Category Archives: SUMMER

PROJECTS Market & Grocery Bags

Since single-use plastic bags are being phased out in Canada, I thought it might be a good time to revisit the good old-fashioned string bag. I could be wrong, but I feel like we were doing well reducing our plastic before COVID, but the pandemic seems to kind of disrupt that progress. Setbacks happen, we’ll just get back on the horse and forge forward! The following are some of my favourite patterns … both knit and crochet. I prefer crochet because the nature of the crochet stitch strengthens the structure of the bag, but in the end, it’s really all good, as long as we’re cutting back on plastic.

Qualities I look for in a yarn for making string bags:

  • Washability: I want to be able to throw it in the washing machine.
  • Strength: it needs to be strong enough to carry stuff and not break.
  • Resilience: it needs to wear well, I want it to last.

Why Bother?

Some philosophies believe that we are connected to everyone and everything on this planet. Since there is now garbage in orbit around the planet, I’ll just extend it a little further and say that you’re connected to everything in creation. You are tethered to everything, and this connection is centred in love. You are important, what you say is important, and what you do is especially important. In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz says we should be impeccable with our words, but I think it’s time we learn to be impeccable with our actions (as an aside, the audiobook narrator Peter Coyote is EXCELLENT).

During the early COVID shut-downs I noticed a LOT of plastic bags leaving the store, and it made me kind of queasy, so I started switching over to paper bags and biodegradable shipping bags. But paper isn’t the answer – it decomposes and recycles, but it’s substantially more expensive than plastic, it’s resource-heavy, and its manufacture and distribution generate lots of greenhouse gases. The solution is to not use resources that you don’t need to. We have to make new habits, but when you do, try to do it from a different context, try it from a place of love. Most of us live from a centre of fear, but I’ll be honest, I don’t think it’s working for us. When you approach things from a foundation of fear everything seems to be slow, jerky, resistant, and hard. When you come at it from a paradigm of love, things just seem to flow, they’re easy, and they move naturally. We have a lot of changes ahead of us, so if you can find a way to lean into it gracefully you’ll be leagues ahead of the game.

For more on the subject of living from love …

P.S. (Video Tutorials)

I tried to find you a suitable pattern with a video tutorial on Youtube, but while I was previewing them I started feeling really angry and frustrated, so I passed. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t follow one if you find one you like, it just means that I didn’t find anything that met my standards for referral (a combination of accessible skill level, clear instructions and happy energy).

P.P.S. (COVID Related Supply-Chain Disruptions)

Distribution disruptions due to COVID are still in the works, and I received a note from the distributor last week that the price of Cascade Ultra Pima is going up to $14.97/skein. Our inventory is still at the old price, $11.97/skein, so if you were thinking of picking some up best to do it before we have to raise the price.


French Market Bag (crochet)

Here’s a great one for the people who aren’t afraid of the hook – a gorgeous french market bag crocheted with cotton! I’ s a substantial bag that will hold a lot of whatever you’re carrying. We made our store sample with Cascade Ultra Pima and we used about 320m of yarn. I’d like to try it with a linen, like Quince & Co Sparrow, I love the sturdiness and resilience of linen. If you want an even bigger bag, level up to a 4.5mm or 5mm hook and use Lion Brand Pima Cotton.

Suggested Yarns

Other Materials

Ilene Bag (knit)

Ilene is a great free bag pattern that’s been around a long time. It holds a lot, but if you want it bigger just make the body longer, and you can make the handle longer or shorter to suit your carrying needs.


Other Materials

Crochet Grocery Bag

I designed this little bag many, many moons ago and it’s still one of my favourites. My favourite version were the ones I made a few years ago with some Quince & Co Sparrow Linen – they’re sturdy, light, and put away up nicely! This bag also makes a great little gift.

Suggested Yarns


Monteagle Bag (knit)

I’ve always liked the Monteagle bag because it’s just really groovy looking and reminds me of macrame. It’s like on larger needles to play up the stringiness of the string bag.


