Easy Peasy V-stitch Cowl

V-stitch cowl crochet pattern by Mon Petit Four

Bonjour et Bonne Année! I wish you all the most wonderful 2015!

It  was my sincerest intention to get this pattern to you while I was in Australia for Christmas, but with intermittent internet connections and with just being so ridiculously busy, it never happened. But what a great way to start the new year – with a new pattern and a whole lot of enthusiasm!

Mon Petit Four ~ V-stitch Cowl

I spent several weeks at my family’s farm during December, and was blessed with beautiful evenings filled with golden sunlight. It made for the most wonderful photo-shoot with my Mademoiselle, don’t you agree?

V-stitch cowl ~ Mon Petit Four

 

Mon Petit Four ~ Crochet Pattern for V-stitch Cowl

I guess we looked liked we were having so much fun that the kangaroos wanted in on the action!

Mon Petit Four Crochet Pattern for V-stitch Cowl

 

I worked this pattern up literally on the flight from Paris to Perth. Which must mean it’s an easy one, because crocheting on a plane with 2 toddlers is no picnic!!! I had 2 skeins of a chunky textured yarn that I had picked up on sale and a big crochet hook, both of which lent themselves to a more open stitch, like the V-stitch I chose.

Mon Petit Four - V-stitch Cowl

 

V-stitch Cowl Pattern

You will need

2 skeins (approx 140 m) of chunky textured yarn (I used Phildar’s Fantasia in Nenuphar – I think unfortunately this is a discontinued line and that’s why it was on sale!)

6mm crochet hook (J/10 US hook size)

Pattern

Note : I have written this pattern for a 3 year old toddler but it easily fits an adult – my advice if you are making it for a smaller child is to reduce the number of foundation chains, making sure you still start with a multiple of 2).

Chain 56, slip st into first stitch to join.

Round 1: ch1, sc in each stitch to end of round. Slip stitch into first sc to join.

Round 2:  ch4, dc in same stitch (this will create your first V-stich of this round and throughout the pattern). *Skip next sc, dc, ch1, dc in next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until end of round. Skip last sc and join in 3rd chain of starting ch4.

Round 3: Slip stitch into ch1 space of previous round’s V-stitch, ch 4, dc in same space. V-stitch (dc, ch1, dc) into next V-stitch of previous round, and in all V-stitches until end of round. Slip stitch into 3rd chain of starting chain 4.

Round 4 – 16: Repeat round 4 until your cowl is of the desired width (you can easily add more rounds if you would like a wider cowl, although you will obviously need a little more yarn to do so!). Finish off and weave in ends.

V-stitch cowl - Mon Petit Four

 

Helicopter Slouchy Beanie

Slouchy beanie with helicopter motif - Mon Petit Four

This is one for the boys. I’m not sure about yourselves, but I most certainly find there are much fewer cute crochet patterns out there for the little guys in our lives, which doesn’t seem fair to me really. I mean come on, do you see this cutie??

Helicopter slouchy beanie ~ Mon Petit Four

I actually got this idea from one of my little Monsieur’s toys – a favourite wooden garage that has four sweet little cars and a very sweet helicopter. I love the idea of making cross-stitch a little more masculine and cross-stitch really lends itself to crochet too, with all those lovely square stitches and evenly placed holes!!

Helicopter slouchy beanie - Mon Petit Four

This hat is worked from the brim up, a little like my Fox Hat, without having to worry about decreases or any of that jazz. This is because when you sew closed the top of the hat, that’s what creates that wonderful slouchiness. Added bonus – it’s a pretty fast and simple project… perfect handmade Christmas gift? I think so!!

Slouchy beanie with helicopter motif ~ Mon Petit Four

 

Helicopter slouchy beanie_Mon Petit Four

 

You may have also noticed I chose to have the back of my stitches showing, this is for the sole reason that I preferred the way it looked. Feel free to keep the front stitches facing out on your own hat, if that’s what you’re into!!

Helicopter slouchy beanie by Mon Petit Four

Helicopter Slouchy Beanie

You will need

2 skeins of worsted weight yarn

A couple of metres / yards sportsweight yarn for the cross-stitching (I used a few scraps from my yarn stash) in 3 different colours.

