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ASHES & KNIT HACK: Making Marls

 

 

Ashes

I just ran across this new pattern on Ravelry, Ashes, and knew that it’s simple, easy to wear look would appeal. I mean, can’t you see yourself wearing this just about everywhere and every day? It’s the kind of sweater you can make several versions of, one for each season in a different type of yarn. One thought that came immediately to mind was that this sweater would look amazing knitted up as a marled colour (see all about that below).

Size

NOTE: this pattern is designed to be quite oversized. Before you choose a size to make you should check the finished dimensions below, you may want to make a smaller size than normal.

  • XS (S, M1, M2, L, XL, XXL)
  • finished bust circumference:  46.5 (48.5, 51, 53, 55, 57, 58.5)” or 116.5 (121.5, 127, 132, 137.5, 142.5, 146) cm
  • Sample is size XS worn with 14.5” (36.5 cm) positive ease at bust

Materials

  • Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino: 3(3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins in each of TWO colours [a total of 6(6, 6, 8, 8, 8) skeins]
  • 3.25mm/US3, 24” (60 cm) AND 32” (80 cm) circular needles, AND Double pointed needles
  • 3.5 mm/US4, 24” (60 cm) AND 32” (80 cm) circular needle, AND Double pointed needles
  • Stitch holders or waste yarn
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry needle
  • Pattern

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Forester from Brooklyn Tweed: Great example of a marled knit.

Knit Hack: Making Marls

marled colorway is usually created by holding two strands of different colours together at the same time. Above is a great example of a marled knit, Forester by Brooklyn Tweed.

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Marled Yarn: Misti Alapca Chunky in a marked colourway.

You can also buy yarn that creates a marled effect (see above), it will be an equal combination of at least two colours, by sometimes there are more.

Fibre Texture

One important thing to consider when knitting up your own mark is the texture of the fibre. A marled textile works best if the fibres stick together and ‘blend’ a bit. The fuzzier the yarn, the better the marl effect. Yarns with a smooth surface don’t blend well. I think Ashes it would be awesome worked up with a single ply laceweight yarn like Malabrigo Lace Baby Merino. It has a halo to it that will make the two strands blend together almost seamlessly.

Malabrigo Lace COMBO Marls

Colour Combinations

High Contrast

Most people think of a marled colour as a high contrast and obvious look, like a black & cream (195 Black & 64 Natural) or black & light grey  (195 Black & 9 Polar). You can also experiment with something a bit more edgy, like a tan & muted pink (like 18 Applewood & 60 Dusty).

Low Contrast

Another option is a lower contrast, which creates a more subtle effect. Putting two reds together would create a subtle depth of colour (like 44 Geranio and 94 Bergamota), or a bright red & pink would be a vibrant combination (like 94 Bergamota & 184 Shocking Pink). Blues look great combined together (like 186 Buscando Azul and 26 Continental, or 27 Bobby Blue & 98 Tuareg). If you’re a purple person try 34 Orchid & 97 Cuarzo for a subtle, pretty purple.

Variegated

If you want something variegated, but the original colourway is a bit too much, try pairing it with one of the dominant colours in the colourway (like 242 Intenso & 44 Geranio, 157 Amoroso & 24 Vermillion, 228 Snowbird & 94 Bergamota, or 9 Polar Morn & 622 SFO Sky).

 

Ashes Marled COMBO

Photos: Misti Alpaca, grasflecken/Isabell Kraemer

 

 

 

FINISHED Gillespie

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Gillespie

I finished my Gillespie pullover just in time for the warm weather and I LOVE it!  It took a little while to finish it, but that’s mostly about me and not the project, which was great. The pattern was a simple top-down raglan and easy. Because linen stretches I went down one size and made the smallest size, and it still feels like it fits with positive ease –  the fit is loose and comfortable. The fabric is soft, smooth and cool – I LURV Quince & Co Sparrow for summer garments, it’s so blissfully comfortable in warm weather!

Quince & Co Sparrow is on SALE until the end of July!

