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Because we live in altitude in the french Alps, warm woolens are a must in my wardrobe. Always looking for the perfect balance between warmth and style, I got tired of the traditional boxy sweaters and funnel necks.

Playing with this floral motif for various other designs, I had the basic idea for the “Floralie cardigan” ages ago: a taller and wider version of the same motif, but with incorporated increases that would replace the traditional way of increasing for the yoke.
But finding the proper bulky yarn took time… Until I stumbled upon those pretty cones of yarn, perfect color and content !

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Made with bulky yarn, the delicate floral motif around the yoke keeps it light and stylish. A wide neckline and no waist shaping means clean and simple lines, making it a classic sweater you’ll love wearing every day. (at least I do !!)

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Or.
Skip the sleeves and use a cotton blend yarn… and you’ll get a lighter version for the warmer months too !!

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Because of the weight issues with bulky yarn, I highly recommend using acrylic blends for this sweater. (acrylic being much lighter than wool or cotton)
I used 2 strands of yarn for my winter version, making it a wool & acrylic blend.
I used the now discontinued “Goa” by GGH yarn for my summer version, which is a cotton & acrylic blend.

Size: XS-S-M-L-XL
for Bust: 71/76 – 81/86 – 91/96 – 101/106 – 111/116 cm 28/30 – 32/34 – 36/38 – 40/42 – 44/46 inches
Finished bust dimensions of cardigan: 76-86-96-106-116 cm 30-33¾-37¾-41¾-45½ inches

Materials:
– Approx 650-700-780-850-910 m of Bulky yarn for long sleeves version.
OR Approx 475-540-610-675-740 m of Bulky yarn for short sleeves version
– 6.5 mm (K) hook
– 8 large coconut shell buttons (enameled or natural), 3 cm (1¼ in) diameter.
– removable stitch-markers (optional)

Gauge: 12 sts and 6 rows = 10 cm/4″ over double crochet in front loop

Price: $6
– Available on Etsy, Ravelry or Craftsy.

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I’m so glad to see how so many people also love those super long hoods. Somewhere between dreamland and Woodland… Cozy to wear, but also fitted and feminine.

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Just like the baby version “Lutin Marguerite“, this new elfin cardigan “Lutine des Fleurs” is crocheted top down in one piece with worsted weight yarn. It features a super long elfin hood and flower motif inserts along the brim of hood and lower edge of cardigan.

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Closes with a zipper, because those sweaters are meant for everyday wear.

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Size: XS (S, M, L, XL) – Bust: 71/76 (81/86, 91/96, 101/106, 111/116) cm – 28/30
(32/34, 36/38, 40/42, 44/46) inches
Finished bust dimensions of cardigan: 72.5 (82.5, 92.5, 103.5, 112) cm – 28 ½ (32 ½, 36 ½, 41,
44) inches

Materials:
– Cascade 220 “wool heathers”: 6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10) hanks in Light Blue (MC) and 1 (1, 1, 1, 2) hank in Aster (CC) (Worsted / 10 ply yarn – 100%
Wool – 201 meters / 100 grams)
– 5.5 mm (I) hook
– 55 cm (21 ½ in) separating zipper in matching color

Gauge: 16 sts and 7.5 rows = 10 cm/4″ over double crochet in front loop

Price: $6 – Available on Etsy, Ravelry or Craftsy.

Special thanks to my amazing testers once again !! Here are some of their pretty “Lutine des fleurs”, made by CoudreDuCoeur, Starf1owr, Liaga.
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Local spinning retreat

  • French spinning/dying team "le Gang des teigneuses", gathered around Yurts for the week-end
  • Lovely Lily Bichette testing my Bliss wheel
  • Proof that I was there too !! (thanks to the lovely lady who graciously snapped a picture of me) Testing a friend's wheel.
  • My friend's Heike's PINK bobbins !
  • Spinning and knitting and crocheting and carding...
  • Master art yarns magician Domino (& a beautiful person)
  • Caroline trying to salvage a felted fleece with the carder...
  • When it started raining we had to retreat inside the yurts. Beautiful, but not much light inside.
  • A lesson in carding funky batts for art yarns... Fantastic to watch and listen to Domino's tips !
  • Inserting strips of glittery fabric
  • and watching it mix into the carder ( a finest from Strauch)
  • adding more fabric and fiber
  • more colors
  • (meanwhile, I had kept my spinning socks on, it was so cold !!! Not very sexy tho)
  • Removing the batt from the carder
  • Ta da !! Beautiful colors and so much texture ! I learned a lot and can't wait to experiment too :-)

Fantastic day last sunday, full of fiber and spinning wheels and drumcarders, dear friends and new friends.
We spun, carded, chatted, watched a demo of carding a super textured batt for art yarns.. And all this only 1 hour away from home in our little corner of France.
It was a joy to be among such a lovely bunch of fiber ladies !! Can’t wait for the next meetup, this summer in “Lot et Laine” fiber festival.

Peek into my studio (& new Hero !)

Big spring cleaning..
perfect opportunity to snap a few pictures before my “creativity” brings all the mess back !

Cuirs Packed away the funky leathers to make space for my cones of yarn.

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I love that this is now my direct view from my computer, perfectly distraction from emails of pattern editing..

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Lots of space on my large table for my brand new toy: the small “Hero” carder from Woolmakers !! (more about it soon)

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I LOVE that I can leave in place both the carder and sewing machine.. or the carder also fits in its own little spot right behind if I need the space !

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Beautiful carded batts and hand-dyed fiber swapped last week-end during our Yourt fiber retreat with dear friends. Just looking at them already makes me happy.

