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Roseline crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey, http://chezplum.com

Pretty lace and flared 3/4 sleeves… The new Roseline Cardigan for little girls will be launched very soon.

Stay tuned !

Here is a new outfit for our 13 inches dolls such as Les Chéries by Corolle (but also H4H, Minouches, …)
Marguerite Cheries, crochet pattern for 13 inches dolls by Sylvie Damey
“Marguerites Chéries” features a 3/4 sleeve cardigan with daisy flowers ( = Marguerites en french) around the yoke, and matching handbag.


Cardigan is worked top down with hardly any finishing at all (sewing buttons on !) as my full sized garments.

You’ll need only a small amount of fingering weight / sock yarn for this project, and 3.25 mm (D) hook.

++ More photos & info on my DOLL BLOG

Price: $5

A slow summer

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This summer has been very special. My bestest happiest craftiest friend Sophie, who battled Cancer for the last 3 years and a half, passed away.
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At the very end of june, when it became obvious this wasn’t going to be just another of the frequent trips back and forth to hospital ( & because I got so worried for her, I am so sure of this) my stomach started to hurt.
The pain kept increasing… and I ended up going to the ER where I had emergency surgery: Appendicitis and Peritonitis.
That was 6 days in hospital, after which I had to rely on my parents for a couple weeks because I was so weak and tired.

As soon as I regained a tad of energy, I was able to go and visit Sophie one more time in hospital 3 days before she left us.
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All this led to a very emotional beginning of summer. It took me a full month to recover and be able to do things by myself again. One month during which the girls and my husband worried for me, and had to manage on their own. So of course they were my top priority for the rest of the summer, and we fully enjoyed August. Barbecues and dinners with good friends, swimming in the river/swimming pool or going to the beach, cooking reading and playing petanque…

And guess what ? I hardly even crocheted of all summer !! That hadn’t happened for ages. But it was good to slow down and enjoy some true time off for once, which isn’t very easy when you’re working for yourself.

A slow summer, reconnecting with things.
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Now the girls are back in school, I’m preparing my first worshops and enjoying to get back to crochet and spinning. Loving to watch Craftsy classes at my own pace, and spinning some Rabbit Angora fleece brought back by my mum from their holidays. It’s much too soft for my own taste (I know, shocking right ?) but I love to mix and card it together with other fibers. Those mini skeins were tests of various combinations. Only bad news being, my husband is apparently allergic to angora. Which means I’ll have to spin those outside the house.

How was your summer ?

Bliss, my Woolmakers spinning wheel

For ages I’ve had dreams of getting a spinning wheel… someday.

We didn’t have enough room (and yet already so many craft supplies!!) and not quite the budget either. I would spin every now and then either on my handmade spindles, or my kick-spindle.

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Then a few weeks back, Heike invited me to her studio to try her several wheels and carder. WOw. I loved spinning on her Fantasia and Bliss. So smooth, so silent. Easy to use, … and sooooooo fast compared to spindles !!

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I also fed some of the fibers I had brought along into her carder. Yum, exquisite fluffy batts !!!! Just fantastic !
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Heike tried my hackle and made lovely buns. She seemed to like it (the result is way different from carded batts) and plans on making one herself. She also tried the kick-spindle, but if you can have a wheel a kick-spindle is not so exciting… ;-)

At the end of the day, I had drastically changed my priorities. The carder could wait, but I needed a wheel, if only because I could spin the singles and ply it all in one afternoon instead of the full week it usually took me…! And the Bliss looked like the best option for me : double treadle option, quite cheap (starting at 270 Euros w/ shipping included), super easy to use and adjust, and apparently needing hardly any maintenance. Oh, and I loved the look of the bobbins along the left leg of the wheel.

A few days later (it was a thursday), I placed my order for double treadle wheel with extra bobbins while at it (buying them later means nearly doubling their price with the additional shipping). I did read other people received it in 3 days…
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But was really surprised to see the large box delivered on monday morning ! Of course I couldn’t resist and started assembling it right away. Really doable with the manual, and I loved the fact that they even included the screwdriver in the tools! No need to run around the house for one !)
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About an hour later, I sat on the side of the couch and started spinning with some ugly training fibers. Then spun pretty rovings into singles, and plied some…
Even my older daughter begged to try the wheel. She didn’t do too bad for a first time too ! (and said I was a good teacher. when all I could think of was my new wheel and what I’d be spinning next. she’s so nice !)
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Here are some of the yarns I’ve spun on it so far. The purplish single spun from the above batt… and later plied in a 2-ply. And various other yarns…

Since then, I am having the best time re-reading all my spinning books, and getting a couple new ones. Experimenting to get the hang of true worsted spinning, and long-draw woolen… So much fun. I could do this all day… yet I need more time. And more fiber !

Next week if only !!!! of course I meant YEAR I may get the Hero carder (or maybe a classic carder if I can save enough…)

Zoé crochet pattern for 13" dolls such as Les Chéries Corolle by Sylvie Damey - ChezPlum
Here’s a second pattern for 13″ dolls such as Les Chéries by Corolle, or Hearts for Hears dolls ect… This pattern includes:
-a long sleeved cardigan worked top down in one piece with faux cables around the yoke, and a pretty picots edging along the bottom edge and wrists. It closes with 2 buttons.
- and a matching beret, with the same faux cables running around the hat, which is crocheted in the round.