Initially felt that the neck would be too wide for my narrow shoulders, and I was right. I made some modifications and made the neck narrower and it is still fairly wide (all details are in our Ravelry Project Notes). I made the body and arms a bit longer, but linen grows with wear, so I might need to take them back (one of the benefits of a top-down construction). I also put a handful of short-rows in the back to even it out, but now that I’m wearing the sweater I don’t know if that was necessary because the fabric has so much drape.

For all the blog posts in this series click HERE.

Size

  • Finished Bust: 34¼ (37¾, 41¼, 44¾, 48¼, 52, 55½, 59)” or [87 (96, 105, 113.5, 122.5, 132, 141, 150) cm] bust circumference;
  • Shown in size 37¾” [93.5 cm] with 3¾” [9.5 cm] positive ease

Materials

  • Quince & Co Sparrow: 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10) skeins
  • 3.25mm/US3 – 16″ circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 24″ circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 32″ circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US4 double pointed needles
  • stitch markers
  • scrap yarn
  • tapestry/daring needle
  • Pattern 
  • Our Ravelry Notes

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Gillespie COMBO

PROJECT So Faded

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So Faded

I’ve seen a lot of buzz about this pattern online, and since I find colour combining infinitely entertaining, I figured I’d give it a closer look! It’s super pretty, very simple, and available in an adult size or child’s version. Plus the yarn is light enough for knitting in the warmer weather – a great project to take to the cottage or on vacation! See Patterns HERE.

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So Faded COMBO

PROJECTS in Progress: Gillespie

 

Spring Knitting ADD: Part 1

I am in the throws of full Spring knitting ADD. Several projects are on the needles, and more are in the planning stages. If you also suffer from Spring Knitting ADD don’t blame yourself, it’s the rollercoaster weather. On warmer days I’ve been working on GILLESPIE, a light,  warm weather sweater made with Quince & Co Sparrow. Becuase it is linen I’m making a smaller size than I normally would, and I don’t think I’ll need more than 6 skeins. I’ve also made some pattern modifications to make it fit me and the store mannequin better (we both have small shoulders), which I always add to my project notes in Ravelry.

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My work on this sweater has been a bit congested lately, but I’ve found that I like knitting with this fine linen best while lying down on my sofa – I don’t know why, but I’m best able to get into the flow in this position. Sitting positions, no matter how slouchy, don’t seem to do it for me with this yarn. I think it’s because my body (head, neck, back, shoulders, arms) is fully supported. The pattern is straight knitting and there isn’t much to look at, so it’s ideal for catching up on some trashy TV.

 

Gillespie Progress Combo

Photos: Quince & Co, Knit-O-Matic

 

Gillespie

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Gillespie

Oh, hello summer sweater of my dreams, nice to finally meet you! Seriously, Gillespie is the pattern I’ve been waiting for from Quince & Co.  It’s a simple top-down knit in the round – I love uncomplicated. The neckline looks quite wide and after making

Notes

The neckline looks quite wide and the model in the picture seems to have sizeable shoulders.  After recently finishing a similarly shaped linen sweater, Daicey,  I’d suggest that if your shoulders are on the smaller side (like mine) you might consider omitting some stitches in the neck and back area. Always check the measurements in the pattern schematic to get a good idea about fit.

Size

  • Finished Bust: 34¼ (37¾, 41¼, 44¾, 48¼, 52, 55½, 59)” or [87 (96, 105, 113.5, 122.5, 132, 141, 150) cm] bust circumference;
  • Shown in size 37¾” [93.5 cm] with 3¾” [9.5 cm] positive ease

Materials

  • Quince & Co Sparrow: 6 (6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10) skeins
  • 3.25mm/US3 – 16″ circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 24″ circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US4 – 32″ circular needles
  • 3.5mm/US4 double pointed needles
  • stitch markers
  • scrap yarn
  • tapestry/daring needle
  • Pattern 

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Gillespie COMBO

FINISHED Daicey

Quince and Co Kestrel Daicey Sample

Daicey

I just finished Daicey, a new store sample, one I intend to wear around the store this Spring & Summer. It was a super quick and easy knit, a real low-brainer. I think it is going to be a great sweater to wear over a tank or cami in the summer! It’s open, airy, casual, modern, and simple – all things I like.