4.5mm / Size 7 crochet hook

Darning needle

Stitches used are

ch – Chain

Sl – slip stitch

dc – double crochet

fpdc – front post double crochet

bpdc – back post double crochet

hdc – half double crochet

 

I have written this pattern in a toddler size, I have also included approximate measurements for baby (in red), child (in blue) and adult (in green). Please make sure you measure the head you are creating for (if you can) just to be sure of a good fit!

Chain 65 (or as many chains as you require create a length of 40.5cm / 16 inches) (37.5 cm / 15 inches, 50 cm / 19.5 inches, 55 cm / 21.5 inches). Sl stitch into first stitch to join.

Row 1 – ch2, dc in every stitch. Sl stitch into first stitch to join.

Row 2 – ch 2, fpdc around first post, bpdc around next post. Continue until end of round. Sl stitch into first stitch of this row to join.

Row 3 – ch2, fpdc around fpdc of previous row, bpdc around bpdc of previous row. Continue until you reach end of round. Sl stitch into first stitch of this row to join.

Row 4 – ch2, hdc in every stitch to end of round.    * Note -You can slip stitch and join this row, as in the previous, but as we will be continuing in roundss of hdc, I personally preferred to eliminate the join. Remember if you do opt to slip stitch at the end of each round, you must ch2 when you start your next round).

Row 5 to 25 – (or as many rows as you need until the hat has a height of 22 cm / 9 inches, (20.5 cm / 8 inches, 24 cm / 9.5 inches, 27 cm / 10.5 inches). Finish off leaving a long tail 50 cm / 20 inches long.

Thread your darning needle with the tail from the last row of your hat. Decide which side of the stitches you wish to have facing out, and ensure that these are now facing inside the hat. Weave the tail through stitches of the last row at approx. 2.5cm / 1 inch intervals. Pull the thread tight to gather the stitches together and close the open end of the hat. If it is still a little open, use the last of the thread to stitch it closed. Tie off. (If you need a bit of a visual guide to this, All About Ami has a great tutorial here).

Turn your hat right side facing out

Using your darning needle and following the pattern guide below, cross-stitch the helicopter pattern (or another pattern if you have one!) onto the beanie using the holes created between the hdc stitches.

helicopter stitch guide

Et voila! C’est tout! Happy crocheting!!

Button-Up Cowl

Mon Petit Four ~ Button Up Cowl

Brrr… it’s getting chilly isn’t it? Even with the cold weather approaching, I have to admit I am a little bit in love with Autumn. Maybe it’s because Australia just doesn’t seem to celebrate the seasons with quite the same vigor as Paris (not that I would ever complain about that if I was still in Perth – hellooooo sunshine and beaches!). But there is something special about all those leaves flaming red and orange against a cloudy sky. Also, it’s a fabulous excuse to wrap yourself up in a scarf. I’m not sure if my scarf wrapping is quite as chic as the French, but I should sure get points for enthusiasm!

Button up cowl pattern by Mon Petit Four

My scarf enthusiasm has been somewhat dampened by the ban on long scarves at my daughter’s school. Strangulation risks and all that, which is understandable I suppose. It has however been a very good excuse to get crocheting a whole new batch of neck-warming coziness in the form of cowls!!

Button up cowl free pattern by Mon Petit Four

My original plan for this cowl, was to have simply a textured crochet stitch and a button up front. But I felt like it needed a little extra something-something. My hours of trawling through crochet stitches led me to the Theatre Box Stitch (FYI if you haven’t checked out this guy’s tutorials you definitely should – they are great!). Although I changed the stitch slightly to the one in the tutorial, I found it was just enough to create a little interest on the bottom edge of the cowl, and make it a little fancier. Don’t you agree?

Button up cowl free pattern ~ Mon Petit Four

 

Mon Petit Four - Button Up Cowl

The rest of the cowl is worked up using an adaptation of half-double-crochet and once you get into a bit of a rhythm, this part is fast! A row of single crochet along the short edges creates the button holes – not too difficult at all! In fact I think i might have just inspired myself to make another! Ha!

Button up cowl crochet pattern ~ Mon Petit Four

 

Button up cowl crochet pattern by Mon Petit Four

 

Button-Up Cowl Pattern by Mon Petit Four

You will need

2 skeins of sportsweight cotton (approx 240m / 260 yards). (I used Phildar Laine Coton 3 in Ecru)

4mm crochet hook

4 buttons

tapestry needle

Stitches used are

chain stitch – ch

single crochet – sc

half double crochet – hdc

double crochet – dc

cluster stitch – cluster (yarn over, pull up loop, yarn over pull through first 2 loops on hook. Repeat. Yarn over, pull through all remaining loops on hook).

