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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Oh crochet, how I have MISSED you! I just finished this handy-dandy grocery bag with less than one skein of Quince & Co Sparrow organic linen. I wrote this simple pattern a million years ago, and it’s kind of nice to revisit an old friend. Plus it’s a fast & portable project, a cool summer yarn, and makes a great hostess or teacher gift.
The yarn & hook size are slightly smaller than the original, so check out our project notes for modifications. I also put a locking stitch marker (actually calabash pins worked well with this yarn) in each round to help me keep track of where I was (especially useful around round 12+).
Working with Linen
Pure linen is kind of a ‘product’ fibre, rather than a ‘process’ fibre. You’re going to love the project once it’s done, but it isn’t the easiest yarn you’ve ever used. In the skein it is stiff, but rest assured that it will loosen up as it is knitted, and then completely after washing. I’m not telling you this to put you off, but rather to help set your expectations for a different kind of textile experience. Quince & Co Sparrow is the most beautiful 100% linen I’ve ever come across and I’m always extremely happy with my projects made with it. I definitely suggest you give it a try!
I think the Parker Cardi may be my next sweater – after I finish Gillespie (you know me, always thinking ahead to my next meal). I like it’s simplicity, both in aesthetic and execution. When it comes to spring & summer knitting I need my projects to be easy to execute, anything too ambitious and I don’t seem to get it done. I’ve been working with the Quince & Co. Sparrow at the same tension for Gillespie, and I really like the basic stocking stitch with this yarn – plus its easy-peasy, minimal thinking knitting. I’m not sure which colour yet, but I’m very keen on the new marled colours (especially conch and mineral).
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.