Other Materials

Weightless Produce Bag (knit)


Portofino Bag Set (crochet)

This mesh bag set is the ultimate duo in accessories! A roomy tote for market scores, beach day essentials, or picnic must-haves in addition to a chic bottle bag to ensure you are always hydrated make the perfect pair this season. These quick projects are stylish, quick, and functional – the best combo!

Suggested Yarns

Other Materials

PROJECT Cumulus Tee

Cumulus Tee from Petite Knit

The Cumulus Tee from Petite Knit is a super simple and elegant top that’s great for summer knitting & wearing. It’s worked in stockinette stitch and has a rounded V-neck in the front. The sleeves are elbow length, and all edges are finished in i-cord. The Cumulus Tee is made in one piece from the top-down and requires no finishing work at the end, so chances are you’ll actually finish it THIS summer. It’s worked at a tight enough tension that you won’t need to wear a cami underneath – another summer bonus. Since it’s made from the top, you can make it as long or cropped as you like, and modify the length of the sleeves to suit your taste.

NOTE: technique tutorials for this project are available from the designer’s website HERE

I suggest using Quince & Co Sparrow for this project – a high-quality 100% organic linen from Italy. Sparrow is the nicest linen I’ve ever come across, and since I found it I’ve never been able (or inclined) to back. It knits up beautifully, wears beautifully, and washes beautifully and easily – it’s the base for my summer uniform (Gillespie).

See Cumulus in Quince & Co Sparrow


The Cumulus Tee is designed to have approx. 3-9 cm [1¼-3½ inches] of positive ease. Before beginning your project, measure yourself to determine which size will fit you the best.

  • XS (S) M (L) XL (2XL) 3XL
  • Finished Bust circumference: 89 (94) 99 (104) 113 (123) 134 cm OR 35 (37) 39 (41) 44½ (48½) 52¾ inches
  • To fit bust circumference: 80-85 (85-90) 90-95 (95-100) 100-110 (110-120) 120-130 cm OR 31½-33½ (33½-35½) 35½-37½ (37½-39½) 39½-43¼ (43¼-47¼) 47¼-51¼ inches
  • Sleeve circumference: 30 (32) 34 (36) 38 (41) 41 cm OR 11¾ (12½) 13½ (14¼) 15 (16¼) 16¼ inches
  • Total length: 51 (52) 54 (57) 59 (60) 62 cm OR 20 (20½) 21¼ (22½) 23¼ (23½) 24½ inches
Projects Made with Quince & Co Sparrow


  • Quince & Co Sparrow: 7(7) 7 to 8 (8) 9 (9) 10 skeins [these numbers are approximations]
  • 3mm/US2.5 – 24″ circular needles
  • 3mm/US2.5 – 32″ or 40″ circular needles
  • 2.5mm/US1.5 – 24″ ciruclar needles
  • 2.5mm/US1.5 – 32″ ciruclar needles
  • 3mm/US2.5 double pointed needles
  • 2.5mm/US1.5 double pointed needles
  • stitch markers
  • Pattern

PROJECT The Beach Wrap (Full of Colour)

This will be the last project with Berroco Summer Sesame, I PROMISE! I just finished a new iteration of our Beach Wrap, this time made with some COLOUR to brighten things up. I was playing around with combining two multi-coloured yarns to see if I could take it to a greater depth, make it even more interesting, and of course knit the project up faster on larger needles. I held two strands of complementary colourways together, and just let them do their thing. You can also try holding two strands of the same colour but starting at different parts of the colourway.

Please see the notes below for a bit of strategy to help keep your colours consistent. When I started I was in a rush and I didn’t pay attention to where the yarn was in the colourway … when it was time to start the second balls of yarn my project evolved from a shawl into an exercise in letting go of expectations/the outcome/control and surrendering to the flow. Can you see in the picture above where things kind of shift? I like to think of it as a shawl of multiple possibilities, different paths and choices. When things just don’t want to go the way you wanted, the best thing you can do is let go and lean into the faith that life is working for your highest good (and maybe find the humility to accept that you may not know what that is).

