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31  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 :-)

32  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 :-)

33  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 ;-)
34  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 ;-)
35  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
36  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
37  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Long pixie hooded capelet on: March 18, 2011 05:04:39 AM
Thanks... and actually I also thought I wouldn't feel "brave" enough to wear it often, but it turns out it's MUCH more wearable than I thought, and highly practical... so I wear it all the time :-D
38  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Stash-Busting Beanies on: March 18, 2011 01:53:19 AM
I think they are very cool. Love that style, and the mix of colors :-)
39  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Long pixie hooded capelet on: March 18, 2011 01:41:57 AM
After making similar cardigans for my daughters a couple years ago, I finally made a larger version for myself this year, yeah !! I figured working out a full cardigan AND the hood at the same time would look too daunting and split the work in 2: First I worked on the hood for an "easy capelet", and then would work out the second project, this time focusing more on the cardigan part.

It ended up working out pretty well. Of course the capelet wasn't as easy-peasy as I thought, and the process meant a lot of ripping/starting all over again, in order to get the perfect fit I wanted.


But I'm so happy with the result that it was totally worth it !!! :-D  I added 2 granny triangle inserts, one in the hood and the other sligtly off-centered to flare the edging of capelet. And after trying several edging versions, I added a bobble edging to balance it all. I end up LOVING those bobbles, think it really makes the charm of the piece.

All in all, I'm totally in love with this capelet, have been wearing it every single day since I finished it, both inside (we live in the french alps, and when you work in front of a computer all day, it can get chilly) and outside to get the girls from school ect... It ends up being a perfect layering piece for spring, and I love feeling that loooong hood in my back !!!

Hope you'll like it too :-)


40  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Strange Stylish Crazy Harem Pants Sarouels with pattern (lot of pictures) on: November 29, 2010 11:48:48 PM
These are SO cool, and I'm amazed at your idea !! Very smart, and the sarouel does look very comfy and cheery with those bright colors, love that !!

Will PM you about a special request right away :-P

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