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PROJECTS Funky Knits in Kelbourne Mojave

Kelbourne Mojave

25% OFF TO SEPT 6

Today’s projects are brought to you by Kelbourne Mojave, a soft summer yarn that’s been flying under the radar for too long! It’s soft, easy to work with, and has amazing yardage (50g/170m). Mojave is a blend of cotton and linen with a matte surface texture (no shiny), and lots of great colours.

See HERE for patterns designed with Mojave

See other people’s projects with Mojave HERE

Photo: © Jessie Maed Designs

As Friends Tank

This cute summer tanks is a great little summer knit! It’s size inclusive (up to a 62″ bust). It’s made with Kelbourne Mojave (ON SALE 25% OFF TO SEPT 6), a gorgeous blend of cotton and linen that’s easy to work with a knits up beautifully (it doesn’t hurt that it comes in a spectrum of gorgeous colours either). As Friends is knit from the bottom up, and worked separately for front and back. Each cup is worked separately with shoulder straps joined at end. If you want you can make it any length you like, it doesn’t have to be as cropped as i the photos. See finished projects HERE.

The pattern is very thoughtfully sold under a “choose what you pay” price structure – you can pay full price, 25% off, or 50% off – whatever you ca afford.

Skills

Knitting in the round, bottom up, decreasing, holding stitches, 3-needle bind off, wet blocking (see our list of Knitting Skills Tutorials).

Sharing

To share your projects and see other versions of the pattern use the #AsFriendsTank hashtag on Instagram, and tag @jessssiemae.

Photos: JacquelineCieslak, elisemade

Size

  • (XS, S, M)(L, 1X, 2X)(3X, 4X, 5X)
  • To fit chest measurement of: (28, 32, 36)(40, 44, 48)(52, 56, 60)” or [(71, 81.5, 91.5)(101.5, 112, 122)(132, 142, 152.5)cm]
  • Actual measurement of finished garment at full chest: (28, 32, 36)(40, 44, 48)(52, 56, 60)“ or (71, 81.5, 91.5)(101.5, 112, 122)(132, 142, 152.5)cm
  • Choose a -10 – 0” / -25-0cm smaller than your full chest measurement. If you have a large bust in comparison to underbust, choose a size closer to the -10”/-25cm ease suggestion.

Materials

Look at My Holes

is a top down, seamless raglan crop top with a simple lace repeat creating large holes all around the garment. The combination of large needles and the lace motif make this an incredibly low yardage pattern. Perfect for layering, this top is designed to be worn with coordinating tank top, AsFriendsTank (above) . Look at My Holes also looks cool on its own, but for the full effect of the Look At My Holes As Friends Set you need to make both! Like all of Jessie Mae’s patterns, it is size inclusive.

Sharing

To share your projects and see other versions of the pattern use the #LookAtMyHoles  and #LookAtMyHolesAsFriendsSet hashtags on Instagram, and tag @jessssiemae.

Photo: Discostitch

Size

  • XS(S, M, L, XL) (XXL, 3X, 4X, 5X)
  • To fit chest measurement of: 30(34, 38, 42, 46) (50, 54, 58, 62)“ or 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117) (127, 137, 147.5, 157.5)cm
  • Finished garment chest measurements: 35.5(37.75, 40, 44.5, 49.25) (53.75, 58.25, 62.75, 67.5)“ or 90(96, 101.5, 113, 125) (136.5, 148, 159.5, 171.5)cm
  • Garment is designed to be worn with 2-6” (5-15cm) positive ease at the chest.

Materials

Photo: © Shingi Rice

Ardent

Ardent is a striking yet simple introduction to intarsia colour-work and features a double-neck, ruffled short sleeves on a drop shoulder, and folded hems. The fit is boxy with extra ease and a lowered back hem, with split sides for movement. If you prefer cleaner lines, you can skip the ruffles.