 

Chain to your desired length. This needs to be a multiple of 6 stitches + 4 stitches. (For this cowl I made it 60 cm long, which is suitable for a 3-year-old and an adult).

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and in every stitch until the end of the row. Turn.

Row 2: ch1, sc in first 2 stitches, *ch3, skip next 2 stitches, cluster stitch into next stitch, ch 3, skip next 2 stitches, sc into next stitch*. Repeat from * until you have 2 stitches left, sc into top of last 2 stitches. Turn.

Row 3: ch 2, dc in first stitch, *ch 3, sc in top of cluster stitch, ch 3, dc in sc from previous row*. Repeat from * until you have 2 stitches left on this row. Dc into each of the last 2 stitches. Turn.

Row 4 : ch 1, sc in first stitch, *2sc into ch 3 space of previous row, sc in next stitch (sc in sc from previous row)*. Repeat from * until 2 stitches remain in this row. Sc into each of last 2 stitches. Turn.

Row 5: ch 2, *hdc in first stitch, ch1, skip next stitch, hdc in next stitch*. Repeat from * to end of row. Turn.

Row 6: ch 2, *hdc in ch 1 space, ch1, skip next stitch, hdc in next stitch*. Repeat from * to end of row. Turn.

Row 7-27: Repeat rows 6 until cowl is of desired width. FInish off.

Note: For the next 2 rows which create the buttoning edge, you need to make sure that your stitches are facing the same way. This means if you start from the top for your button edge, you will need to start from the bottom for the button-hole edge.

On the short end that will have buttons, 1 sc in the end of each row (2sc in the dc row). Finish off.

On the other short end (end that will have the button holes), decide where buttons will be placed. Sc in end of each row, ch 2 stitches and skip 2 stitches to create button holes (depending on the size of your buttons you may need to skip/chain more or less stitches). Continue until end. Finish off.

Sew on buttons. et voila! 

Orange, Almond & Pumpkin Seed Florentines

Almond, Pumpkin Seed & Orange Florentines - Mon Petit Four

This recipe has to be my most requested OF ALL TIME. In fact, I am almost a little reluctant to give it up, mainly as I am afraid that people who previously pictured me slaving away in the kitchen ’til all hours for the sole purpose of bringing them these tasty florentines will now know I was in fact  binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy , ahem, I mean doing housework.

Orange, Almond & Pumpkin Seed Florentines - Mon Petit Four

Anywhooo, I normally make these using only flaked almonds, however if you’re feeling a little adventurous (as I obviously was!) throwing in a few pepitas (pumpkin seeds) adds both a bit of colour and another note of flavours. The real winner here though, is the orange zest. I’ve experimented with lime and lemon zest, but the orange is a clear-cut winner every time.

Orange & Almond Florentines - Mon Petit Four

For those of you looking to cut down on refined sugar, you can swap out the icing sugar for maple syrup, although I will warn you that the florentines will have a little less crunch, and you may need to rely on the chocolate to hold them together, which may mean a thicker coat of chocolate on the bottom (Yay! Chocolate!). And while I’m on the topic of warning faire attention because these cookies are very more-ish. VERY!!

Orange, Almond & Pumpkin Seed Florentines
Recipe Type: Baking
Author: Mon Petit Four
Prep time:
Cook time:
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/3 cup icing sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1 cup flaked or sliced almonds
  • 3/4 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • grated zest of one orange
  • 100g melted dark chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celcius (300 F)
  2. In a bowl mix together all ingredients
  3. Place heaped teaspoons of batter onto a greased baking sheet and flatten them slightly with a fork
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown
  5. Allow to cool on tray (This is important! They do not crisp up until they have cooled!)
  6. Brush bases of cooled Florentines with the melted chocolate and leave until chocolate has cooled and hardened.

