Le Gilet de Berger from Citronille

Proud mama speaking: my first real knitting project is finished!!! (I’m not counting the scarf I knitted last year — we’re talking about following a pattern here.) The pattern for Ava’s little vest above is from Citronille, and called ‘Le Gilet de Berger‘. It was really easy, and I’m loving the results!! The same pattern can be used for boys or girls, and you can play with a cute wooden button or a little bow for the front closure. The yarn is also from Citronille and is a wool/alpaca mix called ‘Pôle‘. So — did I inspire you??

xxx Esther

PS The dress is from ‘Nils & Happy to see you‘ — the ready-to-wear line by Astrid le Provost (the same owner as ‘Citronille’), which we adore!!

PPS Astrid will include an English translation when you purchase a ‘Gilet de Berger’ pattern, which we made when we were in Antwerp last year.

10 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Maraka | January 30, 2012 | Reply

Such a cute vest. So pleased they send patterns in English as my Mum wants to knit some things for my daughter.

2. emilie | January 30, 2012 | Reply

So stinkin’ cute! The vest and the kid too, of course!

3. Holly | January 30, 2012 | Reply

It’s very cute! So, as a non-knitter but with an aunt who knits stuff for my kids, can I ask the ignorant question of how much wool one needs to make it? I’m thinking of buying her the pattern and wool :-)

4. Esther in Amsterdam | January 31, 2012

Hi Holly, it depends a bit on what size you need, and if you want the little sleeves or not. For instance, the smallest size is a size 2, which I used for Ava. I didn’t attach sleeves so I needed 4 balls of wool. Let me know what size you need and I’ll tell you how much wool you need! BTW, the amounts are indicated on the pattern too. xxx

5. Holly | January 31, 2012

Thank you Esther! It would probably be the sleeveless for a 2-year old so that answers my question perfectly. Thanks again. xx

6. Hiskia | January 30, 2012 | Reply

Mooi!! You did a great job, it look fab!

7. ine | January 31, 2012 | Reply

That’s a cute little vest! Well done and it’s lovely on your little girl :)
Is it a one piece knit, or did you knit 3 parts and sow them together? I’m a starting knitter as well and I find reading patterns soooo tricky…

8. Esther in Amsterdam | January 31, 2012

Hi Ine,
Thanks!!! And yes, it’s knitted in three parts and sewn together. I didn’t find the pattern too difficult. You should try! And just ask me if you have questions about it. xxx

9. Courtney in London | January 31, 2012 | Reply

I’m so proud of you for making it!!! You have definitely inspired me.
Ava looks so cute in it too.

10. Pa[u] | January 31, 2012 | Reply

adorable petite bergère!