(Français) Un photophore cosy en macramé

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(Français) Le carré Granny, ou granny square c’est par ici…

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(Français) Des chaussons cosy pour avoir bien chaud…

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(Français) KAL Cardigan Pascal – La construction du cardigan

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Pascal cardigan knit along – select a size & swatch

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Pascal Cardigan knit along – selecting yarn & colours

Hi there!

Welcome to this first article about the Pascal Cardigan knit along.

Today we will speak about choosing your yarn and your colours.

Starting with the yarn…you have the opportunity to pre-order the Brooklyn Tweed Quarry yarn to be used for this model. Quarry is a chunky sibling to Shelter and Loft, inspired by roving-style “unspun” yarns and offered in pillowy 100-gram skeins. Three strands of the same lofty, woolen-spun Targhee-Columbia fleece are gently spun together into a plump yarn that looks like a single ply and has greater tensile strength and stitch definition than a true unspun yarn. You can find more information on this product here.

The second possibility is to use the Andes from Drops. Andes is also a beautiful yarn, chunky, a mix of alpaca and wool. You can find more information on this product here.

Now let’s talk about colours…

To pick your colours (you will need 3 different ones to knit the Pascal cardigan), it is important two consider two notions: Hue (what we commonly call colour) and value which is a color’s relative degree of lightness or darkness. Every color has a value, though it may sometimes be difficult to discern depending on how saturated a color’s hue is.

When choosing colors for colorwork, value should be your starting point. The greater the difference between two values, the easier they are to tell apart. With stranded knitting, value is especially important, as colors are “mixed” with single stitches of one color next to single stitches of another. If your value structure is not varied, all your careful work may result in a muddy motif!

Value test your colors before you begin knitting:

  • Place your potential colors on a flat, well-lit surface next to one another.
  • Squint your eyes – do the colors become more or less similar in value?
  • If your colors become too similar, consider adding a color with more contrast.

A more high-tech method is to take a photo  of your colors on your phone and convert the image to grayscale. This removes the hue  information and leaves only the value  of each color to compare.

Once you have picked your colours you can use the colouring sheet here. This sheet will be a precious guide when you will come to knit the cardigan’s pattern.

Stay tuned for the next episode…choosing your size

Pascal Cardigan Knit Along

I am happy to introduce a new adventure to you knitters! This adventure will allow us to explore a variety of topics: colorwork, choosing your colours, selecting your size, seamless raglan construction, steeking…We will knit the beautiful Pascal Cardigan released by the famous american knitting company Brooklyn Tweed. This cardigan can be knitted for women or men and can be a great christmas gift!

Brooklyn Tweed is famous for their great designs but also for the quality of their patterns. It is a great school to learn some new techniques, which could look very complicated. But the way they write and describe their patterns makes the knitter’s life easy and the result always looks awesome!

Come and join us during this Knit Along (KAL). Here is the schedule

2-8 september: choosing your yarn, your colours and your size. You can pre-order the Brooklyn Tween Quarry Yarn here until 8 September. Delivery time expected is around 2 weeks.

15 september: a guide through the construction notes of the cardigan

22 september: how to do the “long tail cast on”

29 september: Part 1, cast-on and sleeves knitting

5 octobre: Part 2: knitting Pascal: beginning the body

12 octobre: Part 3: knitting Pascal: joining the sleeves to the body

19 octobre: Part 4: Steeking

26 octobre: Part 5: finishing

3 novembre: KAL wrap up

I do realise that some of you may have a busier schedule that others and it is most likely not everyone will be able to stick to these deadlines. Do not worry, you will be able to find a lot of resources on this blog. I will post every week pictures, videos, explanations. You will also be able to join a private group to exchange between yourselves, ask questions etc.

During this KAL do not hesitate to tag #brooklyntweedKAL, #littlemaille on your social media posts!

I am so looking forward to sharing this KAL with you!

Stay tuned!



(Français) Une jolie broderie printanière

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Reduce, reuse, recycle, how to make reusable washing pads

Being conscious is in the air and it’s about time!

My intention today is not to write a green text but to share with you an easy and green tutorial so that you can make your own reusable washing pads, to remove make up, to clean your face, and take care of yourself and take care of the planet at the same time…

To make these pads you will need

  • a coton, bamboo, linen, viscose yarn that can be crocheted and washed a high temperatures without shrinking.
  • a crochet and a yarn needle. A marker may be useful to mark the beginning of the row.

I have used some DMC Natural XL left overs a crochet n°7 and here we go…

NB: for the DMC Natural XL, because the yarn is quite thick I did only 2 rows. With thinner yarn and crochet you may need to crochet a 3rd row. Therefore a marker can be useful in that case.

Row 1

Make a simple ring. Slide the crochet in the ring, a bring the yarn through the ring. Make 3 chain crochet.

Proceed and make 11 double crochet in the center of the ring. Make a slipped stitch in the 3rd chain stitch from the beginning of the row.

To close the ring, simply pull the yarn left from the beginning of the skein.

Row 2

Make 3 chain stitches and a double crochet in the 1st double crochet stitch from the previous row.

Proceed and make 2 double crochet in each of the previous row double crochet. You should end up with 24 stitches (in reality 23 double crochet stitches + 1 chain of 3 stitches). Close the row with a slipped stitch in the 3rd chain stitch. Cut the yarn and bring it through the loop.

Make a 2nd pad following the same model.

At the end of the 2nd disk, make the slipped stitch but don’t cut the yarn. Put the 1st disk on top of the 2nd one and bring the crochet in one of the double crochet stitch of the 1st disk, make a single crochet. Repeat all around the two disks. Cut the yarn, bring it through the loop. Use the yarn needle to weave in ends.

There you go your pad is ready!

A little advice, do not hesitate to regularly wash your pads in boiling water with a little savon de Marseille to remove the grease and bring your pads back to life 😉

If you use thinner yarn you will need to make a 3rd row. Proceed as follow:

Start the row with a 3 chain stitches, then *2 double crochet in the 1st double crochet of the previous row, one double crochet in the next double crochet* repeat ** until the end.


Fall-Winter 18-19 inspiration

The Fall-Winter 18-19 collection is here, available, for sale…

How bizarre to type these words when we think that just a year ago everything was on paper, on inspiration boards, on needles! As we are working on FW 19-20 collection let’s just pause for a moment and remind ourselves about this great adventure that was designing the current collection. Ready for the journey? We hope you will like it….

It was while walking in the forest that the idea to develop a collection built on the theme “Promenons-nous dans les bois” came to life.

The forest in autumn is full of colours and shapes that can be found in each model. Simple lines, with subtle details: leaves, blueberries, snow flakes…At a crossroad we meet the little red hood, then 3 bears…

Have fun, found how the inspiration gets into each model! Have a nice walk!