8/25/2015

Needlecrafts - Knit, 5 Easy Pieces

8/25/2015
Needlecrafts - Knit Fall Basics - 5 Easy Pieces
1. Textured Knit & Purl Wrap | free pattern available here
2. Textured Rib Shawl Wrap | free pattern available here
3. Contrast Shawl Wrap | free pattern available here
4. Fit & Flare Wrap | free pattern available here
5. Arrowhead Band Cardigan | free pattern available here
Starting with a trickle in July, the stores tease us with what is ahead for the fall. By now, we are inundated with fall fashion in deep rich colors and cozy styles.
Boyfriend cardigans, open front wraps and the most prominent trend this season, the cape poncho.
Throughout the fall, I will feature posts with 5 easy pieces, key wardrobe pieces including cardigans, pullovers and ponchos.
Cardigans to me are the main component of the wardrobe. They have taken over from the structured jacket in a lot of women's minds.
Not only do these pieces add color and finish to a look, they can create a soft, flattering shape.
Styling with a cardigan can be casual with jeans and yet rise to a more dressy occasion just by adjusting such accessories as scarves and jewelry.
From classic worsted yarn weights to super bulky outdoor wear, there are five easy pieces to consider for your fall wardrobe.
Happy Knitting!

8/17/2015

Needlecrafts - Knit Newborn, Bundle of Joy

8/17/2015
Needlecrafts - Knit Newborn - Bundle of Joy
All thoughts are of newborns as the McGuire family is over the moon with the first grandchild in the family - Aimée, the sweetest and cuddliest little girl. From the cosy cocoon to the frontless cardi, these are truly adorable knits any new mom would be delighted to receive. Keeping the collection sweet, simple and effortless, the patterns are definitely ideal for both the beginner and more experienced knitter.
Read further for a charming collection of free knitting patterns, ideal for newborn boys or girls that are practical, yet beautiful. This collection of newborn essentials caters to all your baby's first knitwear needs. Also featured is a unique sweater ideal for making nursing more private.

8/11/2015

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Brimming with Boho Style

8/11/2015
Needlecrafts - Crochet, Bohohats
For the most part, I don't wear hats. It's not that I don't like them, especially the slouchy beanies. The truth is they just don't suit me.
This coming fall season, envy no more. The 70's were back on the runways in a big way, especially highlighting the boho chic look.
One doesn't have to adopt the whole bohemian layered look, especially if you were around the first time. The brimmed hat seems to suit just about everybody from the small brimmed bucket style to the wide brimmed fedora. Paired with capes, ponchos or wide wraps, this hat lends itself well to a bohemian vibe. A stylish way to keep warm, to be sure. Read further for different styles of the brimmed hat. Add to the brim of the bucket style or omit rows on the wider brim. Also, be sure to read the tutorials on personalizing your hat with a distinctive hatband. Boho chic is a relaxed style, one I've always been drawn to, especially in accessories.

8/05/2015

Needlecrafts - Knit, Crochet & Craft with Scrap Yarn

8/05/2015
Needlecrafts - Knit,Crochet - Scrap Yarn Crafts
All images | Pinterest
There's something about scrap yarn projects, whether knit or crochet that draws my eye, with it's humble yet very unique finish.
Of course, there is the happy melding of colors, but I've seen examples where you would have thought the outcome would be disastrous and yet the placement of colors turned out amazing.
Several design ideas are highlighted in the inspiration images above but any favorite pattern you already have whether knit or crochet will do just fine. More importantly, you are using up small amounts of yarn that live deep in your closet, somewhere, never to see the light of day. Another thought is to gather all these bits and have them available to craft with on rainy days, whether at home or at the cottage. Always handy and a good way to bust boredom. Featured below are several easy projects, fun to do and you just may end up learning a new craft or two .
Traditionally, one thinks of scrap yarn for blankets or afghans.
The blankets featured above are lovely examples of cozy throws to wrap up in while reading a good book.
Though, as much as I love to crochet and knit, there are times when you want something to do that's easy and quickly ready to enjoy. Be sure to read further for fun projects to try and for the diehard, free knit and crochet hat patterns. There is definitely something for everyone using up bits and pieces of yarn.

7/27/2015

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Bralettes and Halters

7/27/2015
Needlecrafts - Crochet, Bralettes and Halters
All images | Pinterest
Crochet is everywhere, partly due to the popularity of the boho chic look, and that includes a lot of crochet whether it's dresses, vests and bikini halters.
As a result, at various music festivals like Coachella, crochet bikinis, bralettes and halter tops have never been more popular.
That free-spirited flower child lives on in cut-off jeans, floppy hats and long fringes fluttering in the wind. Shades of Woodstock, free love and rock and roll. In a previous post (click here or on image below), there were many requests for the pattern featuring a bustier on the inspiration page.
This post features several different pattern designs for bralettes and for those who want a bit more coverage, cropped halter tops.

Be sure to read further for helpful, visual diagrams and charts for bralettes, free patterns as well as video tutorials on how to crochet different halter tops.
Click on image of past post featuring over top bustiers.