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Pauline and Paulette

February 24, 2009

Pauline first: I noticed an error when I was rereading the pattern the other night.  I have no idea how I missed it for so long, but here’s the correction:  For the smaller size, when you reach the Back Shaping, Row 1 should read, “Knit 39 sts,” instead of the 40 stitches it currently specifies. If you downloaded the pattern from Ravelry, you should have received an email to this effect.  I’ve updated the pattern on here and on Ravelry, so if you download it from here on out, it should be correct.

On to Paulette.

I took some modeled shots of the 4T Paulette today.  In French, the -ette suffix is like the Spanish -ita; it’s a diminutive nickname implying youth and cuteness.  I figured Paulette was the perfect name for the diminutive Pauline.

As much as I love the ties on this pattern, I think they could be a strangling hazard for younger children, so the smaller sizes will have a short under-the-chin strap with a snap.  I’ll be making a wee(er) version of Paulette in pale pale pink before I release the pattern.  But I wanted to show off my pretty girl before then (and also, I wanted to have something to blog about – so much of what I’m doing lately is not very interesting to look at) so here are some of the pictures now.

Hopefully, I’ll have a really small Paulette to show you shortly!  Then all I need to do is find a baby to borrow.


Free Pauline!

December 17, 2008

The winners of the Malabrigo Junkies design contest were finally announced today, and Pauline was among them.  This means that Pauline is now available as a free download, either here, or on Ravelry.   I’ve been meaning to consolidate my pattern page for some time, and now I have, so old links to my patterns may not work.  (Sorry ’bout that.)  All patterns are now available through the Free Patterns page – just click on the picture, and you will either be able to download the PDF or you’ll be taken to blog post where I explained what I did.  I’m in the midst of a small revolution here.  I’m reknitting and rephotographing most of the older patterns and I’m going to turn all of them into PDFs some time in the coming year.  I just don’t know when exactly, as I’m also working on a bunch of new patterns, as well as learning InDesign well enough to come up with much better layouts for the PDFs.

Congratulations to the other design contest winners!  There were some amazing entries in the contest.  Be sure to check out the other winners – Chimera is a beautiful cabled dickey, the Remolino Hat is a textured beret, and the Twister Scarf is a lovely crocheted spiral of neckwear.

Blocking Pauline

December 13, 2008


Blocking is key!  I know blocking is usually a good idea, but it’s especially important with Pauline.  Since the bonnet is knit entirely in stockinette, it will curl without blocking, even with the i-cord border.  Blocking also relaxes the yarn.  Nearly everyone who has knit Pauline has worried that it was too small prior to blocking.


So, here’s how I block Malabrigo.

  1. Fill the sink with room temperature water and a dribble of conditioner or baby shampoo.
  2. Push the handknit down into the water and leave it there until it’s thoroughly saturated, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Lift the knitted item out carefully, gently squeezing out some of the excess water.  DO NOT WRING.
  4. Drain and refill the sink with clean water and rinse off any conditioner or shampoo that remains on the knitted item.  It’s important that you don’t place the knit under running water to rinse, as that can stretch the wool.
  5. Drain the water and gently lift out the knit, squeezing out excess water without twisting or wringing.
  6. Lay flat on a dry, clean, absorbent towel.  Roll the towel up into a little burrito of yarny goodness, and then stomp the living hell out of that thing.  Stomp, jump, dance on the towel.  Unroll.  If the item contained within still seems very wet to you, roll it up in another clean towel and do it again.  It’s fun, it burns calories, and it’s helping you end up with a perfectly blocked handknit.  What’s not to love?
  7. Carefully carry the now thoroughly stomped knit to the spot where you intend to block (I don’t have a blocking board, so any free surface has been known to suffice) and lay it out carefully, shaping to the schematics in the pattern.  Pauline doesn’t need pinning, but other knit items might.
  8. Leave strictly alone until almost dry.  Since Pauline is a hat, though, when it was very nearly almost dry, I put it on and shaped it to my head.  You don’t need to do this with something like a sweater, but it does seem to help the shaping of hats immensely.

There!  You have a blocked thing!

In other news, no, there are no results yet in the Malabrigo Junkies contest, so if you’re waiting, well, come here and sit by me.  We’re in the same boat, and also, I have snacks.


