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1  My Open Spaces coat in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: November 16, 2017 01:51:50 AM


Yay, I've just finished my newest crocheted coat  Grin

I'm really pretty chuffed with it, because the collar is super thick and cozy, and the whole coat ended up bein really light because of those "open spaces".. Plus it's made with super bulky yarn so it's really quick to  make (ahem, once I finished ripping and restarting again to get it perfect.. at least 4 times !! but that's another story)



Now I really want to make another one without adding the hood and a bit shorter (closer to a jacket) for everyday inside wear...

Hope you'll like it :-)

Sylv
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2  A purse with flower edging - free pattern in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: September 28, 2017 07:49:15 AM


Hi, I've just finished this crocheted purse with a flower edging, and I wrote a free pattern for it ! :-)

You can get the pattern here. Hope you like it :-)

It matches my new tunic so I'll probably wear both together  Wink



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3  Purple Roseline cardigan with flared lacy sleeves in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: October 10, 2014 05:58:18 AM


I am so happy with my newest girl's cardigan ! Ages ago, one of the first garment I freehand-designed for my older daughter was a little top down vest (which I called Roselette) and ever since I wanted to make a cardigan version...


Then 2 years ago I made a cotton blend version for my niece, who lives in a warm island. Except, ahem... this one still sits in my office !! (I was keeping it handy to be able to write down notes..) and now I wonder if it will still fit my niece !!!  Tongue Roll Eyes

Anyhow. Suddenly in september I opened up my treasure chest ( = huge plastic boxes storing yarn stash) and found the perfect yarn just waiting to be turned into a cardigan: it was Cascade yarn's "Baby alpaga" in a rich purple color. Oh so soft. Yet a bit heavy for garments... but it works for small pieces such as kids garments. :-)


Now I love to see both the vest and cardigan versions sitting side by side !! I had fun getting out of my comfort zone for this cardigan, and added flared lacy 3/4 sleeves.


And I LOVE how the lace section comes out... as one tester said, it's easy to make yet looks pretty enough to impress people !  Wink Grin

... and guess what's on my hook now ? An adult version for me of course !!!! The perfect one also jumped at me from the same treasure chest, and I Soooooo can't wait to be finished (only need to finish sleeves before I can wear it, and already know it will be a favorite of mine this winter !)

I hope you'll like it :-)

Sylv
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4  Re: Dancing poppies baby bolero and booties in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: February 21, 2014 01:51:01 AM
Thanks so much !! yep, still thinking I should try and make a more boyish little cardigan to match those blue booties.

And. Also wanted to share my friends' booties and bolero : she used 2 strands of Drops Alpaca held together for those, for a new baby girl born right  when she had just finished the booties. :-)



I'm in love with the way she styles her photos !!! Tongue  Grin
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5  my Enchanted Mesa sweater in Knitting: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: February 13, 2014 05:57:45 AM
I used to be a knitter... then discovered crochet and haven't touched the needles much in the last years... but when a friend posted about Stephen West's amazing design, I knew I had to make it.. like NOW !  I went straight to my huge stash and dug all sorts of yarns in tones of plum and orange. Some super old vintage french yarns, some handspun and hainpainted that I had been saving for a special project... and i'm so thrilled I got to mix and use all together !!




That pattern was so clever and well thought, I loved every minute of the process. Although I have to say that using so many completely different yarns led to having to frog and reknit several sections... (not enough yarn to finish, or sometimes yarn proved to be too thin compared to others, or just didn't blend in fine..



As for the odd shape... it's not very practical when you lift your arms (everyone sees my tummy!) or to fit in a winter coat...
Yet I'm totally in LOVE with this sweater.   



What do you think: Crazy or awesome..?   ;-)

Sylv
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6  Dancing poppies baby bolero and booties in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: February 13, 2014 05:35:19 AM
Hi, I have just finished a pair of little booties to match my dancing poppies baby bolero.


Having no babies at home any more, it looks like it would fit a 3 months old.. so tiny, so cute ! I used Cascade wool 220 for this set, I love this yarn, quite cheap and stands time well.

I made a second pair using icelandic Lett Lopi yarn... I just love the feel and look of that yarn.. I used a contrasting color for the sole of this one and can hardly stand how cute it looks !!


Now I'll try and come up with a matching little cardigan for those blue booties... Oh, and an adult version of the booties too. That's the beauty of crochet : there's so much to crochet !! Too many ideas, not enough time ;-)

Sylv
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7  Marguerite cardigans for my girls in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: April 24, 2012 02:48:34 AM
For years I've been looking for the perfect flower motif, that would be altogether pretty AND easy to crochet. Finally, I found one in a vintage stitch dictionnary this winter. Okay, it wasn't perfect but after fixing some petals that just didn't look right, ... I had the perfect flowers !! I first made a hat using this stitch, but quickly needed to turn it into a pretty cardigan... I've now made 3 so far (+ the doll versions :-P).




It was my niece's birthday, so she was the first to get one, made it with 2 strands of baby blue thrifted yarn. And made a matching tiny cardigan for her doll :-)


I then made 2 more, with the lovely "Eco +" yarn by Cascade yarns: you gotta love those pretty colors, and the yarn was surprisingly softer than I thought ! I only kept 4 buttons, and my daughters love those !! I really enjoyed making them too, top down + all in one piece is def. my favorite construction method !! Yay for crochet :-D

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8  My new hat: marguerite in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: January 23, 2012 03:30:20 AM
This year, I knew I need to make myself new hats. The old ones are still ok, but a girl needs a new style every so ofte, right ? ;-)
Last week I was working on a cardigan for my niece, and finally worked on inserting this daisy pattern I've been dreaming about for years. I searched high and low in all my stitch dictionaries, and all the flower motifs I found were not right: either too fussy or complicated, or just not the right look.

Then I found one that looked nice in a vintage french "Mon tricot". Tried it, found that the petals just didn't look right on the second row, "fixed" that with a couple modifications... It looked great on the baby cardigan... but I KNEW it begged to become a hat as well !!

I grabbed some Malabrigo merino that used to be a bright yellow, which I re-dyed apple green a couple years ago (yep, sort of a long-haul project :-P ) and started crocheting furiously.. I even took it to my new knitting group (first meeting that night)... and came out with a new hat !!

I just love it, love the color and the way this yarn works out with this pattern !

I hope you'll like it too :-)

Oh btw: Marguerite = daisy in french (I'm french!)   :-)
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9  Crocheted Xmas cards in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum on: January 23, 2012 03:20:20 AM
This year, I wanted to crochet snowflakes to send as Xmas cards. But none of my white cotton yarns gave a crisp enough stitch definition... so I ended up using red cotton instead !
I searched in all my stitch dictionaries, and finally chose this motif: pretty and easy to make :-P




I'm not sure I can call those snowflakes anymore... but I still loved them ! I had some troubles with finding the right glue as well, as the super-strong instant glue I first used didn't work very reliably.  For the next ones, I used "neopren" (not sure what the word is in english) glue, which worked well but left yellow-ish marks if not in the right place.
What I did was draw the outline of the crochet motif on the card with a pencil, then apply the glue within those marks.. That worked fine.

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10  My Jehanne hooded cardigan in Crochet: Completed Projects by SylvChezPlum 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 :-)

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