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Katie Gets a Dress to Match her Cousins – Cute in Lilac

17 Dec

Bonjour, mes amies!

Now it is Katie’s turn to receive another beautiful dress. This dress is based on Odile’s (at Passion Poupees) lovely pattern for the Mini Corollines which combines knitting and crocheting together.



I’m sure that Katie was jealous of Kara and Kimberley’s beautiful frocks and she wanted one too (no doubt my fourth little girl will get one soon too!)


This dress is knitted with size 3.00 mm knitting needles and I used a 3.00 mm hook. The yarn used is James C Brett Supreme Baby 4 ply in shade SY3 (pale lavender). The tiny bit of black contrast is Patons 100% cotton 4 ply in shade 1712 (black).


Each time I have made this dress I have used a different edging, based on one of Odile’s other patterns. Katie’s dress uses an edging adapted from her Viveca en bleu dress.


Here they all are together in their matching dresses.





Passez une excellente journée, à bientôt …

She’s Here! – Welcome to Kimberley …

10 Dec

Bonjour, mes amies!

Well, if you were paying attention you may have guessed that there was to be a new arrival very soon chez Elena-Jane.


And here she is. I collected her in Edinburgh today and I tried to get some photos of her in Edinburgh, but the light was in front of us, so they are not very clear … sorry.

Gold Postbox

Edinburgh Castle

Kimberley is Kara’s sister, so I now have two sets of twins.


Kimberley has brown skin and BLACK hair – I love her.



Here is Kimberley wearing the little dress that Kara was so curious about yesterday. I based this on Odile’s pattern at Passion Poupees again, but I made the crochet borders slightly differently.


The yarn I used was James C Brett Supreme Baby 4 ply in shade SY6 (pink) and the black is Patons 100% Cotton 4 ply in shade 1712.


I love making clothes for these Mini Corollines. Thank you to everyone who keeps posting tutorials for clothes for them.


Passez une bonne journée, à bientôt

Pink With an Accent of Black – Kara’s New Dress

9 Dec

Bonjour, mes amies!

Here is a sweet little dress by Odile of Passion Poupees which combines knitting and crochet. I have made it in similar colours to the version that Odile posted on her blog and I think this colour combination is very sophisticated.



I used a size 3 crochet hook and knitting needles and the peach yarn is Woolcraft Babycare 4 ply in shade 722 (pale peach). The black is Patons 100% cotton 4 ply in shade 1712 (black).


Kara is happy to get a new dress as she missed out yesterday when the wee sisters got their new dresses.


Kara is curious to see that there seems to be another new dress on the way, but she is not allowed to wear it. I wonder who it is for?




Passez une bonne journée, à bientôt …

5. Tutorial for Katie’s Dress – Tutoriel pour la Robe de Katie

8 Dec

Bonjour, mes amies!

Un tuto pour vous. Katie is wanting to copy the big girls and she wants a dress just like Jeannie. How can I resist her demands?

Here is Katie wearing a dress based on Jeannie’s pretty peach dress.

Katie’s dress is made with Stylecraft Life 4 ply in 2306 (cardinal) and I used size 3.00 mm knitting needles.


Here is Krissy wearing another version of the dress, this time with Stylecraft Life 4 ply shade 2309 (heather).


I have made a tutorial for you if you want to make a version of this dress. Les instructions en français suivi.

English Version – Katie’s Dress Tutorial

Yarn: 4 ply
Knitting needles: 3 mm
1 matching button

Cast on 42 sts
Rows 1-2: k1, p1 rib
Rows 3-16: stocking stitch beginning with a knit row
Row 17: k2, k2 tog, k2, k2 tog, k26, k2 tog, k2, k2 tog, k2 (38 sts)
Row 18: knit
Row 19-29: k1, p1 rib
Row 30: k7, cast off 4, k16, cast off 4, k7
Row 31: k7, cast on 10, k16, cast on 10, k7 (50 sts)
Row 32: purl
Row 33: k7, k2 tog, k6, K2 tog, k16, k2 tog, k6, k2 tog, k7 (46 sts)
Row 34: purl
Row 35: k7, k2 tog, k4, K2 tog, k16, k2 tog, k4, k2 tog, k7 (42 sts)
Row 36: purl
Row 37: k7, k2 tog, k2, K2 tog, k16, k2 tog, k2, k2 tog, k7 (38 sts)
Row 38: purl 34, p2 tog, yfwd, p2 (buttonhole)
Cast off


Please let me know if you make a version of this dress and send me a photo. Thank you!