Florentines by Mon Petit Four

Deux Petits Fours – Tartelette aux Framboises

Free crochet pattern - tartelette aux framboises

Well hello there! It’s been a little while, hasn’t it? After trying in vain to complete a number of projects over the summer break I eventually decided to just give up and to enjoy the time with my family without feeling guilty. And I’m glad I did, especially as my little Mademoiselle started school last week and suddenly I see the time when I no longer know every little detail of my children’s lives approaching at an astonishingly rapid pace! It is with both relief and despair that I realise that tea parties will now be limited to weekends and evenings. I guess that was my motivation to add to our dessert selection at said tea parties, that and the fact that I just love making little cakes…. This time I decided to put together a tartelette aux framboises aka a little raspberry tart, one of my personal favourites from la patisserie.

Free crochet pattern for Tartelette aux Framboises

As with my previous pattern for gateau au chocolat, this works up quite quickly. The most time consuming part of this pattern, in case you haven’t guessed it already, is making all those raspberries. And sewing them on. In retrospect I think they would have looked slightly prettier if I had arranged them in a spiral pattern, but thankfully three-and-a-half year olds don’t judge too harshly!

This pattern could also be used to make a tartelette au citron (lemon tart), by changing out the cream coloured yarn for yellow and leaving off the raspberries.

Tartelette aux Framboises free crochet pattern

Petit Four – Tartelette aux Framboises

Pattern notes: As with the previous petits fours pattern, I started with a magic ring. I find them to give a much flatter and tidier finish. If you’re not sure how to do a magic ring this is a pretty good video tutorial, or you can chain 2, then start round one in the second chain from your hook.

You will need

3mm crochet hook

4 ply cotton blend yarn in light brown, cream and red. (I used Phildar LAINE COTON in Peau, Creme and Cerise)

Darning needle

Small amount of fiberfill stuffing

Tart Shell

Round 1 – Using light brown yarn, 6 sc into magic ring. Do not join. (6 stitches)

Round 2 – 2sc into each stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3 – [sc in first stitch, 2sc in next]. Repeat until end of round (18 stitches)

Round 4 – [sc in next 2 stitches, 2sc in next stitch]. Repeat until end of round (24 stitches)

Round 5 – [sc in next 3 stitches], 2sc in next stitch]. Repeat until end of round (30 stitches)

Round 6 – [sc in next 4 stitches, 2sc in next stitch]. Repeat until end of round. (36 stitches)

Round 6 – ch1, in back loops only sc into each stitch until end of round (36 stitches)

Round 7 – sc into each stitch (36 stitches)

Round 8 – [sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc in next stitch]. Repeat until end of round. (42 stitches)

Round 9 – [sl st in first stitch, ch2, sl st in next stitch]. Repeat until end of round. Finish off.

Tart filling

Round 1 – Using cream coloured yarn, 6 sc into magic ring. Do not join. (6 stitches)

Round 2 – 2sc into each stitch (12 stitches)

Round 3 – [sc in first stitch, 2sc in next]. Repeat until end of round (18 stitches)

Round 4 – [sc in next 2 stitches, 2sc in next stitch]. Repeat until end of round (24 stitches)

Round 5 – [sc in next 3 stitches], 2sc in next stitch]. Repeat until end of round (30 stitches)

Round 6 – [sc in next 5 stitches, 2sc in next stitch]. Repeat until end of round. Finish off. (42 stitches). 

Raspberries

make 7-8

Using red yarn, ch 4, sl st into first stitch to create ring.

Round 1 – 6 sc into ring

Round 2 – [2sc in first stitch, 1 sc in next]. Repeat until end of round. (9 stitches).

Round 3 – sc in each stitch.

Round 4 – [skip first stitch, 6sc in next stitch]. Repeat 6 times. Finish off leaving a long tail. Pull tail through the raspberry and out of the original ring formed by the ch4. This will create a round point on on end of the raspberry and allow you to sew the flat part of the fruit onto the tart.

Assembly

Sew the tart filling to the base using a darning needle. The final round (Round 6) of the filling should line up with Round 8 of the tart shell. Stitch all the way around, leaving a small opening for the stuffing. Stuff until firm, then stitch opening closed. Sew raspberries directly onto the filling using the long tails you should have left when making them. I needed 8 raspberries to cover the top of my tart, but this could vary depending on how tightly you crochet, and also how you arrange your berries on top of the tart.

Et voila! A perfect little raspberry tart for your next tea party. Bon appetit!

