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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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Quince and Co Kestrel COMBO BLOG

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

 

FREEBIE Sempione

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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!.

Size

  • 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

  • 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

 

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Smithfield

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.

Size

  • 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

 

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Photo: Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed

 

Breton

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: http://www.vogueknitting.com/pattern_help/how-to/beyond_the_basics/horizontal_stripes).

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.

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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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