The Beach Wrap has been a super popular project since its debut, and it makes a great canvas to paint on. It was created with accessibility in mind – I wanted it to be simple to knit, and incredibly wearable. The simple welted texture is random, completely reversible, and creates a classic, timeless look. The pattern is knitted on the bias, increasing in width as you go, so you can make it any size you like and you never have to worry about running out of yarn. We’ve written the pattern with a line-by-line chart, to help you keep track of your rows (a beneficial thing for everyone, but especially helpful for people with learning disabilities, brain fog, mommy brain, COVID brain, messy brain, etc). And the final bonus – it’s a FAST knit on 6.5mm/US10 (think quick gift)!


  • On this version we did three full pattern repeats, then worked 43 rows on the 4th repeat, then bound off. Our goal was to work until we ran out of yarn, which we did.
  • When you choose your yarn, try to choose skeins that start at or around the same point in the colourway.
  • When you start your project note whether you are taking the yarn from the inside or the outside of the skein, so you can do the same with the second ball.
  • If you want your dominant colour muted/toned down pair it with colour 5250 Sand


  • 98”/245cm long (from tip to tip)
  • 23”/58cm deep (at longest point)


PROJECT Technicolor Tote from Petite Knit


The Technicolor Tote Bag is worked from the bottom up in a slipped stitch pattern. The bag is worked in three strands of yarn held together throughout, and the gradual transitions between colors are achieved by continuously changing between the different colors held together (don’t worry, the color changes are thoroughly described in the pattern and the pattern is supported with youtube videos). Work the bag in your favorite colors and either meticulously change colors as the pattern dictates or use the description in the pattern as a guide and inspiration and create your own interpretation of the Technicolor Tote Bag.



This project also makes a GORGEOUS cushion …. see below for a beautiful picture.


This project is of course ideal for stash-busting, but the designer hasn’t given actual yardage amounts in the pattern, just suggestions for the number of balls required. I explored the finished projects and found a few people who had generously entered their accurate yarn totals, and it looks like you’ll need a total of 700 to 750m (900m on the outside) of DK weight yarn. A few projects say they used about 400g of yarn.


  • Size: One size
  • Width: 34 cm [13½ inches]
  • Height: approx. 38 cm [15 inches]


How do the colours work? You’ve got a few different shades working together to create a harmonious composition:

C1: A medium colour that attracts the eye (royal blue was used in the original)
C2: A dark colour (dark brown was used in the original)
C3: A light neutral (ecru/light beige was used in the original)
C4: A medium-light neutral (camel was used in the original)
C5: A bright colour that POPS! (bright orange was used in the original)


Sandnes Garn Double Sunday (total of 11 skeins)

  • C1: 4 skeins Electric Blue (6046)
  • C2: 2 skeins Coffee Bean (4081)
  • C3: 2 skeins Almond (2511)
  • C4: 2 skeins Camel (2542)
  • C5: 1 skein That Orange Feeling (3819)

You can also use a summer yarn, like the following….

Cascade Ultra Pima (total of 6 skeins – approx $72)

  • C1: 2 skeins
  • C2: 1 skein
  • C3: 1 skein
  • C4: 1 skein
  • C5: 1 skein 

Lion Brand Pima Cotton (total of 6+ skeins, $48+, this yarn is a worsted to aran weight, you can use larger needles with it.)

