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Entrechat hack: long sleeves

Entrechat is designed to have small cap sleeves, but I think an elbow or even full-length sleeve also works very well for this design. It could be great for chillier spring or fall days, or to use over a summer dress if it's a bit cooler in the evening (or if the A/C is blasting!).

Entrechat knitting pattern by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

Here are my notes about how I made this variation based on the main Entrechat knitting pattern, which is available here.

First a note about extra supplies: You will need a set of dpns of the same diameter as your main (circular) needle to work the sleeves in the round (unless you prefer to use the magic loop technique). You will also need a bit more yarn than indicated in the pattern since you are adding sleeve length. I would guesstimate that you will need anywhere from 50 to 150 yards extra depending on the size you are working and sleeve length you want to knit. 

The beginning of the pattern can be followed as written until Page 3 of the pattern, where it says "Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for the raglan increases until you have the following stitch count."

You simply ignore the stitch counts that are immediately following this statement, as well as the next two sentences, instead working rows 3 and 4 until you get the stitch counts given at the bottom of page 3 (they are bolded).

Then, on the next WS, instead of binding off the sleeve stitches as indicated, you place them on hold using two pieces of scrap yarn (so, purl to the end of that WS, then slip both sets of sleeve sts onto holders, removing markers).

Then, you can follow the pattern as written to finish the body of the shrug.

Once you are done with the body, it's time to work the sleeves. Place the held sleeve stitches onto your dpns, making sure they are evenly distributed.

Then, joining new yarn at the underarm (leave a yarn tail about 8" or 20cm, which you will later use to thread a needle to close up any holes/gaps), you pick up and knit two stitches from the edge of the underarm area. Place a marker between those two stitches and then knit all the sleeve stitches. Then, joining in the round, knit your sleeve stitches in the round for approximately 1" or 2.5cm. 

At that point, work a decrease round: Slm, k1, k2tog, knit until 3 sts remain, ssk, k1.

Continue working in the round in stockinette, working a decrease round every 2 inches or 5cm. When you are 1" shy of your desired sleeve length, alternate working a purled round and a knitted round to produce garter ridges. When you have three ridges, knit one more round and then bind off purlwise (this will produce your final garter ridge.)

Voila!! A sleeve!  Do the same to work the second sleeve and you're all done!

Note: Sleeve length can be easily customized depending on what you need: short sleeves, elbow length, long sleeves. Simply measure the child's arm from the underarm to where your want the sleeve cuff to be. As a reference you can also consult the standard sleeve lengths provided by the Craft Yarn Council for babies and children.

Entrechat knitting pattern (sleeve hack) by Frogginette Knitting Patterns
Entrechat knitting pattern (long sleeve hack) by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

By the way, I am running an Entrechat KAL in my Ravelry group from June 1 to June 30! Join us, it's going to be fun!

Plus, there's 30% off both my Entrechat and Madame Entrechat patterns using the code "ENTRECHATKAL"until June 10th so don't miss out! There will be TONS of prizes: yarn, notions, patterns from many indie designers... To see the entire sponsor list, check out the second post in the Club Frogginette KAL thread)

Don't forget to use the hashtag #EntrechatKAL on your Ravelry project or social media so we can all see your contribution!

Entrechat hack: two-colors

Over the years some of my favorite projects that knitters have made from my Entrechat pattern were ones involving two or more colors.

Two-color Entrechat by Frogginette Knitting Patterns #malabrigo

I think using two colors works so well for my Entrechat pattern: it underlines the unusual construction and makes the textured band really pop.

I decided to make a two-tone Entrechat using two Malabrigo Rios colorways: Water Green as the main color and Teal Feather as a contrasting color:

Here's a basic how-to:

First, a word of warning: you have to be willing to weave in a few ends! I made this using intarsia, which means that for the rows where I had contrasting color on both ends of my knitting, I used two separate balls of contrasting color yarn, one on each end, and the main color yarn for the middle.

- So before you start, wind up a small ball (about 1.5 to 2 inches - that's about 4-5 cm in diameter) from your main contrasting color (CC) yarn ball, which you'll use for the intarsia bits.

Two-color Entrechat shrug by Frogginette Knitting Patterns #malabrigo

- Cast on your project using the larger ball of CC yarn and follow instructions until you have your 4 garter ridges from the cast on edge. Cut CC yarn.

- On next RS row, switch to the main color yarn (MC) and follow the pattern until the sleeve stitches are bound off. Cut MC yarn.

