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

Ta-da!

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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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 =)

Camellia tunic

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Encore une petite absence pour raisons de santé et visite-éclair de mes parents chéris, mais j’ai quelque chose de chouette à vous montrer!!

Une jolie tunique d’été qui s’intitule Camellia, par Kate Gilbert (cliquez pour le patron). Je l’avais repéree sur Ravelry, et je me suis dit que ce serait le modèle parfait pour faire usage de mon bambou/soie bleu-gris (Patons Silk Bamboo en coloris Sea)

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Verdict? RA-VIE! La laine est un plaisir à tricoter, d’une douceur merveilleuse… Le drapé est incroyable, mais attention mieux vaut tricoter un peu juste car ça se détend un peu au blocage. Le blocage (bain + séchage à plat) est d’ailleurs indispensable pour que les parties en trous-trous se positionnent bien.

Mais je suis vraiment contente, et j’ai eu plein de compliments, y compris de la part de la gente masculine — mais je crois que le décolleté plongeant y est pour quelques chose ;)

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Another short absence due to health reasons, and a visit from my folks. BUT I have something neat to show you!

A pretty tunic that I had first seen on Ravelry : Camelia by Kate Gilbert. And the yarn (which isn’t the right gauge but I made some adjustments to the pattern to offset this) is Patons Silk Bamboo in Sea colorway.

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I couldn’t bee happier with the result, it’s very comfy and the drape of this yarn is unreal. I’m now a huge fan of bamboo. The only thing to watch for is that it tends to stretch upon blocking (and blocking is absolutely necessary for this project) so the best thing is to err on the snug side I think. I received a lot of compliments when I first wore this, and I think I might knit it again soon, maybe in a cotton blend (and a shorter length) next time.

Madras challenge! EDIT PHOTOS

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EDIT du lendemain: la lumière du jour, c’est quand même mieux pour les photos!

Ce fut ric-rac, il est minuit et demi chez moi, mais il fallait que je finisse à temps pour la deadline de demain! (midi! C’est-à-dire 6h30 6h du mat ici (j’étais vraiment très fatiguée faut croire, merci Claire!)…

Après une bonne nuit de sommeil la séance photo se passe nettement mieux!

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Du rose et une fleu-fleur... c'est du top de fille ça!

Du rose et une fleu-fleur... c'est du top de fille ça!

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Voilà! J’ai hâte de voir les créations de tout le monde!

Vintage Camisole: finally done!

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Ce débardeur roupillait au fond de mon panier depuis le Printemps dernier parce qu’il n’évoluait pas comme je voulais, il ne montait pas assez vite, bref je n’étais pas emballée…

Et hier ça m’a prise comme ça, je me suis dit allez zou, il faut que je finisse ça, quitte à le bidouiller comme je peux. Et bidouille il y a eu! Il ne ressemble en rien au modèle, et pour cause, j’ai fait vingt mille modifications parce qu’en suivant les explications, et ben ça ne collait pas.

La laine est le cachemire agneau de la Lainière de Vazemmes à Lille — je n’avais pas assez de noir uni, donc j’ai fait le haut en noir/doré, oui un peu disco, je sais.

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This project was first attempted about… 7 years ago… And then again last spring… (see post here)

And had been hibernating in my knitting bag ever since.

Well, I thought, whatever happens, I have to finish it and then we’ll see if it should be frogged. I modified the original pattern *quite a bit* (used a completely different yarn, mostly ignored the gauge, modified the bottom edge, didn’t do any trim and made tons of decreases around the bust area because the pattern just didn’t seem to work as written when I first tried to knit it.)

I used the glittery version of this cashmere/merino yarn I bought in Lille, France, way back when, for the top because I ran out of the solid black yarn…

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Le résultat n’est pas si mal, super doux et soyeux et agréable à porter. Il est très grand ceci dit, et surtout est très élastique comme vous pouvez voir sur la photo. Mais malgré tout, il sera assez facile à mettre je pense.

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The result isn’t half as bad as I expected — sure it looks nothing like the original, but it’s very soft and silky and a pleasure to wear. It can get absolutely ginormous when you try to stretch it out, so it sort of hangs on your body and moves around, which is sort of neat.

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Donc verdict? Hé bien, je suis surtout très contente d’avoir fini ce projet qui commençait à hiberner sec! Et chez vous, il y en a combien, des “en cours” qui se planquent au fond du panier depuis plus de 3 mois, hein?

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So, I say, yay, but mostly for having conquered one of my hibernating WIPs! How many are sleeping at the bottom of *your* knitting stash, mmmh???

Self-designed Holly(wood)berry top

Not easy to take decent photos when Gabe is nowhere in sight!

Not easy to take decent photos when Gabe is nowhere in sight!

Taking this picture was *much* harder than it looks!

Taking this picture was *much* harder than it looks!

Hello, this is my boob

Hello, this is my boob

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Bon, je sais ce que vous allez me dire, ce top n’est pas vraiment de saison, mais BON. Los Angeles me manque, alors j’ai fait un truc un peu glamour/Hollywood. J’ai même mis des boutons un peu Art Déco, noirs avec des strass au milieu.

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Au niveau de la construction, j’ai tricoté le torse en rond avec des diminutions à la taille pour qu’il soit bien ajusté. Puis j’ai fait le haut en deux parties symetriques que j’ai ensuite cousues au bas. Et c’est là que je ferais les choses différemment si c’était à refaire: j’ai vraiment vu trop grand pour le haut, et ça fronce un peu trop à la jonction avec le bas. Pour ce qui est des bretelles, c’est du point de riz tout bête.

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Voilà, et comme la laine (un mélange coton/modal) tient son nom de la jolie couleur qu’ont les baies du houx, j’ai appelé ma création Hollyberry Top. Comme ça, ça passe mieux au niveau marketing, héhé!

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I know, I know, this top isn’t really in season… Maybe it’s because I miss California. I thought this top had a bit of a Hollywood/glam flavor, so I added some “Art Deco” style buttons with rhinestones on them.

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As far as the construction, the torso is knit in the round with a few decreases to get an adjusted fit. The top part is made out of two symmetrical panels, which I then sewed onto the seed stitch edging of the torso. The straps are also in seed stitch.I’m quite happy with this top, the only thing I would modify if I were to make another version, is that I would make the breast panels smaller in width and length. The fabric is bound to stretch, and I’m not crazy about the shirring that I got at the junction with the bottom part. But this is an easy enough fix.

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I named this top after the yarn I used, Knitpicks Shine Worsted in Hollyberry. How’s that, for a seasonal tie-in!

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