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Think positive! Spring is coming. The first thing I want to do is lighten up and throw off the heavy winter gear.
This is where shrugs, wraps and shawls can be the most basic and versatile garments you own.
Throw one on and you're good to go. They wrap colour and texture around you and are totally cozy.
A very popular past post featured a shawl collar shrug, made in 2 pieces with some shaping of the back piece.
Just when you thought a design couldn't get easier, I came across one with 4 simple rectangles, the front shawl, a back and two sleeves.
Go through all your past winter projects and overbuys (I have plenty!) and use up all the bits and pieces for your front shawl. Pick up one or two of the colours for the sleeves and back.
As I write this post, I'm already thinking of combinations that will work for my new wrap.
Read further to be inspired by more ideas and free patterns for both the knitter and crocheter.
My first encounter with a Stephen West design was on Pinterest. The design was a beautiful shawl shaped to wrap around the shoulders.
Stephen's colour combinations are unexpected adding to the beauty of his garments.
As I encountered more and more of Stephen's work, I became very interested in his background and what influenced his designs.
I'm especially pleased to have had the opportunity to interview Stephen and to highlight designs from his latest e-book,
"Crazy for Color".
Read further for more about this talented designer and his work.
Whenever you see a creative design detail used in an unexpected way, you take notice.
The clever treatment of the negative space between the hexagon shapes proved to be most inspiring by opening up new possibilities for linking motifs .
Hexagon motifs are six sided and honeycomb shaped. They can be worked into a solid, lacy or more inticate, layered motif.
There are many lovely patterns readily available for both the beginner and more advanced crocheter.
Traditionally, these shapes were used for afghans or throws with the edges left uneven or half motifs used to fill in edge spaces.
The simple motifs used in this design are smaller with the "holes" in between filled in with contrast double crochet shells or stitches worked over a chain space.
An easy beginning project for this decorative detail could be a scarf or to edge a shrug or cardigan fronts.
Read further for tutorials, free patterns and ideas for working around hexagons.
Putting your own personal stamp on an item of clothing, whether purchased, vintage or handmade seems to resonate with a lot of people.
Mass production producing multiples of the same garment lacks any kind of personality, something we crave these days.
Denim jeans during the 60's had that kind of edge. Patchwork, embroidery were added with pride.
Practical and above all comfortable (for the most part), denim is definitely a go-to piece of clothing for whatever you are doing.
The trend that seems to be growing is the idea of collecting a look to put together.
Patches used in Junya Watanabe's jeans are different kinds of plaid and the patches themselves are grand in size, not the small patches used to cover holes.
Side stripes really mimic the tuxedo pant with the side embellishment, but why stop there?
The are so many ribbons, especially vintage ribbons allowing the denim to ooze with personality.
As far as the embroidered logos, don't stop at one kind. There are sequined appliques that would add instant glamour to a pair of plain old jeans
The harsh winter we've been experiencing is definitely calling out for some happy colours to put a smile on your face.
Loopy, bumpy textures and mouthwatering shades of melon and berries make this project a treat to knit.
Worked from the top down, a soft rolled neck is increased to a slouchy, comfy capelet.
After trying this quirky little pattern stitch, I was amazed at how quickly it worked up and how much fun it was to knit.
Perfect to throw on and stay toasty on a chilly evening if you like to keep the thermostat lower.
Read further for the pattern and tutorial on how to knit the Loop Stitch.