Hand-knit-downs

The other day I was sorting through baby clothes (this is a big part of my life nowadays!) and I came across this lovely little cardigan that I had painstakingly made for A while I was pregnant with him. Here’s a photo of him at 4 months wearing it:

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It’s a pattern called “Korrigan” by a fantastically talented French designer (her line of yarns is also gorgeous). I remember that, even in a 6-month size, it seemed to take forever using fingering weight yarn (I used madelinetosh merino light in the Candlewick colorway).

I was really proud of the result, it looked really precious and beautiful, and had that special heirloom quality.

Z now wears this little cardi often, and seeing her in it brings back so many memories of her brother as a tiny baby. I love that these sweet hand-knits that I poured a lot of love into are being worn by my second baby as well :)

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Baby Z

New pattern: Kyoto crossover cardigan

I so love this one!

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Next on my designing to-do list was coming up with a pretty yet practical unisex crossover cardigan. I think they are so great for babies. As always, I wanted the design to be seamless and fun to knit.

I’ve been obsessing over this pretty stitch for a long time now, but before I actually gave it a try, I had the impression that it would be a bit fiddly to knit. As it turns out, it’s really quite easy and fun to work, and the result is just so gorgeous. It looks especially interesting in slightly variegated yarn.

I used the beautiful Madelinetosh tosh dk (colorway: Curiosity) for the sample seen here. It’s a gorgeous yarn and machine washable too! (I have to admit though that I always handwash my handknits. I’m just paranoid that way, ha!)

Kyoto is available for sale in my Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy stores. Sizes range from 3mo to 6yo.

Coming home outfit

So… I had mentioned that I needed to get you all caught up on what’s happening in my neck of the woods. This should partly explain my long silence, too!

As you’ve probably guessed from the title of this post, we are expecting Baby #2, a baby girl!! She should arrive sometime in September. I’ve already knit a few things, including this little outfit:

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The crossover cardigan is an improvisation, it turned out quite small, a true newborn size. I’m happy with the contrasting i-cord edging, that was fun to do and gives it a nice “finished” look I think. I also had the perfect tiny vintage buttons for this project.

For the pants, I meant to follow the Balloon Baby Pants pattern but ended up skipping the increases (didn’t want them too “balloon-ey” after all!) and I also did the crotch differently (didn’t understand the directions). I think they turned out way cute, a bit clown-like, but in a good way :)

As far as the hat, it’s the ubiquitous Aviatrix, which is such a fun and quick little project, especially using the German Short Rows method, which I recommend you google immediately! I did a simple i-cord for the tie instead of the strap and button, because the strap wasn’t the most practical when I made this for Axel, so I always ended up leaving it hanging.

So there you have it, more baby stuff, specifically girl stuff in the pipeline! By the way, any baby name ideas?? Needs to work both in English and French (similar pronunciation if possible)

Clementina

Well, I’m still here!! Now the question is, are you still there too?? Lots going on, which explains my neglect of the old blog, I will definitely have to give you a few updates.

First things first, I recently released a new girl pattern, “Clementina”, (sizes 0-3 months to 5-6 years) which as of now is only available on Ravelry. It should be available in my Craftsy and Etsy stores very soon as well, so stay tuned!

My idea with this design was to keep exploring the Entrechat construction but try to turn it into a regular cardigan shape… My aunt’s words were still echo-ing in my ears: When I showed her the Entrechat prototype, she made a face and said, yes it’s very cute, but I like to knit more practical things… you know, where the baby’s tummy is actually covered!

Point well taken! So I thought long and hard about how to make this work while keeping it fun to knit, and a light-bulb went off! Short Rows! Garter stitch!

Short rows tend to scare people off but they are actually really easy, especially when worked in garter stitch. In general, I use a method called “German Short Rows” — google it! There are tons of tutorials online. It’s so easy and fun, and the results are in my opinion always very seamless and neat.

So here it is, a cute little kimono-style cardi, easy and fun to knit, AND practical as well. You can have buttons down the front instead of the I-cord if you prefer, too. I hope you like it!

P.S.:The yarn is just gorgeous, it’s Malabrigo Rios, which is machine-washable. The shade shown here is “Sunset”.

 

Storytime Scholar

I wanted to make something for Axel that was reminiscent of an evening jacket, something that a gentleman would wear by the fireside while catching up on scholarly affairs…

It had to have a shawl collar, some discreet pockets (to stash the monocle), and it had to be double-breasted. BUT since my baby is still just a baby, I added a bit of garter stitch to add a bit of sweetness to the whole affair, including 2 elbow “patches,” a simple touch that I just love.

The result is my new (-ish) pattern, Storytime Scholar, available on Ravelry here. I think it turned out quite cute, here’s a few photos of our little book-obsessed guy wearing it:

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Pockets hidden behind a large ribbed hem:

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And a view of the elbow patches:

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Boardwalk Cardigan

Feeling all summery and nautical-like…

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I wanted to make something cute that Axel could wear on the beach in Normandy this summer, since it can get a bit windy there. I made the sleeves elbow-length so that he could play in the sand. I’m really happy with the way the double-breasted shawl-collar turned out. Very captain-like, no?

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I’m planning to write up a pattern for this but I’m feeling extreeeemely lazy about it at the moment. I think I’d rather knit something new than spend hours on Excel!!!

New pattern by moi!

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Je viens de mettre mon premier modèle de tricot en vente sur Ravelry! Only in English pour le moment, mais si suffisamment de gens me le demandent, j’ajouterai une version en français. Le modèle inclut 5 tailles et 2 longeurs et je le vends $5.

