Needlecrafts - Knit, Short and Sweet

Needlecrafts - Knit, In the Hoodie
All images for inspiration only | Pinterest
The classic cropped pullover and cardigan never really went away as you can see from the vintage styles featured further down the post.
Unfortunately, gone are the days that I'm able or would want to wear a fitted short cardigan or pullover over a fitted blouse or dress.
Comfort is a key component of any outfit I wear without sacrificing the end result being stylish.
Cardigans that are short-sleeved, long-sleeved, or three-quarter length look very cute with loose-fitting feminine tops, and dresses. This combination is my favourite, makes any outfit look relaxed but pretty, provides an illusion of a "smaller waist" which gives me confidence.
Layering shirts under a cropped pullover is another casual look that looks put together, especially by adding interesting accessories.
Read further for 9 free patterns in a variety of styles featuring cardigans and interesting pullovers. Also featured are 2 vintage patterns that look modern and very much in fashion.


Needlecrafts - Crochet, Basics for the Wee One

Needlecrafts-Crochet,basics for the Wee One
Adorable classics! Make them in fun brights or traditional neutrals.
Every prince or princess can have these charming, easy and quick-to-crochet basics, from booties to hoodies.
Ideal patterns for the mom who is learning to crochet or for more experienced knitters that love to crochet "wee" fashions.
Free Patterns
Left Side - Top to Bottom:
1. In the Hoodie simple, no-fuss buttoned jacket with hood .
2. Cool Dude slouch hat for stylish babes.
3. Wee Vest sleeveless hoodie, ideal for cool spring days.
Right Side - Top to Bottom:
5. Casual Booties quick to crochet in many colours.
6. Bright Stripes easy cardi to make in colourful stripes or classic solid.
7. Tiny Bobbles a cardi too cute and hard to resist.
Happy Crocheting!


DIY - Fashion, Fringe Necklaces

DIY-Fashion, Fringe Necklaces
Main inspirational image | Missoni Spring Summer 2014
Spring and summer is the perfect time for all those hand crafted neckpieces.
Fashion, at the moment is fringe obsessed. Both accessories and garments have long, swinging fringed edges. Earlier, I posted about the fringe trend and how to incorporate different types of fringes onto garments.
Fringe jewelry, whether it is a multi-chain, bead, leather or feather fringe really speaks about global and ethnic trends, what I like to think of as Bohemian.
Adornments that are handmade, colourful and not quite perfect are easy and casual, ideal for summer. Read further for ideas and free tutorials for different ideas on how you can add fringe benefits to your jewelry.


Needlecrafts - Crochet, Sheer Delight

Needlecrafts,Crochet - Sheer Delight - Tanks and camis
Inspiration image | Pinterest
Top inset image | free pattern available here
Lately I've been on this binge of looking for nicer tanks and camis to wear under summer cardis. It could be due to all the Hexagon Granny Cardis I've been making .
By the by, I will be featuring them (yikes!... all 5 of them and by then, who know how many more!) at a later date. It's amazing how different they all look and I love the versatility, casual or dressy.
The hunt for these camis led me to find some lovely openwork tanks, worn over either matching, complementary or contrasting colour.
What's great about these tanks is the basic shape and if you use a heavier worsted or chunky cotton how quickly they work up.
Crochet two simple squares and you have a top. Finishing garments in a unique way can add that "of the moment fashion trend" or just your personal taste.
Mix stitch patterns on the same garment to give interest. Suggestions are given for different ways to use simple shapes such as the rectangle and square.

Read further for different style suggestions, finishing ideas and 6 free garment patterns.