9/15/2014

Needlecrafts - Knit, Cape in Shape

9/15/2014
Needlecrafts - Knit, Fitted Cape
Inspiration image | Anthropologie
Trips are always fun, but planning for different weather conditions is not.
This fall, I am travelling to two different countries and will encounter a difference in climate.
The challenge is always what to pack and, of course, I'll overpack and not bring something I should have thought of.
When I saw this cape, I knew this style was perfect for layering and dealing with both warm and cool conditions.
Knit in a thicker, soft cotton, it will be perfect for casual sightseeing and ideal for popping over a long or short-sleeved t-shirt depending on the day.
A zipper closure makes it easy and the pockets make it practical. Read further for suggestions on how to modify a traditional drop sleeved cardigan into this practical and gorgeous cape.

9/08/2014

Needlecrafts - Crochet Gifts, Coin Purses

9/08/2014
Needlecrafts - Crochet, Coin Purses
Gather all your odds and ends from past projects and make these quick, easy and incredibly charming gifts.
Whether it's stocking stuffers for the holiday season or a birthday present, these are very useful gifts and will definitely be appreciated.
They can be clipped onto a belt, used as a purse charm, made simply or embellished to the high heavens, it doesn't matter.
The cartoon animals are not only for kids. Put a smile on someone's face with these adorable shapes and colours. Read further for different ways to give your coin purse personality, whether you simply want a utilitarian change purse or a more edgy style.
Have fun and make several.

9/02/2014

Needlecrafts - A Vintage Fanatic, Vintage Patterns

9/02/2014
Needlecrafts - A Vintage Fanatic
A Vintage Fanatic | click here
Mining for great vintage style has always been high on my priority list.
Whether its buttons, craft books, textiles or clothing, I love to rummage through what I think of as "treasure".
No city has escaped this pleasure whenever I've travelled close to home or overseas.
In the 80's and 90's, I had the good fortune of working for both a chain of yarn shops, developing patterns for all the private label yarns they imported and for a large yarn manufacturer in charge of developing yarns and patterns.
Needless to say, I've amassed a large library of patterns, many of which will be new to knitters and crocheters as there was no global way of sharing.
So, welcome to A Vintage Fanatic, my new Etsy shop, open and ready to inspire you with easy-to-make fashions from the 70's, 80's and beyond.
All patterns are branded "Vintage Classics", come from various sources and have been carefully reformatted and enhanced.
The styles are very wearable and as evidenced in the stores and on runways, very current.
Not only are there fashionable patterns to knit and crochet for adults, but little ones can also be stylish.

Click on the image to take you to Etsy pattern and have fun shopping.

8/25/2014

Needlecrafts - Knit, Stripes of Color

8/25/2014
Needlecrafts - Knit, Stripes of Color
There are certain styles and patterns that jump out at us when we see them. This is definitely one of those designs. The moment I laid eyes on it, I knew this was a project I would be knitting.
No buttoning brings comfort foremost, just easy wrapping of the wide shawl collar makes it deliciously cosy for the fall season.
Fair isle banding up the shawl collar provides interest, giving you the opportunity to practise colorwork, go crazy with mismatched designs or more sensibly with matching sides.
Any shawl collared design can be easily modified to achieve this look. Widening the "collar" at the front by actually adding stitches to the fronts or just patterning the actual shawl area.
Several free patterns and suggestions given below give you an idea of how to accomplish this.
Weight of yarn is not a factor unless you wish to achieve a more traditional type of fair isle look.
Think of the basic sweater done in a chunkier yarn and the shawl worked in a finer yarn like a shawl or scarf attached to the sweater fronts.
Ideal for any season or yarn type, this design can work in cotton, solid or tweeded wools. Let your imagination run wild!

Read further to see for free patterns and tips on yarn dominance when knitting with color.

8/18/2014

Needlecrafts - Knit, Crochet - Crossover Tops

8/18/2014
Needlecrafts - Knit,Crochet - Crossover Tops
All images | Pinterest
All images | style.com and Pinterest
Personally, any style that hides this body's imperfections and at the same time is easy to wear hits the top of my list every time.
The crossover vest or pullover is just that, the fact that it can be stocking stitch simple or more textured as illustrated in the aran styles.
Short or long, you can layer this garment with a pretty cami whether it's the traditional slip version or a long sleeved style in the sheerest or laciest of fabrics.
Basically the fronts of this style are two rectangles that cross over and are sewn to the sides of the back either closer to the underarm or down nearer to the waist.
Try two different textures for each front or one side striped and the other side in a solid or marl.
Lifestyle lookbooks featured on retail sites such as Anthropologie try to tempt you with their new merchandise. These are definitely a good starting place for inspiration in styling, color and texture combinations.
Read further for different approaches to the crossover style and see schematics showing the basic construction.