This pattern is now available in french & english on Etsy and Ravelry.

Find more patterns and tutorials for 13″ dolls on my Doll blog !

A couple weeks ago, a customer asked me questions about those french dolls featured in “Marie Claire Idées” magazine.
A few hours later … I hadpurchased my first Les Chéries doll: Atsuko-Capucine.
Les Chéries dolls by Corolle, Capucine - 13" french doll

Some of the wee miniature sweaters I had made before did fit her, yet I wanted something scaled down to her size.

I bought new smaller Susan Bates hooks, grabbed some beautiful “Just plum” sock yarn saved for a good occasion… and Ta Dam !

Adelie cardigan and hat for 13" dolls, free crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey chezplum.com
The little doll now has a pretty new short-sleeved cardigan and matching pointy hat. The cardigan is worked top down in one piece, closes with a ribbon weaved through the waist’s eyelets. And a row of shells makes a pretty edging.

This FREE crochet pattern for 13″ dolls is now available in french or english here. It should fit most 13″ dolls such as Les Chéries, H4H, Little Darlings by Diana Effner, Minouches… I have yet to try it on my daughter’s Groovy girl to see how it fits too ;-)

For more details or to see the other garments I’m sewing and crocheting for this doll (& the 2 other Chéries dolls my daughters will be getting for their birthdays very soon!), you may have a look at my new Chéries doll blog..

Enjoy !

More hoods, and Gallery pics

So many WIPs, but I always feel like I don’t have much to show lately.

Pointilles cardigan, sylvie Damey chezplum.com
Old designs set aside until I figure out how to fix a particuliar issue.

Noro Kureyon Hood, by Sylvie Damey chezplum.com
New designs set aside until I figure out which yarn to use.

Rond poholders, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey chezplum.com
Very old designs finally written down and pattern being tested…

Jehannehooded cardigan, in progress, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey chezplum.com
Meanwhile, I’m making another Jehanne hooded cardigan for a commission order. It looks SO tiny there must be something wrong with my gauge. Might have to frog up to the hood and change hooks. Can a person change totally their style of crocheting, so much that they need to change the size of hooks to make the same garment ? Time to take some measurements and we’ll see …

Finally, here are some picture graciously shared by customers :

Ermeline hooded cardigan, crocheted by Julie, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey chezplum.com Ermeline hooded cardigan, crocheted by Julie, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey chezplum.com
Julie sent those pictures of her crocheted Ermeline hooded cardigan:
Hi, bonjour, I bought your sweater pattern to make sweaters for my triplets and I just thought I would share it with u. It was fairly easy to follow. I did make some few changes to the pattern just to make it make the hat a little longe and I added thumb holes for the sleeves, but the base was from the purchased pattern bought off your etsy page. Hope you appreciate the results and thank you for your detailed pattern. I look forward to seeing more ideas in the future. Julie, Ontario, canada

PadCl-Etsy made using sewing pattern by Sylvie Damey chezplum.com
Cl. made here very first washable pad using my sanitary pads sewing pattern : “Hello, I just made my first washable pad from your pattern. Very chuffed. The fabric is the remains of some that i used for my eldest child, to make a babygro – when she was 7 months old. she’s now 19 years old. Thanks

For the last couple years I have started publishing my patterns also in french.
Last week 2 finished hooded cardigans popped on lovely french blogs:

Ermeline hooded cardigan, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey chezPlum.com, made by Barjolaine
Barjolaine whipped this Ermeline kids hooded cardigan in 2 days. It’s made in icelandic Lett Lopi yarn in super pretty pink and green shades, purchased as a kit with the Ermeline pattern (french or english) and yarn.

Ermeline hooded cardigan, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey ChezPlum.com, made by Barjolaine Ermeline hooded cardigan, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey ChezPlum.com, made by Barjolaine Ermeline hooded cardigan, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey ChezPlum.com, made by Barjolaine

Jehanne hooded cardigan, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey ChezPlum.com, made by l'aiguille étourdie
L’aiguille étourdie made the adult version, the Jehanne cardigan, in colors that say “Spring” allover, with daisies to cover up the granny triangles …

Jehanne hooded cardigan, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey ChezPlum.com, made by l'aiguille étourdie Jehanne hooded cardigan, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey ChezPlum.com, made by l'aiguille étourdie

For more pics of finished garments made using with my patterns, have a look at the Gallery.

It’s spring folks ! It’s been sunny for at least a week and we’re eating outside every day. Makes me so happy :-)

How is the weather in your corner of the world ?

Since many of you seem to like to make matching garments in children’s and women sizes just as much as I do, I combined 3 of my most popular patterns:

the 3 matching crocheted cardigans with long hoods: Jehanne, Armel and Ermeline. That’s 3 patterns for the price of 2 ! :-)

3 crochet patterns for matching cardis with hood by Sylvie Damey chezplum.com

Price: $12

You will find this Ebook on Ravelry, on Etsy sylvchezplum or Etsy FrenchStyleCrochet, & on Craftsy.

