of Garnet Hill featured my passion, yarn! Inside there were beautiful garments made with natural fibers including cashmere, alpaca, and merino. In this modern world is it great to see there is still an appreciation for classic, natural fibers. Of course all I could think of was how great these garments would look if they were hand-knitted with our LB Collection yarn. It just goes to show that there is inspiration everywhere!

     

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