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21  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Marguerite cardigans for my girls on: April 24, 2012 11:01:49 PM
Very cute, I'd love to have a 4-button one for myself!

Thanks ! I have a plan to make one for myself, but the daisy motif will be placed differently (wouldn't work with that tight section around my chest ! :-P)

Glad you like it :-)
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Marguerite cardigans for my girls 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

23  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crocheted Xmas cards on: January 23, 2012 12:07:32 PM
Neat idea - but can I make a suggestion - next time why not just hand sew a few of the tips to the card and that way the recipient can release them from the card and use them as ornaments when they are done with the card.

Oh yes, that's a great idea !! Thanks I'll certainly try that next year  Tongue Wink
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My new hat: marguerite on: January 23, 2012 06:52:30 AM
Merci everyone !!   Grin Grin Grin
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My new hat: marguerite 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!)   :-)
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Xmas cards 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.

27  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
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My Jehanne hooded cardigan on: October 10, 2011 04:19:42 AM
Merci :-)
29  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
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My Jehanne hooded cardigan on: September 28, 2011 11:57:00 PM
Oh wow, thanks  :-D Grin Grin
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