Tartelette aux framboises - free crochet pattern

Zucchini & Camembert Soup with Sweet Potato Crisps

Zucchini and Camembert Soup by Mon Petit Four

So it is Summer – and the garden is going crazy! We have raspberries, rhubarb, tomatoes, eggplant and zucchinis. So many zucchinis. Obviously we are not the only ones with an abundance of les courgettes, as people have been gifting us zucchinis as well!! That adds up to, if you do the maths carefully, an awful lot of zucchinis!

Zucchini and Camembert Soup by Mon Petit Four_side

In order to make a dent in our somewhat overwhelming store of zucchinis, I decided on soup. This one takes inspiration from one of my Mum’s recipes (which I am pretty sure she came up with for the same reason!!), and is quick, easy and tasty – the busy mum’s trifecta!! I added some sweet potato crisps for both a bit of colour and interest, and they really complimented the cheesiness of the soup. A few slices of pain de campagne (country style bread) and dinner is served. Now I just have to figure out what to do with the million or so zucchinis I have left !

Zucchini and Camembert Soup by Mon Petit Four_closeup
Zucchini & Camembert Soup with Sweet Potato Crisps

Author: Mon Petit Four
Prep time:
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 3 zucchinis, quartered and sliced into 1 inch pieces
  • 6 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 medium sized potato, peeled and diced
  • 125 g of Camembert cheese, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. Fry onion in a little oil until soft and translucent.
  2. Add the zucchinis and mix well.
  3. Add the chicken stock and potato and bring to the boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes until all vegetables have softened and liquid has reduced by nearly half.
  5. Remove from heat and blend until smooth.
  6. Return to heat, stirring in Camembert. The cheese will melt into the soup very quickly. Serve with sweet potato crisps.
  7. For sweet potato crisps, peel off the flesh in thin slices (you could also use a mandolin slicer here if you have one)
  8. Wash slices under cold water until all the starch has been removed. The water will run clear.
  9. Dry the slices well.
  10. Pour enough olive oil into a pan to be 1 – 2 cm deep. Heat until smoking.
  11. Drop small amounts of sweet potato slices into the oil and fry until golden. Allow to drain on paper towel.

 

Crochet-edged Bow Barrettes

Crochet Edge Bow Barrettes by Mon Petit Four {tutorial}One of the problems with being an avid crafter in a teensy tiny apartment is that there is a significant lack of storage! I have boxes of yarn, fabric, beads, and a great assortment of odds and ends stashed all over the place! I have been using some of my Summer days to try and re-organise the catastrophe that is my bedroom/crafting room/home office, and in doing so decided to come up with a few projects to use up the ever increasing stash of fabric and yarn scraps I seem to be accumulating.

Crochet Edge Bow Barrettes by Mon Petit Four {tutorial_1}

Now I’m not sure about the rest of you with young daughters, but my little Mademoiselle seems to be amazing at losing barrettes. Amazing. I am certain that hiding out with all the single socks that have been lost in the wash, there is a pretty enormous stash of barrettes. So, in the spirit of replacing several barrettes that had taken it upon themselves to go walk-about, I decided to make up some cute little crochet-edged bows.

Bow Barrettes by Mon Petit Four {tutorial_2}

The bows work up very quickly and are a great beginners project. They are easy to adapt to any size. As you can see I made three different sizes, and the only variation between them was to decrease the width a little of the crochet center tie when making the smallest bow.

Crochet-edged Bow Barrettes

You will need

Scrap cotton fabric (largest piece of fabric I used was 5 cm (2″) wide by 11 cm (4 1/2″) long)

Cotton thread

Sewing needle

Darning needle

3.25 mm crochet hook

4ply crochet cotton

Step 1

Cut a rectangle out of your fabric that is twice as wide as you would like your finished bow to be (keeping in mind that the crochet edge adds about 2 cm). I would recommend trying to place one of the long edges along the fold line so you have less sewing to do!

Step 2

Fold the fabric wrong side facing out. Starting at one of the short edges, sew together using a straight stitch. Continue along the long edge and part of the way along the second short edge. Turn fabric right side out, and stitch the opening closed.

Bow Barrettes by Mon Petit Four {Step 2}Bow Barrettes by Mon Petit Four {Step 2b}

Step 3

Using your darning needle and crochet cotton, blanket stitch around the edge of the bow (this will be through both pieces of fabric), starting at the center of the long side (this can be later hidden by the bow’s center). Tie off when you have stitched all the way around.

