7/06/2015

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Cables With a Twist

7/06/2015
Needlecrafts - Crochet, Cables With a Twist
Images, Crocheted Aran Sweaters | purchase of e-book available here
Crochet always came a little easier to me but much like knitting, at least in the beginning, it was cables that had me stumped.
Well, more like fear. In crochet, the pattern writing is long and involved. Thankfully it was charts that saved me. Charts are so easy to understand and like schematics, these give you a visual of what you are working. In a previous post, I included several free patterns featuring interesting aran stitch patterns.
This post features several, easy accessory patterns to hone your skills and then move on to more challenging garment designs.

Be sure to read further for helpful visual diagrams on front, back and crossing posts as well as helpful videos explaining the process very clearly.

7/02/2015

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Granny is a Square

7/02/2015
Needlecrafts - Crochet, Granny Top
Granny squares are so happy in design, add such a delightful element to a garment or accessory that I can't get enough of them.
The inspiration image shows how effective two large granny squares can be when made into a simple top. Smaller versions of the larger square are sleeves, but you can omit these for an easier project. The squares are made with a variegated or space dyed yarn letting the interesting coloration do all the work and you get all the compliments.

Read further for a charming collection of free granny square patterns and ways to add width and length with making extra squares.
This is another design that can be made for any season and in any type of yarn.
In the summer, wear it sleeveless and in the cooler weather, wear it as a vest over another sweater or shirt.
A great way for a beginner to start crocheting and make something beautiful to wear.

6/24/2015

DIY - Popular jewelry past posts

6/24/2015
DIY - Popular Jewelry Past Posts
Click on images below of past posts featuring easy and fun to make DIY jewelry projects and tutorials. Great for summer ideas and projects!

6/15/2015

Needlecrafts - Knit, Crochet - Daddy's Little Girl

6/15/2015
Needlecrafts - Knit, Toddlers, Daddy's Little Girl
Girls rule! The adorable free patterns featured in this week's post are definitely with girls in mind.
All of the designs are easy, fun to make for both knitters and crocheters. With the long summer ahead and going forward into the cooler weather, they are practical. Pinafores can be thrown over t shirts and even the tops can be layered for the cooler weather.
How cute are the boleros and shrugs! Your little fashionista will want more than one to wear.
From the top of the head down, there are patterns that includes hats, summer tops, classic "pinnies", shrugs and boleros, many of these ideal for the beginning knitter and crocheter.
Read further for a charming collection of free knitting and crochet patterns, ideal for that special princess that are practical, yet beautiful. This collection of garment essentials caters to all your toddler's knitwear needs for the warm weather ahead.

6/07/2015

Needlecrafts - Knit, Boatneck Pullover

6/07/2015
Needlecrafts - Knit, Boatneck Pullover
Inspiration image | Pinterest
You really don't have to resort to extreme knitting to achieve a great garment.
Case in point is the featured pattern above which has been given a few updated twists on a traditional classic.
Sleeves definitely look more modern, shorter, with a drop shoulder and beginning with a wider rib, reminiscent of the 80's.
Length has been cropped, not cinched with a rib allowing for ease with a plain edged hem.
No need to worry, no midriff is exposed but long enough to wear with a long skirt or wide pants.
Personalize the pattern further by adding two row stripes, easy for combining colors you love.
Four rectangles make up this simple design and it is truly seasonless. Whether you prefer cotton, wool or mohair, this is the pattern for you.

Read further for schematics, pattern instructions, helpful tips and videos on finishing that garment perfectly.