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SPECKLES Mineville Merino Nylon DK

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Mineville Merino Nylon DK

We’ve received more stock of Mineville Merino Nylon DK in some super pretty speckled colours, perfect for a spring Fade!

Mineville Wool Project Merino Nylon DK (1124) is super soft, machine washable, easy to work with, easy to wear, and subs easily for other DK weight yarns. It comes in a generous 100g/200m skein, which is enough to make an adult hat or pair of mitts (you’ll need two for a scarf or Honey Cowl, and about 6 for a women’s size medium sweater – check your pattern for full yardage requirements). With the nylon fibre content, this yarn is also great for socks!

Mineville Wool Project is an “off-brand” brand from the sisters at Fleece Artist and Handmaiden. The prices are excellent because we purchase the yarn in one-time only lots. This means that once it’s gone, it’s GONE, so be sure to order enough for your project.

  • 80% Superwash Merino Wool, 20% Nylon
  • DK weight
  • 100g/200m
  • 4mm/US6 needles
  • 22 sts = 4″/10cm
  • Machine Washable
  • Made in Canada
  • Free Pattern Ideas

 

 

 

Comfort Fade Cardi

 

Fade Combo

FINISHED Beginner Friendly Reversible Wrap

 

 

 

 

Reversible Wrap-Cardigan

The Reversible Wrap by Jo Sharp is one of those under-appreciated patterns that’s flown under people’s radar for way too long! It’s an amazing project for newbies, it’s basically made from two rectangles that are cleverly sewn together – easy peasy knitting! The only skills involved are cast on, cast off, knit, purl, basic mattress stitch, and basic wet blocking. The pattern is written for two versions, one long and one short. It’s also reversible, you can wear it right side up, or upside down.

We made the long version and used two skeins of very economical Cascade Eco+ (costs less than $60). It’s a very flexible garment, as is the yarn, so if you want a garment with a bit more drape and stretch feel free to go up in needle size. It’s also a pattern that can be in a warmer winter yarn or a cooler fibre for spring/summer.  Affordable yarn options include Cascade Eco+Berroco Vintage ChunkyCascade Avalon, and Berroco Remix Light.

Yarn Options

Approximate Yardage Required (chunky or heavy aran weight yarn): version 1 (short): 400(470) metres, version 2 (long): 535(670) metres.

Winter Yarns

  • Cascade Eco+: version 1 short: 1(2) skeins, version 2 long: 2(2) skeins
  • Berroco Vintage Chunky: version 1 short: 4(4) skeins, version 2 long: 5(6) skeins (use 6mm/US10 needles)
  • Diamond Baby Alpaca Sport: version 1 short: 4(5) skeins, version 2 long: 6(7) skeins (use 6mm/US10 needles)
  • Malabrigo Mecha: version 1 short: 4(4) skeins, version 2 long: 5(6) skeins (use 6mm/US10 needles)

Spring/Summer Yarns

  • Cascade Avalon: version 1 short: 3(3) skeins, version 2 long: 4(5) skeins (use 5.5mm/US9 needles)
  • Quince & Co Kestrel: 6(7) skeins, version 2 long: 8(10) skeins
  • Berroco Remix Light: version 1 short: 2(3) skeins, version 2 long: 3(4) skeins (2 strands held together)

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Materials

Resources for Beginners

Seaming: If you’ve never seamed before, Mattress stitch is the way to go … there are some good free instructions at  Vogue Knitting and Knitty.

Weaving In Ends: I always go to this comprehensive tutorial from PurlSoho on Weaving In Ends. Remeber, you never tie and cut your ends in knitting, you always weave them in!

Blocking: Wet blocking is pretty easy (it’s basically just washing), but here’s a nice tutorial from Craftsy to help you out.

Everything Else: For the basics like cast on, bind-off, knit, purl, go to knittinghelp.com.

 

Cascade Eco Jo Sharp Cardigan COMBO

NEW Berroco Remix Light

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Berroco Remix Light

Berroco Remix Light is a soft, tweedy, nubby blend of 100% recycled fibres, with absolutely no wool content. Machine-washable Remix Light is perfect for everything from sweaters, tanks, wraps and other accessories, and is great for babies, children and adults. It’s also a great deal – each 100g skein measures in at a whopping FOUR HUNDRED METRES (twice the normal yardage for comparable spring/summer yarns like Cascade Ultra Pima).

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Photos: Berroco

Ponente

An allover lace rib pattern forms a classic cardigan. Knit in pieces and seamed, this cardigan knitting pattern is sure to become a wardrobe staple.

Size

  • Bust (closed)—35½(39½-44-49-53½-57½-62)“ after blocking
  • Length—23(23½-24-24½-24½-25-25½)”
  • Note: This garment was designed with approximately 4–6” of ease. Please take this into consideration when selecting your size. Shown in size 39½“

Materials

  • Berroco Remix Light : 3(3-3-4-4-4-5) balls #6927 Old Jeans
  • Straight needles, sizes 3 (3.25 mm) and 4 (3.50 mm) or size to obtain gauge
  • Stitch markers
  • Seven ⅞“ buttons
  • Pattern

 

 

PROJECT Sandshore

Sandshore

Sandshore is a great project to take to and wear at the cottage! It’s a quick, seamless cardigan worked from the top down. It’s designed with Quince and Co. Kestrelwhich knits up quickly and easily on big needles (6.5mm.US10.5). Kestrel is very stretchy, especially at this tension, you can definitely go down a size (or two).