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Voici la bête:

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En taille 0-3 mois

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Et en version Paletot:

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En taille 12-18 mois

Si vous êtes intéressées, cliquez ici:

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I now have a pattern for sale on Ravelry! Pretty exciting stuff. I hope you like it =)

It’s available in 3 sizes and 2 lengths – coat and jacket – and I’m selling it for $5.

Here is the Ravelry link for those who are interested:

Trico’13: Baby Sophisticate

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Du point mousse, j’en avais un peu par-dessus la tête (voir posts précédents) donc j’espère que vous ne m’en voudrez pas de m’être limitée au col et à la bande de boutonnage de ce petit gilet pour le Trico’13. On dira que ça compte!

Modèle: Baby Sophisticate par Stockinette, bidouillé pour une taille 2 ans et une laine différente. Le modèle est également disponible sur Ravelry en tailles plus petites (0-3 mois et 6-12 mois je crois). Et il est GRATUIT! Si!

Laine: Rowan pure wool aran, coloris Cedar

Aiguilles: 5 mm ou US8

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Gros coup de coeur pour ce petit modèle, très bien construit et avec un petit effet “Papy” que je trouve super chou. Il monte super vite en plus et les finitions sont minimes.

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Point mousse: point trop n'en faut

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Boutons de Papy

Boutons de Papy

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Here’s my Trico’13 – a bit of a stretch this month, as the theme was garter stitch and I didn’t feel like doing a third garter stitch project in a row (scroll down for evidence). This is another order from my friend Kate, who liked the librarian style of this little cardi.

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Pattern: Baby Sophisticate by Stockinette, adapted for a  2-year-old, using a different gauge. The pattern is also available on Ravelry but comes in two smaller sizes only (0-3 months and 6-12 months). The pattern is well-written, cleverly constructed (top-down) with minimal finishing, and best of all,  it’s FREEEEEEE! Thank you Stockinette!

Yarn: Rowan pure wool aran, Cedar colorway

Needles: 5 mm i.e. US8

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This pattern is so quick and adorable… I’m also glad I went for leather buttons , which help achieve the Grandpa effect I was aiming for =)

I’m baaaack!

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Je sais, j’étais aux abonnés absents, et il va falloir que je voie un peu tout ce que j’ai loupé sur vos blogs à toutes (n’oublions pas le Trico’13 que j’ai honteusement zappé ce mois ci — hum.)

Je suis donc de retour à Washington, où il fait une chaleur de bête et une humidité assez insupportable… Rendez-moi ma Normandiiiiiie!

Et là je vous montre mon projet de l’été, ça n’a pas l’air comme ça mais c’était pas mal de boulot (en fait, surtout la doublure, entièrement faite à la main – pas de machine à coudre!). Ce paletot est une commande de ma mamang, qui avait bien aimé celui que j’avais fait pour ma cousine l’année dernière.

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Laine: Rowan Felted Tweed, coloris cocoa

Laine: Rowan Felted Tweed, coloris cocoa

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Doublure: Liberty of London Tana Lawn "Cars"

Doublure: Liberty of London Tana Lawn "Cars"

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Le modèle, par Joji Locatelli, est disponible ici pour celles que ça interesse…

J’ai toujours un peu de mal à me séparer de toutes ces petites choses… J’espère que ça plaira au petit Charlie! Son papa était très content des bodies que je lui avais envoyés apparemment… pour ce qui est de l’interessé, c’est moins sûr ;)

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Charlie gromp-gromp

Charlie gromp-gromp

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I’m back in DC and I need to catch up and see what you guys have been up to! Here’s a project I worked on this summer. It was an order from my mom, who liked the little coat I made for my cousin last year and wanted something similar to give to baby Charlie… The pattern is by Joji Locatelli, and is available here (minus the lining).

While Charlie’s daddy was very happy with the little onesies I made for him, I’m not sure Charlie himself was too thrilled ;) Hopefully this little coat will be more popular!!

GRR: the famous short rows cardi

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Ouiiiiii!!! Moi aussiiiii j’en suiiiiiis! J’ai enfin mon GRR rien qu’à moi!

Pour celles qui ne sortent pas le dimanche (ou plutôt, qui sortent le dimanche au lieu de passer des heures sur les blogs des autres), il s’agit du Gilet à Rangs Raccourcis de La Droguerie. Enfin, le mien n’est pas passé par la case Droguerie, vu que la où je suis (aux Etats-Unis pour celles qui ne suivent pas), il n’y en a pas…

Donc, à force de potasser les différents conseils donnés par les unes et les autres, j’ai fini par reconstituer le patron grosso-modo. Et oui, il y en a là-dedans!

L’idée était de finir les restes de mohair orange utilisé pour le Shrug/Boléro — mais bien entendu au bout du compte, j’ai mal calculé, et j’ai du commander plus de laine pour le finir. La laine est donc la Gedifra Belisana en coloris “Tomato.” J’ai utilisé 4 pelotes au total (je crois). Les boutons sont recouverts de Liberty vintage — le même que celui utilisé pour la robe/tunique japonaise.

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GGR stands for “Gilet à Rangs Raccourcis,” which means “short rows cardigan” and everyone, and I mean EVERYONE who is a French knitter with a blog has one of these. The pattern is by La Droguerie, but as an expatriate, it was a bit tricky for me to get my hands on it…

So what to do? Well, by looking closely at different people’s versions, and grabbing tidbits of explanations/advice about the pattern where I could, I reconstituted it! Yay! It’s extremely easy to make. The yarn is the same orange mohair which I used to make the Belgian Lady Shrug/Bolero. This was initially meant as a destashing effort, but of course I was short one ball of yarn so I ended up purchasing… TWO more balls (better safe than sorry) on ebay. So I probably used about 4 balls of Gedifra Belisana total. The colorway is Tomato.

The buttons are Liberty-covered — same vintage Liberty I used for the Japanese dress/tunic.

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