Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Bergere De France Yarn and Pattern



knitting, lace stitch or faggoting, Bergere De France Estivale in Turquoise

When I was a teenager, knitting/ crochet is a something some girls enjoyed doing (surprised?). Scarf is definitely a popular thing to make, and they made them either for themselves or for the boys they like (ahhh! Now you understand!). Obviously I also enjoyed knitting a scarf or two myself, but I can only do the basic stitch, and you can only knit so many scarfs of the same pattern before it becomes boring.


knitting, lace stitch or faggoting, Bergere De France Estivale in Turquoise

Last year when I picked up Crochet, I attempted a different knitting pattern as well. With the Internet full of free tutorials, it's really easy to pick up a new skill! I knitted 2 scarves in time for Winter, 1 for Abby and 1 for Clay, and they were really popular, especially Abby's one as it's so colourful and super soft! I also love the feeling of having achieved something of course! So when Bergere De France contacted me with an opportunity to review their new yarns, I quickly emailed them back with a "yes please"!


knitting, lace stitch or faggoting, Bergere De France Estivale in Turquoise
Image from Bergere De France
After going through their magazine 173 (children Summer/ Spring edition, £6.95 - lots of nice designs!), Abby has chosen the above scarf-cardigan for me to knit for her. It is a very lovely design, and I love the 2 way wear of this piece! (I have to confess, I didn't realise it was a 2 way design until much later!) and I have always wanted to knit a lace pattern as well, so it was perfect for me to "play" with. Abby loves blue so we chose Bergere De France 's new Estivale yarn in Turquoise (£4.95 each).


knitting, lace stitch or faggoting, Bergere De France Estivale in Turquoise

As I didn't have the right needles, the lovely PR has kindly sourced the correct needles for me as well. The Bamboo Needles are lovely! They have a wide range of other pretty needles and hooks too. I know they are just the tool for knitting but it does make a difference. The bamboo ones for example are much lighter in weight than metal ones, and they are much quieter too.


knitting, lace stitch or faggoting, Bergere De France Estivale in Turquoise

knitting, lace stitch or faggoting, Bergere De France Estivale in Turquoise

The Estivale yarns has little sequins woven in between, making them sparkle. Garmets knitted with this wool will look lovely under the sun! The Turquoise colour is beautiful and Summery too! With the lace pattern this will make a lovely cardigan for a cooler Spring/ Summer day and will still keep Abby warm during Autumn/ Winter when worn as a scarf.

The basic lace stitch (or faggoting, as some call it. I prefer lace. Lace is good. Fagotting on the other hand...) is lovely, though I would have preferred more holes and less obvious stripe pattern, like the one in their magazine. I believe it has to do with my first timer skill. I'm guessing that I should tighten the stitches that makes the stripes a bit more, and loosen my grip for the stitches that makes the holes as well. For now I'll settle for this, it is my first attempt after all!


knitting, lace stitch or faggoting, Bergere De France Estivale in Turquoise

Here is something I don't understand - how can someone knit while they chit chat or watch TV? After several distractions, I managed to loose 3 stitches, and lost a stripe from the pattern. I had a good thought about it and decided to add 3 stitches back on, which has worked but now the left edge looks like this. I could go back, but it's gonna be painful as I'll have to back step every single stitch slowly all the way to before I lost the 3 stitches. Or I can continue, and hope that it won't affect the design after I sew the sleeves up. Lazy people's dilema!


Anyway. We love the yarn and love the clever pattern too! They are currently doing an offer on their yarns - buy 5 balls of yarn and get 1 free (offer ends 1st May 2014) so get your beautiful yarn quick! I'll keep you posted with how I get on with the scarf-cardigan.