Mon Petit Chou Knit-along

a knit-along for the truly daring

Sunday, September 17, 2006

At Long Last

I finished this days ago, but waited for a sunny day to take a picture. This was a fun knit; I highly recommend this pattern! The yarn is Cascade Fixation; I used a little less than 3 balls.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Hipster Done!

At long last, I finished the hipster. It fits nicely, but is *almost* too big. I've only got about an inch of open space between front and back, where you lace it up along the sides. I'd rather there were more space, as there is in the pictures that accompany the pattern. If any of you are still reading this, how did yours come out?

I really don't want the bra to be too big. Seems like it would be most flattering if the lace has to stretch and isn't too relaxed. Did any of you who've finished find that either top or bottom was bigger than expected? I'm using US3 needles and am really glad I didn't go with 4s.

I've decided to wash my swatch in hot water, to see if that shrinks it a bit. That may be all my hipster needs.

Anyway, I'll post pics after I finish the bra. I'm glad to read in your posts that it goes fast. This is a terrific, fun pattern!

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Anyone still knitting?

Because I finally finished mine!

I knit the stupid thing way back in june. Then it sat unloved waiting for ribbons. After joining UFO August I finally got the push I need to put the ribbons on. Isn't it pretty?

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You can find the whole story here. But let me just say how much I love the hipster. It is so comfortable. DH has already asked me to knit another one, he likes it to *blush*giggle*. Hope everyone else is still knitting. It's so worth it to finish.

Friday, June 30, 2006

Who's Still Knitting?

Hey fellow MPCers . . . anyone besides me still working on this? Mine is on hold but definitely in the queue. I have to focus for the next few weeks on things I'm selling at a crafts fair. I'll be getting back to Mon Petit Chou at the end of July. And hopefully be done in early August!

How's everybody else doing?

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

This little cabbage is cooked!

Mon Petit Chou - done!

I finished MPC up last week, but took a few days to get around to getting a picture.

After taking over a month to finish the hipsters, I felt like the bra went INCREDIBLY quickly... about a week from cast-on to weaving in ends. Yay for short rows! Instead of sewing the stitches from the bind-off row to the rest of the bra, I basically did a three-needle bind-off by picking up a stitch from the bra, knitting it together with the next stitch on the needles, and repeating across. Slightly different from what's in the pattern, but it seems to have worked pretty well.


Sunday, June 11, 2006

Finished hipsters!

Last night, I finished weaving in the ends on these:

A closeup of the lace:

A closeup of the scalloped edge:

I bought ribbon for the ties back when I started knitting this, but I don't know where it's gone. In the meantime, I'm using some scrap yarn from the stash. That's what I get for cleaning my apartment: the place looks better, but I can't find anything.

I digress. I'm really happy with how the bottoms came out. I was a little worried that they were going to come up too high on the waist, and that I was making myself a nice lacy pair of granny panties. However, I've tried them on, and there's no problem with the fit.

On to the top...

Wednesday, June 07, 2006


I'm developing a love/hate relationship with this pattern. Tonight I cast on for the back of the hipster, and felt pretty pleased that I didn't have problems with the provisional cast on this time. And I sailed along happily until I reached that dreaded row where you purl together stitches from the two needles . . . and that's when things got ugly. Everything was lovely until just after you put stitches on a holder. I don't know how, but I dropped a stitch or more, got a humongous ladder that with black yarn was impossible to fix, and ended up frogging the whole thing.

I'm so mad! But if I was able to successfully do this purling from two needles on the front, of course I can do it again on the back, right? It just wasn't in the stars tonight. Maybe tomorrow.

How are the rest of you doing?

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Front Finished!

Finally--I finished the front and transferred the stitches to a spare needle today. It looks like the right size so I doubt I will need to add extra rows. It actually hasn't taken all that long, considering I'm working on about five other projects at the same time. I will cast on for the back tomorrow, when I'm fresh and alert, since that invisible cast on was not exactly easy. But maybe it will be easier the second time.

How's everybody doing? Hope you have a good Memorial Day weekend!

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Row 37

Here's what I've accomplished thus far.

Monday, May 15, 2006

I'm finished

Well I finished it. It doesn't look so good on the floor, especially with avacado green carpet which will hopefully be gone this summer. For obvious reasons I don't want to model it, but it does look better on because the lace pattern shows better when it is stretched out. I may change the laces to a smaller ribbon, but it is done for all intents and purposes. My DH is out of town until Wednesday so I was hoping to have it finished when he gets home. (I knit it all in secret so it'll be a surprise). And I did it.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Progress so far

Mon Petit Chou, 5/12/06

That's the completed front of the hipsters. Yay! I love working with this yarn. When I saw how many vertical decreases were in the MPC pattern... I wasn't exactly looking forward to having to work so many of them. I remembered what a pain that particular decrease was in the Branching Out pattern, and that was only 2 of them every 10 rows. MPC has A LOT MORE of them. However, with the Fixation, they've been no problem at all.

The pattern has been so much fun so far!

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

How's It Going?

How's everybody doing? I'm up to Row 27. Here's a scan of how it's looking. I'm beginning to wonder if I'm going to run out of yarn. But it should be easy to get another ball if I need it. And if I only need a little more I can always frog my swatch.

How do you like the Cascade Fixation? It's my first time knitting with it and so far I like it--no problems at all.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

I too have had difficulty with the cast on and losing stitches. I have frogged twice and I refuse to do it again. I'm on row 21 and still am having issues with finding too many or too few stitches on the RS row. I've decided i'm just going to make my own adjustments as I go along and hope the elasticity will save me.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Invisible Cast-on Woes

So I learned to do an invisible cast-on tonight. It took several tries, but I finally got the hang of it. I watched the video at and tried to follow, but wasn't getting anywhere (which surprised me because usually her videos are a huge help). Then I pulled out Vogue Knitting and that was even less help. Last of all, I consulted Elizabeth's Zimmerman's Knitting without Tears, which, true to its title, showed me how to do it without shedding any tears! Something about her pictures and her explanation clicked with me.

Feeling all set and ready to get started, I cast on 95 stitches, I knit them, I stop to count . . . I only have 93. So I start over. Carefully cast on 95. Knit them. I count again. And again, there are only 93!!!

What am I doing wrong? This little exercise in futility hasn't made the migraine I've had for the past three days any better. Have any of you got any ideas how I'm losing 2 stitches? My only thought at the moment is to cast on 97, then knit as I have been, and with any luck I'll lose 2 again, which will bring me to the desired 95. It's so crazy, it just might work!