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Snuggly Winter Coat – Beautiful Shades of Pink and Red

12 Nov

Bonjour, mes amies!

Athough it’s not too cold here in Scotland – yet – I thought it would be a good idea to make a nice winter coat for my Cheries.  And to be honest, I’ll use any excuse to make another one of Odile’s fabulous patterns at Passion Poupees. Jeannie is my model.

This lovely coat was crocheted with a much thicker yarn than I have been using of late, and I used a size 4.50 mm hook.  It actually felt a bit strange and unwieldy to work with to begin with, as I have been using 4 ply yarn mostly up to now.

I grabbed the yarn in my local yarn shop because I thought it looked interesting and I must admit I really like the look of it crocheted up – it is also very soft – I quite fancy a hat in the yarn myself! It is by James C Brett and the yarn is Marble DK in shade MT 22 (pinks/reds).

The yarn has coloured repeats and goes through several colour changes, so I decided not to get too fancy and try and match the sleeves.  I hope it doesn’t look too odd!

The hat makes a wonderful finishing touch. I think Jeannie is ready for winter now.

Jeannie is also wearing a cut up sock and the boots are by Corolle.

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And finally a big shout out to Anna3143 who left a lovely message on my blog asking for news of Scotland. Well, yesterday my son and I went to a nature reserve nearby where we live and my son, while taking pictures of birds, managed to take some pictures of Highland cows that went paddling past his hide.

So just for you, Anna, here are some images of Scotland!

The island you can see in the distance in this photo is where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned in 1567.

Passez une bonne journée! À bientôt.

Another Autumn Outfit – Annie Gets Cosy

7 Nov

Bonjour mes amies!

Back to where I began, making one of Odile’s gorgeous patterns! Odile at Passion Poupees must be the most prolific crocheter out there. Virtually every day sees a new tutorial kindly and generously posted on her blog.

This lovely outfit appeared a few weeks ago, just as we were beginning to see the signs of autumn, and I have chosen to use the same autumnal colours as Odile.

What I did do wrong was use thicker yarn. I used DK yarns for both colours. I made a mistake with the skirt as I decided to use a size 3.5 crochet hook with the thicker yarn and this made the garment far too big (silly me!). I reduced the number of stitches and carried on …

As an experiment, I then made the top and bolero with a size 3.0 mm crochet hook. This meant the top fitted perfectly, but the bolero was still a little bit snug.

I have discovered that I crochet very tightly and while I can adjust width easily by changing my hook size, I will still always have to lengthen a garment with extra rows. I did this with the skirt, and also while making the bolero – or else her arms would not have fitted into the sleeves!

The skirt and top are made with a very old brown DK yarn I have had for years, and for the bolero and contrast I used Sirdar Bonus DK yarn in shade 882 (pale green).

Another issue I had was that the bolero ended up with too short sleeves. I fixed this by adding the same edging rows as the skirt but with the colours reversed. I think this is a lovely wee amendment to the original pattern.

All in all a very successful return to one of my favourite designers – Odile.

J’espère que vous aimez ma tenue. À bientôt.

Vero’s Dress – Variations sur un Même Thème

2 Nov

Bonjour, mes amies!

I love this simple, but beautifully fitted, dress by Vero of ‘Le Petit Monde de Vero’. It is a clever pattern and is very well designed for the Cheries’ body shape.

However, my first attempt here was with this DK wool and size 3 mm needles and to be honest it is way too tight. Annie is wearing this version made with Sirdar Kisses DK shade 0756 (pale blues).

Jeannie’s version is much more successful and slips on and off easily – a far better fit!

I made Jeannie’s dress with size 3.25 mm knitting needles (once again bigger than Vero suggests) and some lovely soft yarn by Sublime. Extra fine merino wool 4 ply in shade 087 (beige). This knitted up very well and the dress looks so stylish.

Unfortunately I was not able to make the matching hat from Vero’s pattern as I have now used up this whole ball of yarn.

The matching shoes are from a cool pattern from lagrandemaisonsurleplateau.hautetfort.com. Love ‘em!

And here too is Jeannie wearing her matching cross over cardigan (lovely pattern from Les Cheries de Vaniline). So now you know where most of the yarn went!

