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21  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
22  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My new hat: marguerite on: January 23, 2012 06:52:30 AM
Merci everyone !!   Grin Grin Grin
23  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!)   :-)
24  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.

25  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
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My Jehanne hooded cardigan on: October 10, 2011 04:19:42 AM
Merci :-)
27  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
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My Jehanne hooded cardigan on: September 28, 2011 11:57:00 PM
Oh wow, thanks  :-D Grin Grin
29  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 :-)

30  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 :-)

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