Cropped cardigan for June dress

My outfit for my niece’s wedding was not yet complete simply by finishing the dress. No, I needed a cardigan to go with it. I wanted the cardigan to be short, so it kept showing of my waist and the pleats in the skirt. I also wanted a V-shaped neckline to mirror the back of the skirt. Additionally, I also got it in my head that I wanted the cardigan to have some form of lace-pattern incorporated.
These were a lot of requirements and it may come as no surprise that I couldn’t find any existing pattern ticking off all the boxes.

In the end, after a lot of hesitation and doubt, I decided that I would try to design a cardigan myself, based on the two succesful cardigans I had already knitted

   
Left: A golden Safire; Right: A bright orange Miette

I wanted to use the basic model of the Safire, but incorporate the lace-elements from the Miette.
This required a lot of calculations, trial and error, knitting and ripping back, recalculations and more knitting and ripping back. But in the end, it was all worth it, because the final result was exactly what I had in mind!

I already wore this cardigan a lot, so the yarn is getting a tiny bit fleecy. It doesn’t only fit the June dress for which it was intended, but also many other dresses in my wardrobe.

  

Initially I had only intended for the lacey bits to run around the edges, but while I was knitting I started thinking of adding a running lace-ladder across the back and the sleeves. So when I had to start over again because my gauge was off, it was the perfect time to incorporate that new idea. And doesn’t it look great?

The buttons are grey mother of pearl. The colour fits perfectly with the yarn.

  

But even unbottoned the cardigan still looks great. I’m also loving the lacey-ladder across the arms.

And now my outfit for my niece’s wedding was finished and I absolutely love it!

Cheers,
Charlotte

My June Dress

Last may, one of my nieces got married. For the wedding I had decided that I wanted to make my entire outfit myself. With that in mind, I started working on my dress in sewing class somewhere in december. The dress I was going to make was the June dress from La Maison Victor.

   
© La Maison Victor

The fabric I had chosen was a lilac cotton with little sparkles. Very festive.

It was a good thing that I made this dress in sewing class, because I don’t think I would have managed it on my own. Especially since the bodice required some adjustments to properly fit my body.

  

When I thought I had almost finished, my teacher started talking about lining and that it would be better that I included one in the dress. So this meant I was to make the entire dress a second time, but now from lining fabric.

  

It did cost me a lot of work and a little blood, since I kept stabbing myself with pins, but the result was worth it all, because I’m so very pleased with it.

  

I love the fit and fabric on me. I’m so very proud of this achievement, even if it isn’t 100% perfect 😀

Cheers,
Charlotte

Weasley sweater for Mini

Last Saturday I went on maternity visit at Evelien’s. At the beginning of February, she gave birth to her second baby, a boy named Lucas – code name Mini.

I already knew it was going to be a boy, which gave me pause to figure out what to make.
For her little girl, over a year ago, I made a ballerina doll, and even though it’s in fashion now not to stereotype based on gender, I found it a little strange to make a ballerina doll for her boy too. But what was I going to make then?

After some hesitation I finally chose a piece of clothing, after a pattern I’ve been wanting to make for a while now: The Weasley Sweater
Just like me, Evelien is a huge Harry Potter fan, so chances were she was going to like this.

I first intended to use Gryffindor colours (red and gold), but I knew Evelien didn’t like red all that much. I also knew that the baby’s room was going to be dark blue with yellow accents and since I’m partial to Ravenclaw myself, I eventually chose blue and bronze for this project. And once the birth announcement arrived, I knew I had chosen well!

Of course I didn’t know the name of Mini in advance (even though I suspected), so I couldn’t knit in the letter in advance. But since changing colour in knitting often creates weak spots in the fabric, I decided to duplicate stitch the letter afterwards.

The embroidery hasn’t turned out as neat as I wanted, but I do like how the letter pops.

If I were to make this pattern again, I would try adjusting it to knit in one piece, since the seeming makes it look less professional, in my opinion.
But in the end I’m happy with the result. And I think Evelien was too.


The details
Pattern: The Weasley Sweater by Alison Hansel
Letter L by Lilliput and Kitty Crafts
Yarn: Stylecraft Special DK in Royal (135g) and Gold
Needle: 5mm
Gauge 10cm² = 19 stitches over 27 rows with 5mm needle
Size: Child S to get size 9 to 12 months (ideal for next winter)
Ravelry project: Weasley Sweater for Mini