The top is worked flat, beginning at the front hem and worked up to the shoulders, then down to the back hem. Stitches are then picked up around the armhole for the ruffled sleeve.
The front is vertically colour-blocked in 2 colours, while the back features thick stripes that border a semicircle worked in a third contrasting colour, reminiscent of a deconstructed sunburst.

Special Skills

Provisional cast-on, intarsia colour-work

Size

  • 1 (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Finished chest (fullest point) circumference: 96.5 (106.5, 117, 127, 137, 147.5, 157.5, 167.5, 178)cm or 38 (42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 70)”
  • to be worn with 20.5-25.5cm / 8 10” positive ease.
  • The Model’s height is 178cm / 5’ 10”, with a chest circumference of 107cm / 42” and is wearing size 4.

Yarn

Kelbourne Mojave (ON SALE TO SEPT 6):

  • Colour A: Natural; 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins
  • Colour B: Bright Yellow; 2 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins
  • Colour C: Flamingo Pink; 1 skein

Other Materials

Photo: © Lori Versaci

Fine Lines

Fine Lines is a happy, fun play with color and ribbing that takes me back to Twiggy and summers in the late 60’s when everyone was wearing ribbed tops called “Poor Boys”!

Knit all in-one-piece from the top-down, Fine Lines uses an unusual construction, adding extra length on the BACK sts, so that there is no need for short-rows along the neckline. As a result, the BACK striping is somewhat different from the front, which adds a bit more fun to the pullover. The pattern also features an interesting bust dart detail that adds a bit more ease in the front over the bust, and it can be customized to one of 3 lengths — cropped, waist length or hip length (sleeve lengths are varied accordingly).

Photo: © Lori Versaci

Size

  • 1 (2, 3, 4)(5, 6, 7)(8, 9, 10, 11)
  • Finished Bust with 4”/10cm positive ease: 35 (37 ¼, 39 ¾, 42)(44 ¼, 46 ¾, 49)(51 ¼, 53 ¾, 56, 58 ¼)“
  • Length option 1 – Cropped Length: 15 (15 ¼, 15 ¼, 15 ¾)(16 ¼, 16 ¼, 16 ¾)(16 ¾ 17 ¼, 17 ¼, 17 ¾)“
  • Length option 2 – Waist Length: 19 (19 ¼, 19 ¼, 19 ¾)(20 ¼, 20 ¼, 20 ¾) (20 ¾, 21 ¼, 21 ¼, 22 ¾)“
  • Length option 3 – Hip Length: 23 ¼ (23 ½, 23 ½, 24)(24 ½, 24 ½, 25)(25, 25 ½, 25 ½, 26)“
Photo: © Lori Versaci

Yarn

Kelbourne Mojave (ON SALE TO SEPT 6):

  • Length option 1 – Cropped Length: 3 (3, 3, 3)(3, 4, 4)(4, 4, 4, 4) skeins MC plus 1 skein each A, B and C;
  • Length option 2 – Waist Length: 3 (4, 4, 4)(4, 4, 5)(5, 5, 5, 6) skeins MC plus 1 skein each A, B and C;
  • Length option 3 – Hip Length:4 (4, 4, 4)(5, 5, 5)(5, 6, 6, 6) skeins MC plus 1 skein each for A, B and C

Other Materials

FINISHED PROJECT Lovenote in Quince + Co Kestrel

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Lovenote

I made a spring/autumn Lovenote in the spring of 2020 and I liked it so much I decided to make another summer version with one of my favourite summer yarns, Quince & Co Kestrel (ON SALE to SEPT 6). I let this project languish half-finished all winter, and it’s definitely a regret because it ended up turning out so well. It’s so comfortable and easy to wear that it’s joined the ranks of my favourite store sweaters. I pop it on over a cami and summer pants and it’s my uniform. I wouldn’t mind another, super cropped version to wear over dresses, but I’ll let you guys have first pick of the colours.

Gruau’s best “Blue Steel“.