- Join CC (larger ball) to pick up the stitches along the raglans and until you are ready to start the "Work Body" section.

- To work the textured band:

RS: K4 in CC (from the larger ball), join MC and work as explained in the pattern to 4 sts from end of row, leave MC hanging at the back of your work and join CC from the separate small ball, k4, (it will seem like you have a big gap where you joined the yarns but this will be fixed later when you weave in the ends).

WS: K4 using the smaller ball of CC, then leave CC hanging and pick up your MC (crossing/wrapping it around the CC to close the gap) and work to 4 sts from end of row, leave MC hanging and pick up CC from the larger ball (crossing/wrapping it around the MC) and k4.

- Keep working the textured band rows in this way -- you might need to untangle your three balls of yarns once in a while -- oh the joys of colorwork ;)

- When you reach the part in the pattern where you are given the length of the textured band, work the following RS in CC using the two balls of CC yarn and leaving the MC hanging (you can "carry it" at the back of your work, just twisting it with your working yarn as you encounter it).

- When you have worked the two garter ridges and you are ready to work the increase row, work the first 4 sts in CC using the larger ball of yarn, then pick up your MC to do the increases and switch to the CC from the smaller ball for the last 4 sts. Continue in this way using the three balls of yarn until you reach the given measurements, but instead of ending on a RS row as instructed, end on a WS row. Cut the MC yarn and the CC yarn from the smaller ball of yarn.

- On the next RS: using the CC from the larger ball of yarn, knit one row. Then work the ridges with the buttonhole according to the pattern.

- Last but not least: Weave in all those ends neatly.

TA-DA! A lovely two-color Entrechat!!

Two-color Entrechat shrug by Frogginette Knitting Patterns #malabrigo

By the way... I will be hosting an Entrechat KAL in June! I will announce the details soon.

Here are the winners of the Easter / Spring Dress knit-along!

The Easter/Spring Dress KAL that I hosted in my Ravelry group came to an end earlier this week. Many participated, and it was so fun to see everybody's little sweet little dresses pop up in the thread. As promised, prizes were awarded for the following projects:

SpinnyGonzalez won one of the two grand prizes! I selected her Tutu Top because her choice of colors was just so fresh and spunky. I think this bright green paired with acid yellow is the perfect combination for a Spring tunic that's just the thing to wear while exploring nature:

Tutu Top by SpinnyGonzalez on Ravelry

Tutu Top by SpinnyGonzalez on Ravelry

I also chose this pretty Broderie as the recipient of the second Grand Prize! I think that Dye2Knit's project is beautiful in this classic blue with subtle tonal variations. Very romantic and sweet:

Broderie by Dye2knit on Ravelry

Broderie by Dye2knit on Ravelry

Pennster managed to whip up THREE Honey Pie dresses during the KAL! Impressive, right? Two of her projects were randomly selected and she won two of my patterns :D

Honey Pie by Pennster on Ravelry

Honey Pie by Pennster on Ravelry

Honey Pie by Pennster on Ravelry

Honey Pie by Pennster on Ravelry

Another winner was Angeldogknitter, who came up with this really gorgeous combination of colors for her Tutu Top. While the body of the sweater is purple (you know that tends to be a winner for little girls!) I love that she paired it with a more subtle powdery mauve, it really gives a nice sophistication to the project.

Tutu Top by Angeldogknitter on Ravelry

Tutu Top by Angeldogknitter on Ravelry

Another really sweet version was Alisa01's Honey Pie. I love this shade of Malabrigo Rios (Archangel), an unusual red/purple hue. And look at those sweet flower buttons she picked out!

Honey Pie by alesa01 on Ravelry

Honey Pie by alesa01 on Ravelry

Last but not least, Kimzboyz made this beautiful, bright blue Honey Pie with really special buttons:

Honey Pie by Kimzboyz on Ravelry

Honey Pie by Kimzboyz on Ravelry

So that's all for this KAL folks! Are you ready for another one in June? I am planning to host an Entrechat-hack knit-along so if you know of (or are envisioning) any fun variations of my best-selling design, chime in in the comments!

Tutu Top Hack: ties instead of button closure

My daughter is three. At this age, she is naturally verrrry particular about many things, not the least of which is clothing. She loves purple, pink, and black. She has a fondness for tights and rain boots. All pretty par for the course. But the one thing that has been a real challenge is that she is deathly afraid of buttons. Not on other people's clothing (she loves playing with my own buttons) but on her own clothes, it's a huge no-no. I think maybe her hair got tangled up in one at some point, and she is now firmly anti-button. 