Bow Barrettes by Mon Petit Four {Step 3}

Step 4

Using crochet hook, slip stitch to join along the center of the long edge. Chain 1. *2sc in same stitch and in every blanket stitch to the corner. 3sc in the corner stitch*. Repeat from * to * until you reach your first stitch. Slip stitch to join.

Bow Barrettes by Mon Petit Four {Step 4}

Step 5.

Ch1, 2sc in same stitch. *Slip stitch in next stitch, 3sc in next stitch*. Repeat from * to * until you reach your first stitch of this round. Slip stitch to join, fasten off and weave in ends.

Bow Barrettes by Mon Petit Four {Step 5}

Step 6.

R1: Crochet center tie. Chain 5, sc in 2nd chain from hook and across to end. (For the smallest bow I changed this to Ch4).

R2-12: Chain 1, turn. Sc in each stitch across. Fasten off on last row, leaving a long tail.

Bow Barrettes by Mon Petit Four {Step 6}

Step 7.

Pinch the center of the bows. Wrap the center tie around this point then stitch the ends together at the ‘back’ of the bow.

Bow Barrettes by Mon Petit Four {Step 7}

Step 8.

Using a glue gun, glue bow onto an alligator clip.

Bow Barrettes by Mon Petit Four {tutorial}

Fin!

 

Le Renard

Fox hat {crochet pattern by Mon Petit Four}6

I know it’s Summer, I know! But it’s tough being a big fan of crochet in the Summer months. It also doesn’t help when you have a little idea niggling away at you for a cuter-than-cute foxy hat and your children are obsessed with Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Jemima Puddleduck, which I am more than certain we have read several hundred times this week alone!!!!

Fox hat {crochet pattern by Mon Petit Four}5

I felt I could only take the excessive reading about Jemima and her foxy encounter as a sign, although I like to think of this little fox as a tad more gentil than the one in the story.

Fox hat {crochet pattern by Mon Petit Four}2My little guy didn’t even seem to mind being rugged up in his duffle coat for a photo shoot on a 30 degree day!! Forgiving little chap that he is!

Fox hat {crochet pattern by Mon Petit Four}4

This pattern is made by crocheting two pieces (the front and the back) and then stitching or crocheting them all together. It may be a little tricky if you are new to crochet, but if you are familiar with front-post-double-crochet then you should be off to a very good start.

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Le Renard {The Fox} Crochet Hat Pattern by Mon Petit Four

This pattern is written for a 1 year old and measures 22 cm (8.5″) wide by 16 cm (6.5″) high. It is easily adaptable to any size, you should only have to halve the head circumference and adjust the initial chain to this length (and an even number of chains). You can also then adjust the height of the hat accordingly.

You will need:

4mm (size G)  crochet hook

I skein of orange sports weight yarn (I used a wool / acrylic blend from Phildar called Partner 3,5 in Curry)

1/2 skein orange sports weight yarn (I used Phildar Partner 3,5 in Ecru)

2 small black buttons for eyes (I used some vintage crochet covered buttons I had)

1 large black button for the nose

Darning needle

Abbreviations:

SC – single crochet

DC – double crochet

FPDC – Front post double crochet

BPDC – back post double crochet

SC2tog – single crochet two stitches together

Ch – Chain

 

You will need to know how to front-post-double-crochet (FPDC) and back-post-double crochet (BPDC) to make this hat. If you have never done this before this is a really great tutorial.

Back and Nose section of Hat

Row 1: In Orange yarn, ch 48. DC in 3rd chain from hook and in every stitch to end of row. Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: FPDC around first DC from previous row, BPDC around next post. Repeat around every post until end of row. DC in last stitch. Ch 2, turn.

Row 3: BPDC around first post, FPDC around next. repeat around every post until end of row. DC in last stitch. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 4 – 30: SC in every stitch across. Ch 1, turn.

Row 31: SC in first stitch, 2SC in next stitch. SC in every stitch until 2nd stitch from end. 2SC in this stitch. SC in last stitch of row. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 32 – 36: Repeat row 31

Rows 37 – 40: SC in every stitch. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 41 – 45: SC in first stitch. SC2tog. SC in every stitch until you are 3 stitches from the end of the row. SC2tog then SC in last stitch. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 46-47: SC in every stitch. Ch1, turn.

