Needlecrafts - Baby Shower Gifts, Nursing Capelets

Needlecrafts - Knit the Basics, Wide Rib Pullover
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PDF pattern (English version) directly from Pierrot Yarns, Japan | here
Nursing a baby in public when done discreetly is no longer such a delicate and controversial issue.
What is horrible are the modesty nursing capes available for this purpose. The capes are large, totally unfashionable and reminds one of the capes they use in hair salons.
By sheer fluke, I came across a practical, yet stylish capelet design from Pierrot Yarns in Japan.
My immediate response was to modify an existing capelet pattern for nursing in public. Remaining stylish, yet practical was the aim.
Really, any circular pattern can be modified, but a great choice is a simple pattern as it can be worked up quickly for a shower.
What a unique gift to present to the mother-to-be. Surely, everyone else will provide enough onesies and diapers.

Read further for an adapted capelet pattern and schematics,free patterns fo more inspiration including crochet, finishing tips and helpful sites.


Needlecrafts - Crochet, Mesh Stitch Primer

Needlecrafts - Crochet, Mesh Stitch Pattern
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There's nothing to hide this summer as it's all transparent where fashion is heading.
It can be sheer pleasure or sheer torture depending how you look at this trend.
To my eye, sheerness around the shoulders is delightful and sexy as shown in the very chic Gucci design.
This same sheerness can be translated into summer tops and tunics designed with open and easy to stitch mesh patterns.
A pullover or vest with an overall design in a mesh stitch can be complimentary to all body shapes with an attractive camisole underneath.
Crocheted skirts over leggings are stylish yet give you confidence in the coverage.
Read further to become totally inspired, get tutorials on different versions of the net stitch pattern and free crochet patterns that feature net patterns .


Needlecrafts - Knit, Simply a Shrug

Needlecrafts - Knit the Basics, Simply a Shrug
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A few posts back, I featured a beginner's garment made with rectangles.
It was truly a great way to venture into knitting without too much trauma.
This design featured above is another idea based upon rectangles. In this case, they make a shrug. You can't get any easier than that.
Once you have dimensions, you can use any weight or type of yarn for any season. A pattern I've suggested is for a traditional worsted weight.
A good place to begin as this weight is the easiest and most times the most economical for beginners.

Read further for schematics, pattern instructions, finishing tips and helpful sites.