Notes

  • We made a size Adult XS (38.5″ bust). Before blocking it measured 36″ at the bust, and after blocking it was 40″. See our project notes HERE.
  • Linen is VERY stretchy, consider going down one or two sizes (we went down one and we could have easily gown down another)
  • Linen is softens up and loosens up COMPLETELY in the wash. It has zero structure and drapes gorgeously.
  • Quince & Co Kestrel is machine washable: machine wash on cold in a delicate bag. Machine dry on cool in delicate bag. Lay flat to dry if still damp.
  • If you don’t already have the needles, Interchangeable needles are a great option for projects like this one that are knit in the round and require a bunch of different needle lengths. The only hitch is that to make a 16″ length needle you’ll need the shorter 3.5″ to 4″ tips.

Size

  • 0-6mo (6-12mo, 1-2yr, 2-4yr, 4-6yr, 6-8yr, 8-10yr, Adult XS, S, M, L, XL-XXL, 3XL-4XL, 5XL)
  • Finished Chest Measurement: 24.5 (25.5, 26.5, 28.6, 30.5, 32.5, 34.5, 38.5, 41.5, 44.5, 48.5, 56.5, 66.5, 72.5”)
  • We made a size Adult XS (38.5″ bust). Before blocking it measured 36″ at the bust, and after blocking it was 40″. See our project notes HERE.
  • Linen is VERY stretchy, consider going down one or two sizes (we wen’t down one and we could have easily gown down another)

Yarn

Quince & Co Kestrel (25% OFF until SEPT 6)

  • Cropped length: 3 (3, 4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 8, 8, 9, 10, 12, 17) skeins
  • Regular length: 3 (4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19) skeins
  • Our sample is size Adult XS and we used 7 skeins: after blocking it is 40″. See our project notes HERE.

Other Materials

Gruau’s shows off his “Magnum“.

P.S.

Photography was with the bird was a little bit more challenging, but so much fun! From now on I’m going to try to take pictures with him

PROJECT Posy Tank

Photo: Along Avec Anna

Posy Tank Top

I just came across Posy and I knew it would make for a stunning pairing with Quince & Co Sparrow, which by the way is ON SALE TO AUG 4! It has a pretty and simple lace detail at the bottom and then the rest is knit on cruise control in stocking stitch. It’s knit from the bottom up in the round, and then the front and back are knit flat once you get to underarms. I especially like the shoulder strap detail with the ties made with iCord, it’s a really pretty tie-in (no pun intended) with the lace, but it also address the issues of fit, since they’re are adjustable.  A variation for wider straps is also included at the end of the pattern. I also like that the pattern is extremely size inclusive and goes up to a 67″ bust, and the fit is one that will look great on any body.

Photo: Along Avec Anna

Sparrow

If you’ve already heard me go on about how much I adore Quince & Co Sparrow then please feel free to skip over the rest of this blurb. I love Sparrow SOOOOOOOOOO much. It just makes the perfect summer garments. When you see it in the skein it looks a bit matte and feels stiff, but once it goes in the wash it acquires a gorgeous lustre and loosens up COMPLETELY. The resulting fabric flows like water, and it feels cool on the skin (cooler than cotton). Linen is also one of the most eco friendly fibres in the world, and this one is also organic and milled in Italy. I don’t really think of this yarn as a luxury, it’s more of an investment. For me, the cost per use is extremely low; I wear my garments constantly and have for years (never have I ever retired a Sparrow garment).

A few notes:

  • Linen is very stretchy, so if in doubt DO NOT go up a size.
  • I don’t think the marled colours will have the same lustre as the solids, their texture is slightly different, but they’re lovely in their own special way.
  • Sparrow is machine washable, just pop it in a delicate bag and it’s good to go. I think this makes so much sense for summer garments – who are we kidding, we sweat.
  • I usually dry garments made with Sparrow on low in the delicate bag, but if you want to get a little structure back into it leave it to air dry flat.
Photo: audrizz-arts

Size

  • Finished Bust circumference: 33.25(36.75, 40, 43.25) [46.75, 50, 53.25, 56.75] {60, 63.25, 66.75}” OR 83 (92, 100, 108) [117, 125, 133, 142] {150, 158, 167} cm
  • Recommended ease between 2 to 4″ or 5 to 10 cm of positive ease

Materials

PROJECT Farmhouse Towels

Farmhouse Towels

Make some towels that are so beautiful you’ll never want to use them! That’s ok, some things you use until they’re shredded, and some you keep out to please the eye. Both have their roles in our lives. The pattern is a FREEBIE, and makes for some simple, elegant summer knitting.

