Catch Up post: Summer Into Fall

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This design has been in my head, pretty much exactly as you see it above, for years. The ruffles on the straps, the V-shape of the straps at the back (cute but also ensuring the straps do not fall off of the shoulder!), the side tabs and A-line shape…

I am not sure why it took me so long to knit it and write it up. It’s the perfect instant-gratification project: a very easy knit, it also includes a few “tricks” to make it look polished and practical. It calls for aran-weight yarn, so it knits up extremely quickly, and uses very little yarn. It’s a versatile garment, which could be a worn as a back-to-school jumper/pinafore dress over a shirt and tights, or as a simple summer dress.

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I was so impressed with the versions that my test-knitters made that I made a little collage (the photos were used with permission): doesn’t it look completely adorable on all these sweet little girls?

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Credit (Ravelry user ID) from top left clockwise: cbahler, buttons29, Cellybelle, Serendipitystitch, LauraPNW, JuneK, blogiete

Summer Into Fall calls for aran weight yarn and comes in sizes 3 months to 6 years. You can find it in my Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

Catching Up post: Silverfox cardigan

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I don’t usually knit cables very much, let alone use them in designs, I’m not sure why, I think I might carry this impression from my beginner-knitter days that they are an expert skill (like fair-isle, steeking etc).

But I do love the look of cables, especially when they don’t overwhelm a garment (well, sometime, cablepaloozas are fun!). I’m particularly fond of garter stitch and cables together, which you don’t see much of for some reason. I think there is a nice contrast between the squishy garter stitch and the disciplined cables imbedded in it, particularly for children’s clothing.

The cable here is very simple and repeated everywhere, so the charts/written instructions aren’t really needed after the first repeat (I really dislike having to constantly refer to a chart, it takes me out of my knitting groove!). I also wanted to do a variation on the raglan yoke, something that looked a bit like a saddle shoulder, featuring that pretty, tight cable. I also used this same cable along the button band and used its natural properties to my advantage: since it pulls the fabric a bit, it naturally lowered the front neckline, meaning no shaping was needed. It stiffness also made the front bands lay very nice and flat.

Finally, I wanted to pay extra attention to the finishing details, including some more intermediate techniques that I haven’t used very much in my patterns: I-cord edgings, I-cord bind-off, grafting (a tiny amount of that only, I promise!!).  The cardigan is worked from the bottom up, completely seamlessly, which I also don’t tend to do, but it was the best option for this design.

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So here’s the result, which I am so proud and happy with. This is another one where my tech-editor and amazing test-knitters were beyond helpful. It’s also one of the handmade things that my daughter has worn the most. For those who are curious, I’m working now on a matching bonnet as well as a beanie. Coming very soon, stay tuned!

Silverfox calls for dk weight yarn and comes in sizes 6 months to 6 years. You can find it in my Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

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FREE: Tiny Explorer Pants pattern and tutorial

I wanted simple pants for my almost 1-year-old that could be sewn during nap time but still have cute details. They had to be comfortable and roomy in the diaper area but not ride up the leg when crawling. I could imagine a hundred customizations of this very basic pattern! I hope you’ll have fun with it :)

Pour le tuto en français et le patron, cliquez ici!

Click here for pattern. Scroll down for step-by-step tutorial:

PLEASE NOTE: I’ve made this pattern available for free for your personal, non-commercial use. I hope you enjoy it! Please don’t post, copy or distribute any elements of this pattern (including the photos). Instead, please link back to my blog, Frogginette Makes Things, https://frogginette.wordpress.com. You can post the main pattern photo as long as you link back/give credit.

Please email me at lchemery(at)hotmail(dot)com if you find any errors, thank you!!

 

You will need:

  • - a printer and 3 sheets of A4 size (i.e. “regular” sized) paper. A word of caution: set page scaling to “none” in the print window to ensure that the pattern gets correctly printed.
  • - about 1/2 yard of fabric + scraps for pockets and tabs if you want to  make them from contrasting fabric
  • -1/2” to 3/4” wide elastic for waistband: the length I used was 19”, which is my son’s waist measurements minus 1″ (for optimal fit, measure it on your child)
  • - 4 buttons: 2 for pockets, 2 for tabs
  • - safety pin to insert elastic band into casing
  • - thread / pins / scissors…

Note about size: This pattern is intended for 1-year old babies. I’m sorry I don’t have the time or skills as of yet to grade this pattern and offer more sizes. However, it would be very easy to modify it for slightly older or younger babies (probably from 6 months to 2 years old): 1) adjust length of elastic to fit your child at waist 2) just add (for bigger size) or substract (for smaller size) 1 to 2” from leg length, pant width and crotch rise.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1- Print out and cut all pattern pieces and tape pant pieces together along lines A and B

2- Place assembled pattern along fabric fold, cut back side of pant (seam allowances are already included). Fold top of pattern piece along diagonal fold line, place pattern along fabric fold, cut front side of pant. (Tip: if you want, you can then make the “V” at the front of the pants slightly rounder, it will make it easier to do the waist casing.)