Version Française – Tutoriel pour la Robe de Katie

Laine: 4 ply
Aiguilles: 3 mm
1 bouton

Monter 42m
Rangs 1-2: 1m end, 1m env (1/1 cotes)
Rangs 3-16: jersey commencer avec endroit
Rang 17: 2m end, 2m end ens, 2m end, 2m end ens, 26m end, 2m end ens, 2m end, 2m end ens, 2m end (on a 38m)
Rang 18: end
Rangs 19-29: 1m end, 1m env (1/1 cotes)
Rang 30: 7m end, rabattre 4m, 16m end, rabattre 4m, 7m end
Rang 31: 7m end, monter 10m, 16m end, monter 10m, 7m end (on a 50m)
Rang 32: env
Rang 33: 7m end, 2m end ens, 6m end, 2m end ens, 16m end, 2m end ens, 6m end, 2m end ens, 7m end (on a 46m)
Rang 34: env
Rang 35: 7m end, 2m end ens, 4m end, 2m end ens, 16m end, 2m end ens, 4m end, 2m end ens, 7m end (on a 42m)
Rang 36: env
Rang 37: 7m end, 2m end ens, 2m end, 2m end ens, 16m end, 2m end ens, 2m end, 2m end ens, 7m end (on a 38m)
Rang 38: 34m env, 2m env ens, jete, 2m env (boutonnière)
Rabattre toutes les mailles


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Kara does not get a new dress, but she is showing off her yellow crocheted dress based on my tutorial number 3.



Passez une bonne journée, à bientôt

Three Cuties in a Row – the Corollines Have Matching Dresses

5 Dec

Bonjour, mes amies!

After too long away, here I am making what I enjoy the most – a wonderful outfit by Odile of Passion Poupees. So wonderful I made it three times!











These lovely dresses were designed especially for Mini Corollines and the only adaptation I had to do was to use a 3.5 mm hook instead of Odile’s recommended 3.0 mm hook.


The matching greens for Krissy and Kara are Rowan Siena 4 ply mercerised cotton in shades 00654 Pasture (mint green) and 00669 Celadan (darker green).


And Katie’s dress is Patons 100% cotton 4 ply in shades 1734 (candy pink) and 1742 (deep fuchsia). I did add an extra set of rows to this dress as I was worried it would be a wee bit short.


Don’t they all look adorable together?


I’m very tempted to make a FOURTH version of this dress – now why would I want to do that …?

Passez une excellente journée, à bientôt

4. Lucile’s Dress for Corollines Tutorial – Tutoriel de la Robe de Lucile pour Les Mini Corollines

2 Dec

Bonjour, mes amies!

Nathalie of ‘Les Creas de Nathalie’ has generously given me permission to post this tutorial of my adaptation of her pattern Lucile’s Dress for Les Cheries. I loved Nathalie’s pattern so much I adapted it for my wee Corollines.

Here are some pictures of Jeannie and Krissy wearing matching versions of this gorgeous dress.




And now all three Mini Corollines wearing the dress with slightly different shoulder straps. Don’t Krissy, Katie and Kara look lovely in their matching dresses?


Here is a link to my articles about Kara’s dress and the naughty little girls and the pussycats.


I would love to hear from you if you make this pattern!


English Version – Lucile’s Dress Adapted for Mini Corollines Tutorial

Yarn: 4 ply in spotty (main) and blue (contrast)
Knitting needles: 3 mm
Crochet hook: 3 mm
3 matching buttons

Cast on 44 sts with blue yarn
Row 1: knit
Row 2: knit
Row 3: knit
Row 4: change to spotty yarn and knit whole row – this is the beginning of stocking stitch
Row 5: k3, p38, k3 (for all rows make a garter st border of 3 sts at each side)
Row 6: k2, yarn forward, k2tog (buttonhole), knit to end of row
Row 7: k3, p38, k3
Rows 8-17: stocking stitch (begin with knit row)
Row 18: k2, yarn forward, k2tog (buttonhole), knit to end of row
Row 19: k3, p38, k3
Rows 20-23: stocking stitch (begin with knit row)
Row 24: k13, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k13 (you have 39 stitches)
Row 25: k3, p33, k3
Row 26: knit
Row 27: k3, p33, k3
Rows 28: knit
Rows 29-31: k3, purl 5, turn, knit 8, turn, purl whole row, turn, k2, yarn forward, k2tog (buttonhole), knit 4, turn, purl 5, k3
Row 32: change to blue yarn and knit
Row 33: knit
Row 34: knit
Row 35: knit
Cast off

Shoulder straps – Insert a size 3 crochet hook into the 7th cast off st and make a chain using both yarns. Attach to the back and repeat for other strap.
Sew on the three buttons.


Version Francais – Tutoriel Robe de Lucile Adapté pour Mini Corollines
Laine: Hayfield Bonus 4 ply (bleu) et Katia Fantaisie Baby (chinée)
Aiguilles: 3mm
Hook: 3 mm
3 boutons