I knew I wanted to make her a Tutu Top for the Easter / Spring Dress KAL (you can still participate by the way! Here's where it's happening). It's such a quick and comfy design. It's very play-friendly, lasts forever (you can make it with a bit of room to grow, and still use it as a tunic many months down the line), and IT TWIRLS!! So, a no-brainer. 

BUT, it was designed to close at the back with a button (fastened with an I-cord loop closure.)

Tutu Top knitting pattern closure hack

I knew that wouldn't fly. Thankfully it's extremely easy to turn this type of closure into simple ties.

Tutu Top closure hack

The way I did it is I started off creating a 3-stitch regular I-cord:

Cast on 3 stitches using two dpns (of the same size as used in the pattern for the attached I-cord of the neckline), slide these 3 sts to the other end of the dpn without working them, then, without turning your work, knit them (make sure the first stitch you work is nice and tight). Slide the 3 stitches again to the other side of the needle without turning your work and knit the stitches once more, keeping things nice and tight. Keep going until you have an I-cord that's about 8 inches or 20cm long.

Then start working the attached I-cord along the neckline as explained in the pattern (naturally skip the "cast on 3 sts" part). Then, work the unattached I-cord on the other of the back neck opening, as explained in the pattern, but this time make it 8 inches or 20cm long, so that it matches the other side. And of course, no need to form a loop or anything :) Voila! Easy-peasy:

And here's a happy girl in her new Tutu Top!

Tutu Top by Frogginette Knitting Patterns
Tutu Top by Frogginette Knitting Patterns
Tutu Top by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

If you'd like to make your own Tutu Top, you can find the pattern here.

For mine, I used Malabrigo Rios in the Lotus colorway for the body, and the "tutu" part is made with some fuschia-colored Lana Grossa Silkhair (which is a bit too thin, but it worked out fine).

My project for the Easter / Spring Dress KAL

Have you selected your project for the Easter / Spring Dress knit-along yet? I have! 

I've decided that my girl needs a new Tutu Top! The last time I made one for her she was just a tiny tot... look how adorable: 

Tutu Top by Frogginette Knitting Patterns
Tutu Top by Frogginette Knitting Patterns
Tutu Top by Frogginette Knitting Patterns

So after thinking long and hard about what in my stash might appeal to her (she's 3 and has strong opinions about everything), I thought some kind of purple-ness was a safe bet. And some fuschia mohair for the tutu part. I'm super excited to see how this Malabrigo Rios colorway knits up: it's called Lotus and it's got purple and aqua, which is so pretty. 

Malabrigo Rios in Lotus and Lana Grossa Silkhair in Fuschia

I will have to modify the back to get rid of the button closure; my daughter has a strict no button rule (don't ask). So I think 2 I-cord ties should do the trick. 

Easter / Spring Dress KAL knitting pattern ideas: Summer Into Fall

Are you looking for the perfect knitting pattern to join the Easter / Spring Dress Knit-a-long? This little pinafore dress is a great option.

Ok so right now the name of this pattern makes more sense for Southern Hemisphere knitters ;) This pinafore dress is what I'd call a "vêtement de demi-saison" (you didn't know you'd learn some French reading this blog, did you?), which basically means something suitable for either Spring or Fall, not-too-warm, not-too-light. A great layering piece that can be used as a tunic as the child grows, a fast and fun knit, what's not to love?

This design is all about the lovely details: the side tabs, the straps and the sweet ruffles.

For the sample, I used Gilliatt by De Rerum Natura, which is light but warm with a rustic feel. I wanted a slightly nostalgic, timeless, schoolgirl look and I think Gilliatt conveys this perfectly, but any other worsted weight yarn (including superwash options such as Malabrigo Rios) would work well, too. For a warmer weather garment, a cotton/acrylic blend would be perfect.

You can buy the Summer Into Fall pattern here, then take part in the Easter/Spring Dress KAL here on Ravelry. Don't forget to use the hashtags #easterspringdressKAL and #frogginette on social media so we can follow your progress.

Instagram photo-a-day: Yarnlovechallenge Day 22: Currently Wearing

Buds and Blossoms Bonnet: the making of

This sweet little hat was released a couple days ago (you can still get an automatic 25% off! for a few more hours!), and I thought it would be fun to share a bit about how it came about.