  • C1:  2 to 3 skeins 
  • C2:  1 to 2 skeins 
  • C3:  1 to 2 skeins 
  • C4:  1 to 2 skeins 
  • C5:  1 skein 

Berroco Remix Light (total of 5 skeins, approx $85)

  • C1: 1 skein
  • C2: 1 skein
  • C3: 1 skein
  • C4: 1 skein
  • C5: 1 skein

Berroco Pima Soft (total of 11 skeins, approx $121)

  • C1: 4 skeins 
  • C2: 2 skeins 
  • C3: 2 skeins 
  • C4:  2 skeins 
  • C5: 1 skein 

Or if you want to take a more affordable route, try a blend of wool & synthetic:

Berroco Vintage Baby (total of 11 skeins, approx $61)

  1. C1: 4 skeins 
  2. C2: 2 skeins 
  3. C3: 2 skeins 
  4. C4:  2 skeins 
  5. C5: 1 skein 

Berroco Vintage DK (total of 6 skeins, approx $63)

  • C1: 2 skeins
  • C2: 1  skein
  • C3:  1 skein
  • C4: 1 skein
  • C5: 1 skein 

Want to go a little out of the box? Try something FUZZY!

Drops Air (a total of 7+ balls, this yarn is a worsted to aran weight, you can use larger needles with it)

  • C1: 3 balls
  • C2: 1 to 2 balls
  • C3: 1 to 2 balls
  • C4: 1 to 2 balls
  • C5: 1 ball 


This project is a great opportunity to explore interchangeable needles!


I absolutely LURV Anmarkar’s Technicolor cushions!!!! What a brilliant and simple statement piece …. any sofa or chair would be lucky to be home to something like this.


Looking for a larger bag? Look no further than the Petite Knit Technicolor Shopper! (I think this post is already long enough, just click on the picture or the link above to find all the details for the project.)

PROJECT Sapphire in Berroco Remix Light


This iteration of Sapphire was whipped up by Åsa Buchta, the garment designer. It was originally envisioned in Berroco’s new multicoloured summer yarn, Vivo, but a great design should be able to grow beyond its yarn. Åsa made a version of this wardrobe staple for herself using one of our summer staples, the very wearable and very affordable  Berroco Remix Light (see below for more info on the yarn) – you can read more about her version on Berroco’s Blog. I think her sweater looks amazing over a summer dress, and I love that it looks great on bodies of all shapes and sizes (the pattern is VERY size-inclusive and goes up to a 76.5″ waist). For more yarn recommendations see below; the options aren’t endless, but they are definitely abundant!

FYI a real-world, physical sample of the original version of Sapphire will be visiting the store next week with Berroco’s Spring/Summer Trunk Show!



Sapphire is a classic dolman sleeve V-neck cardigan in an all-over textured stitch. The back, right front, and left front are each worked separately, with increases forming the dolman sleeves. The pieces are sewn together, then the sleeve cuffs and button band are picked up and knit. See Details on Ravelry


Berroco Remix Light is a multi-seasonal yarn that’s so comfortable you’ll find the garments made with it become some of your favourites (you know, the one you wear over and over and over again, until you get tired of the colour so you make another in a new colour … etc). It’s super soft, light, breathable, machine washable, and it’s made in France from an eco-friendly blend of 100% recycled fibres.

It’s great for people who are allergic to wool, and light enough for perfect for people whose bodies run warm and wearing a knit is more about dressing and less about warmth. Its popularity also stems from its INCREDIBLE yardage – it’s a DK weight yarn that comes in a 100g/400m skein (for those of you who don’t live in a yarn store, that’s like a bonus 150m to 200m). Remix Light is great for sweaters, tanks, tees, blankets, socks, scarves, shawls, bags, etc. It’s great for everyone: babies, kids, adults. It also works beautifully for colourwork, especially stranded/fair isle. 


  • 10% silk, 9% linen, 27% cotton, 30% nylon, 24% acrylic
  • 100g/400m (432 yds)
  • 3.75mm/US5 needles
  • Knitting gauge: 22 sts & 32 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Crochet gauge: 20 sc x 22 rows = 4″ (10cm)
  • Machine Wash in cold water, delicate cycle. Lay flat to dry.
  • Read more about how Berroco Remix and Remix Light are made HERE


Note:  Since this garment has a dolman sleeve, the bust measurement is very forgiving.  Go by the waist measurement when selecting your size.