The 3 crochet patterns included are:

Jehanne hooded cardigan, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey http://chezplum.com Jehanne hooded cardigan, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey ChezPlum.com Jehanne hooded cardigan, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey http://chezplum.com Jehanne hooded cardigan, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey http://chezplum.com
The Jehanne cardigan with super long hood uses worsted weight yarn (shown in PINK Cascade wool 220), and includes women’s sizes from XS to XL.

Armel hooded cardigan for boys, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey, chezplum.com Armel boy's cardigan with hood crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey http://chezplum.com
The Armel cardigan, with hood and front pocket is crocheted with aran weight yarn (shown in GREEN Gedifra Fashion trend) and includes children’s sizes from 2 to 8.

Ermeline, crochet pattern for cardigan with hood for children by Sylvie Damey http://chezplum.com Ermeline, crochet pattern for cardigan with hood for children by Sylvie Damey http://chezplum.com Ermeline, crochet pattern for cardigan with hood for children by Sylvie Damey http://chezplum.com Ermeline hooded cardi, crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey ChezPlum.com
The Ermeline cardigan, with super long hood and more hip shaping, is crocheted with aran weight yarn (shown in BLUE Gedifra Fashion trend) and includes children’s sizes from 2 to 8.

Round Rainbow Rug, a free crochet pattern

Round Rug, free crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey http://chezplum.com

This super bulky yarn was sitting in my stash for nearly 20 years. I first tried making a hat. But it was so thick it looked like a helmet.. which wasn’t the look I was looking for.

I crocheted a rug instead. Maybe you have a large stash too… so here’s a free pattern to crochet a colorful rug:

Materials:
Super bulky yarn in 3 colors. Choose wool yarn as you’ll need to be able to block it flat. I used red, blue and green.
10 mm (N/P) crochet hook

Finished size: mine measures approx 58 cm (22 3/4 in). Size may vary depending on weight of yarn used.

Round Rug, free crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey, http://chezplum.com

INSTRUCTIONS:

Rug is worked in the round. I’m using US crochet terms.

With color A (red), ch3, sl st to 1st ch to close round.
R1: ch3, 11 dc in round. Close with a slip st to top of initial ch3. (= 12 sts)
R2: ch3 and work 1 dc in same st, work 2 dc in next st and in each foll st. Close with a slip st to top of initial ch3. (24 sts)
R3: ch3, *work 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in next st *, rep from * to * around, end with 2 dc in last st. Close with a slip st to top of initial ch3. (36 sts)
R4: ch3, *work 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 2 sts *, rep from * to * around, end with 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in last st . Close with a slip st to top of initial ch3. (48 sts)

Join color B (blue), but do not break first color. I let the unused color run in the back of the rug until next time I use it.

R5: with color B, ch1 and work 1 sc in same st, work 1 sc in each st around. Close with a sl st to first sc. (48 sts)

Join color C (green), but do not break color B.

R6: with color C, ch3, *ch2, skip 2 sts and work 1 dc in next st *, repeat from * to * around, end with ch2, skip 2 sts, join with sl st to top of initial ch3. (24 dc and 24 ch-2 spaces)
R7: ch3, * work 2 dc in next ch-space, work 1 dc in next dc *, repeat from * to * around, end with 2 dc in last ch-space and join to top of initial ch3. (72 sts)
R8: ch3, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 5 sts*, rep from * to * around, end with 2 dc in last st, join to top of initial ch3. (I stopped counting sts at this stage..)
R9: ch3, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 6 sts*, rep from * to * around, end with 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in last st, join to top of initial ch3.
R10: ch3, * 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of next 7 sts*, rep from * to * around, end with 2 dc in next st, 1 dc in each of last 2 sts, join to top of initial ch3.

Change back to color B (blue).

R11: With color B ch3, *ch2, skip 2 sts and work 1 dc in next st *, repeat from * to * around, join with sl st to top of initial ch3.
R12: ch1 and work 1 sc in same st, *work 1 sc in ch-2 space, work 1 sc in top of next dc *, repeat from * to * around, join with sl st to first sc.

Break color B.

Now we’re going to work one last edging round with the remaining 2 colors, carrying one yarn along (you work over this carried-along yarn) while crocheting with the other color.
This last round will be worked all in the BACK LOOP to add a little relief.

R13: using both colors A and C, work as foll – * with A sc in the back loop of the next 2 sts (work over color C to carry it along), with C sc in the back loop of the next 2 sts (work over color A to carry it along) and make a picot: ch3 and sc in the same st to close picot; with A sc in back loop of next 2 sts as established, with C sc in back loop of next 2 sts *, rep from * to * around.

Fasten off and break yarn. Weave in ends.

Round rug, free crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey http://chezplum.com Round Rug, free crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey, http://chezplum.com

Wet block to lay flat. And enjoy ! .. or let the cat play on the new rug :-)

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