Quince & Co Sparrow is my favourite yarn for this project, I love how this linen looks, the silky feels after being washed, and also how resilient it is (it gets better going through the wash) . My second personal choice would be

Kelbourne Mojave – their colours make me so happy, and the I love the the subtle texture of the fibre.

Berroco Remix Light is the budget friendly, earth friendly, use-friendly option – it has so much yardage, two skeins of the main colour will make 3 towels, and 3 skeins will make 5. Plus it’s recycled, has a neat texture, is easy to knit with and wash.

Cascade Ultra Pima is the last on the list, but not the least. This silky smooth pima cotton is a staple, and is always a joy to knit with and wear. If you like a plain, flat aesthetic, this is your yarn of choice.

ALL OF THE YARN SUGGESTED ARE ON SALE TO AUG 9th!

Materials

Alternate Yarn Options

For the following yarn options you’ll probably want to go up to a 4mm/US6 needle.

  • Cascade Ultra Pima: MC: 2 skeins, CC: 1 skein. (3 skeins of MC will make 2 towels)
  • Berroco Remix Light: MC 1 skein, CC: 1 skein. (2 skeins of the MC make 3 towels, 3 skeins of the MC will make 5 towels)
  • Kelbourne Mojave: MC 2 skeins, CC 1 skein. (3 skeins will make 2 towels)

NEW SUMMER PROJECTS On Our Website

Our Treat Yourself to Something Nice Sale, on to June 19th, 11:59pm!


Projects

We’ve been uploading all kinds of summer project ideas to our website, all the project ideas are at the top of our main menu, under PROJECTS, which you can open up and find sub-groups. We always try to make things easy and spell out exactly how much yarn you’ll need for your size, what other materials you’ll need, link to the pattern on Ravelry, and when we can list any necessary skills.


Skills

We’ve also created some new skills pages with links to great free online tutorials (mostly video) and resources – all are listed under SKILLS in our main menu. We’ll keep adding to these resource pages as we find more to share. If you have a resource you love please don’t hesitate to contact us and share it!

Photo: Fibre Co

Irish Sea

Irish Sea is a super-wearable triangle shawl with a beautiful drape and fluidity. The crisp stitch definition from Meadow emphasises the rhythmic garter stitch and delicate lace as it travels down the edge of the shawl. The size can be adjusted, according to your taste, by knitting more or less repeats.

When you purchase Fibre Co. Meadow for this project from us, please leave a note at check-out or send us an email and we can send you the pattern for FREE!

Size

  • S (L)
  • Wingspan along top edge: 160 (203) cm or 63 (80)” 
  • Depth: 46 (63) cm or 18 (25) inches 

Materials

Fibre Co. Meadow is 15% off until June 19th, 11:59pm

Photo: Fibre Co

Seacote

Simple lace panels fade into a meditative garter stitch, making our versatile Seacote shawl look different every time you wear it! Suitable for novices in short-row shaping and lace, this romantic shawl is knitted in Meadow and shaped using increases on every row. The pretty edging is knitted on at the end.

When you purchase Fibre Co. Meadow for this project from us, please leave a note at check-out or send us an email and we can send you the pattern for FREE!