December 1, 2008

The Pauline pattern is now available for download through Ravelry.  There is, unfortunately, a long story to go with this, so hang in there a second.  Pauline was designed as an entry for the Malabrigo Junkies One Skein Design contest.  Malabrigo Junkies is a very cool Ravelry group of which I am a member – it is, as might be inferred, a group for fans of Malabrigo, and in October it held a variety of contests, including one for designers.  The rules of the One Skein Design contest were that the design must be made from a single skein or less of Malabrigo yarn.  The pattern(s) that won would be offered for free, while designers could choose whether to offer their patterns for sale or for free if they did not win.  I entered with the plan to offer Pauline for sale if it didn’t win.  The deadline for the patterns to be completed and test knit was November 16th, and I had expected the winners to be announced some time in the following week.  This was, it seems, a little too optimistic, as no deadline was actually set for judging at that time.  Later, I saw on the front page of Malabrigo Junkies that the contest was to be over “by December”.  However, as of today, December 1st, there are no winners yet announced.  The good folks over at Malabrigo Junkies are all lovely people, and I’m sure the delay is unintended, but as I’ve been receiving regular emails and private messages from people asking when the pattern will be released, and as we’re now into December, and people may wish to start making holiday gifts, I’ve decided to release the pattern before the contest is judged.

As a result, you can now buy and download the pattern for $5, but please be aware that if Pauline ends up being a winner in the Malabrigo Junkies contest, it will be offered for free from that point.  You may wish, then, to wait for that result.

With all that exposition out of the way, here’s the link to purchase a copy of the Pauline pattern.

After centuries of use by women of all ages, the bonnet has in recent times fallen largely by the wayside. But bonnets don’t have to be babyish or fussy. Easy, elegant, and timeless, Pauline is a flapper style bonnet knit in one piece without seams. Wear it tied to keep your ears warm in winter, or untied for a casual, fashionable look. You can knit this hat using either straight or circular needles, depending on what you have on hand, but I’d recommend circular needles so that you can see the shape of the hat as it develops.

Skill level: Intermediate
Sizes: S/M (to fit a 20-22 inch head) and L/XL (to fit a 22.5-25 inch head)
Recommended yarn: 1 (1) skein Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% merino, 216 yards per skein, shown here in Rich Chocolate)
Gauge: 18 stitches and 30 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Other materials: U.S. size 7 needles, straight or circular (4.5 mm), U.S. size 10 double pointed needles, pair (6 mm), U.S. size 4 single double pointed needle (3.5 mm), 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle
Possible yarn substitutes: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, Cascade 220, Dream in Color Classy, Karabella Aurora 8, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, Manos del Uruguay 100% Wool, Mission Falls 1824 Wool

Everything’s so easy for Pauline

October 6, 2008

This actually wasn’t one of the surprises that I originally had planned for this week, but I happened to stop by the Malabrigo Junkies group on Ravelry and noticed that they were having a one skein design contest.  And then I thought, “Hey!  I have a spare skein of Malabrigo!  Maybe I’ll make something.”  Forty eight hours later I was the proud owner of this little hat.  I’m calling it Pauline.

I’m really, really thrilled with this hat.  I’ve actually been wanting something like this for years, but if it hadn’t been for the impetus of a contest, I might never have gotten off my duff to make it.  It’s super easy to make, too, which is a nice bonus.  The whole time I was working on it, I feared I was going wrong somewhere, but the end result actually looks surprising like what I had pictured in my head.

I’m not sure whether I like it best tied or untied.  It’s very warm when it’s tied, and very snug on the ears.  I suspect I’ll be wearing this a lot come winter. If anyone is interested in doing a test knit this month, let me know.  There will be two sizes: S/M and L/XL.  I can’t offer you yarn, but it takes less than a skein of Malabrigo to make, and you could use leftovers (maybe in contrasting colors) for the flowers and leaves. I’ve got test knitters!  Thanks so much – if you volunteered, I’ll be sending you the pattern today (October 6th).

I’m feeling better.  Not 100% better, but a lot better.  We took my first outing in a few weeks and walked over to the greenway for these pictures.  There are a ton, but I’ll mostly let them do the speaking for the rest of the post.  I’m not feeling terribly eloquent, but I am very grateful to be on the mend.  Thank you so much for all the well wishes.

You can see the leftover yarn in the picture above.  Yay!

And, finally, I’m putting this picture in because I’m vain of it.  It’s the first picture of myself that I’ve really liked in a long time.  You can hardly see the hat, though!