Monter 44m avec le coleur bleu
Rang 1: endroit
Rang 2: endroit
Rang 3: endroit
Rang 4: changer de fil chinee et tricot endroit – c’est jersey
Rang 5: 3m end, 38m env, 3m end
Rang 6: 2m end, jete, 2m end ensemble (boutonnière), endroit à la fin du rang
Rang 7: 3m end, 38m env, 3m end
Rangs 8-17: jersey (commencer par tricoter endroit)
Rang 18: 2m end, jete, 2m end ensemble (boutonnière), endroit à la fin du rang
Rang 19: 3m end, 38m env, 3m end
Rangs 20-23: jersey (commencer par tricoter endroit)
Rang 24: 13m end, 2m end ens, 2m end, 2m end ens, 2m end, 2m end ens, 2m end, 2m end ens, 2m end, 2m end ens , 13m end (on a 39m)
Rang 25: 3m end, 33m env, 3m end
Rang 26: endroit
Rang 27: 3m end, 33m env, 3m end
Rang 28: endroit
Rangs 29-31: 3m end, 5m env, tourner, 8m end, tourner, env tout le rang, tourner, 2m end, jete, 2m end ens (boutonnière), 4m end, tourner, 5m env, 3m end
Rang 32: changer de fil bleu et endroit
Rang 33: endroit
Rang 34: endroit
Row 35: endroit
Rabattre toutes les mailles

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Ps: it seems odd to be posting this pattern when it has been snowing outside!! Must get the girls some cardigans …

Three Get Up to Mischief – You Can’t Sneak Up on Pussycats

30 Nov

Bonsoir, mes amies!

[It was snowing here and I couldn’t connect to my Internet – I was so unhappy … but it is all good now]

I have a tiny, little tale for you tonight.

Picture the scene – Arty and Holly are having a quiet snooze together on the stairs …


When some naughty little girls, up to no good, try to sneak up on them …


Closer … closer …


“Shhhh … she doesn’t know we’re here … ”


Uh oh – they’ve been spotted and Holly looks like she fancies some wool for her supper (she chews all my knitting – bad cat!)


On the other hand, Arty is a big lump – my daughters call him Blobby – and he doesn’t even raise an eyebrow!


By the way, the little girls are wearing the dress adapted from Nathalie’s wonderful pattern at Les Creas de Nathalie and I will be posting my tutorial for this wee dress in a few hours.


A bientôt … très bientôt …

Lucile’s Dress by Nathalie Adapted for Corollines – Another Favourite of Mine

27 Nov

Bonjour, mes amies!

Today I am going to share my photos of Kara wearing an adaptation of a gorgeous little dress by Nathalie on her blog ‘Les Creas de Nathalie’. Nathalie posted a tutorial for this lovely dress which I made for my Cherie, Jeannie.

Here is Jeannie wearing her version of Nathalie’s wonderful pattern – La Robe de Lucile.

I have adapted the pattern for the size of the Mini Corollines and Nathalie has very generously given me permission to post a tutorial of my Mini Corolline version. I will be ready to post this in a couple of days. (Just need to spend some time with my new best friend, Google Translate! ou Google Traduire!)

The original pattern has been shortened in length and I have made the front a little higher.

I used Hayfield Bonus 4 ply shade 854 (pale blue) and Katia Baby Fantaisie in shade 3111 (bleu/blanc) and size 3 mm knitting needles.

I made little blue shoes as Kara’s pink shoes didn’t match the blue dress. I’m not sure if they add anything to the outfit – but they are there anyway.

Here are a couple of photos of Kara and Jeannie together.

I hope you will agree that a Mini Corolline looks just as cute in Nathalie’s lovely pattern. And I will post my tutorial very soon.

Passez une bonne journée fantastique, à bientôt

Kara Goes Spotty – Lovely Winter Dress

21 Nov

Bonjour, mes amies!

Guess what? I’ve made another dress for my Corollines (Kara this time), but you’ll never guess who provided the pattern!

I’ll put you out of your misery – it was Odile!!

Odile produces gorgeous pattern after gorgeous pattern, seemingly on a daily basis there is something new to make on her site. She is fabulous.

In saying that, I struggled a little with this pattern, merely because it started at the waist, went down to the hem, then back to the waist and up, then a bit at the front and the shoulders, and finally the sleeves. My tenuous hold on the French language was well and truly put to the test!

However, I think you will agree that I passed the test and the dress has turned out fine.

For Kara’s dress, I used a size 3 mm crochet hook and the yarn is Patons Fairytale 4 ply – shade 4383 (Yellow, Lilac, Green, Blue).

A beautiful dress that suits the somewhat unpleasant weather we are experiencing at the moment.

Trio of Cuties – Shades of Colour

19 Nov

Bonjour, mes amies

Well, as promised, now that I am home safe and sound from my caving trip to the Yorkshire Dales in England, here are my sweet wee dolls all dressed up in matching dresses. These dresses are based on Odile of Passion Poupees fabulous, simple pattern.  All were crocheted with a size 3 mm crochet hook and with yarn that equates to 4 ply.



Krissy’s dress is perfect and the one I am most happy with (and it was my first – aren’t you supposed to improve as you practice?) I used Drops Fabel shade 330p (purples).



For some reason I managed to make Katie’s dress flare out a little too much for my taste, but at least you can see the beautiful shades of this variegated yarn. This yarn is Drops Delight in shade 06 (pinks).



With Kara’s dress the subtle changing shades of the yarn is not so obvious, which is disappointing. Again I used Drops Delight, with shade 08 (greens).


And finally here they all are together again.


Bonne journée, à bientôt …