Size

  • Wingspan across top edge: 211 cm or 83″
  • Depth: 56 cm or 22″

Materials

Fibre Co. Meadow is 15% off until June 19th, 11:59pm

Photo: Amanda Stevenson Lupke

CEPA

CEPA is a simple chevron wrap, and makes a great project for newer knitters, or more experienced knitters who don’t currently have the bandwidth for a challenging project. Meadow blooms and grows after blocking, so please wash your swatch for an accurate gauge measurement. Designed by Grace Anna Farrow, photography by Amanda Stevenson Lupke.

Fibre Co. Meadow is 15% off until June 19th, 11:59pm

Size

  • 23” wide x 68” long

Materials

Skills

Knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing.

Photo: Amanda Stevenson Lupke

Twinleaf

Twinleaf is a generously sized garter stitch wrap that can be work over your shoulders or as a scarf. It’s designed to use most of 2 skeins of the MC, and the sample as shown is correct in the amounts given in the pattern. Slight variation in row or stitch gauge, or an excessively large gauge swatch may require a 3rd skein. FYI, Fibre Co Meadow blooms and grows after blocking, so please wash your swatch for an accurate gauge measurement. Designed by Grace Anna Farrow, photography by Amanda Stevenson Lupke.

Fibre Co. Meadow is 15% off until June 19th, 11:59pm

Size

  • 28” at widest point
  • 62” Length

Materials

Skills

Overland

I love this shawl, I think the texture is so cool … the materials complement the design so perfectly!

With a dramatic openwork pattern reminiscent of honeycomb, Overland is a modern, go-with-everything piece you can take on all of your summer travels. This striking, asymmetrical triangular shawl is worked from one point, with increases along the top edge. Written in two sizes and featuring interchangeable charts, Ruth Nguyen’s clever design allows you to create a custom shawl that is truly one-of-a-kind. (shown in smaller size)

Quince & Co Kestrel is 15% off until June 19th, 11:59pm

Construction
Triangular shawl is worked sideways in one piece from left point to wide left edge. Modular cable and lace patterns can be worked interchangeably for several different looks.

Size

  • S(L)
  • Wingspan: 60 (82)” [152.5 (208.5) cm] wingspan
  • Depth at centre: 23 (40)” [58.5 (101.5) cm]
  • Shown in size 60″ [58.5 cm] size on a 34″ [86.5 cm], 5′ 9½” [176.5 cm] tall model

Materials

Skills

Backward loop cast on, cables with and without a cable needle, Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind-off, (links provided); increasing, decreasing. Charts and line-by-line instructions included. See our curated list of Knitting Skills for extra tutorials. 

Askeli

Hanna Maciejewska’s delicate take on a classic summer tee has us itching to cast on. Akseli’s zig-zagging lace motifs encircle the hem and meander partway up the body like a rising ocean tide, giving this elegant tee a fresh and modern look. Akseli is worked from the top down seamlessly, for easy fitting and no-fuss finishing. With its straightforward construction and satisfying details, Akseli is summertime knitting at its finest.

Quince & Co Kestrel is 15% off until June 19th, 11:59pm

Construction

Tee is worked from the top down, worked flat through the neckline and upper body shaping, then worked in the round for the lower body. Short dolman sleeves are shaped with short rows and decreases.

Size

  • Bust Circumference: 36½ (41, 45½, 50, 54½) (59, 63½, 68, 72½)” [92.5 (104, 115.5, 127, 138.5) (150, 161.5, 172.5, 184) cm]
  • Sample shown in size 41″ [104 cm] on a 34″ [86.5 cm], 5′ 9½” [176.5 cm] tall model (7″ [18 cm] positive ease)
  • Suggested 6½ – 8½” [16.5 – 21.5 cm] positive ease

Materials

Skills

Long-tail cast on, backward loop cast on, picking up stitches, German short rows, Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy bind off (links provided); increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round. Charts and line-by-line instructions included (see our knitting techniques page for curated tutorials).

