Quince & Co Kestrel
We’ve finally received our new stock of Quince & Co Kestrel! Sorry for the lateness, their shipment was late, then it got stuck in customs, then they shipped it, but half of our order got stuck in customs …. our kestrel has been on an international shipping ODYSSEY (oh the stories it could tell)!
If you aren’t already familiar with Kestrel, it’s a BEAUTIFUL, machine washable, organic linen made it Italy. It’s aran to bulky weight, so it knits up quickly and easily on 5mm/US8 to 6.5mm/US10.5 needles. Linen has a remarkable amount of drape and ease, so you can generally go down one to two sizes in a pattern (when I work with Kestrel on a 6.5mm/US10.5 needle I go down TWO sizes).
Spring-Summer Classes with Kestrel
We’ve been carrying Kestrel for about 2 or 3 years now, and we’ve been so impressed with its quality and how well it works-up that we’re using it in a number of our Spring & Summer workshops!
Quince & Co also just published their new pattern collections, Kestrel 2018, you can find the patterns HERE!
Baldric By Isablle Kraemer
I love this new pattern by Isabelle Kraemer – it’s casual, simple, and easy to work up in one piece!
- Quince & Co Kestrel: 9 (10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 14) skeins
- 5.5 mm/US9 – 24” (60 cm) and 32” (80 cm) circular needles
- 5.5 mm/US9 DPNs (or longer circular needle for magic loop) for neck, body and sleeves.
- Stitch holders or waste yarn
- stitch markers
- tapestry needle
- Pattern via Ravelry
- XS (S, M1, M2, L, XL, XXL)
- finished bust circumference: 36.75 (39, 42, 44.25, 47.5, 50.75, 52.75)” or
92 (97.25, 105.25, 110.75, 118.75, 126.75, 132) cm
- Sample is size S worn with 6” (15.25 cm) positive ease at bust.
Quince & Co Linens are 25% OFF until March 9th! It’s a great time to pick up a deal on last year’s stock, but get it fast because it’s going to fly!
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
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.
We just finished up Vested Interest, a cute little summer cover-up. It was super EASY and ridiculously FAST – instant gratification!
NEW Colours Quince & Co Kestrel
When you want quick summer knitting in lovely linen, use Kestrel! It knits up quickly at 3½ to 4 stitches to the inch on 6mm/US10 needles and it looks great in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) and simple silhouettes—the better to show off its texture and drape.
Kestrel is a new take on a simple linen yarn. Quince and Co. took the same Belgium-grown organic linen that they use in their little Sparrow and spun it this time in a ribbon structure (actually it’s a ‘chainette’ – a small knitted tube). Its flat surface adds a slight texture to simple knit and purl stitches. But we think the best thing about it is its incredible drape. Like all things linen, woven or knitted, Kestrel only gets better as you wash and wear it.
Photos: Veronika Jobe & hellodarlingknits
Tolt Folded Bag
This a quick, easy and satisfying little project for Spring & Summer (plus the pattern is FREE). We made the stocking stitch version on 5mm/US8 needles using the very lovely, popular, and versatile Quince & Co. Kestrel organic linen.