New pattern: Petites Feuilles cardigan

I’m a bit late to the party here, since my latest design, Petites Feuilles cardigan, went live a little while ago.

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I knew I wanted to do a spring-themed cardigan with some leaf motifs (“petites feuilles” means “little leaves” in French). Then when Mellifera Yarn‘s beautiful merino dk showed up in my mailbox (Mel came up with the gorgeous “Lawn” colorway when I asked whether if she could come up with a fresh, crisp light green colorway), I felt really inspired and went to work.

And boy this one turned out to be quite a bit of work! But I’m thrilled with the result. My test-knitters were so great in helping me work out kinks [Thanks guys!]

One of the cool things about this cardi (I think) is that the leaf motif is the right side up (stem towards the bottom) AND the body is knit top-down (which I think is a pleasant and practical construction for long-sleeve sweaters). There are quite a few leaf-themed garments that are knit top-down but all of them seem to have the leaf pointing down. Also, I wanted a garter stitch background for those leaves, not reverse stockinette, because I think garter stitch is just more fun to knit and super squishy. Finally, I wanted the leaf motif to be embossed, not flat.

Well, with all of these pre-requisites, it turns out that I had to come up with my own design for the leaf motif, which involved a LOT of trial and error. I also thought I should offer charts in addition to written instructions for this pattern, and there was a bit of a [ahem] learning curve there too!

So, in summary, I pushed myself with this one, and I’m excited about the result. In addition to the cool way it’s constructed, there are also cute details (elbow patches, optional pockets…) that make it a super fun knit.

I am planning on coming up with 3 more designs based on the leaf theme, so it will be a mini-collection if you will! Stay tuned for more leaf-y knits very soon!

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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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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Baby Sophisticate

Baby Sophisticate

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Point mousse: point trop n'en faut

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!!

My Lush and Lacy cardigan – EDIT BETTER PICS!

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Deux photos de plus, prises à la lumière du jour cette fois, pour vous montrer en particulier la dentelle du dos et l’effet froncé, qui fait tout le charme de ce modèle à mon avis:

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Here are two more pics that show the actual color AND the lace work and the peplum on the back, which is really one of the best features of this cardigan!

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Et voilàaaaa, abracadabra, mon gilet secret! Photos moyennes mais bon, je suis impatiente de vous montrer! Il s’agit du gilet Lush and Lacy de Sweaterbabe, qu’on peut se procurer ici. Et la laine est un mélange Alpaga/Soie de chez KnitPicks (couleur “Slate”). Un drapé totalement cozy – un chouia mou, même.

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J’ai pas mal hésité, mais je me suis décidée à faire une taille L.  Je savais que je ferais une patte de boutonnage tout du long et je voulais être sûre que la dentelle ne s’étire pas trop au niveau du, euh, buste. Je voudrais d’ailleurs dire que ce gilet est assez “avantageux” de ce côté là, d’ailleurs. Peut-être un peu trop, même, en ce qui me concerne ;)

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The photos aren’t the best and it’s not blocked or anything, but I couldn’t wait to share! I’m so glad my Lush and Lacy is done, and I’m relieved that it looks alright. I took a bit of a gamble on the sizing (I went with a Large) after checking out the fit of other people’s Lush and Lacies.

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The yarn, KnitPicks Andean Silk (in Slate) is incredibly cozy, though the cardigan might benefit from a tighter fabric. It feels a bit loosey-goosey.

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My only mod was that I made the ribbed button band a bit narrower and decided to add buttonholes (12 I think) by doing yo/decreases.

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I recommend this pattern to everyone, especially people who might want to accentuate their – ahem – assets… =) Joking aside, this is a great pattern, and it is a fairly quick knit. No wonder it’s a favorite on the web.