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FREEBIE Sempione



I love the versatility of this sweater! It’s so simple, so classic, so easy to wear  (I like things that are actually used and bring me joy).  You can wear this pullover all year round; make it for spring in an unpretentious cotton like Cascade Avalon, or something for fall & winter in any of a number of wools (see below). It’ll look great in a solid, heather, or semi-solid colour. The sizing provided is generous, and it doesn’t suck up too much yarn. It’s partially knit in the round, so there isn’t too-too much seaming involved – yay!.


  • Finished Bust: 36(40-44-48-52-56-60)”
  • Length (back): 23(23-23½-24-24- 24½-25)” (front is 2” shorter than back)
  • This garment was designed with approximately 2 – 4” of positive ease.

Yarn Options

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 5mm/US8-16″ circular needles
  • 5mm/US8-29″ circular needles
  • 5mm/US8 double pointed needles
  • 2 stitch markers (different colours)
  • 1 stitch holder

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FREEBIE Riverside Pullover


Riverside Pullover

I love the simple lines of this light, top-down pullover. You can make it with any fingering weight yarn, variegated (Manos AlegriaMalabrigo MechitaKoigu KPPPPM), semi-solid (Madeline Tosh Merino LightManos AlegriaMalabrigo Mechita), ombre (Cascade Heritage Wave), or solid (Cascade Heritage).


  • Size: S (M, L, XL)
  • Bust 33.5(37.5, 41.5, 45.5) inches

Yarn Options

Manos Alegria: 3(3, 4, 5) skeins

Malabrigo Mechita: 3(3, 4, 5) skeins

Madeline Tosh Merino Light: 3(3, 4, 5) skeins

Koigu KPPPPM: 6(7, 9, 12) skeins

Cascade Heritage: 3(3, 4, 5) skeins

Cascade Heritage Wave: 3(3, 4, 5) skeins

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 3.75mm/US5-32″ circular needles
  • 3.25mm/US3-24″ circular needles (for neckline)
  • 3.75mm/US5 double pointed needles
  • stitch markers
  • tapestry/darning needles


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FREEBIE Smithfield Pullover


Smithfield Pullover.jpg



Smithfield is an easy to knit and wear top down pullover with a turtleneck, rib details and allover texture. It’s designed to be worn with a few inches of positive ease, but how much ease is entirely a personal matter. The best way to get just the right amount is to find a piece of clothing that fits just the way you want your sweater to fit and measure it. Lay the garment on a flat surface and measure the span across the chest from underarm to underarm. Then while you’ve got it there, check the length too. Top-down raglans are really easy to modify so measure the length from the under arm to the hem and again to the sleeve cuffs. Compare these measurements to those of the schematic and choose the size that most closely matches the measurements from the garment you measured.


  • Bust Circumference: 33.75[37.25, 41, 45.25, 48, 51.5, 55]inches
  • Length (Shoulder to back hem): 26.75[27.5, 28.25, 28.5, 29.25, 29.5, 29.75] inches

Yarn Options

Malabrigo Rios: 5(6, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8) skeins

Cascade 220 Heathers: 5(6, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8) skeins

Cascade 220 Superwash: 5(6, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8) skeins

Berroco Vintage: 5(6, 6, 6, 7, 8, 8) skeins

Other Materials

  • FREE pattern
  • 4mm/US6-16″ circular needle
  • 4.5mm/US7-24″ circular needles
  • 4mm/US6 double pointed needles
  • 4.5mm/US7 double pointed needles
  • stitch markers
  • scrap yarn
  • darning/tapestry needle


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Breton & Mini Knit Hack


Breton 1

Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed



Another Ravelry find, an oldie but a goodie!  I love Breton’s simple lines and attention to detail in the tailoring – to me that means a great fit. If you take a look at the pictures below – the shoulders are designed on the back of the shoulder, just like the sweaters you buy in a store. The neckline is also rally nice (it’s Brooklyn Tweed, I wouldn’t expect anything less).

The pattern is made with a fingering weight (sock weight) yarn, some great options for semi-solid or veil dyed colours include Manos del Uruguay Alegria WatercoloursMalabrigo Mechita, and of course Madeline Tosh Tosh Merino Light. If you want to use a variegated yarn you might want to skip the stripes and use Manos del Urugay Alergria or Koigu KPPPM.


Knit Hack

Each skein of hand dyed yarn, even if they are from the same dye lot, are slightly different. The only way to ensure a consistent colour distribution in your work is to work with two skeins at the same time, and alternate the skeins every row or every other row. It isn’t hard to do, you don’t ever need to cut the yarn, you just carry the yarns up the side, like when you make stripes (instructions:

If you don’t alternate skeins you are liable to end up with blocks of colour that are slightly different. This technique can also be helpful if the colours in your hand painted/dyed yarn are pooling and you want an even colour distribution.


Yarn Options

Manos del Uruguay Alegria Watercolours: Background Colour 2(3, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins and 1 skein Stripe Colour (more colours are on order)

Malabrigo Mechita: Background Colour 2(3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins and 1 skein Stripe Colour

Madeline Tosh Tosh Merino Light: Background Colour 2(3, 3, 3, 4, 4) skeins and 1 skein Stripe Colour

Manos del Urugay Alergria (no stripes): 3(3, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins

Koigu KPPPM (no stripes): 7(7, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins


Other Materials


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Until the labour disruption at Canada Post is sorted out we will be shipping by Fedex (whenever and wherever possible).



Take advantage of our SUMMER SALE and make yourself a classic warm weather top! Donner is a basic wardrobe piece that looks good on everyone and will never go out of style (hey, you put a lot of work into your knits,they should be something that you use and love). It’s designed with luxe Quince & Co Sparrow, but you can also use Louet Euroflax Sport that has a bit more textural interest, or silky (and budget conscious) Cascade Ultra Pima.

Keep in mind, plant fibres like linen have a lot of stretch and drape, you might want to consider making a size smaller than normal.


  • Finished Bust: 34 (37¼, 40, 43¼, 46, 48¾, 51¼, 54, 57¼, 60)” or 86.5 (95, 101.5, 110, 117, 123.5, 130.5, 137, 145.5, 152.5) cm
  • Suggested ease at bust: + 4 to 6” [+10 to 15 cm], at upper arm: + ¾ to 1” [+ 2 to 2.5 cm]
  • Sample shown in 43¼” [110 cm] size. It is worn with 9” [23 cm] of positive ease at bust, 2” [5 cm] at upper arm in the top photos, and with 4” [10 cm] of positive ease at bust and ¾” at upper arm in those below.

Yarn Options

Quince & Co Sparrow: 5 (6, 7, 7, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13) skeins  ON SALE!

Louet Euroflax Sport: 3(4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8) skeins ON SALE!

Cascade Ultra Pima: 4(5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10) skeins ON SALE!

Other Materials

  • Pattern from Ravelry
  • 3.5mm/US 4 needles (see pattern for specifics)
  • 2.75mm/US 2needles (see pattern for specifics)
  • 2.5mm/US 1½ needles (see pattern for specifics)

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Sparrow Donner COMBO


New Knit.Wear Spring 2013

The latest issue of Interweave Knit.Wear just arrived! Browse the contents online HERE or on Ravelry. And here are a couple of the patterns …

Easy Baby Pullover

Something lovely and simple for lovers of working with sock yarn.

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