5/18/2015

Needlecrafts - Knit, My First T Shirt

5/18/2015
Needlecrafts - Knit - My First T Shirt
T shirts are standard, casual wear and are pretty much in just about everyone's wardrobe.
If something a little more special is to your liking, there are t shirts made of silk, chiffon or embroidered and embellished with sequins.
A basic "T" can have set-in, raglan or drop sleeves, shaped straight or flared. If you can dream it, it's out there in the retail landscape.
For summer, a cotton "T" is perfect, so why not knit one.
Shape is an important factor when picking a style to make and to suit everyone's taste and body shape, there are four different patterns.
A classic shape, very easy to begin with.
The oversized "T" is great for leggings and skinny jeans.
Stripes can be more fun and flared insets allows for a flattering flared shape.

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Happy Knitting!

5/08/2015

Needlecrafts - Knit, Tops in Tanks

5/08/2015
Needlecrafts - Knit - Tops in tanks
Tank tops work harder than any other top in my wardrobe. Ideal for layering, I wear other tops under them or under jackets, shrugs and sweaters.
Tanks can add warmth in the cooler seasons and when it's hot, worn alone. Good news for the beginner, the tank can be a quick project to knit if stitches are kept simple. Shape is an important factor when picking a style to make.
Featured are a variety of current shapes which will definitely fill most knitter's wardrobe needs . Think color, texture and yarn type when planning your project, whether you want dressy in a silky finish or simply casual in a crisp cotton finish. The styles will give you endless inspiration for yarn and fashion choices. Read further for 9 more free pattern styles.

5/01/2015

DIY - Restyle, Racerback T Shirts

5/01/2015
DIY Restyle - Racerback T Shirts
Inspirational images | Pinterest
Inspirational images | Pinterest
The latest buzzword in fashion is "athleisure," one of those words that sounds ridiculous but perfectly describes a mode of dressing. Leisure wear has been around forever, reaching the height of popularity as British Mod Style in the 70's but during the 80's became associated with over the top poor taste.
The fitness trend spawned real exercise clothing, functional but not always fashionable. Time became a luxury and the idea of being able to go from gym to office resonated with consumers. The idea of comfort and being stylish was a category of clothing that retailers quickly embraced.
Athleisure is bigger than a trend, as evidenced by the people who wear yoga pants, sweatshirts and t shirts anywhere and everywhere, which says quite clearly there is an overwhelming desire for leisure and sport clothes that are designed well and stylish. Track pants became luxurious made out of cashmere and linen. Birkenstock sandals were bejewelled and tanks were given the fashion once over with strapping and color blocking. Racerback or "wifebeater" tanks have taken on a whole new personna made with a variety of different materials such as lace, rubber, chiffon, stretch satin not exactly your humble jersey. Read further for tutorials and different ways to restyle t shirts into fashionable racerback tanks .

4/24/2015

Needlecrafts - Knit, Crochet - Spring Vests

4/24/2015
Needlecrafts - Knit,Crochet - SpringVests
Circle vest, step by step tutorial | beacrofter.com
Right now the spring weather is teasing us with a warm day here and there.
When the warmer weather finally comes, a sleeveless vest will be just the right garment to wear over a t shirt or blouse.
Blazers can be cumbersome, but you still want to look pulled together whether it's for work or a casual weekend.
Here are 9 very easy patterns to try - 4 for the knitter and 5 for the crocheter, one being the very fashionable circle vest.
Beginners as well as seasoned crafters will love these projects as they are quick to make and a great way for beginners to practise.
So spring into knitting and crocheting these fabulous vests.
Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

4/17/2015

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Scarf to Poncho

4/17/2015
Needlecrafts - Crochet, Scarf to Poncho
Inspirational image | Pinterest
Every Tues evening, my sister-in-law and I get together to knit, crochet and watch "The Voice".
Josie has just begun to knit again so simple stitch patterns are her preference along with simple squares and rectangles.
Whenever I come across an easy and stylish garment made essentially from a rectangle, I'm on board.
Simple shrugs, a simple pattern featured in a past post seems to appeal to her right now, another easy pattern made from a large rectangle. The poncho featured in this post will definitely prove to be just as popular. A great spring cover-up, both crocheters and knitters will want to add this one onto their "To do" list.
This pattern will certainly carry you through the different seasons right from fall/winter to spring/summer. The only hardship will be picking a yarn. Read further for step by step stitch tutorials and schematics for this easy pattern.