… fleur cardigan …

Spring has finally arrived (literally where I live). The sun tries to get through the clouds and it’s slowly warming up. And … my fleur cardigan is finally ready.

A lightweight cardigan for cool summer evenings.
It is worked with a larger needlesize than recommended to obtain an airy, stretchy light weight garment. I think it would work also nicely with linen or silk blends.

Fleur is worked top-down with raglan sleeves. The lacey flowers are worked separately in the round and sewn in afterwards. I charted the flowers before I knitted them.

The cardigan is finished with an applied I-cord and I-cord buttonholes.

… big & small leaves cardigan …

Twining leaves, growing from big leaves at the bottom to small ones curling around the neck.

This is an experiment constructing a cardigan in an unusual way. The body is knitted bottom up with a large leaf panel. Then the sleeves are worked (also bottom up with 1 large leaf at the bottom). After that the leaf panel is worked (while the leaves are getting smaller) around the neck. Stitches are picked up at the front and neck to work the buttonbands with short rows to follow the curve of the leaves.

The bordeaux cardi is worked in alpaca dk (yarn held double)

A quick knit in bulky yarn or in dk weight held double.
The grey cardi is the first one I made. It’s a bit short, but I like it and I can’t make it longer because I ran out of yarn

One more pic to show of the leaf panel

… fleur … spring is in the air …

A while ago, I picked up an old design (here) (must be the spring) and wanted to make a cardigan with the same idea.

But this time I wanted to try knitted flowers instead of crocheted (I can crochet, but I can’t write a crochet pattern and I wanted something new)

I need to learn something new … The day I don’t learn anything, I guess I’ll stop…

I never really tried lace, so here we go …

to incorporate in a lightweight, airy tee or maybe a cardigan for spring ?

In wool, cotton, linen or silk?

I knitted a Tee in purple silk

oversized on large 5mm needles

and just finished another one in linen closer to the written pattern (not oversized)

Three strands of linen together and I love the shine on it.


… cannelle …

I discovered this cable-stitch ‘par accident’. I was making a large cable (24sts), dropped my cable needle with the stitches on it, picked it up and accidentily turned it the ‘wrong way’.

Wow, that’s what I call an interesting effect: knits become purls, purls become knits …
It looks like bamboo … or cinnamon sticks …

Cannelle is the french word for cinnamon

A short sleeved tee with assymetric ‘cinnamon cables’
A-line, circular yoke and double rolled collar.
In the round, seamless, top-down
Even worn inside-out — ‘par accident’ or not — it looks quite good.

… the big Q …

Inkblue, white and black: the colours of writings on a paper…
a big graphic letter … a bad print or photocopy … school …
the big Q

This sweater is knit with the yarn held double: inkblue and white for the background and inkblue and black for the graphic element.
The big Q continues at the back and at the left sleeve

… wavelets …

I discovered Habu yarns from Japan. What a beauties, and such stylish presentations.

I knitted this sweater very intuitively, I felt that this silk yarn would need some texture, so I added some wavelets to make it more interesting. I only used two skeins of Tsumugi silk: one of each colour for the Small version.

Very lightweight (I used only 96 gr) in 100% silk. Ideal for cool summer evenings with a texture of easy to make wavelets.

The tsumugi silk is worked with a larger needlesize than recommended to obtain an airy, lightweight and drapey garment.

… wild cabling …

This yarn is undyed. It’s the natural colour of a black sheep.

This sweater is inspired by a Japanese pattern,
but I changed it a lot. I wanted the central design to go from wide at the bottom to smaller at the top, so I have redrawn the pattern. I knitted long sleeves also with a motif, I decided for a layered look. and I put another motif at the back.
Yarn held double for the body.
Single strand for the sleeves.