Grown-up Starry is now available!

I’m really really happy to announce that Grown-up Starry pattern is out now!

As you may know, I began designing it in 2016, after publishing Starry pullover for girls. With the experimental armhole, the disaster (I haven’t shared this but the first set-in sleeve simple I knit got felted after blocking!), the journey was long but I finally arrived at destination, and am feeling relieved.

Let me introduce you again the sweater with more details.

As it’s for us grown-up girls, it has waist shaping, scooped neck and fitted sleeves. All elements are designed so the sweater and YOU look elegant πŸ™‚
The recommended ease is 0-5 cm [0-2″] and it hugs you πŸ™‚ If you prefer a more relaxed fit, choose a size larger than recommended (the sizes have 5 cm [2″] increments).

The front is in Quilted lattice stitch, which evokes scintillant stars, and I can assure you that it’s very addictive. The difficulty for the adult version is decreasing and increasing for waist shaping without disturbing the stitch flow.

The back and sleeves are in stockinette, and I have to “warn you” that the front and back are worked from the bottom up and separately. I do know that this construction is not very popular nowadays, but the two stitches have different row gauges, and Quilted lattice stitch looks nicer worked in this direction, hence this construction. I like of course knitting garments from the top down seamlessly for the easiness, but hand-knit clothes carefully sewn have better structure and stability, and won’t lose their shape. You may know that you need some effort to look elegant πŸ˜‰

The sleeves are in the contrary worked in the round with short-row cap shaping, and I hope you will enjoy it!

Finally, I’d love to thank my awesome testknitters, HandKnitLife, tomobello, evelupps, ojaoja, tom0shi, yamagarami, ppn, shintaro2003, aclh, thimble330, chiyo915, emailhyu and chocolavie, for their invaluable help and beautiful sweaters!
The Ravelry page is here, you can look their lovely sweaters.

The pattern is currently 10% off, until September 8!



If you are a knitter, you love sheep (or, if you don’t like sheep, you are not a knitter)!
So I discovered Donna Smith’s Baable hat with the same enthousiasme as all of you 2 years ago.
This pattern was featured on the cover of the first issue of Shetland wool week annual, and seeing the names of contributors (Kate Davies among others), I didn’t hesitate one second to purchase it (and to my satisfaction, this number is full of interesting patterns and articles).
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When I began to knit patterns written in English, I was surprised that M1L and M1R increases were used very frequently, because the increases generally used in Japan are KRL and KLL. They are very neat, easy and useful!
There are also their purled versions, PRL and PLL that I’d like to show you the most, because there isn’t any tutorial on them and they’re much easier than M1Lp and M1Rp! But I’m going to show you KRL and KLL first to show you the principle.
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Grown-up Starry 2

I finished the last post with a photo of Grown-up Starry laid flat (see above).
The armhole is quite particular because, as I wrote, I wanted a close-fitting dropped shoulder pullover, with no bulk at the underarm. And it took me months to “develop” this armhole!

As promised, here’s the pullover on me πŸ™‚
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designs & making-of

Grown-up Starry 1

When I published Starry pullover – a beaded Christmas pullover for girls -, some knitters asked me if there would be an adult version. I said to myself “Why not?” and began to imagine what it would look like.

The grown-up Starry should be of course in Quilted lattice stitch. It should have waist shaping and a larger neck opening for a feminine silhouette. And the sleeves? I don’t know why but I thought immediately that they should be long. And this is so to speak the starting point of experimentation which lasted a couple of months.
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designs & making-of

Color tiles blanket

Since we moved into our house 2 years ago, my daughter wanted a knitted blanket. Our new house is indeed very old (built in 1900’s) and it’s colder than in the flat we lived before, which was much older (1850’s!) but heated also by your neighbors.
But a blanket is huge and means lots of time and work. Like all of you, I want to knit many things in winter – often much more than what I can -, and I selfishly avoided saying Yes last season.
But this winter, we had a couple of cold waves from Northern Europe – brrr! – and I had to admit that she needed a blanket.
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