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Powder Blue: a squishy summer cardi for little girls

I am happy to present my latest design to you. I called it "Powder Blue" after the beautiful colorway of the Millamia naturally soft aran yarn I used for the sample.

Powder Blue by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

 

The yarn's perfect stitch definition really brings out the cable/seed stitch combination that is featured in this pattern. I wanted a short-sleeved cardigan with a sweet A-line swingy shape (my favorite, as you know!) that would really stand out. Cables and seed stitch add the perfect touch of chic, but since they are used sparingly, they keep things interesting without slowing you down too much.

Powder Blue by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

I also added a little seed stitch accent at the back to emphasize the empire waist.

Powder Blue by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

In spite of its name, I have used the Millamia aran as a worsted weight yarn, which is what I recommend for this pattern. A fun, seamless knit, Powder Blue is worked from the top down (without the need for circular needles by the way) and the result is a comfortable yet sophisticated summer cardigan for active little ladies or an extra layer for a new baby girl. Sizes available are 3mo to 8yo.

Powder Blue is available on Loveknitting, Ravelry and here on my website.

Alouette

“Alouette, gentille alouette…”As sweet as a whimsical children’s song, this little cardigan is the prefect addition to a little girl’s wardrobe. Straightforward to knit with its top-down construction and pretty stitch pattern, it features lovely details such as the subtle flare at the top of the 3/4 sleeves, which echoes the overall swingy shape.

Alouette calls for sport weight yarn and comes in sizes 3 months to 8 years. You can find it in my Ravelry,Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

Tartelette

This one is as irresistible as those miniature berry tarts, with its pretty cable edging and rich seed stitch “filling”.It can be as chic or as casual as you want, either paired up with a pretty summer dress in the evening or on a windy day, or simply dressing up a pair of jeans in the Fall. The back has a slight poof to it, to echo the puffed sleeves.

Several options are offered in the pattern: -two lengths (shrug and cardigan), -two closure types (button and I-cord) -two sleeve types (puffed or regular - short or long).

A very quick and fun knit, with an unusual construction, it will showcase your prettiest yarns and the little ladies are sure to love it!

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Tartelette calls for worsted weight yarn and comes in sizes 3 months to 8 years. You can find it in my Ravelry,Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

Carousel

There is something a bit retro and playful about this one, like the carousels of our childhoods! You can just relax and enjoy the ride ;) Carousel is a very simple unisex cardigan that knits up in no time. Perfect to use small amount of leftover yarn, and to have fun with color! Two versions can be knit from this pattern: a short sleeve or a long sleeve version. Adorable pockets can be worked too.

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Carousel calls for worsted weight yarn and comes in sizes 3 months to 8 years. You can find it in my Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

Catch Up post: Madame Entrechat

Since I released my Entrechat pattern almost two years ago, I can't count the number of requests I've received to come up with an adult version. At first, I wasn't quite sure the style would translate well into a "grown-up" garment: something about the cap sleeves, the ruffly peplum and cropped back really screams "little girl:" DSC_0736

So I thought about it a lot and, with a few adjustments and the help of some well-placed short rows, I think I achieved a more grown-up look, without taking away from the original design too much, and of course keeping the same fun and unique construction:

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There is an elbow-length sleeve option included in the pattern as well.

Madame Entrechat calls for worsted weight yarn and comes in sizes XS to XXXL. You can find it in my Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

Catching Up post: Silverfox cardigan

SilverfoxCardi_CU_smI don't usually knit cables very much, let alone use them in designs, I'm not sure why, I think I might carry this impression from my beginner-knitter days that they are an expert skill (like fair-isle, steeking etc).

But I do love the look of cables, especially when they don't overwhelm a garment (well, sometime, cablepaloozas are fun!). I'm particularly fond of garter stitch and cables together, which you don't see much of for some reason. I think there is a nice contrast between the squishy garter stitch and the disciplined cables imbedded in it, particularly for children's clothing.

The cable here is very simple and repeated everywhere, so the charts/written instructions aren't really needed after the first repeat (I really dislike having to constantly refer to a chart, it takes me out of my knitting groove!). I also wanted to do a variation on the raglan yoke, something that looked a bit like a saddle shoulder, featuring that pretty, tight cable. I also used this same cable along the button band and used its natural properties to my advantage: since it pulls the fabric a bit, it naturally lowered the front neckline, meaning no shaping was needed. It stiffness also made the front bands lay very nice and flat.

Finally, I wanted to pay extra attention to the finishing details, including some more intermediate techniques that I haven't used very much in my patterns: I-cord edgings, I-cord bind-off, grafting (a tiny amount of that only, I promise!!).  The cardigan is worked from the bottom up, completely seamlessly, which I also don't tend to do, but it was the best option for this design.

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So here's the result, which I am so proud and happy with. This is another one where my tech-editor and amazing test-knitters were beyond helpful. It's also one of the handmade things that my daughter has worn the most. For those who are curious, I'm working now on a matching bonnet as well as a beanie. Coming very soon, stay tuned!

Silverfox calls for dk weight yarn and comes in sizes 6 months to 6 years. You can find it in my Ravelry, Craftsy, and Etsy stores.

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