As a mom, I quickly discovered that baby hats can be finicky. They tend to slip off babies' heads and can end up covering their eyes, which produces much shrieking and irritation and can result in your child declaring a no-hat embargo . My solution is to favor what was a staple of a baby's wardrobe in the "olden days" (and still is very popular here in Germany): the bonnet.

Buds and Blossoms Bonnet knitting pattern by Lisa Chemery - Frogginette Makes Things

I am a huge bonnet fan. I find them irresistible on a baby's noggin and they do tend to stay put. better than regular beanies.

This one has another practical perk: it also covers up the delicate neck skin that is typically exposed to drafts and sunlight in the Spring when it's sunny but still chilly out, but without adding bulk like a scarf would (plus I don't know many moms who use scarves on babies anyway).

Buds and Blossoms Bonnet knitting pattern by Lisa Chemery - Frogginette Knitting Pattern

The leaf scarflet is built-in and is nice and stretchy, so it follows the curve at the back of the head and neck for a great fit.

In my initial design sketch, I had only planned on making the simpler version of this bonnet, but once I knit it up, I couldn't resist adding a contrasting ruffle (as a pattern option) to create this over-the-top-cute, flower-in-bloom effect. I wish I had a real live baby to model this, but my daughter's dolly will demonstrate the fit (this doll is a true 3 month size which is quite convenient!):

Buds and Blossoms Bonnet knitting pattern by Lisa Chemery - Frogginette Knitting Patterns
Buds and Blossoms Bonnet knitting pattern by Lisa Chemery - Frogginette Knitting Patterns
Buds and Blossoms Bonnet knitting pattern by Lisa Chemery - Frogginette Knitting Patterns

I think this design would work particularly well as a new baby gift: Work the bonnet/scarflet first (it's very fast to knit in worsted weight yarn, and completely seamless) and wait until you know if the baby is a "bud" or a "blossom" -- you can add the ruffle at the last minute if need be ;)

The pattern is perfect to stash-bust your worsted weight remnants! It comes in three sizes: Newborn, Baby and Toddler and you can purchase it here or on Ravelry.

 

Hyphen

I am so grateful for the unbelievable response you guys have given my newest release, Hyphen!

As always I was trying to come up with an effective, practical, well-fitting design that was free of fiddly techniques and potential headaches. The circular yoke is worked seamlessly from the top down in worsted weight (I used Malabrigo Rios) so it's a breeze to complete. The button bands are worked as you go, too. The textured stitch is incredibly easy and fun to knit, and it make semi-solid colorways really shine:

The result is a very comfy everyday cardigan that works for babies as well as bigger kids. It's distinctive-looking in an understated way, and it's gender-neutral, too, so it's the perfect gift for any baby shower. The sizes go from 3mo to 8yo.

If you're thinking you'd like one in your size, you'll be pleased to know that I'm working on a grown-up version! If you'd like to make sure you don't miss its release (or any of my new pattern releases) you can sign up to my newsletter (the sign-up form is in the right sidebar) and you'll be notified right away.

I've decided to host a knitalong for it in my Ravelry group, Club Frogginette, as well as on Instagram. It's started already but feel free to join, there's still plenty of time until May 20th. To participate either join my group or follow me on Instagram (I'm Frogginette on there too) and make sure you use the tag or hashtag "HyphenKAL" so everybody can see your progress! I will select 5 winners from the pool of finished, tagged projects, and those winners will receive a prize!

 

Colorplay dress in action!

My daughter is 2.5 years old and very opinionated about clothing. Lately, she decided that whatever I make for her is not worthy of her time. She'll run away screeching as soon as she sees me coming towards her with a hand-knit in hand. 

So it was a bit of a miracle when she finally adopted this little Colorplay dress last weekend. She even hammed it up for the camera. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

This is the first sample I made for the Colorplay dress pattern. As you can see, I didn’t “sandwich” the flower pattern with the arrows on this one and that bothered me after all was said and done, so I re-knit a sample in 3mo size (you can see it on the pattern page). The arrow pattern is also a bit taller in this version. Oh, and I made a mistake in the hem flower pattern! There’s an extra row in there and the top petals are not the same size as the bottom ones.

For all these reasons, this sample did not end up being the featured sample on my pattern page, but I’m really in love with the colors, very Mini Boden I think! I am usually into muted color palettes for kid's clothes but once in a while I have a longing for a big pop of color. Probably a sign that I can't wait for the winter to be over! This dress still slightly long on my daughter (she wears 3yo clothing and this is a 4yo) but I think the fit is quite good anyway. I could see her getting a lot of use out of it.