5/05/2017

New | Daria McGuire Crochet Patterns

5/05/2017
Needlecrafts - Crochet - Daria McGuire Patterns

Design ideas and implementing them has been a way of life for me or rather a life force. Creative stitchery, sewing, knitting, crochet and jewelry were always important outlets for my creativity.
Diary of a Creative Fanatic started as a vehicle to find and curate projects throughout the web that looked at traditional crafts in a fresh way.
All this exploration inspired me to start designing again starting with crochet.
Well here is the first installment of four garments for the summer, but worked in blends or pure wool will take you into the cooler seasons.
Boulevard | a flowy, swing-style cardigan with a generous shawl collar you'll wear with everything.
Brooklyn | a flattering hi-low style with an eyecatching central cable and raised boatneck collar.
Rosegarden | a poncho pullover with feminine roses trailing up the front yet casual enough for t-shirt and jeans.
Reflection | two colors in open, lace patterns in a t-shirt shape makes it easy to wear out for date night or casual.

Links on the images below will take you to the patterns on Etsy .
Purchase patterns by clicking on images below
Happy Crocheting!

3/26/2017

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Messenger Bag

3/26/2017
Needlecrafts - Crochet - Messenger Bag
After six years of solid posting, this break was certainly welcome.
Posting is a joy, exploring the web for new ideas for crafting and being able to provide free patterns to support those designs.
Taking time to recharge one's batteries is also vital for maintaining the creativity involved.
The decision to create a collection of crochet patterns has been on my mind for some time.
Even though I enjoy working and designing knit, crochet and needlepoint, I decided to start with crochet designs.
This undertaking takes time, discipline and energy which is why my posting has been somewhat sporadic.
In the meantime I'm posting a free pattern for a messenger bag, which I find to be one of the most useful bags to own.
You will note the shoulder strap is not crocheted although you could work one up easily.
In previous posts I've mentioned how much I love thrifting so this happens to be a strap from a thrifting expedition. We're lucky in this city to have so many large thrift stores such as Value Village and Talize.
The strap cost me all of 3 bucks, a bargain.
The button is vintage, again part of my vast collection of buttons.

Make your new spring bag out of the suggested yarn or any bulky yarn you like. Enjoy!
Video Tutorial | Front Post Single Crochet Stitch
Click on images of past posts featuring different styles ofbags
Top 20 Posts | Click on image below for posts
Happy Crocheting!

12/21/2016

Needlecrafts - Knit,Crochet - Messy Bun Hats

12/21/2016
Needlecrafts - Knit,Crochet - Messy Bun Hats
Multicolor crochet bunhat | free pattern available here Grey back seam knit bunhat | Pinterest - inspiration only Blue ponytail crochet bunhat | free pattern available here
There's a new hat fashion in town - The Messy Bun Beanie. Styles have cropped up all over social media in a big way. It's always amusing to see something old become popular again with a sexy new name. Doesn't a "messy bun beanie" sound so much more interesting than an old ponytail hat. As a kid I wore these hats and remember all too well in my teaching days the little girls at recess with "holey hats". Like all fashions, they come and go waiting to be re-invented or as we say today "rebranded". There are 3 styles - a hat without the last few rows on top, a hat with a back seam partially sewn up or a few stitches in a row at the back, cast off or chained over to create a simple hole. But in the end all these styles serve a purpose allowing long hair to swing freely and not be bunched up inside a close-fitting hat. Read further for patterns that may inspire you to knit and/or crochet different versions of this holey hat.

11/28/2016

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Weekend Hookups

11/28/2016
Needlecrafts - Crochet, Weekend Hookups
Solid basic beanie | free pattern available here
Simple patterned basic beanie | free pattern available here
Getting a "headstart" on making gifts this season has never been easier.
Our family has for some time traditionally used the "Secret Santa" method for family gift giving.
On Thanksgiving, names are pulled for whom you'll buy a gift. There is a limit and unfortunately has devolved to gift cards.
My sister-in-law's family has decided to draw names but gifts have to be handmade.
This is a great idea and Josie is knitting a scarf for her niece's boyfriend. Some members of her family became worried, thinking they had no DIY or crafting expertise.
But in the end, this forces one to be creative and I believe the recipient is much more appreciative of what's been created.
All those trinkets that money can buy are lovely and definitely an easy gift to think about, but creativity has so much more value.

The quick and easy hats and headbands featured above are definitely a project to be made in a weekend and hopefully enjoyed for years to come.
Happy Crocheting!

11/22/2016

Needlecrafts - Knit,Crochet - Vests Gone Sideways

11/22/2016
Needlecrafts - Knit,Crochet - Vests Gone Sideways
Large image | Pinterest Ribbed knit wrap vest | free pattern available here
Nothing simpler to knit or crochet than a large rectangle with two slits for armholes et voilà you have a sleeveless wrap vest. The only things to consider are how long you want the vest, how big a rolled collar you want and how deep the armholes will be. Length can be determined from the bottom of the armhole to where you want the vest to stop. The deeper the armhole, the more the vest will drop. Do you like to wrap with a large collar (I do) or do you prefer the neck edge away from the face. A sleeveless wrap vest is great to throw on over another sweater, a light jacket making it a great accessory you'll want in different weights of yarn. The holiday season has pretty much creeped up on us but you still have some time to make one of these as a gift for yourself or someone special in the family. Think about texture and yarns with sparkle. Plain stocking stitch for bulkier yarns or simple relief stitches for lighter weights. Read further for different ideas to inspire you and how to get you started on your project gone sideways.