PROJECT Ashtona

Ashtona

The Yarn

I usually lead with details about the pattern, but when you’re using Quince & Co Sparrow the main character in the story is always the yarn. Sparrow is one of my absolute favourite summer yarns, I never ever get tired of wearing the garments I make with it and I’m always planning my next project with it in the back of my head. It’s the best linen I’ve ever come across, once it is washed it is deliciously soft, cool, light and comfortable. It’s not that I don’t work with other yarns, it’s just that this is just the one I always go back to. I have two sweaters made with it and I wear them as soon as the weather gets warm – they’re like my summer uniform. I need to make a third this year because I need it in another colour (which is really the only thing that’s been holding me up).

Sparrow is organic, made in Italy, and is machine washable. I generally machine wash mine in a delicate bag (to keep it from abrading) and machine dry it on low in the bag. (The label says to lay it flat to dry, but I like it better if it’s been in the dryer at least a little).

Yarn Substitutions

If you’re not a linen person and you’re never going to be a linen person, I get it. but you want to make a shawl, my favourite sub would be Fibre Co Meadow, cause it’s gorgeous and you’re going to LURV making and wearing your project. BC Garn Bio Balance would make a slightly more casual look, and the wrap would be a smidge warmer (it’ll bring the price-point down too – $52). For a more rustic look and a really affordable project, try Berroco Remix Light, you only need two skeins (only $32).

The Pattern

The pattern, Ashtona, is an asymmetrical, sideways knit shawl. It combines combines pretty ribbon lace with an uneven ribbing motif – think waves lapping against a shoreline grooved with tiny rivulets and ripples in the sand. The piece is worked on the bias from the right tip to the wide left edge. Both charts and line-by-line instructions included.

You can see all of the patterns designed with Quince & Co Sparrow HERE

By the way, Quince & Co has a gorgeous website. If you’re in the mood to stroll online and look at beautiful photos of wonderful designs, I highly recommend it.

Skill Level: Intermediate (see below for a list with links) – I wouldn’t make this as your first lace project, there might be a few too many hoops to jump through, but it should be fine for a second.

Size: 80″ (203 cm) wingspan and 22″ (56 cm) deep at centre

Materials

Skills

PROJECT Ankler’s Summer Shirt

We just received our first restock of Kelbourne Mojave, and it’s got me thinking about summer tops. Kelbourne Mojave is a super soft and light blend of cotton & linen. It comes in some really beautiful muted colours and also some awesomely bright colours. Happily, Kebourne has introduced several great new colours this year, my favourites include the Electric Blue and Fuchsia!

Availability

Mojave’s availability is a bit limited this year. It is manufactured in Peru and they have been hard-hit by COVID (the mills there have either been shut down or running at minimal capacity for the last year). We have only received half of the colours in our order, the rest is expected in May (fingers crossed). I think this is going to be the story for a lot of products this summer, especially those milled in South America.

From my perspective, I’m grateful, I’m enjoying what I can get my hands on and am not worrying about what isn’t. The world is full of abundance and opportunity, you just have to receive it when life brings it to you. When you let go and follow the flow the results are even better than if you had gone with your original plan.

Accessibility

Unfortunately, we are still closed for in-store shopping and based on both reason (research) and intuition, I don’t think it’s going to be safe to do so until May. I know the government seems to think it’s safe for retailers to allow customers inside, but everything I read from researchers, scientists and doctors says otherwise. We’re already going into a third wave, and the case counts are expected to be much higher than before. So one more push – the vaccines are starting to roll out, so hopefully this time will be shorter, and the weather is getting warmer so we can get out and enjoy nature more!

Photo: PetiteKnit

Ankler’s Summer Shirt

I figured we can all use something to look forward to, and the seasons’ changing is one of those things you can always bank on (at least in Canada – we have A LOT of weather). Anker’s Summer Shirt is a simple summer top, worked in one piece from the top down. The yoke is worked in sections of rib with increases in the round, followed by classic raglan increases when the stockinette stitch section begins. The sleeves are worked at the end, either on double-pointed needles or on circular needles using the Magic Loop technique. Anker’s Summer Shirt has no finishing other than weaving in ends.

