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Friday, 27 November 2020

Sunday cardigan by Petit Knit. Pattern review

I work part time at a Montessori school and one afternoon in the late summer a mother came to pick up her children and I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful handknit sweater she was wearing. I asked about the pattern and didn’t hesitate very long before ordering both the pattern and necessary yarn.

The cardigan is from the Danish designer Mette and available in several languages:  Sunday cardigan Mohair edition

Unfortunately, the recommended yarn was a little pricey so I opted for the alternative by Drops: 

Kid-silk colour 04 – Old pink

This is honestly the first time I knit with such delicate and fluffy yarn and found it both pleasant and a little tricky too. The pattern uses three threads at the same time and they get easily tangled/attached to each other so I kept them in a plastic bag while I knitted.

And the fluff, oh the fluff! It gets everywhere!

The pattern is clear, well written and easy to follow. It’s not a particularly difficult pattern and apart for the small increase in the yoke it’s actually very basic and even beginners could easily follow it.

My only little issue with the design is that the sweater is absolute huge! I understand it is the way it was meant to be, but from the photos you don’t actually see how big it really is, beside the designer is pregnant in some of the shots so you don’t quite get the feeling of how it will actually fit.

I’m a typical size M (38 Scandinavian/40 European) with slightly slanted shoulders so if I would knit it again I might do it in a size S for a slightly better fit.

I think this cardigan knitted in white or cream would be lovely for a bride, or all the bridesmaids if you have enough time or a helper. It’s soft, light and fluffy and since you wouldn’t want to damage it by wearing it under a winter coat, I would presume it is best used over a summer or autumn dress/top. 

A word of warning, beware of the fluff! So avoid a solid black top or t-shirt, as the fluff will stick to it.

 

 

Petit knit website:  https://www.petiteknit.com/

Drops kid-silk:  https://www.garnstudio.com/yarn.php?show=drops-kid-silk&cid=19

Kid-silk by Drops

Lovely colour and lovely yarn

Sunday cardigan all done and ready to use


PS: All recommendations are my own preference; I am not sponsored by the designer, websites, manufacturers.

Find me on Ravelry  here: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/virginielykins

Friday, 18 September 2020

Petit pains

These little breads are so easy and economical to make, I've baked them several times and along with my favourite focaccia this has become my go-to recipe when I'm in a hurry and need a simple bread to accompany a meal.

Originally in French on www.marmiton.com, I translated and slightly adapted the recipe.

 

For 8x petit pains ( Double the recipe as needed)

 

-          - 500 g flour

-          - 20 g yeast

-          - 3 dl lukewarm water

-          - 1 ts salt

 

 

- Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water

- Mix the flour and salt, make a well and add the water/yeast.

- Knead until you have a nice, smooth dough.

- Leave the dough to rest about 30 minutes.

- Shape into small balls and place on your oven tray – Use baking paper for easy cleaning.

- Leave to rise for about an hour, or until double in size.

- Sprinkle with water and bake for about 20 minutes or until done in a 220 degrees oven.

 

Petit pains

 

Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Christmas ornament 2020

It’s soon ‘that time of year’ again, and true to traditions I have a little present for you – A free Christmas ornament design.

Each year is a little different and this time it’s a small portrait of the Madonna and child, re-charted from a hand painted Berlin woolwork original.

In the photo you can see the original chart and my reproduction, stitched on 28ct white linen then finished with an antique hemstitch border.

The pattern is actually all solid stitches, so there is no limit to how creative you can get with the design. It can be worked in cross stitch, tent stitch, petit point, beads, or a mix of different stitches.

I finished it off with a hemstitch, but it could be sewed into a little cushion style ornament, or small framed picture. 

The chart is available as an instant download here:  https://www.roland-designs.com/free-christmas-patterns

Hemstitch tutorial:  https://roland-designs.blogspot.com/2019/06/antique-hemstitch.html

 

Christmas ornament 2020


Work in progress