  • Waist: (32½, 36, 40½, 44½) [48½, 52½, 56½, 60½] {64½, 68½, 72½, 76½}” / (82.5, 91.5, 103, 113) [123, 133.5, 143.5, 153.5] {164, 174, 184, 194.5} cm
  • Length: (17½, 18, 18¾, 19¼) [20, 20¾, 21¼, 22] {22¾, 23¼, 24, 24½}” / (44.5, 45.5, 47.5, 49) [51, 52.5, 54, 56] {58, 59, 61, 62} cm
  • Shown in size 36″ / 91.5 cm. Recommended ease:  Approximately 2–4″ / 5–10 cm positive ease.


  • 22 sts and 32 rows = 4″ / 10 cm in Moss stitch, on larger needle



Want to make this sweater, but in a different yarn? We recommend the following:

Berroco Pima Soft

  • 100% super soft pima cotton with a bit of texture. (50g/113m)
  • (8,  8, 8, 11) [11, 11, 13, 16] {16, 18, 18, 21} 

Berroco Summer Sesame

  • A machine-washable blend of cotton & acrylic that’s light, comfortable and colourful. (100g/270m)
  • (4, 4, 4, 5) [5, 5, 6, 7] {7, 8, 8, 9} balls

Berroco Vintage DK

  • A soft, machine-washable blend of wool & synthetic thats’ also affordable – great for lighter sweaters in cooler weather. (100g/266m)
  • (4, 4, 4, 5) [5, 5, 6, 7] {7, 8, 8, 9} skeins

NEW Quince & Co Coloree, Fresia & Kama


Coloree is a fantastic blend of bold color blocks and sweet little details. Knit with fingering weight Quince & Co Sparrow, knitters of all levels will enjoy the luxurious drape and softness of this summer-ready tank. We envision a multitude of color combinations for Coloree—from bold and energetic to soft and soothing, and everything in between!



Tank is worked in one piece, flat, from top-down. Yoke is shaped with side increases. Lower body is worked flat and buttons down the left side. I-cord edges worked at the armholes and neckline create delicate finishing. Shoulders are cast on using a provisional cast on and then front and back necklines are shaped by increasing sts with the cable cast on.


  • Bust circumference: 36 (39½, 44, 47½, 51¾) (56, 59½, 63¾, 68)” [91.5 (100.5, 112, 120.5, 131.5) (142, 151, 162, 172.5) cm]
  • Sample is shown in size 39½” [100.5 cm] on a 34″ [86.5 cm], 5’9″ [175.5 cm] tall model (5½” [14 cm] positive ease) 
  • Suggested ease: positive 0–5½” [0–14 cm]



Invisible provisional cast on, knitted on cast on, i-cord, intarsia techniques (links provided); increasing, decreasing.



23 sts and 32 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in St st with larger needles, after blocking.



Fresia is a classic summer staple that’s sure to fly off your needles! Fresia’s understated silhouette gives way to intricate side panels, for the perfect everyday tank you’ll be reaching for to layer with outfits. Knit in handkerchief-soft Quince & Co Sparrow, we can’t wait to see which color you choose for your Fresia!



The hem of the tank is worked flat in two pieces from the bottom up and then joined to work the body in the round to the armholes. The body is then split and the front and back are worked flat, shaping the armholes and the neck, and then the shoulders are seamed using kitchener stitch.


  • Bust circumference: 36¾ (39¾, 43¼, 46¼, 49¼, 52¼) (55, 58, 61, 64, 67)” [93.5 (101, 110, 117.5, 125, 132.5) (139.5, 147.5, 155, 162.5, 170) cm]
  • Sample shown in size 36¾” [93.5 cm] on a 34″ [86.5 cm], 5’9″ [175.5 cm] tall model (2¾” [7 cm] positive ease)
  • Suggested ease: positive 2–3″ [5–8 cm]



German twisted cast on, knitted and cable cast on, wrap-and-turn short rows, picking up sts, Kitchener stitch, sewn bind off (links provided); increasing, decreasing, working in the round. Charts and line-by-line instructions included.