Size

  • XS (S) M (L) XL (2XL) 3XL
  • To fit a bust circumference of 80-85 (85-90) 90-95 (95-100) 100-110 (110-120) 120-130 cm [31½-33½ (33½-35½) 35½-37½ (37½-39¼) 39¼-43¼ (43¼-47¼) 47¼-51¼ inches].
  • Total length: 52 (54) 56 (60) 62 (62) 64 cm [20½ (21¼) 22 (23½) 24½ (24½) 25¼ inches]
  • Sleeve length: 9 (9) 10 (10) 10 (10) 10 cm [3½ (3½) 4 (4) 4 (4) 4 inches]
  • Ease: The shirt is designed to have approx. 0-5 cm – [0-2 inches] – of positive ease, meaning it is designed to be 0-5 cm – [0-2 inches] larger in circumference than your widest upper body measurement.
  • Measurements: The measurements for the finished garment are on the front page of the pattern (note that these measurements are only achieved if the correct gauge is kept). Before beginning your project, measure yourself with a measuring tape around your bust (or your widest upper body part) to determine which size will fit you the best. For example, if you measure 95 cm [37½ inches] you should knit a size M. A size M shirt has a finished circumference of 96 cm [37¾ inches], which in the given example would mean 1 cm [½ inches] of positive ease.

Yarn Options

Anker’s Summer Shirt is make with a Double Knitting weight yarn, and any of the following are all great choices, depending on what kind of garment you want.

Needles & Etc

Because there are several needles length required, this project is a good candidate for Interchangeable knitting needles. Also, if you aren’t great with double pointed needles you can substitute Chiaogoo 12″ circular needles or Addi Easy Knit 10″ needles.

Photos: PetiteKnit

NEW Urth Galatea + Projects

Urth Galatea

Urth Galatea is a super soft and super stunning bulky weight cloud cotton. It’s a truly special hand-painted, self-striping yarn that knits up in sophisticated, self-striping colourways. Urth Galatea is vegan, machine washable, and perfect for babies, kids, spring and summer sweaters, tanks and tees, and blankets! We have found it knits up well on 6.5mm/US10.5 to 7mm/US10.75 needles. 

  • 100% Cotton (mercerized)
  • 100g/85m (95yds)
  • 5.5mm to 8mm (US9 to 11) needles
  • 14 sts = 4″/10cm
  • Bulky Weight
  • Machine wash, lay flat to dry
  • Made in Turkey
  • See the yarn on Ravelry
  • The pattern for our mini-sweater swatch is HERE; we used 6mm/US10 needles.

How Much Will I Need?

  • 1 skein: hat
  • 2 skeins: scarf
  • 5 skeins: baby blanket (approx 27″ x 30″ in garter stitch on 6.5mm/US10 needles)

Inspiration (yet to be realized)

I think Galatea would especially great as a loose, cropped, oversized drop-shouldered sleeveless summer tee (you know, the kind made from two rectangles sewn together … something that is shaped like THIS). I’d use big needles, 8mm/US11

Long Beanie

My first thought when I found Galatea was babies & kids! We made the smallest size in this hat pattern to fit a little person. Because the yarn is a bulky weight cotton it doesn’t have a lot of give, so you can go up in needle size. We tried 6mm/US10 needles but I think the yarn would be best on 6.5mm/US10.5 or 7mm/US10.75 needles.

Materials

Meadow Lane Baby Blanket

Meadow Lane is one my go-to blanket patterns because it’s extremely effective with hand-painted yarns and it’s mostly brainless, so you can get some binge-watching in, letting the yarn do all the work. We used 5 skeins of Urth Galatea in colour 2089 Pinata and our blanket is 27″ wide x 30″ long.

Modifications

We cast on 76 sts and used 6.5mm/US10.6 needles, although I think you can easily go up to a 7mm/US10.75. To block the blanket we hand-washed it and laid it flat to dry.

