Saturday, October 28, 2006


Pattern: Isobel by French Girl
Yarn: Biggy Print #258 Sheep - 7 balls (the pattern called for 9)
Needles: #19 32" Addi Turbo for body, #17 24" Addi Turbo for collar
What I learned: Single crochet edging
Comments: When I saw the fall French Girl collection at TNNA, this was my least favorite pattern. Because we are trying to make our own French Girl trunk show, I buckled down and knitting it anyway. Boy, am I glad I did! I absolutely love it. It has wonderful shaping thanks to short rows. It makes me feel like I'm wearing something high fashion. It is super easy to make. It only took me two days to complete.

Here are a couple of other views. Check out the lacing in the back.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Fantine & Desiree

Let the French Girl love commence!

Pattern: Fantine by French Girl

Yarn: Big Wool Fusion #5 Tapestry

Needles: Addi Turbo #17 32"

Comments: I am so happy with this pattern. I love that it is done totally seamless. It took me two days to knit! I really like the twisted stitch detail on the edges, collar, and hem. As an added bonus, this pattern has several variations to choose from. You can do it in either the rounded collar or a Mandarin collar. You can also choose between cap or 3/4 sleeves. The sweater only took three balls of Big Wool, so the cost isn't too bad either!

OK, I know this isn't a picture of me, but the one I took does not come close to doing this sweater justice. You will just have to imagine me in it.

Pattern: Desiree by French Girl

Yarn: Rowan Big Wool #37 Zing (a grass green color)

Needle: Addi Turbo #17 32"

Comments: This is the first pattern that I test knit for Kristeen (aka the French Girl), so I've actually been done with her for quite a while. My name is even on the pattern! I'm so proud!

Again, I love this sweater. The collar and cuff details are beautiful. I thing the faux darts at the bottom of the sweater are so attractive as well (see the picture of the back below). I don't think I've ever seen them on a sweater before. Another winner from Kristeen.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Cosette and Fantine (sort of)

Pattern: Cosette by French Girl
Yarn: Rowan Biggy Print #246 Razzle Dazzle (pink), #255 Allsorts (red), #258 Sheep (white)
Comments: Super easy knit. It literally took me less than 30 minutes to knit this hat. Talk about a great Christmas gift! The pattern calls for the braided tassel on top, but I opted to leave it off of my version.

This was another of my test knits for Kristeen. I even got credit on the pattern for this one. I'm SOOOO jazzed about that.

Here is my next French Girl knit - Fantine! Such a cool pattern. It can be knit 4 ways : Mardarin collar w/cap sleeves, Mandarin collar with 3/4 sleeves, round collar with cap sleeves, or round collar with 3/4 sleeves. It only takes 2-4 balls of Rowan Big Wool, so it wont break the bank either. Score.