Sunday, September 10, 2017

Knitwear Trend report: Statement sleeves

Dramatic shapes and fresh details make arms key focal points, with volume reigning supreme and tweaked constructions providing edge and interest.
This season, it’s all about statement sleeves. From bell-shaped and extra-long to balloon and cold-shoulder, attention grabbing sleeves are stealing all the spotlight.

Bell Sleeve: Fitted on the shoulder and flaring out wide toward the wrist, the bell sleeve is the same as it always was, yet totally different. 

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 Flounce Sleeves: Despite having a similar silhouette to bell sleeves, flounce sleeves tend to be slightly more subtle and feminine. The style is created by attaching a separate piece of circular-cut fabric to the sleeve. This creates a ruffle effect that gives flounce sleeves their flare.


 Ruffle Sleeves: Choose between different sizes and amounts of ruffles for different variations on this trend. Whether you choose ruffles that completely cover the sleeve or ones that start from the elbow, these sleeves are all the statement you need.

Bishop Sleeves:The style, which balloons out toward the lower arm before gathering into a cuff ate wrist.

Extra-Long Sleeves: They may not be practical, but extra-long sleeves are totally in fashion at the moment. 

Balloon Sleeves: The round style is then gathered at the end, so the overall shape resembles a semi-deflated balloon


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Moschino & crochet

The summer collection of Moschino is filled with bold colors, flowers and gorgeous crochet clothes! A fantastic source of inspiration to make summer jackets and dresses!

The all time classic granny squares gain a modern personality, made with bold summer colors and compose beautiful jackets and accessories!

I admit that I can not imagine a man wearing something so bold, but I find it a great idea for a woman's sweater, don't you agree?

A fantastic idea to consume your yarn stash! Gather all yarns in bold summer colors, crochet several granny squares and creat a jacket, blouse or bag!

I'm going to make a long jacket with mine:

You can find hundreds of charts here for motives in all shapes.

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Granny squares-the trendy take

♥ crochet!

Summer inspiration

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Trend report stripes

Stripes are dominating the catwalks for the summer season, but will be also trendy for the coming winter... horizontal, vertical, wide, narrow!

Knitted dresses are more popular, especially in bold color combinations:

But also in earthy and pastel tones:

Follow the trend by knitting a stripy dress, or a sweater, taking inspiration from the catwalks! It is a great opportunity to comsume you yarn stash :)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

♥ crochet!

Don't leave for vacation this summer without having your suitcase packed with stunning crochet garments!
The runways were filled from amazing dresses, bathing suites, bikinis, cardis and blouzes in bold and happy colors!
Take inspiration from some of the most representative pieces, grab your hooks and make your own masterpieces!
Balmain showed impressice long dresses and coats in bold color combinations:

Moschino amazed with dresses, bikinis and hats made from beutiful granny squares in bold and gright color combinations:

Selman designed cool dresses and jackets with colorful striped and granny squares, but also monochrome grannies:

Crochet bikinis and bathing suites are worn under chic costumes or wide knits by Les Copains:

Wonderful chic and feminine dresses and blouzes by Novis:

And if you like boho style, Roberto Cavalli designs will inspire you:

as well as Desigual:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

My new design- Easy cardigan

A fine merino yarn and a baby kid mohair yarn are combined to give a very light yet very warm cardigan.
The body of the cardigan is worked in a variation of the raspberry stitch, which is much easier to work with. The sleeves and the edgings are worked in 2x2 rib pattern.
Very easy to make and super warm without being bulky.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cables knitting - my new pattern

Cables are my absolute favorites when it comes to knitting! They are all time classic in knits! This season they are very trendy and as you can see they will be trendy next year also, not only in knitwear, but in home deco also!

I designed this sweater last year, but I managed to take pictures and prepare the instructions only last week. It is knit in a wonderful light blue color and is composed by three different textures which make it very interesting. The neck is high and has a cute ruffle edging which adds a playful look. It has has a straight line and asymmetrical length

I was very pleasant to see that the new issue of Vogue Knitting features many designs with wonderful cables and one of then has asymmetrical length like mine!

Take inspiration from these gorgeous knits and make wonderful cabled sweaters, jackets, dresses and accessories:

Friday, December 16, 2016

German Stollen

There cannot be Christmas holidays without the beautiful flavors of home made cookies and cakes! One of my favorites is the German Christmas Stollen: 

For the dough:
1,2 kg all purpose flour
120 gr. yeast
200 gr. sugar
1 pinch salt
3/8 l milk
3 eggs
1 pack vanilla powder
300 gr. butter
For the filling:
200 gr. whole almonds, blanched, peeled and chopped
500 γρ. raisins blonde
200 γρ. raisins black
100 γρ. candied orange peel
100 γρ. candied lemon peel
Zest & juice of a lemon
1/4 tsp cardamon, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon
100 ml rum
1 bitter almond extract
For the frosting:
250 gr. melted butter
250 gr. icing sugar

The night before baking, mix in a large bow; all the ingredients for the filling and let soak. 
Dough: In a large bowl, sift 1 kg of the flour and make a pothole in the center. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk and a pinch of salt and 1 tbs sugar. Add the yeast to the center of the bowl. Carefully take some flour and mix with the yeast, until you have a liquid porridge.

Spread some sugar and flour over the porridge and cover the bowl and leave it in a warm place, until the yeast has doubled in size. 

Knead well. Mix eggs with sugar and vanilla and add to the dough. Knead again and leave the dough covered to rest in a warm place, until it has doubled in size.

Add the rest of the flour and the sugar and knead again.

 Add the filling to the dough and knead again. From 2 oval shapes and fold each oval piece in half. Carefully lift the dough onto the baking sheet and leave to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until nearly doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas 4. Bake the stollen for 60 minutes, or until golden.Cover with foil if it begins to brown too much. Brush warm loaf with butter and dust thickly with powdered sugar. Cool on ​rack.Wrap tightly in foil.
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