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On top of the shelves: matrioshkas, amigurumis and other lovely colorfull treasures !

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At the other side of the room near some of the fabrics, my newest hooded cardigan design awaits the final editing before publication. (Oh if I could find a good name..)

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Buttons and bits and pieces.

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& Treasured reminders of my humble beginnings at crochet. All wonky and twisted with uneven stitches, and slanting rows because just like nearly other beginner crocheter I would skip stitches every now and then…
I just checked on Ravelry: my very first crochet projects date back to 2005. WOW !! That’s 10 years of learning, experimenting and having fun with crochet… And now I even have my own crafting studio. I’m so grateful !

WIP wednesday, and testing !

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Bulky flower cardigan now has buttons… large enameled coconut shell buttons !! Took a moment to photograph this sleeveless version, and will now continue to add sleeves.
Only downside being that I should have remembered: Filz = felt in german/related nordic languages if I’m not mistaken… Which explains how this “Filzy wool” is not really made for non-felting projects. Oh well. It was so pretty I couldn’t resist… and I’m already planning more with more durable yarns.

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Meanwhile, progress was also made on the adult version of the “Lutin Marguerite“: testing phase of the pattern has now started !
(& you’re welcome to join us if you’d like. It’s happening on Ravelry)

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When a girl gets bored crocheting a new design that’s already 99% written down (adult version of the Lutin Marguerite), what does she do ? Get started on a new one of course !

To be fair, I was doing a pretty good job plugging at it despite the boredom and lack of designing-challenge, getting all the way to the bust decreases…

Till I got this email asking if there was an adult-sized version of the doll’s Marguerite Chéries. And suddenly realised that those pretty balls of super bulky “Filzy yarn” from Ice yarns (ahem, forgot about the 100g balls when ordering, thinking it’d come out worsted at 100 m per ball) could totally work for this design which has been sitting in my head for months and months now, just waiting for the right yarn !!

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So on sunday I suddenly got started on it. Chained for the foundation chain and measured around my neck… Worked my usual increases, made calculations for the floral yoke and rythm of increases…

But despite the fact that such bulky yarn could mean finishing a cardigan in a day,
my trial-and-error process ( = *crochet, try on, rip, restart *, repeat from * to *) AND tendency to screw up all my calculations today means that I’ve frogged this thing way too many times to keep track of.

Worked all day on it again yesterday and Tadam, finally it fits perfectly.

Now I can continue and tackle the next challenge: try and make a whole long sleeves cardigan with only 4 balls of yarns.
That’s 400 m: Scary right ?!!!
(although to be honest I may order more of this yarn if needed. Will see how it holds too, seing as it’s meant to felt super easy and singles pure wool could mean super-easy pilling)

What do you think ? Like it ?

A crochet Award for my Loup

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Yipee !!!
My Loup jacket WON 2015 Best Coat/Jacket in the Crochet Awards !! Thanks so much to everyone who voted for me :-)

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Pattern is available on Etsy, Ravelry or Craftsy.

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AnisBee and I both released a pattern named “Loup” around the same day. Except hers is a cute wolf softie, “Compère Loup”.
Fell in love with it the moment I saw it !! After a quick Loup-Loup swap, I got started on it, thinking I’d use the remnants of my own Loup for a full “total look”.
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First it got feet. Oh so cute little footlets… Up and up to the shirt, which needed several tries to achieve a similar-enough look of spike sts over single crochet (instead of dc in my hooded jacket)..

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Now it also has arms. And our garments match !! Can’t wait to make his head.
Oh and maybe a pointy hood for him too… if I have enough yarn left ?

Pattern: “Compère Loup” softie by Anisbee (in french only so far)
Yarn: Lett Lopi by IStex
Hook: 3.75 mm Susan Bates with wooden handle

A granny cowl/capelet for Anne

Granny cowl/capelet by Sylvie Damey
My friend Anne asked me a couple weeks ago if I could make a special Birthday for her best friend. She came in my studio, looked through all the accessories I made in the past… and asked if I’d make a cowl/capelet such as this one: apparently her friend is always cold!
Sure ! Then we started looking for yarns… and settled for dark grey as the main color, with an accent of light green to make it pop.
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The grey yarn was spun and plied super fine coned yarn. Once washed, those 6 strands make a good aran weight yarn. I also had a cone of super soft green yarn with a hairy halo, which added to some Plassard “week-end” yarn makes a very pretty contrast to the more rustic feel of the main yarn.
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Just as for my first cowl, I free-styled it. Starting with enough Granny squares to go around a head, then went down with increases every 3rd round. And instead of my initially planned picot edging, I had to revert to Crab stitch edgings, which worked much better with the color contrast.
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Now I hope the recipient will like it !!! What do you think ? ( & does it deserve a pattern ?)

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I ended up calling this new design LOUP (= wolf in french) … because I certainly don’t feel like a Little Red Riding Hood !! ;-)

A super warm and cozy winter jacket, with a large hood (as was requested by some customers) and longer back to keep my back toasty…

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It’s made with aran weight “Lett Lopi” icelandic yarn by Istex. A bit rustic for those who have sensitive skin, but I love the slight halo those longer fibers make !!!

A large hood made to be worn, a bit of color to warm up winter… and spike sts to transition between colors !

Loup, original crochet pattern by Sylvie Damey


Sizes : XS to XL. Sample shown crocheted in size S even though I’m rather in between size S and size M. But it like it super fitted !

Pattern available on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy.

Price: $6

And so you can see it worked in other color schemes, here are the beautiful ones made by my AWESOME testers:
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