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.
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 JessaminwithQuince & 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
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.
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.
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.
Norah Gaughan combines her love of geometry and her mastery of innovative construction in Framework: Ten Architectural Knits, a collection of ten breezy pieces worked in Quince & Co’s organic linen yarns, Kestrel and Sparrow. From a summery little neck scarf to a godet-trimmed, shoulder-baring top to a free flowing open cardigan knitted in different directions, Norah’s collection offers ten projects that are a pleasure to knit and flattering to wear.
Framework delves into the underlying structure of her pieces—the simple rectangle—and how various knitting techniques transform this basic shape into new and interesting knitwear. Illustrated tips on essential techniques, such as yarnovers in knit and purl fabrics, short rows, twisted fringe, and more are also provided throughout the book.
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.
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).
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)