Two more leafy patterns

To complete my mini-collection on the leaf theme, I recently released two more patterns: most recently, the Petites Feuilles Vest, and a couple of weeks ago, the Petites Feuilles Boots.

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The idea behind the vest was that it had to be truly unisex, with a simple yet well-thought-out design. There are a couple of techniques in there that even more experienced knitters might enjoy. I thought the addition of an optional secret pocket would allow knitters to have fun with color pairings as well as use up small amounts of leftover yarn. I like that the pocket bind-off hints at the color of the hidden lining. Also, little kids are usually enthusiastic about pockets, and I’m always thinking about what they’d like, too :)

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When it comes to the boots, the main idea was to make booties that would stay on little wriggly feet, so that meant that ties were a must. In my experience that’s really the only way a bootie will stay on a tiny foot.

I chose garter stitch for the bootie because picking up stitches is so easy and clean with garter stitch (you need to pick up stitches around the sole to work these booties seamlessly), and also, garter is very stretchy, which means that the booties should get a maximum amount of use.

Finally, I wanted the booties to be tall, not only for my leaf motif to fit, but also to make them extra warm and easy to put over pant legs. I also had a vision of my daughter wearing her boots with striped stockings underneath and a short skirt :)

I have to say I am not 100% satisfied with the photos I took for the pattern page, my daughter is constantly on the go and it was very difficult to get a decent shot that would show off the boots properly. Some of my testers, however, made some adorable versions and I made a little montage because they are just too cute (photos used with permission, clockwise from top left, boots by marthajane73, serendipitystitch, sweetbasil and t-a-n-y-a):

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These two patterns, as well as the Petites Feuilles cardigan and the Petites Feuilles bonnet, are available individually and also as part of a 4-pattern bundle with a discounted price.

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All patterns are available in my Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy stores.

 

My latest design: Framboise!

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Something fresh for the summer! As usual this is fun and quick to knit and completely seamless.

I wanted a scalloped hem of some kind and a motif that was easy to work and could be made to be either lacy or not. The motif is also used to add interest to the cap sleeves:

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There are buttons along the raglan to make it easy to put on and off:

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This top could easily be turned into a tunic or a dress by simply adding some length to the body. I think it would look great in a more winter-y type of yarn, maybe something a bit tweedy, to wear as a layering piece.

The sizes go from 0 to 6yo, and it’s available on Ravelry here.

Striped vest for Axel

Baby #2 isn’t the only one who benefited from my knitting frenzy these past few months. Here’s a little vest that I improvised for Axel back in April. I had just a little bit of leftover Noro Silk Garden that I really wanted to put to good use.

The Silk Garden lends itself to gorgeous striping, I think. By itself, the colors are a bit much for me but put it next to a nice grey and it really shines.

Only problem: I really should I have made this a tad bigger… This will be pretty small by the time the weather gets colder. These pictures were taken back in the Spring, and he definitely grew a lot since then. But… there’s a certain chunky munchkin I know who might be able to wear this in a few months ;)

Retro back-to-school baby shirt

Back from some lovely R&R in Italy and France… Axel is starting daycare part-time this week and I thought this little shirt I made had a bit of a back-to-school feel to it.

As you can see I’m a bit fixated on the blue chambray and red gingham combo ;)

I’ve bought KAM snaps in many different colors as well as the special tool you need to install them and boy do I love those things! No more tedious buttonhole sewing for me! They add a very cute touch to children clothing I think, and they make dressing a wriggly toddler much easier!

Introducing Claudine

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Claudine Layered Top and Dress: click on image for Ravelry link

Behold my new pattern !

Bravely modeled by my son, Axel, who thankfully hasn’t yet realized that he is a boy ;)
I put together a quick barrette at the last minute because I thought he wasn’t convincing enough as a girl…

So about the pattern: it’s completely seamless and really versatile, you can make a puffed sleeve or three-quarter sleeve version, and it can be knit as a top or a dress. If you leave the collar and sleeves out altogether, you get a very cute flutter sleeve top or dress for the summer. It comes in 5 sizes, from 3 months to 24 months and is available on Ravelry for $5.

Here’s the “top” version:  

Puffed sleeves

Three-quarter sleeves

  I’m always surprised (and a bit frustrated) at how much effort and time goes into writing a pattern, though it’s true that the process is getting easier. From the idea to the release, this one took about a month and a half!

Of course I have limited amounts of time to work on my designs these days, and between tweaking the prototype, grading, getting it tech-edited and tested… It just seems like it takes forever. But I’m so happy with the result, and I hope people enjoy knitting it :)

Buttercup top

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Pour celles qui se rappellent, le tourteau du Trico’13 dernier (voir un peu plus bas) avait vu le jour à la suite d’une catastrophe tricotesque…dont le souvenir m’est encore pénible… Well, je ne me suis pas laissée abattre, et j’ai récidivé!! Même modèle (trouvé ici sur Ravelry), même laine et tout! Sauf que là je l’ai tricoté en taille XS – si, si je vous jure!

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J’ai fait plein de bidouilles par là-dessus (diminutions sous la poitrine et à la taille, modification des manches, de l’encolure, du bas etc…) Comme ma laine était assez épaisse, j’ai voulu faire quelque chose de plus près du corps – le modèle original est beaucoup plus “tunique trapèze.” J’ai eu un gros problème au niveau du haut du dos qui baillait beaucoup, pas vraiment rattrappable, donc j’y ai placé une vilaine cicatrice pince… bon avec les cheveux lâchés on dira que ça va!

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Sorry but no make-up = no head ;)

Sorry but no make-up = no head ;)

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I love Yoel's idea for the side panels on the hips

I love Yoel's idea for the side panels on the hips

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Gathers under the bust, and neckline detail

Gathers under the bust, and neckline detail

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The Frankendart!

The Frankendart!

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Here is my second attempt at Buttercup, which I had previously attempted in a Medium size (using the wrong yarn, and ending up with a huuuge mess if you remember). So this time around, (still stubbornly using the same yarn) I simply did an XS and made a whole lot of mods to compensate for the gauge discrepancy and the drape of the fabric. So my version is not A-line like the original, it’s much more fitted. Which works better on me I think. I also used Yoel’s lace panels for the hip shaping.

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All my mods made up for the gauge problems, except that I ended up with extra fabric on the upper back, so I just made an ugly dart (which hopefully will be hidden when I wear my hair down).

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Overall, I have no idea why I was so bent on knitting this, I mean it’s cute but I’m pretty sure I should refrain from knitting more summer tops. Don’t they end up stretching out whatever you do?

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For a special boy I know

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Voici deux petites choses pour Dil, le neveu de Gabe, qui, à trois ans et demi, a déjà un style très funky (pas trop le genre à porter du Liberty)

J’espère que ça lui ira, vu que je ne l’ai pas vu depuis bien longtemps! Donc zou, une petite chemisette (il a usé la dernière que je lui ai faite jusqu’à la corde!), et un petit bermuda long. En plissant un peu les yeux ils vont super bien ensemble ;)

J’ai choisi des tissus plein de bestioles amusantes et des boutons-numéros pour apprendre à compter, comme ça c’est plus rigolo pour lui!

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octoshirt

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CUcollar

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I just made these two things for Dil (Gabe’s nephew) whose style is already quite bold, even though he is only 3 years and a half.

I hope they fit, as I haven’t seen him in a while. I decided to make him another button-down shirt (the last one I made for him was worn to death), and below-the-knee shorts. If you squint a bit, they even sort of go together!

The fun critters and some numbered buttons ought to grab his interest for about 3 seconds and a half =)