Notes

  • The neckline is quite wide (as it is designed to be). If you have broad shoulders you should be fine. If you have narrow shoulders (like me and my mannequin) you might find it slips off your shoulders. If I make Daicey again I will cast on fewer stitches for the neck.
  • I expected a lot of drape and made a size smaller than I would normally, but it really does have a ton of stretch. I think I over-estimated my size, if I make this again I might make the smallest size (I’m a size 4-6/small, 36″ bust).
  • I don’t think the A-line shaping is necessary for the garment’s style if your body doesn’t need it. I would skip that if I made it again. The same goes for the pocket.
  • I blocked by washing in a delicate bag on cold and drying (in the delicate bag) on low heat. I find this loosens up the fibres and makes them soft and pliable. Plus I can see the full stretch & drape. If you don’t want it to “let-go” don’t put it in the dryer.
  • I wove the ends in where possible (underarms, pockets, cuffs, etc) and sewed all of the ends down with matching thread. All yarn was joined at the side, under the arm.
  • I didn’t bother using double pointed needles, I was able to make the arms entirely on 16″ circular needles (I don’t know if that would work with the smallest size).

Size

  • Finished Bust: 31½ (34¾, 37¼, 39½, 41¾, 45¼, 48½, 52)” or 80 (88.5, 94.5, 100.5, 106, 115, 123, 132) cm
  • finished measurements for our sample are available in our Ravelry project notes (no point subjecting your to that kind of minutiae)

Materials

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Quince and Co Kestrel PATTERN daicey COMBO

RESTOCKED & HACKS Quince & Co Kestrel

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Quince & Co Kestrel

I’m kind of sweet on Quince & Co Kestrel – I’m working on our 4th project in it and my mind is already spinning, thinking ahead to the next. It’s a flexible aran to bulky weight, machine washable, and made from organic Belgian linen. It knits up quickly and the drape is divine!  Like all things linen, woven or knitted, Kestrel only gets better as you wash and wear it.

 

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Kestrel Knit Hacks

Size

Linen has LOTS of drape, especially when knit loosely. Consider making a size smaller than normal, your finished garment will grow after blocking and with wear.

Joining

Tape or ribbon yarn like Kestrel yarn aren’t joined in the same way as other, regular plied yarns. When changing balls, you’ll need to sew the ends together with matching sewing thread – see this tutorial. You can alternately try this other method for joining hollow core yarns.

Winding

Linen balls are slickery and like confinement. After winding your skein, house it in a sock or the leg of some old pantyhose to keep it from becoming an unruly pain in the bum (I’ve been known to pick up cool coloured hose & socks if they cross my path at the dollar store).

Washing

What they say about linen is true – it washes extremely well, and gets softer and nicer after each wash. It is, however, not made from the cape of the man of steel. Like everything else, it’s vulnerable to abrasion, which will ruin the surface of the textile and make it mungy-looking (I learned this the hard way, curse words were uttered). Wash your linen in the machine, but always put it in a delicate bag. If you want to put it in the dryer I’d be safe and put it on cool and maybe keep it in the bag. The fibres will not shrink in the dryer, but they’ll contract a little, and again, my concern is abrasion.

Quince and Co Kestrel PATTERN daicey pullover

Daicey

I’m currently working on Daicey, it’s going extremely smoothly. It is a very simple top-down raglan with a smidge of A-line shaping and a pocket for a cute little detail. Mine looks great so far, but it won’t gel until it;s been washed and the fibres settle. I’m using a muted colour, Turtle, but I also have a client who’s working on it in Rosehip, and I can’t wait to see how the vibrant colour affects the design. I think her’s is going look a bit better, I think the brighter colour will make the details and the lines *pop*.  Who knows, maybe I’ll like it so much I’ll make another!  I’m also making a size smaller than normal because I expect the fabric will be stretch-city.

  • Quince & Co Kestrel: 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins
  • 6.5mm/US10.5 24″ circular needles
  • 6.5mm/US10.5 – 16″ circular or double pointed needles
  • matching sewing thread & needle
  • Pattern