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!
Top-Down Cardigans | scroll to find free patterns available below
Top-down knitting really baffled me as I preferred to knit pieces.
The finishing job of sewing seams was something I enjoyed doing.
Curiosity got the better of me - What was this magical way of knitting which started at the neck, working down the yoke, dividing for sleeves and finally working the body ending with most of the sweater.
Wow, no seams. Of course if you wanted sleeves you would pick up the stitches around the armhole.
My exercise began with a baby garment, small and easy to rip back if I had a problem.
So pleasant was this experience, I ventured into garment patterns designed for crocheting top down.
Looking back, I wondered what took me so long to try this method.
Starting with a small project was ideal to quickly see how the garment comes together.
There are 5 baby garments for you to try - 3 cardigans and 2 pullovers.
Small and satisfying projects for cottage knitting!
The obsession with denim is not waning by any means. That is for sure.
Vintage inspiration, whether it's the 70's, 80's or 90's is being reinterpreted and walking down the runways and in just about every major store chain.
Denim patches, embroidery, accessories, embellished jackets, worn and destroyed jeans - all of these are abundantly available.
Recycling denim is definitely much more interesting, better for the planet and readily accessible in second hand stores.
Just like in decades past, everyone is striving for something unique, something that tells a personal story not a piece of clothing that has been duplicated many times over.
Designer fashion that is unique and beautifully made, for the most part, is out of reach for the majority of consumers.
Being creative to me is much more important than owning a designer bag or piece of clothing but then there's nothing to say that they cannot be a source of inspiration.
Any post that deals with upcycling and recycling denim instantly draws you in to see all that creativity at work.
Be sure to read all the posts - you just may be wildy inspired!
The past three months have been extremely busy with me getting back to designing crochet patterns.
Posting has been somewhat erratic as the process of getting creative and educational craft posts ready takes a lot of energy.
Happily, this will be corrected as the patterns start to become completed to my satisfaction.
It's wonderful when life comes full circle - I am back to designing, which is my first love but (with a big sigh!) there's a learning curve once again to be disciplined in my work.
This particular post highlights how I feel about certain designs - Daniela Gregis bags are so creative and colorful, they make you smile.
Precious is not a word you would use in describing these bags but make no mistake they are heirlooms.
Recycling is definitely something to consider when you decide to make one of these bags- old jean shirts, sheets, fabric you've hoarded.
There's no mystery as Gregis uses very basic patterns for these bags.
A small crocheted rug or a larger basket can become a special market bag you'll be proud to carry.
Read further for inspiration, free patterns for guidance, helpful tutorials and videos to get you started.
Yarns are definitely my drug of choice. It's the colors, whether solid or multi-colored, the textures and construction that have me filling that "yarn closet" in the basement time and time again.
Every year at about this time we travel to Daytona where my brother-in-law and his wife own a beautiful home.
My sister-in-law, thankfully, is a crocheter and knitter. She truly understands my habit and willingly goes with me exploring for new yarns.
At times this can make packing to go home a bit tricky but somehow I manage to squeeze in all my booty.
When you enter a yarn store, you see all these tempting concoctions calling out to you .
Do I buy something safe in one weight and color or do I go crazy and buy a little of everything.
Well knitters and crocheters, mix it up and go crazy. Work with a variety of yarns and textures in the same color palette or totally patchwork style!
Be sure to see all the creative ways to work with yarn textures, free patterns and helpful videos showing you how to read a chart, work the intarsia technique and give you an idea of the types of textured yarn available in the marketplace.