I bet that got your attention huh? *grin*
Now comes the twist...they are in french! Pull out your french-english dictionary (or become a fan of this on-line knitting Trico-Dico) and join the craze that will be sweeping blog land....okay, Bron started it and I jumped on the band wagon out of proximity to the patterns and the yarn company!
I ordered my very own Explications tricot on Monday and it arrived this morning! Very pleased with the shipping time from France am I!
While drooling over the patterns included in this book, I started looking up yarn costs. While exploring the site, I happened across the free pattern section and fell in love with many of the offerings, including these:
I am lusting after the middle sweater! And yes, they are all cable related...must be a theme somewhere in there!
Okay, for those of you who might be willing to try out some french knitting (I did stumble across 2 crochet patterns out of the whole lot, and neither were anything to write home to Mom about) check them out:
Site: Bergere de France - http://www.bergeredefrance.fr
Scroll the mouse over Tricothèque and a drop down box will appear
Make your selection: Femme = women; Homme = men; Enfants = children with fille = irls and fils = boy; layette = baby
To download the free PDF version of each pattern, click: Télécharger
Page Suivant will move you to the next page of patterns
To understand the pattern descriptions, lets take into consideration the above middle sweater! Description:
Pull col roulé = name of sweater
à réaliser en MAGIC = created with Magic (name of yarn)
Tailles 1 à 5 = Sizes 1 to 5
Difficulté : = difficulty
Points employés : = type of knitting used (see the above link to Trico-Dico)
Aiguilles n°5 et 5,5 = Size of needles used
When you click into the patterns you will see at the beginning a section called Fournitures. Here is where they say the number of balls of yarn used, by size. For the above sweater it lists: Qual Magic, Ancolie 15-16-17-18-19 pel. Which would for example be Magic yarn, color Ancolie needing 18 balls for size 4.
Okay, I know that finding Bergere in the US must be impossible, so to find out what the yarns are, they can be looked at here: http://www.bergeredefrance.fr/catalogue/fils.phtml
Accès Direct will list all of the yarns. For example scroll down the list to Magic, and you will see all of the yarn specs. We find that the Magic is a 50/50 wool acrylic blend, is washable. What size needles and hooks are recommended, a swatch example, the available colors (coloris) Looking at the colors, Ancolie is not for me, and were I to ever make this sweater, I would be using the Fréon (or a similar color) I believe!
Bonne chance et bonne Tricot!