My friend Rosie just finished the Shoals Tank last week and it is BEAUTIFUL! I’m not normally a lace person, but the texture is absolutely gorgeous, it only enhances the already stunning Quince & Co Sparow (on SALE until the end of July)!
The tank is worked in the round from the bottom up, the back and front are divided at armhole and worked flat. The straps are joined at the shoulder using the three-needle bind off (easy peasy)! The A-line shape is achieved by using different needle sizes, which is great, less for you to think about.
- Bust 30½ (33¼, 36, 38½, 41¼, 44, 46½, 49¼, 52, 54½)” [77.5, 84.5, 91, 98, 104, 112, 118, 125, 132, 138) cm]
- Size shown is 33¼” 84 cm worn with ¾” 2 cm negative ease.
- Quince & Co Sparow: 5 (5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins
- 32″ circular needles: 2.25/US1, 2.75/US2, 3.25/US3, and 3.5mm/US4
I need a little cardie to wear with summer dresses and I just cast on for Quick Sand. It’s a quick & simple top-down knit made with Quince & Co Kestrel (on SALE until the end of July)!
The project isn’t particularly complicated, there are short-rows that you can skip (the form the shaping in the back). One Caveat: the pattern formatting is a little unusual, so before you start I suggest you go through the pattern with a pencil and circle the numbers that apply to you. You might also want to write out some of the instructions in longhand, just to keep things clear in your mind.
I’m making some modifications, mine will be cropped and I’m using slightly larger needles to achieve a looser tension. I’ll update all the details as I go in my Ravelry project notes.
- Bust: XS(S, M1, M2, L, XL, XXL)
- Bust: 31 ½ (34 ½, 37 ¾, 41, 44, 47 ¼, 51 ½)
- Quince & Co Kestrel: 8(9, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14) skeins
- 5.5mm circular needles
- 5.5mm double pointed needles (or 12″ circular)
- stitch markers
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.
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- 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
- 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
- Our Ravelry Notes
I just finished my first sweater made with Quince & Co Sparrow and I’m all over this lovely summer yarn (pictures to come, I still need to block it)! I really like the simplicity of this tunic/tank, Raven. You can make it with the pockets, or skip them, make it in one colour, of colour blocks. But the most important thing to me is that you’ll want to wear it over, and over, and over again! The pattern is worked in the round from the bottom-up, and it’s all knit stitch, so the knitting is fairly uncomplicated. And hey, they yarn is even on sale until the end of July – can’t go wrong!
- Bust Circumference: 31½ (34½, 37½, 40½, 43¾, 46¾, 49¾, 53)” or 80 (87.5, 95.5, 103, 111, 118.5, 126.5, 134.5) cm
- linen has a lot of stretch to it, you might want to consider making a size smaller than normal.
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. Kestrel, which 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).
Bust Circumference: 31 [35, 39, 43, 47]’’, including 1.5 [2, 2.5, 3, 3.5]’’ of open space between front edges.
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!
- 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.
Another great summer freebie, Silken Straw is an elegant and simple summer tee – very wearable and very knittable. Quince & Co Sparrow is a great sub for their yarn, it’s soft, machine washable and has a beautiful sheen. For a more cost effective option try Cascade Ultra Pima Fine, a silky cotton with a great hand.