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that missing handknit


And the project that I COULD NOT FIND ANYWHERE – to quote myself – was found and finished!  Only after searching high and low to the extent that I actually went through the bins looking for it, did my mum find it tucked into a bookshelf.  Yes, you read that right, I searched through a wheelie bin for a knitting project.  Hardly glamourous, but I’d spent ages on the damn thing!  Must add too that I swear I’d looked on that bookshelf, but as per usual everything turns up when Mum looks for it.  So it’s turned out to be the first finished item of 2015, that was actually intended to be finished in time for a casual NYE outfit but didn’t quite make it.  Ah well.


Anyway, I’m happy with how this one turned out!  The pattern’s from Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel, that I followed up to the armholes then kind of made up my own thing in typical Lily fashion.  Basically just added waist shaping to really nip it in and finished the whole thing much earlier for a cropped fit.  Looking at it now I’m thinking it could’ve handled being a little longer (what do you reckon?) but that probably depends what I’m wearing it with.  If I’d made it longer I’d undoubtedly wish I hadn’t done, so it’s swings and roundabouts really!


I love the sparkly gold thread running through!  The yarn itself is probably my favourite part.  We’ve had a few balls of both the purple and green versions in the cupboard for a while.  Slowly working through that stash, one batch at a time.  I’ve no idea what my next project’s gonna be seeing as the next few months are gonna be preeeeetty busy but hopefully I’ll think of something cute to make.  Now that Christmas is over I almost feel like I should be making summer stuff again haha, but that’s possible getting one too many steps ahead!


Knitterly details on Ravelry here!


Enlisted this one as my temporary photographer for the day!  Was slightly jealous of the warm coat and cardigan, but surprisingly I didn’t actually feel as cold as I thought I would!  Don’t know whether it’s getting warmer or I’m just toughened up to cold photoshoots these days.  Us bloggers don’t feel the cold when it comes to outfit shots. 🙂

lily kate x
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  • Reply
    2nd January 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Happy New Year! You’re really talented at knitting, it’s a great skill to have!
    Hannah x

    • Reply
      lily kate
      2nd January 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you Hannah, you too lovely! I’m really glad I learned to knit as a kid!

  • Reply
    2nd January 2015 at 7:03 pm

    OMG this is incredible!! You are an amazing knitter I would completely buy this in a store. You’ve definitely made me what to take up knitting now!

    hellomissjordan.blogspot.co.uk xx

    • Reply
      lily kate
      2nd January 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you Jordan! I’m flattered 😀 It’s a really relaxing hobby once you get into it!

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    2nd January 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Wow that jumper is gorgeous, I’m loving high necked things right now, and your incredibly talented to have knitted it. I tried to learn to knit myself once and gave up as it was so fiddly! I’m going to give you a follow on bloglovin and look forward to reading more of your posts!

    Happy new year! Fae xo

    • Reply
      lily kate
      2nd January 2015 at 8:42 pm

      Aw thank you Fae! I’m loving everything high necked too. Once you get into the hang of it, it doesn’t seem so fiddly! I don’t really ever look at what my hands are doing anymore haha.
      Thank you so much! I’ll give you a follow too 😀

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    Alice Evans
    2nd January 2015 at 7:12 pm

    This is so gorgeous! Very talented missy 🙂 I hope you had the best Christmas and new year!


    • Reply
      lily kate
      2nd January 2015 at 8:54 pm

      Alice thank you girly! Hope you had a fab time too! Miss you!

  • Reply
    2nd January 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I’m glad you managed to find it in the end, I do love the gold threads of the wool.

    I think the length looks lovely on you!

    Hope you have a great 2015.

    Corinne x

    • Reply
      lily kate
      2nd January 2015 at 8:55 pm

      I’m glad too, it’d have been so annoying to have spent so long on it for it to be thrown away! The gold thread definitely add something.
      Thank you! Best wishes for 2015 🙂

  • Reply
    2nd January 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I love how you made this yourself, that’s so awesome! Love the high neck x

    • Reply
      lily kate
      2nd January 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Thank you chick! All about the high necks right now!

  • Reply
    2nd January 2015 at 11:26 pm

    How come everything you wear looks stunning? Such a pretty knit piece and very individual!

    • Reply
      lily kate
      3rd January 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Don’t be silly Lucy! Thank you! That’s what I like about handmade clothes, nobody else has one quite the same 🙂

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    Noor Unnahar
    3rd January 2015 at 8:18 am

    Whattay gorgeous top. It’s so neat. Great job, Lilly x

    • Reply
      lily kate
      3rd January 2015 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks Noor! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out really!

  • Reply
    4th January 2015 at 12:55 am

    Lily you’re so talented, it’s insane!! The knitted top is incredible (ever thought about fashion designing?) & you look gorgeous 🙂


    x x

    • Reply
      lily kate
      4th January 2015 at 7:22 am

      Ahh thank you Niamh! I’ve been designing my own knitwear for a few years and defo want to continue with that, but maybe branch into other design areas in the future too, so yeah maybe! Thanks girl 😀

  • Reply
    Meet The Maker: Lily Kate France at Joli House | Pretty Nice
    5th January 2015 at 7:57 pm

    […] A purple turtleneck cropped top, that was intended to be finished in November but only made it off the needles by New Years Day. I love how it turned out though! The yarn was lovely to work with (Rowan RYC Soft Lux) and I used a pattern from Stefanie Japel’s Fitted Knits collection as the basis, with modifications (blogged about here.) […]

  • Reply
    8th January 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I absolutely love that polo neck. It instantly drew me to read this post, so when I read you had made it, I thought ‘bravo’. Love the colour and it really suits you.

    Samio x

    • Reply
      lily kate
      9th January 2015 at 6:23 pm

      Thank you Samio! I think I might make another similar.

  • Reply
    17th March 2015 at 2:14 am

    I like these photos. Can you post photos on windy days with your hair blowing around in your face?

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