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It’s Always a Picnic at Lion Brand!


In New York City, August has inexplicably brought slightly cooler weather to our fair metropolis! Thank you, August, for breaking the unbelievable hot streak that made July a truly stifling month over here. Going outside was more of a chore than a respite from the daily grind.

Now that the weather has cooled down just a scootch, it’s the perfect time for a picnic! And just in time for picnic season, our dear friend and unbelievably talented crochet artist Sharon Silverman (who will be visiting the Lion Brand Yarn Studio on September 18th) is here with the cutest, most perfect four-piece picnic set… for four!!!

Picnic set, slightly closer

The four-piece table setting for four… Picnic Perfection.

First Up… The Place-mats! 

Picnic Basket Placemat, stitch detail

When Sharon first started working on this project, we had envisioned a wicker basket and four red-and-white-checkered place-mats. But “the wand chooses the wizard,” Sharon reminded us. “The same is true in crocheting: the yarn chooses the project.” – We’ll find out just how true that is in a second. The yarn that raised its hand to be turned into place-mats was the yarn we had intended for the basket – 5 balls of luscious Vanna’s Style in Taupe.

Next – Get Your Lid On!

Flower Lidded Container, lid off, other view

How adorably cute is this little container? Perfect for sweets, like salted caramel or cherries (around the office, we call them “mini-plums”), this glorious flower-crowned basket is the next essential piece of the puzzle. Now I have a little confession to make… the yarn that Sharon used for the red-and-white components of this beautiful piece is LB Crepe Twist, but we don’t have enough inventory of the colors to recommend using this yarn (cue the madhouse rush on Crepe Twist!)

Isn’t it good for you that the yarn that we DO recommend, 24/7 Cotton, is on sale this month? Looks like the yarn chose the project again, Harrys and Hermoines.

We Believe In Keeping Our Napkins Cozy

Flower Napkin Ring quartet

How great are these napkin rings?? Continuing the theme of the container itself, these adorable little guys are adorned in pretty petals. Just imagine how delighted your guests will be when they see these!

Cover Up Your Beverage!!!

Red and White Wine Bottle Cover

The inverted red-and-white-checker theme continues with this absolutely fantastic, and super useful, beverage cozy. It’s perfect for keeping your sparkling cider, or beverage of your choice, cool and comfortable to grab without getting gross condensation all over your hands.


You can get the whole kit, with everything you need to make this incredibly perfect picnic set, only at – It’s the perfect time of the year for a picnic, and this is the perfect kit to celebrate the season with.

And don’t forget, Sharon Silverman is coming to the Lion Brand Yarn Studio on September 18th. While you stop by to meet her, drop us a line; it’s always a picnic at Lion Brand, and we can bring our perfect picnic kits to Union Square!

Picnic set with all four napkin rings

One last look at sweet, picnic perfection. Thank you, Sharon!

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