PROJECT Sanctuary

I was going to make this one long post with a bunch of projects, but I think you guys could use something to look forward to on a regular basis, so I’m breaking it up into bite-size project-spiration.

Last week was blankets, Berroco Vintage was your yarn of choice and A LOT of it left the store. The sun has come out a few times this week, and I’m longing for light tops. I’m really liking BC Garn Bio Balance. I just finished making a spring hat for my beau with it and he won’t take it off! It’s soft, light, comfortable, and comes in a great selection of colours. It’s a 100% organic and GOTS certified blend of cotton & wool, and kind of feels the way I’ve always wanted cotton to feel (but doesn’t). And FYI, the GOTS certification is a real THING. It means the product is truly organic and humanely handled from the field to the distributor (once it hits the store shelves it’s an ethical free-for-all, choose your yarn pusher wisely). BTW, there’s a lot of yardage on these little skeins, so PLEASE feel free to ask us to wind it for you before shipping or picking it up.

NOTE: One thing to keep in mind with all cottons and plant based fibres is they can stretch. Make a good sized swatch (like 6″ x 6″) and wash it before you start your project. Infact, after you wash it you can stretch it a bit and see what happens. I’ve made a shawl with it and it remained stable, but the hat for my beau stretched (it was a 1×1 rib, so I think it looked deceptively small, my bad).


I like the ogees in this top, they’re pretty and remind me of decorative window panes. I like how they get smaller at the get closer to the neck – that’s a nice knitterly design feature. It’s constructed as a top-down circular yoke and is worked in the round and inside out. The working side will be the WS of the final garment.


  • Finished bust circumference: 88 (100, 112, 125, 137, 150)cm / 34½ (39¼, 44¼, 49¼, 54, 59)” – to be worn with 10-17.5cm / 4-7” of positive ease.
  • Model has 81cm / 32” bust, stands 157.5cm / 5’2” tall and is wearing a size 2.


  • BC Garn Bio Balance: 3 (4, 5, 7, 9, 9) skeins (colour 5)
  • 3.5mm/US 4 – 40cm / 16” circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US 4 – 80cm / 32” circular needles
  • 2.75mm/US 2 – 40cm / 16” circular needles
  • 2.75mm/US 2 – 80cm / 32” circular needles
  • 1 stitch marker
  • stitch holders or scrap yarn
  • tapestry needle
  • Pattern

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