3- Cut 2 pockets and 2 side tabs (seam allowances are already included).

You should have 6 pieces total: front, back, 2 pockets, 2 tabs.

4 – To make pocket (repeat twice):

Fold pocket in half (wrong sides together) and sew down 1” from folded edge (as shown on left-hand side on below pic). Then open and press the tube you’ve sewn down:

Fold 1/2” under the sides, then bottom of the pocket, press down and sew the hem in place about 1/4” from edge. Then fold top of pocket under 1/4”, then 1”, press down and sew the hem in place across the pocket width, about 3/4” from top of pocket:

Note: I didn’t make any buttonholes since the pockets are not functional, but you could easily add some at this stage!

5- Pin pockets to back of pants (on right side of fabric). I placed mine approximately 4” above crotch and 4.5” from side edges:

Sew pockets onto pants along outside of topstitched line:

6- Make tabs (repeat twice): fold each tab lengthwise with right sides of fabric together and press down. Sew 1/4” down length, then across. Clip corners. Turn the tube you’ve made inside out, and tuck in the raw edge 1/4”. Press down. Sew all around, 1/4” from edges.

7- With right sides of fabric together, sew front and back of pants together along side seams, 1/4” from edges. Serge or zigzag raw edges to prevent fraying.

8- Hem pant leg by folding 1/4” under twice and sewing hem into place. Do this for each leg.

9- Open pant side seam and with wrong side facing you, pin tab over seam so that slightly more than half of tab sticks out, as shown in below photo. Sew top of tab to pant leg. Do this for each tab. (Note: as with the pockets, I didn’t make any buttonholes but you could easily add some at this stage)

10- With pants inside out, sew 1/4” along crotch seam. Serge or zigzag raw edges to avoid fraying:

11- With pants still inside out, fold under 1/4”, then 1 1/4” for hem. Press down, making sure that front curves and dips evenly. Sew around hem, leaving an opening of about 2”:

12: Using a safety pin, insert elastic inside of casing through opening. Zigzag ends of elastic together. Make sure the elastic is not twisted. Turn pant inside out, sew buttons onto side tabs and pockets. Voilà!

Pour Mila

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Petit cadeau de naissance pour Bébé Mila, qui était très impatiente de naître! J’espère que le colis arrivera à bon port et que la maman aimera!

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Modèle perso, laine Debbie Bliss cashmerino, biais Liberty Fairford

Modèle perso, laine Debbie Bliss cashmerino, biais Liberty Fairford

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Modèle 3ème Bébé de la Droguerie modifié, laine Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, biais Liberty Fairford

Modèle 3ème Bébé de la Droguerie modifié, laine Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, biais Liberty Fairford

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Here’s a little present for Baby Mila, who was in a hurry to come into the world! I hope the package will make it to its destination safely and that mom will like it!

The ballerina pattern is my own, the bonnet pattern (I modified it slightly) comes from a French book called “Le 3ème Bébé de La Droguerie”

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino

Liberty Bias: La Droguerie

I’m baaack: le retour!

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Ouh là là c’est un peu sporadique ces temps-ci chez Frogginette, non?

Pour me faire pardonner, et en attendant que l’inspiration revienne, je vous laisse en offrande deux petites paires de chaussons de garçon (une commande d’une amie):

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Modèle: Le 3ème Bébé de La Droguerie, laine: Rowan Cashsoft

Modèle: Le 3ème Bébé de La Droguerie, laine: Rowan Cashsoft

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Modèle: chaussons Kiholo by Muriel, laine: Rowan cashsoft

Modèle: chaussons Kiholo by Muriel, alias La Pelote Masquée, laine: Rowan Cashsoft

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Pour le modèle (gratuit! Merci Muriel!) on clique ici. A noter que Muriel propose des modèles de tricot pour enfants absolument ravissants sur son nouveau site, Kids Tricot. Foncez-y!

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Oh my, time does fly, has it really been this long since I last posted? Erm. I promise I’ll be better now. To show you that I mean well, here are two pairs of small-teeny-bitty-cute baby booties for two brand new baby boys (this was an order from a friend)

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!!