27 sts and 37 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch knit flat, after blocking.



Delicate and flowing, this camisole balances meditative stockinette with compelling stitchwork. Knit in Quince & Co Kestrel , we love how this design leans into this linen yarn’s best qualities: its incredible drape, soothing sheen, and unique texture. Looking for a pattern that knits up quickly and is perfect for layering? Kama has you covered!


Quince & Co 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 its 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 camisole is worked in one piece from the bottom-up. Body is shaped first by changing needle sizes, then with side decreases. I-cord edges worked at the armholes and neckline create delicate straps.


  • Finished Bust: 34 (38, 42, 45, 49) (53, 57, 61, 65, 69)” [86.5 (96.5, 106.5, 114.5, 124.5) (134.5, 145, 155, 165, 175.5) cm]
  • Shown in size 38″ [96.5 cm] on a 34″ [86.5 cm], 5’9″ [175.5 cm] tall model (4″ [10 cm] positive ease)
  • Suggested ease: positive 0–4″ [0–10 cm]



German twisted cast on, i-cord, kitchener stitch (links provided); increasing, decreasing, working in the round. Charts and line-by-line instructions included.



16 sts and 26 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch with needles sized for main body, after blocking.


NEW Playful (re-run)

I don’t know why the formatting on this post went crazy … sometimes technology just doesn’t read our minds and things go sideways. I guess the way we choose to deal with the belly-flops is as important (if not more) than our successes? Anyway, that’s the story I’m telling myself today! So here is a re-run of our Playful Wrap, hopefully, the pictures will play nice this time. Have a great long weekend!


Playful is a great little project for travel or any other time when you want something portable and simple on your needles. It’s a little scarfy-shawly thing that works up quickly, making it very giftable and equally wearable. We used two contrasting colours of Berroco Summer Sesame (5238 Orchid, 5250 Sand) and took advantage of its natural self-striping abilities. The yarn’s texture also adds a little depth to the garter stitch, giving it a quasi-earthy richness (I love garter worked with textured yarns, they look so artisanal).

The Pattern is a freebie, and the project only requires one set of needles and two balls of yarn, so overall I think this project is an accessible little spring/summer treat.


  • length: 14″/37cm high at widest point
  • width: 70″/175cm tip to tip



Combining Colours

The striping works best when your yarns have a decent amount of contrast. In our case, the purple yarn is a reasonable amount darker than the beige. Any of the colours available in BERROCO SUMMER SESAME will work well with 5250 Sand as a contrast – you can’t go wrong with a neutral!

If you use two colours that are too close in value (the amount of lightness or darkness) or colour then you won’t see your stripes. For example, 5249 Alloy (black), 5242 Ocean (dark blue), and 5238 Orchid are all very dark, and you won’t see much contrast if you combine any of them.

Neutral colours, like natural, beige, grey, and black are often ideal contrast colours. Dark blues like Navy can also make a very clever contrast colour.


Your reward for making it to the end… gratuitous bird photos! Never one to miss his 15 minutes of fame, Gru hopped up on the mannequin towards the end of the photography and made cute faces.

PROJECT Quince & Co Cloverdale

Hankering for a project that’s a bit more challenging? The  Cloverdale tee features a classic A-line silhouette brought to life by easy slip-stitches, cap-sleeves, and a lovely Latvian braid at the neckline. The result? A bold, graphic hand-knit tee that’s warm weather-ready. All you have to do is choose your two favorite contrasting colorways and you’re good to go!

