A bouquet of daisies

Now that my latest design, Miss Daisy, is available in my Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy stores, I thought I’d share a few of my test-knitters’ versions. This round of test-knitting was a real treat, and I’m so pleased with how the pattern works out in all different sizes! (all photos are used with permission. Clicking on photographs will take you to each project page on Ravelry).

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Photo courtesy of ViolettaIvanova. Yarn used: Spud & Chloe Sweater.

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Photo courtesy of MelliferaMel. Yarn used: Mellifera Yarns Merino Aran.

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Photo courtesy of Madamour. Yarn used: Malabrigo Merino Worsted.

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Photo courtesy of deepgreenandblue. Yarn used: Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran.

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Photo courtesy of Emma-Saru. Yarn used: Malabrigo Merino Worsted.

Name that shrug contest!

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EDIT: Thank you everyone for your suggestions! I have selected MISS DAISY to be the name of this new pattern, after a suggestion I got on my Facebook page. Congratulations to the winner!

Ta-da!! Look what just fell off my needles. Do you want to help me find a name for it?
If I select your suggestion, you win a copy of this pattern AND any other one of my patterns!!

Here’s how to participate: either follow this blog, “Like” my Facebook page, join my group on Ravelry, or follow me on Instagram, and leave me your suggestion in any of these places.
If I select your idea, you win a copy of this pattern AND any other one of my patterns!!

Contest closes on Friday, Feb.7th.

(Please allow until the end of the month for this pattern to be written up, edited and tested)

Défi 13: Entrechat

Ah les jolies petites choses toutes roses des petites filles… J’espère que mon fils me pardonnera quand il sera plus grand de lui avoir mis des trucs de fille sur le dos pour les besoins de la cause… Ceci dit… Il est pas mignonne??

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Je voulais essayer une nouvelle construction (enfin nouvelle pour moi!) et tricoter le corps de ce boléro d’une pièce en relevant les mailles des raglans pour former les pans du devant. Et je voulais aussi utiliser une bordure au point mousse verticalement pour former l’encolure parce que je trouve que ça change un peu. Pour bien marquer le mouvement, j’ai placé une bande contenant un joli point texturé — facile cette fois!! le point de vannerie utilisé dans mon Latte Baby Coat serait joli aussi, mais je voulais quelque chose vraiment simple pour les tricoteuses moins expérimentées.

Enfin, un petit effet volanté dans le dos, et zou! Tricoté en deux temps trois mouvements avec même pas un écheveau de Malabrigo Merino Worsted (pour la taille 12-18 mois). Le pattern est écrit et 8 tailles seront disponibles, du 0-3mois au 5-6 ans. Je l’envoie illico chez mon “tech editor” pour contrôle… Donc je pense qu’il sera publié (en Anglais pour le moment… promis la traduction de mes patterns c’est pour bientôt) pour la nouvelle année!

Pour voir les autres défis (thème du mois: techniques jamais utilisées en tricot et couture) c’est par ici!!

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The Défi’13 challenge is a monthly knitting or sewing project in the French blogosphere. The challenge’s theme this month was “new techniques in knitting and sewing”, so I thought I would introduce my latest prototype, whose construction is a bit different — I also used a new stitch in it, which I think is so neat (and VERY easy which never hurts!) ; the pattern will include 8 sizes and should be published around the New Year!

I hope you like it :)

Trico’13: J’fais des trous, des petits trous…

… encore des petits trous!

Voici mon projet pour ce mois-ci, c’est le Cloud Bolero par Ysolda Teague. Le modèle est gratuit, ici (en Anglais, et attention, la mise en page est un peu brouillonne, ça m’a causé quelques déboires!)

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Je suis très contente du résultat! Je le trouve mignon comme tout. Et j’ai essayé deux configurations:

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Ruban en haut:

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Ruban en bas:

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Un détail des petits trous:

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Voilà! Allez zou je vais voir vos trous-trous à vous!

Sorry about the vanishing English paragraphs, guys! This is my project for the Trico’13 challenge of this month: lace. I’m very happy with the result, I think it’s rather adorable. I could see this working really well for a little girl, too.

The pattern is Cloud Bolero, by Ysolda Teague. I used 3 skeins of Patons Classic Woold in Heathered Jade. I held 2 strands together to approximate the gauge. I highly recommend this pattern. Once you get the hang of it, it’s not too hard, even for a lace semi-novice like myself!

Pattern for the Mohair Shrug/Bolero

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A few people have contacted me to ask for the pattern for the Mohair Shrug/Bolero (blogged here a while back).

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I’ve now translated the instructions from Flemmish and thought I should share it with you guys since this is such a simple project. I might also put it on Ravelry at some point.

Please let me know if you have questions or suggestions to make the pattern instructions clearer. If you make this, please let me know! I’d love to see your versions!

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Voici les instructions pour le boléro en mohair que j’ai réalisé il y a quelque temps. Pour l’instant je n’ai pas encore fait de version française. Si vous avez trop de mal avec l’anglais, je tenterai une VF!

