The knitting adventures of a French Canadian girl in exile

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Beckley cardigan

Beckley is a very fun little cardigan, and best of all it is worked in bulky weight! Yes, Bulky weight! It had been quite a long time since I had worked on size 10 needles, and I must admit whipping up a cardigan in less than a week made me wonder why I don't use those large needles more often.

The cardigan is worked from the bottom up, then seamed at the shoulder using a sturdy 3 needle bind off. Then stitches are picked up around the armholes and the sleeve caps are worked using short rows. The method is quite standard, but very satisfying, and I urge those of you (who were like me!) who have a dislike for short rows to give it a try. The result is really lovely, much like a perfectly seamed set-in sleeve. Without the seaming!

The beautiful shawl collar is picked up after the rest of the cardigan is finished and worked in garter stitch, using short rows to shape the fold up at the neck. I used a I-Cord bind off to make the edges neater. 

I also made the size range super wide, so you can use the same pattern from 3m to 10y! And this is all there is to it! No fuss, no pain! Just a quick project! 

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Cathedral is a small shawl worked in one of my favorite yarns, Madelinetosh Pashmina. This little shawl has everything I like in a shawl: it is worked form the top-down (meaning it's adaptable to your own yarn amount), has a lot of visual effect for little effort and is easy enough to memorize after a few pattern repeat.

Cathedral shawl

I fostered a secret love for this striking lace pattern for over two years, waiting to find both the time and the right yarn to work in a shawl made entirely of it. I love the clean line and the large lace holes, making this subtle pattern unique and attractive without taking away from the beauty of the yarn.

I decided to use on of my favorite method on increasing to create the neat little line in the center, because I thought it complemented nicely the lines already patterning through the lace in the body of the shawl.

A simple clean ribbing finished the shawl, and this completes a fast and rewarding project! Who could ask for more? Ha, and it's also super easy to adapt to any yarn weight or amount.... just to top it off!

Pattern is now available as an individual download as well as a part of the "Frugal Knitting" collection.