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Published on April 21st, 2016 | by Liza

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10 funky and free Lion Brand knitting patterns

Lion Brand has been a mainstay of the knit and crochet world for many, many years. One of the things they’re known for is their massive catalog of free patterns, which range from the most classic of knit sweaters to the wackiest of toys and accessories. We’ve gathered ten of the most funky¬†and unique Lion Brand knitting patterns for you this week.

Lion Brand knitting patterns: Stitched Up Scarf, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

The Stitched Up Scarf looks like a basic stockinette stitch piece, but appearances can be deceiving. The main body, made with Vanna’s Choice, is actually knit in the round, then flattened, and Wool Ease Thick & Quick is used to embroider through both sides, which creates visual interest and holds the whole thing together.

Lion Brand knitting patterns: Fair Isle Capelet, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

The Fair Isle Capelet is unique and beautiful, with an intricate pattern that is sure to stand out. Knit in Wool Ease, this piece is a bold statement item, sure to attract attention and compliments every time you wear it.

Lion Brand knitting patterns: Jolly Roger Poncho, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

The Jolly Roger Poncho features a cool skull and crossbones on the front, adding some edge to a classic item. Made in Wool Ease Thick & Quick, it will work up fast and be warm and cozy.

Lion Brand knitting patterns: NYC Skyline Afghan, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

The NYC Skyline Afghan takes a traditional item — a blanket — and kicks it up with colorwork in the shape of the Manhattan skyline. Use Vanna’s Choice in several different colors for a truly unique statement piece in your home.

Lion Brand knitting patterns: Arthur, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

Your little writer will love Arthur, an oversized stuffed pencil. This piece uses both Wool Ease Thick & Quick and Hometown USA, plus stuffing and optional eyes, to make this fun toy.

Lion Brand knitting patterns: Dragon Bookends, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

These Dragon Bookends¬† would make a cute addition to anyone’s library, from babies to adults. Made with Vanna’s Choice, felt for the features, and googly eyes, these slip over a basic metal bookend and add a touch of whimsy to your shelf.

Lion Brand knitting patterns: Child's Snake Socks, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

These Child’s Snake Socks are a hilarious accessory for the kid in your life. Made in Wool Ease, they’re a quick project that any child will love to wear.

Lion Brand knitting patterns: Cat Headband and Wrist Warmers, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

The Cat Headband and Wrist Warmers are a cute and fun accessory set for all ages. These use Vanna’s Choice, and would make a great project for a quick costume, or you can just make the wrist warmers for a whimsical every day item.

Lion Brand knitting patterns: Witchy Hands, download on LoveKnittingClick photo to download pattern.

These Witchy Hands would make a great final touch for a costume or, if you can get used to the long nails, a funny touch in winter. Knit in Vanna’s Choice, these are worked like regular gloves, but with an i-cord forming the extended fingers.

Lion Brand knitting patterns: Dog Octopus Costume, download on LoveKnitting

The Dog Octopus Costume is perhaps the most entertaining of the unique patterns. Made with Vanna’s Choice, this piece is worked like any other dog sweater, but with the addition of tentacles along the sides.

What’s your favorite Lion Brand pattern? Tell us in the comments!

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About the Author

Liza is a New York-based writer and photographer who is working on a Ph.D in Information Studies. She gets her best knitting done on the subway, and likes dogs more than people. She posts about knitting and yarn on her blog, Knitblr, as well.


Last updated: August 1st, 2017.

2 Responses to 10 funky and free Lion Brand knitting patterns

  1. Myriam says:

    My favourite Lion Brand pattern would be the Entrelac Cowl. Luxurious and practical, I made one for my sister a couple of Christmases ago, using the unfortunately discontinued Kodiak, from Berroco.

  2. Elizabeth Bogan says:

    Absolutely love the New York Skyline blanket. Will put that on my list of articles to make. Thank

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