Rows 48: SC in every stitch. Finish off.

For Nose

Row 49: Skip first 10 stitches of previous row. Join yarn. In front loops only, SC in next 28 stitches. Ch1, turn.

Rows 50 – 80: In both loops, SC in first stitch, skip next stitch, SC in next stitch, and in each stitch across. Ch1, turn. Drop one stitch every row until there are only 3 stitches remaining. Finish off.

Front Section of Hat

Row 1: In Orange yarn, ch 48. DC in 3rd chain from hook and in every stitch to end of row. Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: FPDC around first DC from previous row, BPDC around next post. Repeat around every post until end of row. DC in last stitch. Ch 2, turn.

Row 3: BPDC around first post, FPDC around next. repeat around every post until end of row. DC in last stitch. Change to white yarn. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 4 – 30: SC in every stitch across. Ch 1, turn.

Putting your hat together

You should now have 2 pieces that look like this

Fox hat {crochet pattern by Mon Petit Four}8

We will start by stitching or crocheting the front section of the hat to the back section. With the hat pieces wrong sides together, SC through the the loops of both the orange section and the white section, (for the first 10 stitches this will be through both loops for the orange section, however, as you pass under the nose piece, it will only be through the back loops that are left). Continue until you reach the end of the row. Finish off.

You should now have a piece that looks like the one below

Fox hat {crochet pattern by Mon Petit Four}9

 

Fox hat {crochet pattern by Mon Petit Four}10

Now we will crochet the sides together. Fold hat wrong sides together, taking care to ensure the ears stitches are lined up as is the ribbed band at the base. Crochet through all stitches along the sides of the hat (or if you are more comfortable doing so, you can stitch this with a darning needle).

Weave in all ends.

Turn your hat right side out. Position eye buttons and sew into place. Position nose piece, and using nose button, stitch both into place. The nose button will hold down the ‘flap’ created by the crocheted nose piece.

Et Voila! Un petit renard!

Fox hat {crochet pattern by Mon Petit Four}

 

 

 

 

Moroccan Orange Cake

Morrocan Orange Cake {Mon Petit Four}

This week has been craaaazy Chez Moi! I have volunteered (yes you read that correctly!) to babysit my friend’s two handsome little chaps for the next two weeks. So if you do the math, you will have realised that it is now myself, 4 littlies under the age of 4 and a dog, all hanging out in our teeny tiny apartment. Phew! Thank goodness we have a garden, and that we live in a country where the wine is cheap and free-flowing! This friend of mine not only makes lovely little boys, she also makes a very delicious Moroccan Orange Cake. She is even nice enough to share the recipe with me! I gave it a trial run on the weekend, so if all sanity was lost this week, at the very least we would have cake. I am pleased to say I am still hanging on to my sanity and that the cake has proven to be a dependable ally.

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I made very few changes to the original recipe (which you can find here), and to be completely honest, it turned out a little dry. But I have to admit it is entirely possible that I scrimped a little on the oil, so my advice would be – don’t do that! Particularly as the previous version made for me was a much stickier, moister version. I also debated whether to up the orange flavour within the cake by doubling the zest/juice, but decided instead to add a little orange drizzle (which I think adds considerably to it’s appearance). I found the original quantities of zest and juice to provide a lovely mild orange flavour, but if I was going to skip the drizzle next time, I would most definitely double it.

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Wishing you all a wonderful end to the week. Hey, only two more days to the weekend, but who’s counting right?!!

 

Moroccan Orange Cake with Orange Drizzle
Recipe Type: Cake
Author: Mon Petit Four
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Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • zest from 1 or 2 oranges
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • For Drizzle
  • 1 1/4 cups icing sugar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180° C (350° F). Grease and line a springform pan. If using fresh oranges, zest and juice them.
  2. Beat together the eggs and sugar until thick and creamy. Gradually beat in the oil.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt, and then the orange juice. Beat until smooth, and then mix in the zest and vanilla.
  4. Pour the batter into your prepared pan, and bake for about 40 minutes, or until firm and springy to the touch.
  5. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 7 to 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to finish cooling.