Size

Bust Circumference: 31 [35, 39, 43, 47]’’, including 1.5 [2, 2.5, 3, 3.5]’’ of open space between front edges.

Materials

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PROJECT Jessamin

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Jessamin

Last summer we whipped up a sample of  Jessamin with Quince & Co Kestrel, I’ve been wearing it around the store and I’ve received a lot of positive feedback – so I figured I’d share with you!

Jessamin is a fairly fast & simple spring/summer cardie, a basic top-down raglan with a little bit of easy openwork detail on the lower sections. The pattern is easy to personalise, making it longer or shorter is a snap. An excellent Spring/Summer quickie!

Size

  • Bust Circumfrence: 30½ (33½, 36¾, 40, 43¼, 46½, 49½, 52¾)” OR 77.5 (85, 93.5, 101.5, 110, 118, 125.5, 134) cm
  • Armhole Depth: 6.75(7, 7.5, 8.25, 9, 9.75, 10.25, 11)” OR 17(18, 19, 21, 22.5, 24.5, 26.5, 28)cm
  • Upper Arm Circumference: 19.25(11.25, 11.75, 12.75, 12.75, 13.75, 15, 16, 17)” OR 27.5(28.5, 30, 32.5, 35, 38, 40.5, 43)cm

 

 

A Note on Size

In order to make a decision about which size to make I suggest you consider the measurements of the armhole depth and the upper arm circumference. We made Size 2, which was one size down from what I would normally wear for my bust. If I made this sweater again I  would make it in Size 1, one more size down – I’m slim, I have small shoulders and the fabric stretches quite a bit, so a total of two sizes smaller). After blocking and wear, the armhole circumference on my sweater is about an inch larger than the pattern, and the armhole depth is about 1.5 inches larger than the pattern. I find oversized armholes uncomfortable, but if you have large shoulders or a robust bust a deep armhole might improve the fit for you.

A Note on Fit

There isn’t any single right answer when it comes to fit, our bodies are all different and have different needs. What is flattering and comfortable for you may not be right for me, and people can fit a variety of different sizes at different parts of their body. Size is a construct of the off-the-rack garment industry that we are unfortunately stuck with  (at least until my dear friend Andrea launches her bespoke technology,  Lab 141, and changes the garment industry FOREVER). Until then, all we can do is get to know our personal measurements, take note of what kinds of fit we prefer, read the pattern schematics, and make educated choices based on that.

Materials

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Quince Kestrel Jessamin 3

Quince Kestrel Jessamin 1

Quince Kestrel Jessamin Combo

PROJECT Parker Cardi

Parker Cardi

I think the Parker Cardi may be my next sweater  – after I finish Gillespie (you know me, always thinking ahead to my next meal). I like it’s simplicity, both in aesthetic and execution. When it comes to spring & summer knitting I need my projects to be easy to execute, anything too ambitious and I don’t seem to get it done. I’ve been working with the Quince & Co. Sparrow at the same tension for Gillespie, and I really like the basic stocking stitch with this yarn – plus its easy-peasy, minimal thinking knitting. I’m not sure which colour yet, but I’m very keen on the new marled colours (especially conch and mineral).

Size

  • Bust: 31½ (34½, 38, 41½, 44½, 48, 51½, 54½, 58)” or (80 (88, 97, 105, 113, 122, 131, 138, 147) cm
  • Shown in size 34½” with ½” positive ease

Materials

  • Quince & Co. Sparrow:  6 (6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10, 11, 12) skeins
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 16″ circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 32″ circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US4 double pointed needles
  • Stitch markers
  • Stitch holder or waste yarn
  • Scrap yarn in similar weight for Sunday short rows
  • Tapestry needle
  • Pattern

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FINISHED Liv

Liv Cascade Avalon

Liv

Liv is a gorgeous cardie, but this project was more about the yarn. We’ve carried Cascade Avalon for a few years, and I’ve always felt that it was a bit underappreciated, mostly because it’s so unpretentious. But when the new shades for this season arrived I kind of fell in love with colour 34 Fawn. When I ordered it I thought it was a safe, neutral taupe, but when it arrived it turned out to be a very subtle mauve. I knew it would be beautiful worked up, and I also knew it would go unappreciated unless it was knit up – so we knit it up!

So I was right, the colour is wonderful, I love it! the texture is also great, it’s soft and plush; cosy, casual, and kind of sweat-shirty. The pattern isn’t overly involved, except for some short-row shaping for the front. It’s presently on the mannequin in the front window so everyone can see it, but I love wearing it around the store. Avalon comes in other pretty neutral colours including:

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Materials

  • Cascade Avalon: 6(6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 10) skeins (colour #43 Fawn)
  • 4mm/US6 — 32″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 – 16″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 32″ circular needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 – 16″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 double pointed needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 double pointed needles
  • stitch markers
  • stitch holder or waste yarn
  • tapestry needle
  • contrasting colour waste yarn
  • Pattern