12 Weeks of Christmas

I am excited to tell you all about a new collection that Lion Brand Yarn has been planning for a while!  Once the fall begins, Christmas can sometimes arrive sooner than we expected, and if we are planning to crochet or knit gifts, we need to start planning ahead!  Lion Brand Yarn reached out to 10 of your favourite designers and bloggers and asked us each to design a project that would be perfect for holiday crafting for their “12 Weeks of Christmas” collection.  They range from amigurumi to wraps and blankets to blanket sweaters, and they all have varying levels of complexity.  They are all available as convenient kits on the Lion Brand Yarn website HERE and are on sale for 20% off until Christmas (online only)! For the next 12 weeks leading up till Christmas, one project will be featured each week on their site!  You can also find the free patterns for ALL these projects on the respective designer’s blog!

I’ve put together a short one minute video for you to see all the projects in the “12 Weeks of Christmas” and the designers involved!  After the video, I will show you pictures of each project and provide the link to the Lion Brand Yarn kit as well as the free pattern on the blog so that you can get started creating these 12 brand new designs!

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Two-Tone Scarf Wrap by All About Ami: This scarf wrap is perfect for layering and uses a unique and fun technique of weaving in a contrast colour!  The Jeans yarn used in this design is so incredibly soft and you or your gift receipient will love being wrapped in this comfy and stylish scarf wrap!  I’ve already seen a finished Two-Tone Scarf Wrap and I’m delighted that so many of you have started making your own!  The kit can be found HERE and the free pattern can be found HERE!

Cupcake Pillow Holder by Knot Bad: This cupcake with its ruffled frosting by Vincent is so whimsical, and I love how it is both cute and functional with the pockets as well!  I think this would be adorable in not only a craft room, but also a child’s room- can you imagine storing small dolls or treasures in those pockets?  This cupcake pillow is so huggable and would be very sweet ontop of a child’s bed as a pillow too!  The kit can be found HERE and the free pattern can be found HERE!

Cozy Blanket Cardigan by Mama in a Stitch: Jessica has loads of beautiful blanket sweaters on her blog, and she has added another gorgeous design to her arsenal!  I love the texture of this blanket cardigan, and it uses one of our favorite yarns: Wool-Ease Thick & Quick with a 10 mm crochet hook!  With such a super bulky yarn and large crochet hook, this project will absolutely fly by!  The kit can be found HERE and the free pattern can be found HERE!

Willow Wrap Over Shrug by Mama in a Stitch: Jessica has another design in this collection, and this one uses New Basic 175 yarn, one of my new favourite yarns!  This unique garment is reversible and can be worn with the folded over portion either in the front or the back!  The kit can be found HERE and the free pattern found HERE!

Crochet Cabled Heirloom Throw by Sewrella: This intricate blanket designed by Ashleigh is so luxurious and elegant and also uses Wool-Ease Thick & Quick!  Ashleigh has incorporated many unique cables and demonstrates how to do them all with her video tutorial as well.  You can find the kit HERE and the free pattern HERE!

Shimmering Snow Cowl by Rescued Paw Designs: Krista has designed this beautiful cowl using a shimmering colourway of Shawl in a Ball called “Om Opal”.  It looks so romantic and I love how the colours blend together with the pretty stitches!  The kit can be found HERE and the  free pattern found HERE!

Landon Slouch Hat and Scarf by Little Monkeys Crochet: Rebecca has designed an amazing slouch hat and scarf set so you can match with your mini-me’s!  I personally love wearing matching items with my girls, and this would make such a special gift for mothers and their little ones!  I love the colour combination that Rebecca has chosen, and the mini bean stitch provides such lovely texture!  The kit can be found HERE and the free pattern HERE!

Snowdrifts Afghan by Moogly: Tamara has designed an afghan using two colourways of Wool-Ease Thick & Quick that has some metallic thread running through it!  The stitch pattern is very unique, and afghans always make great gifts as we can all use them around our home!  You can find the kit HERE and the free pattern HERE!

Rebozo Wrap by Two of Wands: Alexandra has designed this beautiful wrap using one of my favourite acrylic yarns, Heartland.  I adore how she’s used different colours with the linen stitch to create such a pretty look, and the bottom incorporates delicate eyelet panels with macrame fringe.  The kit can be found HERE and the free pattern found HERE!

Affirmations Scarf by Two of Wands: Alexandra has also designed a knitted pattern for this collection using Hometown USA!  It uses a four row lace repeat and I am in love with the pretty texture and look achieved!  It is such a timeless and elegant scarf, and it would make a great gift for all your fashionista friends!  The kit can be found HERE and the free pattern HERE!

The Stockholm Stocking by Make and Do Crew: Jess has created this crochet stocking that can be pulled out every year and hung on the mantle! It uses New Basic Yarn and the top of the stocking is crocheted using the C2C stitch that Jess loves so much!  She has a video tutorial and blog post about all the basics of corner to corner crochet HERE!  You can find the kit for her Stockholm Stocking HERE and the free pattern can be found HERE!

Scandinavian Santa Gnome by One Dog Woof: ChiWei designs such incredible amigurumi with amazing shaping, and I LOVE her Scandinavian Santa Gnome design!  It’s so neat how he has no face (no need to spend time on attaching eyes and stitching on the mouth) so his expression and mood are open to interpretation!  ChiWei details how to attach all the parts to get this adorable look, and she even added a pouch of rice in his bum to give him some extra weight!  This guy would be such a special decoration around the house and would make a fun and festive gift, especially for someone hosting a Christmas party!  Amigurumi are very unique gifts since they are one-of-a-kind, and so much love goes into crafting each piece- they really come to life when all the pieces are attached together!  The kit can be found HERE and the free pattern HERE!

I am so honoured to be part of this 12 Weeks of Christmas collection, and I hope that you found some projects that piqued your interest and perhaps discovered some new designers and bloggers who you would like to follow!  Once again, all 12 kits can be found HERE on the Lion Brand Yarn website, and they are all on sale for 20% off until Christmas (online only)!  Have any of you started your holiday crafting yet?  Let us know what your holiday crafting plans are or if you are interested in making any of the above projects that we went through!