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Bows & Buttons Dress

Bows & Buttons Dress by Mon Petit Four {tutorial}

So I have a small admission to make. I have had this dress floating around in my head for the longest time. So long in fact, that when it first came to me, I was planning on making it for my daughter out of her father’s old jeans. As you might be able to tell, my little girl is no longer the size of a jean leg! I am still entirely convinced that the used jeans option is a viable one, I just need a little baby girl to test it out on (cue husband having a heart-attack at the thought of a third child!).

Bows & Buttons Dress by Mon Petit Four Collage

One of the amazing things about living in Paris is the fabric district in the Place Saint Pierre. Unfortunately one of the less amazing things about living in Paris is that that is the only place to get a great range of fabrics. My local fabric store has a very limited range, but unwilling to drag myself all the way to the base of Montmatre,  I ended up instead dragging myself to our neighbouring town. The fabric I chose was a softened denim and was actually not as stiff as I had thought, so I needed to use a little iron-on interfacing to strengthen the bodice.

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I love how it turned out, and actually the softer denim makes it a very comfortable dress for Miss Chloé to play in, which is important considering how sticky hot this Summer is starting to feel! I do feel however, that the dress would have looked better if I had placed the bow a little higher on the bodice, but I’m sure that’s something I can fix next time.

Bows & Buttons Dress Tutorial

You will need:

A sewing machine

0.5m – 1m of fabric (I used a soft denim)

2m of broderie anglaise

Iron-on interfacing

8 buttons

Step 1

Bows & Buttons Dress by Mon Petit Four {step 1}

Using an existing dress as a base, I traced around to find the shape and size of the dress I wanted to make. You should make sure you straighten off the neckline. Cut out two of these dresses (wrong sides facing), then cut the bottom 3-4 inches off of these pieces. Cut out two pieces to line the inside of the dress upper. Cut out 2 long strips approximately 10 inches (26 cm) by 2 inches (this will form our bias tape for the armholes). Finally cut out your front panel. This should be the same width as the neckline, and the same length as your dress (my advice is to play around with it before cutting it to make sure the bow is going to be large enough for you).

Step 2

Bows & Buttons Dress by Mon Petit Four {step 2}

Place the broderie anglaise (right side facing up) onto the right side of the base segment of the skirt. Stitch this into place using a straight stitch. Match the skirt base to the top part of the dress, wrong sides together sew this in place. Open out and iron flat.

Step 3

Bows & Buttons Dress by Mon Petit Four {step 3}

Iron interfacing onto the two lining panels. Place the lining panel right-side down onto the right side of the dress panel (like on the left in the picture above). Stitch along the neckline. Turn lining panel over to the inside and iron the seam flat.

Step 4

Bows & Buttons Dress by Mon Petit Four {step 4}

On the long strips, fold long edges into the centre and iron flat. This creates a bias tape that we will use for the armholes.

Step 5

Bows & Buttons Dress by Mon Petit Four {step 5}

Fold bias tape over the armhole edges and pin into place, from the top of bottom of the arm hole on the back panel of the dress to the bottom of the armhole on the front dress panel. Make sure you have measured the shoulder height from the neckline. Stitch along the inside edge of the bias tape, making sure you catch all the inside panel pieces as you go. Repeat on the other side. You should now have a piece that looks like the one above.

Step 6

Bows & Buttons Dress by Mon Petit Four {step 6}

Wrong sides facing inwards, sew along the side edges of the dress panels, making sure the ends of the bias tape are sewn inwards also. These can now be trimmed. Turn dress right-side out.

Step 7

Bows & Buttons Dress by Mon Petit Four {step 7}

Hem the top and bottom edges of the centre panel. Next, sew the broderie anglaise (right-side facing down) along the long edges of the centre panel. Turn right-side out and iron flat.

Step 8

Bows & Buttons Dress by Mon Petit Four {step 8}

Position centre panel by lining up the bottom edge with the broderie strip at the base of the dress. Fold top edge over and back onto itself to create a small rectangular section at the top of the dress. Pinch this in the centre to gather it and hand stitch to fasten. This creates our bow.

Step 9

Bows & Buttons Dress by Mon Petit Four {step 9}

Fix centre panel into place sewing buttons along each edge. You could also top sew this panel into place, but I personally didn’t want the extra line of stitching.

Finally hem the bottom of the skirt to your desired length.

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