Lady Mademoiselle Dandelion
Hello everyone … it’s been a while since I came to write on the blog! Between my passion for knitting design and my everyday life, I had less time – but also less desire – to sew and therefore inevitably, I wrote fewer articles … I hope that you will not mind! However! Spring is now here, and with it came several releases of sewing patterns, and so many things I want to make with it!! I have already sewed two new projects and I have others on the way, so I’ll be able to show them to you in the weeks to come! Hooray!
While waiting for the release of the next knitting pattern on Friday, I realized that I had not posted photos of my pattern released in March … Shame on me! You probably already know it if you follow me on social media, but if it’s not the case, then I present you my first adult pattern: The Lady Mademoiselle Dandelion!
It’s a cardigan for women, the adult version of my very first pattern, the Dandelion cardigan. You had loved this pattern so much, and many of you have asked me to make an adult version … and here it is! I am personally pleased with the result and I love it. For this adult version, I decided to change the yarn type. The child version is knitted DK (22 st = 10cm needles 3.75mm), but I wanted something thiner, for a feminine rendering, for the adult version. So I decided to go with fingering yarn (26 st = 10cm needles 3.25mm), because even if it is longer to knit, I find it much more beautiful like that for a woman. Very similar to the child version, it is a pattern that it is knitting from bottom to top, the only way to get the flowers in the right direction! First you have to knit the sleeves in the round one after the other, then the body, and finally everything is joined together to knit the raglan that will form the top of the bust and the neckline. The stitches of the front are then picked-up to knit the button plackets. As always in my patterns, wanting them the most ‘beginner friendly’ possible, I tried to be as precise as possible in my explanations, with links to videos when necessary. For my version, I decided to use wool from the English brand Eden Cottage Yarns, in the Hayton base, colorway Stonecrop. I had immediately imagined it in a powder pink, and this yarn was perfect. The Hayton base is made of merino, cashmere and nylon. This blend is perfect for this cardigan because it allows the yarn to hold well (compared to merino / silk that tends to give a very draped rendering) and it is possible to wear it open without the sides of the neckline falling. A tip: choose very light buttons! The rendering will be nicer, and the cardigan will be even better.
My version is slightly shorter than the recommended length in the pattern, for the following reasons: I am much smaller than average, and I was afraid to lack yarn. So I decided to make the body shorter by a few centimeters. But as always in the patterns, the best is to compare the length to another raglan sweater, to see the length that will suit you best according to your body.
In my opinion, this pattern is clearly accessible to beginners, and even more so if you have already knitted the child version. In addition, a Knit Along (knitting together) is running until June 3 in the group of Cécile (Que font mes mains) on Raverly so do not hesitate to join us! Most people are french speakers for the moment, but english speakers are more than welcome!
And if you have any questions, you can always write to me at this address: email@example.com.
And to get the pattern, it’s here!