Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The Framboise Pullover

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This is Framboise, a crocheted sweater. The pattern is by Doris Chan - it comes from her Everyday Crochet book, from which I've also made a dress and a tank top. I love every single design in this book and certainly don't plan on stopping there ;)

     The (K)nitty-Gritty:
  • Pattern: Jewel, by Doris Chan, size 36
  • Hook size: 5.5 mm (I)
  • Yarn: Surnaturelle by La Droguerie: 6 50-g skeins = 1050 m (1148 yds), shade: Merlot. Total price = 27.6 €.
I didn't change a single thing to the design this time. I knit it a size larger than my own (36 instead of 33), as this top is rather fitted and I wanted to wear a cotton top underneath (I am wearing a cap-sleeved tee underneath in the pictures).

The yarn comes from the famous (and to me largely overrated) French brand, La Droguerie. While I do love the rainbow colourways that you find in their shops, I was underwhelmed by the quality when I got to see and especially fell their yarns in person - even more so as most of their yarn is not cheap. The only yarn of theirs that I do like, and that I find good value, is their Surnaturelle wool - 100% merino, warm, and very soft, even against my sensitive skin.
I started this back in November, at a time when the weather was very bleak and I was in great need of colour. This took me over 2 months to make, but I started it not long before Christmas, and devoted quite a bit of my spare time to those of the Christmas gifts I had chosen to make. We probably all agree anyway that the pleasure is at least as much in the making as in the wearing, right?

Especially when in good company...



Voici Framboise, un pull crocheté. Le modèle est de Doris Chan et vient de son livre Everyday Crochet, que j'ai déjà utilisé pour faire une robe et un haut en coton blanc. J'aime tous les modèles de ce livre et je n'ai pas l'intention de m'arrêter là ! ;)

     Résumé technique :
  • Modèle: Jewel, de Doris Chan; taille 36
  • Crochet: 5,5 mm (I)
  • Fil: Surnaturelle de La Droguerie, 100% mérinos : 6 pelotes de 50 g = 1050 m. Coloris: Merlot. Prix total = 27,6 €.
Je n'ai rien changé au modèle d'origine cette fois. J'ai pris la taille au-dessus de la mienne (36 au lieu de 33) parce que ce pull est ajusté, alors que moi je voulais pouvoir porter un haut en coton en-dessous (sur les photos, je porte un haut à petites manches sous le pull).

Le fil vient de La Droguerie, qu'on ne présente plus (boutique de Lille). Bien qu'en amoureuse de la couleur, j'apprécie beaucoup les arcs-en-ciel de coloris qu'ils proposent, j'ai été généralement déçue de leurs fils quand j'ai eu l'occasion de les découvrir et surtout de les toucher. Je trouve que le rapport qualité-prix est rarement intéressant... Sauf pour leur gamme Surnaturelle, dont le prix est plus raisonnable, qui est chaude, et bien douce, même contre ma peau très sensible.
J'ai commencé ce pull en novembre, à un moment où le temps lugubre me donnait grande envie de couleur. Il m'a pris un peu plus de 2 mois à terminer, mais c'était aussi à un moment où j'ai dû alterner son avancée avec la confection de mes cadeaux de Noël.
De toute façon, nous savons bien que le plaisir est au moins autant dans la création que dans le produit fini, n'est-ce pas ?

Surtout quand on est en bonne compagnie...


23 comments:

KarenV said...

Love the last photo :) That's a really pretty colour Isabelle, beautiful!

rebeccawip said...

Reiterating my bellissimo ;)
I love the white top too and the crochet dress - it is HARD to pull off crochet dresses and youhave done it super well with panache! it really looks great on you. thanks for your opinions on la droguerie's yarns. ive never used/seen/felt them so after hearing so much about it am glad to get an honest opinion.

cathymk said...

Just Beautiful! Love that colour! Your crochet looks so delicate.

Marie-Chrisitne said...

The company is definitely the best part :-). Great sweater, and thanks for the book recommendation! Your projects from it are definitely some of the most wearable crochet I've seen.

Lori said...

Beautiful sweater in a gorgeous color.

Jali said...

The pleasure is indeed in the making and wearing and you've made and wear it well. But the company is still the most important of course :). Beautiful sweater and kitty!

mermaids said...

gorgeous! love the color, love the style.

coffeecupthoughts said...

Fantastic, Isabelle! Absolutely beautiful. Your colour choice is just lovely. I must pick up that book.

Summerset said...

Just beautiful, the color is a lovely raspberry color and suits your coloring very well!

Momglouglou said...

Très seyant! J'adoooooore cette couleur!

Mom said...

Elle est vraiment belle, votre chatte!

Mom said...

S'il vous plaît, comment avez-vous mis l'option pour l'anglais/français? C'est une feature du Blogger?
Merci beaucoup.
Miriam

Amanda S. said...

Ooh, really pretty and beautiful color on you!!! I too started a sweater in November and am nearly done with it, just in time for warmish spring weather. I always seem to do that with winter knitting, and haven't learned my lesson yet!

Shashi Nayagam said...

It is beautiful and the colour is gorgeous too.

Marie said...

Superbe ce pull! Et la couleur te va a merveille!

SEWN said...

Very pretty. I love that color on you.

Lisette M said...

Just gorgeous!

Tracy said...

Oh, that COLOR--it's scrumptious... WOW! I could eat it with a spoon... though I suspect it would taste very wooly--haha! WONDERFUL finish, Isabelle. And I love, love, LOVE that last photo--fur-covered angel...*sigh*... ;o) Happy Days, my friend ((HUGS))

Jennifer said...

Very beautiful. So gifted to have knitting/crochet skills to match your seamstress skills! My mother is this way, but I am not so lucky. My knitting and crochet are very basic, but so also is my skill in making my own clothes. The only ones that seem to benefit from my needles are the dolls!

kat said...

je suis tout à fait d'accord avec toi concernant les fils de La Droguerie. J'ai été souvent déçue de la tenue des fils au lavage :-(
Ton pull est superbe, je n'ai jamais fait un vêtement tel un pull en crochet mais en voyant ton pull, ça me donne envie de me lancer !
A l'occasion, j'aimerai bien feuilleter ce livre... ;-)
Bisous !

Sue said...

Your top is beautifully made and suits you very well!

Arbre à laine said...

C'est vraiment beau. Je n'aurais jamais pensé que c'était du crochet.

Krystel Perrin said...

Hello Isabelle,
you've made a very good job, the sweater is beautiful.
would you like to exchange magazines with me(online only)? I would like to have "Everyday Crochet".
I have some "Crochet!" magazine issues,Interweave crochet,Crochet so Fine,and single patterns as well(by Doris Chan and Lisa Naskrent).

Have a nice day
Krystel.