And finally, both girls together…

Cute Granny Border – Jeannie in Lilac

1 Nov

Happy November!! I wish you a lovely month of knitting, crocheting and sewing for our beautful dolls.

And here is another outfit I completed a couple of weeks ago when I was on holiday and crocheted at 4 or 5 in the morning. I loved the look of this beautiful dress, generously offered by the immensely talented Odile at Passion Poupees. I decided to make it in this gorgeous lilac shade.

Jeannie’s granny outfit is crocheted with a 3.5 mm crochet hook and uses Sublime extra fine merino wool 4 ply in shade 0166 Mellow (dark lilac). The accent yarn is the same – Sublime extra fine merino wool 4 ply in shade 0287 Souffle (beige). Here is a photo of Jeannie trying on the outfit while we were away on holiday. (The traditional lack of a button is masked by her beautiful long hair.)

Here are some more photos I took this morning.

The wee ballet pumps were also crocheted with one of Odile’s patterns.

A Good Witch – Jeannie Dresses Up for Halloween

31 Oct

Knowing I was going to be spending several hours at a Gymnastics Competition with both my daughters recently, I looked for a crochet pattern that could keep me amused for a few hours (it took me several days to complete it in the end!) I chose Odile’s gorgeous dance outfit at Passion Poupees.

I had already made this beautiful pattern for Jeannie, but I couldn’t resist this beautiful yarn and it suited Jeannie’s complexion far better than Annie’s. So Jeannie gets the new version and Annie is wearing my original pink version.

Here they are together in their ballet tutus.

This very pretty, slightly sparkly white yarn is from Wendy. It is Peter Pan 4 ply in shade 3000 (white with a strand of glitter yarn through it). I used a 3.50 mm hook and spent a few days completing the outfit (I kept getting distracted by other beautiful patterns and finishing them first.) There is an extraordinary number of stitches by the time you get to the last row, to give the tutu its lovely, voluminous frill.

But today is Halloween and Jeannie wanted to take the wee ones out guising round the neighbours’ houses. As the wee rascals were dressing up as naughty witches, Jeannie decided to be a Good Witch.

So I made her a witch’s hat and she is all ready to go. I adapted my hat pattern for the Corollines, by using a slightly bigger crochet hook (size 3.50 mm) and adding some extra increase rows and extra rows for length and it is the perfect size for Jeannie.

This time I added a gusset to the tutu so the leotard and pants are all-in-one. This was to make sure that the pants were not obvious underneath.

I think they all look very sweet together.

Ps: both my girls won gold medals, so I am very proud.

Cool Blue – Annie’s Dress Has Subtle Shades of Blue

27 Oct

This is a lovely soft yarn by Sirdar called Snuggly Kisses (Delicate Stripe Effect DK) in shade 0756 (pale blues).

Annie looks adorable in this sophisticated dress by Sylvie of ‘Poupees de Syl’.  I took a chance and used this DK wool, although the pattern called for a fine yarn like 4 ply.  I did not adjust the number of stitches at all but did use the recommended knitting needle size of 3 mm and it seems to have worked out just fine.

This is a gorgeous pattern that I have been hoping to knit for some time now, and I am not at all disappointed.

I love the frills on this dress, particularly at the bodice. The pattern is so, so cute!

I made the shoes earlier from another pattern by Sylvie – perfect! Although I really should have made some matching shoes – but I really just wanted to get this posted as soon as possible.

Katie’s First Frock – Spotty Too …

26 Oct

Here is Katie’s first dress. I am very proud of this as I am starting to be able to adapt patterns to suit my own doll.

The basis for this pattern was the cute wee baby dress by Sylvie at Poupees de Syl called Robe de Lola. I used the lace pattern provided, but stopped after just one row of eyelets and decreased the stitches there so that there was a deep frill. The rest of the pattern mostly follows Sylvie’s pattern from then on.

The sleeves were very finicky to sew in but make the dress look really sweet.

I used Patons Fairytale 4 ply in shade 04381 and size 3 knitting needles. The dress fastens at the back with one button.

I thought it would be nice to have some pictures of Jeannie and Katie together in their spotty dresses. They look lovely together.

Cuddles!

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