The knitting adventures of a French Canadian girl in exile

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning is a very simple pullover I designed to keep my son warm on our Sunday morning Fall strolls.

We love walking as a family, especially when it comes to a healthy hike in the woods. My little boy needed a no fuss sweater to keep him warm without being too hot, and I had some beautiful cotton yarn on hand. 

I designed a pullover with a few key accents, making this a fun and leisurely knit, but with a lot of impact. He loves to wear it for our long walks and for school too.

For the details, I decided to use the ribbing from the collar to create a V shape and to let some of the ribbing run along the lines of the raglan yoke. This, combined with a reverse stockinette base, made for a unique looking yoke that I liked very much.

The last detail I added was to have lines of ribbing running along the sides of the sweater, for an added sporty look. 

Sunday Morning is now available individually

As well as part of the Young Gentleman Knits collection.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Montauk wrap

Montauk is a lovely wrap made out of knits and purls. I makes for a very easy project, and creates a super warm fabric.

For this wrap I wanted something warm and simple, to cover the shoulders over my Fall coat. I found this pretty knits and purl stitch pattern and I instantly knew I had to make a wrap out of it. I had 5 skeins of Cascade 220 in my stash, and I knew it was just a little under what I usually need for a sweater. So a wrap it was! 

And now that Fall is finally bringing its crisp winds our way, I barely take it away from my shoulders.

Montauk is now available for individual download:

And as a part of the Frugal Knitting collection:

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! 

Go to the collection page here!

Buy the individual pattern:

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!

Buy the individual pattern:

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Seltzer pullover

Seltzer is a very fun little sweater I already knitted 2 times! In fact, I am currently working on my third Seltzer....

Seltzer is a classic saddle shoulder pullover, worked entirely seamlessly from the top down. The design makes good use of the clever construction by using stripes and color work, to create a strong visual impression out of a very easy pattern.

I really love the fact that it is completely seamless, and that the design is very adaptable. The use of a worsted weight wool blend was my choice, and my little boy loved the colors and wore the sweater to school regularly until the weather warmed too much to justify wearing it!

It is also very easy to adapt the size of this design by adding or subtracting length to the sleeves and the body. If you want to customize it, simply choose the chest size you desire, and follow the instructions for a different length!

Go to the collection page here!

Buy the individual pattern

Friday, May 30, 2014


Sparrow is a very fun and simple shawl or scarf worked in a yarn I had for a long time, just begging to be used. I missed working on a worsted weight shawl for a long time, but never seemed to find the right project to start it.

Sparrow crescent shawl

Well, this collection gave me the final push to stop procrastinating and start scratching my head!

Cascade Eco Cloud Yarn - 1808 Wild Dove
Cascade Eco Cloud
color "1808 Wild Dove"

I had these 2 skeins of Cascade Eco Cloud for a while, and they were so lovely I had a hard time deciding what to do with them. I bought these skeins to try out the yarn before working on a full garment with it, a process I learned was worth it.

It was a while since I worked a shawl in a worsted weight yarn, and I finally decided to go through with this idea. I went ahead with a crescent shape, because I like a lot and I think it's versatile and fun to wear.

I decided to use a simple texture for the central panel, to add just a bit of interest without making the shawl overly complicated. The large lacy border gives a strong visual impact and just what it takes to bring everything together in this simple design. The optional crochet border adds to the lace effect but can be replaced by a few rows of garter stitch if desired!

The overall pattern is quite simple, and makes a fun little project!

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