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5 Must have Neck Styles this Winter!

November 30, 2018

There’s no overstating the importance of a flattering neckline when you’re hunting down the perfect top or dress for your body, so why not when you’re hunting for the perfect sweater? It’s easy to let your focus gear toward other areas, but the right neck shape can frame your face, create balanced proportions, and set … Continue reading "5 Must have Neck Styles this Winter!" Read more

There’s no overstating the importance of a flattering neckline when you’re hunting down the perfect top or dress for your body, so why not when you’re hunting for the perfect sweater? It’s easy to let your focus gear toward other areas, but the right neck shape can frame your face, create balanced proportions, and set the tone for your entire look — essentially making or breaking it.

These days, sweaters are available in all sorts of styles, with buttons down the front, called a “cardigan” sweater, or as a pullover, and with a variety of necklines. Few of the flattering necklines are:

MOCK TURTLE NECK

The mock turtleneck is a popular style, classic and beautiful. In the sweater above you can see how the neckline is narrow enough to lie flat against the neck, while still maintaining a comfortable fit. The mock turtleneck is a double-thick neckline, so that there are actually two layers of knitted fabric against the neck, folded over and stitched down.

STAND UP COLLAR

The stand-up collar, also called the “Jackie Kennedy collar”, is a modified version of a mock turtleneck neckline. It is higher, wider and shallower than a mock turtleneck, and instead of hugging the neck the way a mock turtleneck will do, it stands up and is away from the neck.

TURTLE NECK

The turtleneck is also a popular style. A true turtleneck is a single layer which can be worn folded over once, or twice, against the backdrop of the sweater. A standard turtleneck will be 4-6 inches long, depending on the size of the sweater, or can be custom knitted to be up to 11 inches long.

ROUND CREW NECK

The standard round crew neck, shown in the above photo, is designed to be wide enough to be non-constricting and deep enough to fit easily over the head. This is the type of round neckline found on most pullover sweaters.

V NECK

Anyone can look great in this universal neckline. The key to nailing the perfect V neck sweater ? Depth. A classic style, it also draws the eye in, balancing out broad shoulders and thick torsos, and lengthening short necks.

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Here’s How Hand Knitting and Parenting are Alike!

December 05, 2017

There are so many things knitting teaches us, but have you ever wondered about the similarities between parenting and knitting? Here’s all that knitting and parenting have in common: There’s a steep learning curve. Much like parenting, it may take a lot of practice before you feel confident enough to be able to say that … Continue reading "Here’s How Hand Knitting and Parenting are Alike!" Read more

There are so many things knitting teaches us, but have you ever wondered about the similarities between parenting and knitting? Here’s all that knitting and parenting have in common:

  1. There’s a steep learning curve.
    Much like parenting, it may take a lot of practice before you feel confident enough to be able to say that you’re any good at what you do. In fact, it’s probably easier to master the technique than to be able to figure out parenting.For some, it may come easier than it does for others, you’ll end up making tons of mistakes either way.  Eventually, after a while, things will come to you naturally.
  2. Patience is the key.
    Most people end up quitting knitting mid-way, out of sheer frustration, saying it’s just not made for them. Most people are also not born with the level of patience that knitting requires; the practice creates the patience. None of us are born “knitting people.” It is similar with parenting. You don’t know what patience truly means until you’re bringing up your own child.
  3. You’ll pick up little tricks along the way.
    Dropped a stitch? No problem; you can knit it back up. The possibilities for learning tricks are endless. You’ll similarly learn lessons and tricks that make parenting.
  4. Every project is different with a new experience.
    You can use the same yarn for two different projects and have very different experiences. There are so many variables involved— needle size, fiber content—that you can never really expect the same results. The same is true for children: Each one is unique, and we as parents are shaped into different people along the way, as well.
  5. Your tea has probably gone cold.
    Be it knitting or a crying child, your attention will be pulled elsewhere. Get used to reheating your hot beverage over and over and over. Or simpler, just, learn to love it at room temperature.
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