Art Deco - Knitting

Art deco is a sweet little hat that I have designed using my new yarn.

"This squishy yarn comes from a French breed called “Avranchine”. The little flock of sheep is organically raised in the pastures of Britanny by a passionnate farmer. The fleece is sent to a mill in France where it is minimally processed, allowing the yarn to keep its original characteristics. The skeins are then natutally dyed by me with seasonnal plants, making each one of them unique.”

I wanted to create a pattern that would work “hand in hand” with this beautiful yarn. The eyelets and twisted stitches in this very “art deco” stitch pattern not only enhance the color variation of the naturally dyed yarn but also create a very original texture.


Materials you need at home:

  • Yarn 1 skein of Mandarine’s, Avranchine DK (260m/283y) 100g OR 2 skeins of De Rerum Natura, Penelope (133m/145 yards ) OR between 240 and 260m of double knit wool yarn.

  • Needles US6 (4mm) circular US7 (4,5mm) circular set of DPNs or sizes needed to obtain gauge.

  • Gauge 20 stitches and 28 rows in pattern stitch = 4”(10cm).

  • Notions A tapestry needle 1 stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round. 4 stitch markers to divide the repeat sections.

  • Finished measurements 25cm high/ 47cm in circumference in Mandarine’s Avranchine DK.

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I’m Melody a twenty-something French lady, living close to the woods in Riga, Latvia.

A few years ago, right before moving to China, I decided to teach myself how to knit by watching videos online. I barely touched my pointy stitcks during the two years that I spent there, but right after coming back to France, I got completely hooked.

My new hobby quickly reached the point where it became an obsession. When I first started, I didn’t know anything about fibre, and how important it was to work with good tools and materials. After a few years of practice, I became a proud yarn “snob”, using natural yarns exclusively, with a preference for naturally dyed yarns with high sheepy content.

I wake up every morning with the goal of owning a piece of land, somewhere in rural France, where I’ll be able to keep working with yarn and fiber while growing a vegetable garden, and share my journey and work with this amazing online community.

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