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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My Jehanne hooded cardigan on: October 17, 2011 04:52:38 AM
I know what you mean... I have started a second one (same design, different colors) but have yet to finish it.
The one really nice thing about top down construction is that you can try it on as you crochet, which really helps keeping the focus and motivation till it's finished and ready to wear :-P
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My Jehanne hooded cardigan on: October 10, 2011 04:19:42 AM
Merci :-)
23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My Jehanne hooded cardigan on: September 30, 2011 11:56:04 PM
oh thanks for the compliments, and so glad you recognized it from the capelet (I assume)  I posted about previously here :-)

I've worn it so much already that the yarn is starting to pill slightly. I have to think of how to deal with this.. I usually brush sweaters with a regular hairbrush, and I've heard some say they "shave" their knits, but I'd be so afraid to do this !

Any tips anyone ?  Tongue
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My Jehanne hooded cardigan on: September 28, 2011 11:57:00 PM
Oh wow, thanks  :-D Grin Grin
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My Jehanne hooded cardigan on: September 26, 2011 02:47:47 AM
Thanks to you all ! So glad you like it :-)

And to answer your question... I am pretty sure a motivated beginner could make it, although I'd recommend starting first with a minor project (think dishcloth or something of the like) to practise even stitches, and get a good beginner's book ("happy hooker" was the book I loved as it really explained many tricks I didn't find in other ressources... but then that was several years ago, and I live in France where only few ressources are available). I won't discuss this too much as "open advertising" is not the point of crafster, but I'll send you a PM right away :-)

26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My Jehanne hooded cardigan on: September 25, 2011 10:39:09 PM

Jehanne cardigan hood by sylvchezplum, on Flickr

So about a year or two ago, I made a hooded cardigan for my girls. It's so pretty and cute that I knew I would have to make one for myself too... But sizing up a kids's cardigan and hood seemed a bit daunting, so I first made a hooded capelet to work out the hood, and then finally made the hooded cardigan. This strategy worked out pretty well, and even though the whole process did take several months, I am now SO happy with my new cardigan, and wearing it nearly every single day too !!

Jehanne cardigan front by sylvchezplum, on Flickr
 
Jehanne cardigan by sylvchezplum, on Flickr

The hood is super long and nearly goes longer than the sweater itself, but it's also very wearable and snuggly... love to wear it at night as a little cocoon.
And as usual, I crocheted most of it in the front loop only, so that it's drapey and not thick as crochet tends to be. The granny square inserts both add shaping to the hood and the hips... and because I'm so addicted to granny squares... :-P

Oh and a couple days ago, I learned that this type of hood used to be called "liripipe", refering to medieval costumes. Cool !  I probably had seen those types of costumes and it stayed in a corner of my head because I loved it so much...  ;-)

I hope you'll like it as much as I do :-)

Sylv
27  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Long pixie hooded capelet on: March 24, 2011 01:19:09 PM
Thanks :-D
You can check out my blog for more info ;-)
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Long pixie hooded capelet on: March 24, 2011 01:40:04 AM
Thanks, actually I never worry much about this.. More of the opposite, too many ideas, not enough time.

I try to see it as a positive thing: that means only the best ideas will have priority and actually be turned into projects ;-)
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Long pixie hooded capelet on: March 22, 2011 01:26:50 AM
yep, they are triangles. I've been working a lot on granny squares and their variations (triangles, pentagons) for a personal project (see my blog), and how to incorporate them in different designs to help with shaping. That's a lot of fun :-)

For instance, in this case the triangles help increasing for the end of hood, and also to make the bottom of capelet larger for bust. :-)

There are just sooooooooo many options with granny squares and their variations. sometimes I wonder if I'll ever run out of ideas for them ;-)  :-P
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Long pixie hooded capelet on: March 21, 2011 12:52:24 AM
Thanks all :-)
I've just past the armholes on my new cardigan this week-end (with the same hood), exciting !! :-P
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