A simple, linen summer tee like Linum will become a staple in your summer wardrobe! If you’ve been in the store you know that Quince & Co Sparrow (ON SALE NOW!) has practically become my summer uniform – I ADORE wearing my Gillespie so much I’m going to make another. Many people don’t bother making a summer garment because the season is short (only about 4 months around here it is). I think this is closing yourself off from opportunity, especially since our summer wardrobes are usually smaller and we tend to get a lot of wear out of what is in it. Plus, by the time you’re tired of wearing your summer knit the season is over! Over the years I’ve come up with a few key components to a great summer knit:
- Choose a type of garment you actually wear. If you don’t wear commercial long sleeve cardies in the summer, you’re probably not going to wear one that you’ve knit, no matter how sexy the yarn is.
- Choose a textile that feels cool and comfortable AFTER it is blocked. If you want to know what it’s going to be like, feel or try on a store sample.
- In sweaty weather, machine washability isn’t necessary but it is an asset.
- Choose a silhouette that flatters your body. If you want to learn more about what works for your shape I suggest you check out Knit to Flatter by Amy Herzog, I learned a lot from her – the photography exercise was especially helpful. You can buy it online or look for it from your local library.
- finished bust: 38 (43, 48, 53, 58, 63 1/4)”
- shown in size 38″
- intended to be worn with positive ease
- Quince & Co Sparrow: 4 (5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins
- 3.75 mm/US5 – 32” circular needle
- 4mm/US6 – 32”circular needle
- 4mm/US6 – 32”double-pointed needles
- Stitch markers
- Stitch holders
- 4mm/US6 or smaller needle
- Tapestry needle
- Pattern: available as a download, or check your local library for digital availability (I know we have access in Toronto)