Materials

Knit Hack

If your yarn is pooling or not striping the way you want it to, try using a denser stitch, like garter stitch or a K1P1 rib. Variegated yarns look especially good in garter stitch (knitting every row), and it makes self-striping yarns extra interesting to the eye.

PROJECT Treit

Treit

When I came across this project it immediately struck me as a great little summer tee … an it would be PERFECT made with Quince & Co Sparrow. Treit is a light tee, worked bottom up, with a cropped length and leafy lace yoke. After a few rounds of twisted rib at the collar, the cropped body (which can be knit longer if desired) is knitted to the underarms. Two sleeve caps are knitted, body and sleeves are joined, and the yoke is worked from a lace chart to the neck. There are optional instruction to raise the back of the neck neck with short rows (a nice feature for more experienced knitters, and great that it isn’t necessary for those who need to keep thins KISSasble (you remember K.I.S.S., right? I refer to the sage life advice, “Keep It Simple Stupid”, not the 70’s band with the black & white getups.)

P.S. Quince & Co Sparrow is ON SALE until the end of July!

Suggestions

A. If you want to reproduce the ‘tweedy’ texture, use one of ‘Marled’ colours (they are marked in the drop-down menu of colours on our site). If you aren’t so keen on it, that’s cool too, just use one of the regular colours for a more refined finish.

B. I would DEFINITELY suggest the use a lifeline when knitting this project. Linen is slippey, and lace is lace, so do yourself a favour and give yourself a safety-net. If you are not already familiar with this concept, now’s the time to add this very, very handy little hack to your “I wish I knew that BEFORE ….” life list.

Size

  • Finished bust circumference: 33 (35, 38, 41, 45, 48, 51, 54, 57, 60) inches or 84 (89, 96.5, 104, 114.5, 122, 129.5, 137, 145, 152.5) cm
  • The pattern recommends you choose the next size up from your normal bust size, but linen is very stretchy, so if you plan to wear this top over a tank or cami you may want to take that into consideration and not size-up.

Materials

  • Quince & Co Sparrow: 4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, 7 8, 9) skeins
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 24″ & 29″circular (or longer for larger sizes) longer and below gauge-size circular needles of
  • 3.25mm/US3 (or 3mm) – 16″ & 29″circular (or longer for larger sizes)
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 12″ circular needles (or double pointed needles)
  • 3.25mm/US3 (or 3mm) – 12″ circular needles (or double pointed needles)
  • Stitch markers in two colours
  • Waste yarn (for putting stitches on hold)
  • thin waste yarn to use as a lace “lifeline”
  • Pattern

Sweater Quantities

To make life easier, here’s a list of colours that we have in relevant sweater quantities … well, at least at the time of publishing … once it goes live it’s in the hands of a higher power (the yarn gods?):

  • Butternut
  • Eclipse (first 2 sizes)
  • Fen
  • Frond MARL (up to 6th size)
  • Fundi
  • Little Fern (first 2 sizes)
  • Lunar
  • Maize
  • Mineral MARL
  • Rille MARL
  • Rosa Mundi MARL
  • Sans
  • Surf MARL 253 (up to 8th size)
  • Venice 218 (first 2 sizes)
  • Viburnum (first 2 sizes)

PROJECTS 3 Market Bag Patterns

People have been asking a lot about market bags this summer, so I’ve put together a little bit of inspiration for you. I prefer crochet for market bags, the stitch reinforces the strength. Plus crochet is fun in the summer, it’s an extremely comfortable way to work with plant fibres. A basic crochet bag (like the second below) is also a great next level project for new or inexperienced crocheters.

FYI: All the Yarns Listed Below are 20% OFF until July 31st!

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Photo: eLoomanator

French Market Bag

Here’s a great one for the people who aren’t afraid of the hook – a gorgeous french market bag crocheted with cotton!

Suggested Yarns

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!

Suggested Yarns

Materials

Provence Summer String Bag

I love the lace in this bag – it’s vintage without being too much. You can easily change the handles to make them longer.

Suggested Yarns

Materials