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MOHAIR SHRUG/BOLERO

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Yarn: The yarn I used is Gedifra Belisana, a 70% mohair yarn , knit on 6mm needles (US size 10) – I used about 5 balls I think? If forget exactly. I don’t think the gauge is hugely important, but you might want to find an alternate that produces roughly a gauge of 15st/4in.

It might be interesting to experiment with other yarns besides mohair, but I don’t know if it would produce the same kind of drape and cozy-ness.

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Size: this is a pretty stretchy garment, so I think it should fit a lot of people, but as a reference, I’m a size M, US 8-10, French size 40.

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Stitches used:
Single ribstitch (1×1 rib): *k1, p1, repeat from * until end of row
Double ribstitch (2×2 rib): *k2, p2, repeat from * until end of row

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Pattern:

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Cast on 90 st.

Knit in Double ribstitch until work measures 60 cm (about 24 inches).

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At that point, double the total number of stitches over 1 row with the m1 increase (i.e. knit in the front and in the back of each stitch): at the end of this row you should have 180 st on your needle. You don’t need to make additional increases past this one row: the knit fabric will flare out gradually on its own. Magic!

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Switch to Single ribstitch. Knit 20 cm (about 8 inches)

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Bind off loosely.

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Sew top and bottom ends of vertical edges of work together (along 8″ on each side) to make armholes
NOTE: at this point it’s best to try on the shrug and position the seams using safety needles first to insure proper fit. I didn’t want a slouchy fit, so I placed the seam pretty high on each edge. . Look at the drawing: if you want a slouchy fit, sew A to “B slouchy.” If you want a snug fit, sew A a bit higher (“B snug”). Do this on both sides.

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Voilà!

FO: Nob Hill

I’ve finally finished Nob Hill, which until a couple days ago had been a sad-looking, unloved black rag full of holes (I was afraid of running out of yarn, so I changed balls of yarn mid-row several times, a big no-no, of course).

I couldn’t decide what to do about the contrasting color for the longest time… Spending money on yarn in order to finish this seemingly doomed project was an unappealing proposition. The main reason I even started this pattern is that I wanted to use up this big pile of semi-acrylic fat black yarn that my mom had given me (my little brother had picked it out, requesting a scarf, but then decided he wasn’t into it.)

So the yarn was definitely not anybody’s favorite, and there is a reason for that. It’s really unpleasant to knit – maybe this is just me, I really dislike knitting with huge needles in general. But this yarn also seems to attract all kinds of cat hairs, fuzz and crumbs (I suppose my house hasn’t been the cleanest lately). Fortunately for everybody else, it appears to be discontinued (I checked just because I came really close to running out).

Anyway, I finally decided it was worth purchasing a ball of Thick & Quick Wool-Ease at Joann’s, and I’m happy I didn’t give up on Nob Hill, because now that I see it in photos, I think it looks decent, maybe I’ll wear it, we’ll see.

  • Pattern: Knitty Spring 2008’s Nob Hill
  • Yarn: MC: Lang La Paz, in black, maybe 8 balls? I forget. CC: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick, 1 ball.
  • Needles: US 13 circulars
  • Time to complete: about 3 weeks, but could have been done in a few hours.
  • Modifications: The main modification was that I used the reverse stockinette as the right side, just because stockinette knit this big didn’t look good to me. I saw on example of this on Ravelry and I really liked the idea. Of course, the shrug tends to curve inward instead of outward, which I don’t like as much ,but it still works.
  • Bottom Line: I’m not sure I know what to say about this pattern. I messed up a few times. I think I forgot one of the * to * repetition on the front sides, I also didn’t pick up the right number of stitches for the sleeves, but I thought that since my fit was meant to be approximative anyway, it wouldn’t matter too much. In general, there was something about the way the pattern was written that confused me a bit, or maybe I was annoyed by the yarn and I’m taking it out on the pattern.
  • I may change the button, it’s the only one I had that was big enough, but I think I’ll try to find a more interesting one. What else to say… I like the two colors together, and I really like how the collar sits on the neckline. The sleeves are ok, a bit like an outerspace costume, but not too bad.
  • As you may had guessed from the photos I totally bypassed blocking this. Just the thought of this big soggy shrug…

Finished Mohair shrug/bolero! – EDIT: LINK TO PATTERN

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Is it a shrug? Is it a bolero? Not sure what the difference is, to be honest.

This pattern is real easy, basically it’s a 2×2 rib rectangle, then you double the number of stitches you started with over one row, and then continue in 1×1 rib. At which point you get this.

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Then you just sew the thing together to make a shrug. I actually strayed from the Belgian Lady’s instructions a bit ; i thought the fit was more flattering if i positioned the seams where I ended up putting them. In the original pattern, the seams are lower on each side, more shrug-like, but then the armholes are way bigger and gape a bit around the shoulders, the fit is more slouchy. A matter of taste, in the end.

Overall, I’m really happy with this mohair adventure, it was ok to knit, a bit boring especially toward the end when you have about 200 stitches on your needles, but then it’s quick enough to finish it without getting frustrated. And so little seaming, which is always a bonus!

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EDIT: PATTERN IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE