Two more leafy patterns

To complete my mini-collection on the leaf theme, I recently released two more patterns: most recently, the Petites Feuilles Vest, and a couple of weeks ago, the Petites Feuilles Boots.

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The idea behind the vest was that it had to be truly unisex, with a simple yet well-thought-out design. There are a couple of techniques in there that even more experienced knitters might enjoy. I thought the addition of an optional secret pocket would allow knitters to have fun with color pairings as well as use up small amounts of leftover yarn. I like that the pocket bind-off hints at the color of the hidden lining. Also, little kids are usually enthusiastic about pockets, and I’m always thinking about what they’d like, too 🙂

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When it comes to the boots, the main idea was to make booties that would stay on little wriggly feet, so that meant that ties were a must. In my experience that’s really the only way a bootie will stay on a tiny foot.

I chose garter stitch for the bootie because picking up stitches is so easy and clean with garter stitch (you need to pick up stitches around the sole to work these booties seamlessly), and also, garter is very stretchy, which means that the booties should get a maximum amount of use.

Finally, I wanted the booties to be tall, not only for my leaf motif to fit, but also to make them extra warm and easy to put over pant legs. I also had a vision of my daughter wearing her boots with striped stockings underneath and a short skirt 🙂

I have to say I am not 100% satisfied with the photos I took for the pattern page, my daughter is constantly on the go and it was very difficult to get a decent shot that would show off the boots properly. Some of my testers, however, made some adorable versions and I made a little montage because they are just too cute (photos used with permission, clockwise from top left, boots by marthajane73, serendipitystitch, sweetbasil and t-a-n-y-a):

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These two patterns, as well as the Petites Feuilles cardigan and the Petites Feuilles bonnet, are available individually and also as part of a 4-pattern bundle with a discounted price.

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All patterns are available in my Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy stores.

 

Prairie Boots for Gabe

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Et oui, la patience est un plat qui se mange froid! J’ai enfin fini une de mes choses informes en cours! Ces chaussons Ă©taient prĂ©vus comme cadeau de Noel pour Gabe, comme quoi, tant va la cruche Ă  l’eau qu’Ă  la fin, euh.

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One of my WIP has morphed into a FO! Woohoo! I’ve been working on these for a while, they were supposed to be a Christmas present for Gabe… a tad late, that’s all.

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Le modèle c’est donc Prairie Boots par Cocoknits. Chouette, facile et rapide (enfin, quand on a pas des petits soucis Ă  calculer le montant de laine requise). Le seul hic, il m’aurait fallu plus de photos pour expliquer le processus par endroits. Oui, il est absolument INADMISSIBLE de devoir mettre un ou deux petits neurones Ă  contribution! Non mais! Sinon, un modèle sympa qu’on peut faire pour toute la petite famille (quand on en a une).

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The pattern is Prairie Boots by Cocoknits. I like the design a lot, and it was an easy and (for normal people who don’t have trouble with yardage estimations) quick knit. On teeny criticisim: I would have loved more process pictures in the pattern. I actually had to THINK in a couple of places, which is, you know, totally unacceptable!

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La laine, c’est Knitpicks Cadena, que vous avez dĂ©ja vue lĂ . Mes customisations: j’ai raccourci les bottes, parce que bon, Gabe n’a pas besoin de cuissardes non plus! Et j’ai dĂ©cidĂ© unilatĂ©ralement que les chaussons seraient portĂ©s repliĂ©s, donc tant pis pour les boutonnières, j’ai juste mis 2 boutons en cuir style tweed coat sur l’exterieur, pour faire joli. Et puis pour ĂŞtre sĂ»re que les chaussons resteraient bien accrochĂ©s aux pieds, j’ai mis un Ă©lastique Ă  l’intĂ©rieur:

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I used Knitpicks Cadena in Leaf and Mahogany, and managed with a pair of #9 straight needles for the sole and a set of #10.5 DPNs for the rest of the boot (the pattern called for 2 circular needles). I made the boots shorter than called for in the pattern, and decided that since they would only be worn folded over, the buttonholes were a bit useless. The buttons I put in are only decorative.

Oh, and I added some elastic in the inside at the ankle level so they would stay put:

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I *HEART* my new boots!

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Regardez ce que mon petit Papa Noel Ă  moi m’a offert…  Enfin, j’ai les bottes idĂ©ales, super douces et bleu Canard comme je cherche depuis des lustres! Elles seront parfaites pour mettre avec toutes mes tuniques et robes Japonaises Ă  venir!! Pourrie gâtĂ©e, je suis!

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Looks what Santa Gabe got me for Christmas!! Fabulous new boots from Anthropologie. Good thing they were on sale (*cough*).

I’ve been looking for soft leather boots in this color for ever. Perfect to wear with all these Japanese dresses and tunics I’m going to make!

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