Cloverdale is designed with Quince & Co Sparrow, my go-to summer yarn – my summer “store uniform” is made with Sparrow. Sparrow is the best linen I’ve ever come across – its machine washable (I put it in the dryer on low heat), soft, comfortable durable, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sweaters I’ve made with it. This top is worked on small needles, so the tension is tight enough that you won’t have to wear a cami under it.


Tee is worked flat from the bottom up. A-line shaping decreases are worked up to the underarm, and then increases are worked for the sleeve caps. Front and back are seamed at the sides and shoulders. Sleeve openings feature a built-in i-cord edge. Neckline is finished with a Latvian braid.


  • Bust circumference: 39 (43½, 47, 51½, 55) (59½, 63¾, 67½, 71)” / 99
  • Sample shown in size 51½“ / 131 cm on a 39” / 99 cm, 5’7” / 170 cm tall model (12½” / 32 cm positive ease).
  • Suggested ease: positive 8–12½“ / 20.5–32 cm



German twisted cast on, mattress stitch (links provided); increasing, decreasing.



26 sts and 40 rows = 4” / 10 cm in slip stitch pattern, after blocking.
26 sts and 34 rows = 4” / 10 cm in 1×1 ribbing pattern, after blocking.

PROJECT Fountaingrove


Fountaingrove is the perfect cast-on to get you ready for the warm season to come. The pretty lace panel is simple and effective. It’s made with Quince & Co Kestrel, an aran weight 100% organic linen yarn that’s been a summer staple here for years! The linen provised gorgeous stitch definition, unparalleled drape, and cool comfort perfect for warm weather.



Fountaingrove is worked in the round from the bottom up to the underarms. Front and back yokes are worked flat.


  • Bust Circumference: 33½ (36¼, 39, 42) (44¾, 47½, 50¼, 53¼) (56, 58¾, 61¾, 64½)” [85 (92, 99, 106.5) (113.5, 120.5, 127.5, 135.5) (142, 149, 157, 164) cm] 
  • Shown in size 42″ [106.5 cm] on a 39″ [99 cm], 5’7″ [170 cm] tall model (3″ [7.5 cm] positive ease) 
  • Suggested ease: positive 0–3″ [0–7.5 cm]



Long tail cast-on, three-needle bind off (links provided); increasing, decreasing, working in the round. Charts and line-by-line instructions included.



17 sts and 25 rows = 4″ [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch, after blocking

PROJECT Quince & Co Petaluma


Petaluma is an elegant and versatile top-down tee, an instant classic for your summer wardrobe. I love the sweet little details of this boxy tee: from its tailored shoulder shaping to its generous neckline. This top will be your go-to summer garment!

Petaluma is designed with Quince & Co Sparrow (which is re-stocked), my go-to summer yarn – my summer “store uniform” is made with Sparrow. Sparrow is the best linen I’ve ever come across – its machine washable (I put it in the dryer on low heat), soft, comfortable durable, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sweaters I’ve made with it. This top is worked on small needles, so the tension is tight enough that you won’t have to wear a cami under it.



Tee is worked seamlessly from the top-down, beginning with the upper back and front, worked flat, and then joined in the round below the armholes. Sleeve stitches are picked up around the armhole and sleeves are worked in the round. The shoulders and sleeve caps are shaped using German short rows. This design features tailored shoulder shaping, in which the shoulder ‘seams’ are shifted towards the back of the body.


  • Bust circumference: 37½ (41½, 44½, 48½, 52) (55½, 58¾, 62¾, 66¼)” / 95.5 (105.5, 113, 123, 132) (141, 149, 159.5, 168.5) cm
  • Sample shown in size 44½“ / 113 cm on a 39” / 99 cm, 5’7” / 170 cm tall model (5½” / 14 cm positive ease)
  • Suggested ease: positive 2–8” / 5–20.5 cm


26 sts and 35 rnds = 4″ [10 cm] in Stockinette stitch with larger needle, after blocking.



I-cord cast on, backwards loop cast on, picking up stitches, German short rows (links provided); increasing, decreasing, working in the round.