The knitting adventures of a French Canadian girl in exile

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.

Friday, June 20, 2014


Nobel vest

For me, Nobel was a work of love and labor! I took extreme pleasure in working the complex cable, pairing the cables and adjusting them for the chart so they would fit perfectly together. It is truly a refined vest with those large cables and meandering twisted stitches creating the fabric of a perfect outfit to keep warm the growing body of a future Nobel prize winner!

Nobel vest cable details
The vest is constructed in a very classic way, with a ribbing hem and 2 large charted cable panels, one on the front and one on the back. The refined V-Neck completes a timeless look, for a garment you can be proud of!

I used one of my favorite easy care yarns for this design, Berroco Comfort, in a lovely shade of heathered grey. I love working with it, and it goes in and out of the wash without blinking, which is something that I don't find true about most washable yarns. It also is more of an Aran than a worsted weight, which is a nice compromise when you don't really want a bulky yarn.

So if you are looking for that perfectly challenging cabled project, Nobel is just right for you!

Go to the collection page here!

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