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  • A Sweater Dress for Every Body Type

    While browsing the Pattern Finder®, I made a discovery: Lion Brand has designed a sweater dress pattern to flatter every body type (Hourglass, Pear, Apple, and Rectangle)! Check out my findings, as well as some styling tips, below.

    Hourglass Knit Dress 

    Show off your curves with a sheath-shaped dress that nips in at the waist. A length that hits at the knee helps to balance out your figure while showing a bit off leg. Ribbing at the yoke adds even more contouring.

    For styling, add a low-slung belt and some fancy patterned tights.

    [Note: The pattern shown uses Lion® Cashmere Blend, which is now discontinued. As a substitute, try using Superwash Merino Cashmere in Charcoal Heather.]
    Pear Cable Luxe Maxi (shown on right) 

    Your slender shoulders lend themselves well to ornate patterns at the neckline. An A-line skirt is flattering to wide hips. A length that goes past your knees will elongate and balance your figure.

    For styling, this dress begs to be paired with equestrian-style boots.

    Apple Speed Stix Mini Dress 

    Apple types usually have long, lean legs, and this minidress helps to show them off! Empire shaping and smooth, sturdy fabric help to disguise a fuller waist. A boatneck neckline shows off your collarbone.

    For styling, pair this with opaque tights or leggings and cute flats.

    Rectangle Close-Fitting Dress 

    Your slim, athletic figure looks best in body-hugging styles. An asymmetrical neckline adds interest and the illusion of curves. A lace insert at the skirt shows off a bit of leg.

    For styling, go retro with a pair of slingback heels and a shrug.

    [Note: The pattern shown uses Glitterspun®, which is now discontinued. As a substitute, try Vanna's Choice® in Scarlet. Or, to get the sparkly flash shown here, try stranding Microspun® in Cherry Red together with Vanna's Glamour® in Ruby Red.]

    How would you style these sweater dresses? Which dress is your favorite? Comment and let us know!

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  • Improve Your Home with 4 Quick & Easy Projects

    There's nothing like an upcoming family visit to make you realize that your home could use a serious fall cleaning. Suddenly, I'm seeing my apartment through my future guests' eyes: a discolored lampshade here, clutter on the coffee table there. Luckily, I've figured out how to use my crafting skills to save the day!

    Below are 4 easy projects that anyone can use to spruce up a home. Best of all, they're great stashbusters, so you can even de-clutter your yarn basket--just in time to start stocking up on fall yarns!

    Fall Nesting Bowls

    That clutter on the coffee table never seems to go away, does it? With these adorable little nesting bowls, I can at least keep it organized.

    Plant Hanger

    I'd love to display my houseplants indoors, but until now, I've had to keep them outside and safe from my curious cats. With these plant hangers, I can brighten up my kitchen and keep my plants safe from teeth marks!

    Lampshade Cover

    One of my favorite lamps has developed an unsightly discolored patch on the shade. Until I can find a new one that fits, I can just whip up a lampshade cover! I can even use some old brooches I never wear for a set of fancy fasteners.

    Striped Draft Stopper

    Living in a first-floor apartment has its benefits, but it has its downsides, too. With this door stopper, I can block out unwanted visitors in late summer as well as unwanted drafts when the weather gets cooler.

    Do you have any quick-to-make projects that you've used to spruce up your home? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Round-Up: Fall 2011 Fashion Trends

    Without a doubt, fall is my absolute favorite fashion season. The rich colors and luxurious fabrics are just what I need to get me through the winter months -- even if I can only dream about wearing them!

    Just recently, I saw a breakdown of fall trends on New York Magazine's website that appealed to the yarncrafter (as well as the fashionista!) in me. According to their fashion reviews, two of fall's biggest trends are Victorian-style lace collars and fur coats.

    Seeing these trends got my imagination going -- what patterns, I wondered, could I make that would hearken back to these luxurious, heirloom styles? I checked out our Pattern Finder®, and here are my favorites among the patterns I found.

    Victorian Lace:

    Crochet Lace Scarf 

    This scarf is made of very Victorian, thick floral lace. Use it to add interest to a turtleneck or wear it as a shawl during transitional weather.

    Pale Gray Lace Cowl 

    This cowl hints at the lace collar trend without looking fussy. Try tucking it under a blazer for a polished look.

    Ruffle Necklace Scarf 

    The possibilities are endless for this fun, feminine accessory. For a more delicate look, try using a laceweight yarn like LB 1878. For a true Victorian lace look, use a DK weight yarn like LB Collection® Superwash Merino.



    Knit Segment Scarf  

    Fur goes a little bit rock 'n' roll with this long scarf. Wear it to toughen up a casual look or to distinguish your formal look from the crowd.

    Wendy Collar 

    They won't know it's faux! This jaunty collar has the luxurious look of fur with the added plus of being animal-friendly.

    Knit Vest with Fun Fur Trim 

    The trim on this rugged vest uses two colors of Fun Fur® for an authentic look. The body incorporates Scattered Seed stitch for durability.

    Do you like to incorporate fashion trends into your projects? Tell us in the comments!

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