8/15/2016

Needlecrafts - Knit, Fall 5 Fall Fashion Trends

8/15/2016
Needlecrafts - Knit, Fall 5 Fall Fashion Trends
1. Chunky Textured Beanie | free pattern available here
2. Cosy Hooded Cowl | free pattern available here
3. Scoop Neck Crop Top | free pattern available here
4. T-Shaped Tunic | free pattern available here
5. Color Block Tunic | free pattern available here
Even though we are in a continual spiral of humidity and heat waves, the stores are dribbling out the fall fashions.
The featured fashions in this post are essential to the easy wardrobe that both busy students and moms need - throw it on over jeans or leggings and you're good to go.
The crop top vest, great for layering over a shirt for added warmth but no fear of overheating in a cardigan.
All of these foundation pieces will serve you well this coming fall and winter.
The color block tunic offers you an opportunity to break up the color with simple garter, ideal for beginners or and easy rice or moss stitch .
The generous hooded cowl can become a poncho pulled down on the shoulders.
From classic worsted to super bulky yarn weights, there are five easy pieces to add to your fall wardrobe.
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Happy Knitting!

8/08/2016

Design Files - In Fashion, Shades of Fall 1216

8/08/2016
Design Files - In Fashion, Shades of Fall 1216
In a previous post I wrote about the privilege of attending Color Marketing Conferences as part of my job . Participating members came armed with sample swatches, test cards and any other materials to present their stories about their proposed color choices. Politics, pop culture, sports, technology and social issues can influence the selection of colors as well. Workshops consisting of teams worked on mood boards depicting their stories of what was happening in the world influencing color. In the end, all the boards were presented and imagery discussed. Amazingly most teams had similar imagery on their mood boards reflecting both world events and colors they evoked. To this day I remember that collaborative experience and befriending people from every industry who were involved in making color choices for their company's products. Depending how far in advance you are making your decisions it is vital that the colors will be popular and will translate into sales.

7/27/2016

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Tapestry Technique

7/27/2016
Needlecrafts - Crochet, Picture Perfect Tapestry Technique
Working with different colors in crochet can be easily achieved with stripes, working separate pieces in different colors. Working shapes or geometric patters such as circles, triangles or image shapes is a different story. Much like fair isle or intarsia knitting, you carry yarn in back or work with different color bobbins. Geometric patterns are so much a trend right now in home decor. The simplest circle or triangle can be worked with maximum effect. Retro picture images are also very popular. Think background in color tapestry and making the project 3-dimensional with added embellishment. Hopefully you will be inspired by the many ideas, helpful tutorials and videos to get you started coloring your world!

7/04/2016

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Lover's Knot Stitch

7/04/2016
Needlecrafts - Crochet, Lover's Knot Stitch
How many times have you gotten ready for a summer function or you are going out to dinner wishing you had a special shawl you could wrap around you. Something a bit glamorous, definitely feminine in a soft, whisper of color with just enough shimmer or sparkle to make you feel very special. When I saw several examples of these shawls, I thought I would make one for our trip this coming September. Light as a cloud, it would not crease and would provide that finishing touch for our evening dinners and strolls. The turquoise kid mohair with the slight glimmer of sequins, that was the style that caught my eye. Possibly in a rich cream, honey or melon. Even the ribbons look fabulous, the loose stitch allowing the yarn to open up and show off the color in it's entire width. Think about bulky yarns for a more casual, transparent look. Using a large hook makes the project go faster and allows the yarn to "breathe". There are several free patterns, the main shapes being a triangle and a rectangle. Another great weekend project either for your staycation in the backyard or for the cottage!

6/24/2016

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Corner Granny Squares

6/24/2016
Needlecrafts - Crochet, Corner Granny Squares
Mitered Corner Granny Square Vest | Let's Knit Series
Granny squares in any shape or form are fun to look at and try to crochet. The inspiration for this post is a mitered granny square meaning that it starts from a corner and works out diagonally. This particular design has longer straps but I think I would make a bigger square and add just enough for the shoulders. There is a step by step tutorial that I worked out to begin the design in the inspiration. For the tradionalists, I've included a more common mitered pattern, which really starts with a small square. Great way to use up small amounts of yarn and better still, a portable and easy project for my holiday in Halifax!