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.
Whenever I find something up to scratch for the crocheters I like to include it … there aren’t enough pretty patterns for crochet. This top is also a fairly simple piece, so you don’t need to be especially experienced to make it.
Zelie is a boxy, loose-fitting, simple summer crochet top that lets the yarn do all the work. The back and front are worked separately and seamed – that’s it, it’s just two pieces. It’s made with a simple half-double crochet stitch throughout. It’s a K.I.S.S. top (Keep It Simple Sister)! I also really like the way this yarn crocheted up – it’s like a colourful camo …. so you can blend seamlessly at the botanical garden.
Berroco Summer Sesame is a soft, light, and comfortable summer yarn with texture and colour. Its bright, happy shades of colors ebb and flow to make this self-striping worsted weight yarn a perfect summer choice. This cotton blend yarn is light to the touch, breathable, easy to work with, and machine washable. 100g/270 m (295 yds). 47% Cotton, 44% Acrylic, 9 % Nylon. Machine wash separately in cold water on delicate cycle. Lay flat to dry. Made in Italy.
These kits are a special-order but we are stocking this yarn in the store on a regular basis through the spring and summer – you have the option to order it any time (it will be available to purchase as long as the manufacturer makes it available to us). Your kit will ship or be available for pick-up once it arrives, and we will contact you. If you need your kit for a specific date please let us know and we can find out if it’s feasible.
It may be a chilly spring here in Canada, but that doesn’t mean that warmer weather isn’t going to come down the pipeline! Etta is a pretty summer tank perfect for everyday wear. The subtle lace yoke makes is a simple charted stitch pattern that makes knitting this top in one piece a breeze. We sold a bunch of these kits last year and our clients were really happy with the results!
BTW, If you prefer a bit more coverage check out Etta’s cardigan-cousin Azzura …. or if you’re feeling a little preppy maybe make it a twin-set?
Berroco Summer Sesame is a soft, light, and comfortable summer yarn with texture and colour. Its bright, happy shades of colors ebb and flow to make this self-striping worsted weight yarn a perfect summer choice. The cotton blend is light to the touch, breathable, easy to work with, and machine washable. It has a little bit of texture, making it easier to work with and also a bit more interesting than a smooth yarn. Summer Sesame is great sow tops & tees, tanks, sweaters, scarves, wraps, shawls, blankets, even socks!
I know it’s only St Patrick’s Day, and it’s still snowing (but thankfully not sticking to the ground), but warm weather is just around the corner, and I think a healthy dose of cheer is in order this spring!
Berroco Pima Soft
If you’ve been in the store lately you’ve likely noticed the little sweaters all over the place. Those sweaters are my way of swatching and spending some time with a new yarn to see if it is store-worthy. It’s an interesting process, sometimes I’m underwhelmed by yarns I thought I’d love, and sometimes I find gems I never expected. Berroco Pima Soft is one of the gems.
Berroco Pima Soft is a new, CRAZY SOFT, 2-ply yarn made with 100% pima cotton. It’s slightly textured, making it much more forgiving to knit with than a smooth cotton (which also makes weaving in ends and finishing easier). It’s perfect for anything you want to make, from tees, tanks, sweaters, chemo-hats, babies, blankets, cushions – you name it. It’s a DK weight (21 to 22 sts/4″ on a 3.75mm/US5 to 4mm/US6 needle) so it isn’t too heavy for warm weather or if your internal thermostat runs warm. It’s lovely for crochet and knitting, and is just right for all climates! It’s great for knitting and crochet, and I think it would also make a nice texture in a punch needle project.
Designed with Berroco Pima Soft, this loose summer tee is a sampler of textured stitch patterns. Vincas features a boxy shape and slight drop shoulders. It is worked flat and seamed (the stitch patterns are written out, there are no charts).
Riviera is a cheerful, simple cotton tee with a lace lyoke. It’s worked from the top down, in the round, to underarms, then divided for body and sleeves. The body is worked in the round to lower edge (the lace yoke pattern is charted).
The Me Oh My Tee is your classic everyday t-shirt, but with an added cut-off, cropped element inspired by my best friend, Maiya, and her tendency to take scissors to all her favorite shirts. Knit from the bottom up at a fairly tight gauge and emulated set-in sleeves (it’s a seamless knit, no sewing), this tee will quickly get added to your go-to t-shirt rotation.
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.
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].
We’ve cast on for this project in Berroco Pima Soft and it’s looking amazing! Worked entirely in garter stitch, Ezra is a basic top-down, seamless design is a welcome gift for any new parent. Customize the sleeve length to suit any season and choose from four sizes up to two years old. BT by Brooklyn Tweed patterns are skill-accessible knitting patterns written in a concise, visually appealing way. This pattern. is an great entry-point for knitting sweaters in the round. Ezra is a great entry point for anyone new to knitting sweaters or making them in the round from the top-down.
The pattern is worked from the bottom up in the round, beginning with the ribbed band before the lace pattern begins. If you prefer the ribbed band to be skintight, there is an option to add an elastic. The bralette is later separated for front/back, and the front bra cups worked separately. The straps are worked in an icord and later seamed to the back. Pattern includes photos on suggested placement for racerback straps, but they can be modified for straight straps.
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.
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.
Knitting in the round, bottom up, decreasing, holding stitches, 3-needle bind off, wet blocking (see our list of Knitting Skills Tutorials).
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.
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.
3.75mm/US 4 needles suitable for working small circumferences in the round (Note: the sleeve ruffle increases stitches substantially as it is worked, so you may find it easier to use magic loop or a short circular needle rather than DPNs)
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).
If you didn’t catch it, Berroco just published a new free pattern, a darling colourwork kids tee made with Berroco Vintage DK. Worked from the top down in one piece, it’s a perfect next step for less experienced knitters who want to expand their skills, or a simple yet effective knit for more advanced knitters. Since it’s knit from the top-down, you can also lengthen the sleeves and make it into a full pullover.
The yarn, Berroco Vintage DK, is soft, machine washable, easy to work with, knits great in stranded colourwork, is long wearing, and is very affordable … ie. great for projects for kids! See below for a couple other yarns that are equally perfect for this project.
Skill Level: Intermediate
For tutorials for stranded/fair isle knitting see our Skills Page under “Colourwork”. For a full online course, check out the fair isle knitting classes on Craftsy, like Tanis Gray’s Fair Isle Fundamentals.
Directions are for children’s sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10.
Remix light is prefect for warm weather or people who can’t tolerate any animal fibre. It it has a slightly tweedy texture which makes it great for stranded knitting and comes in a palette or really pretty colours.
1(2, 2, 2, 2) balls of Main Colour and 1 ball of Contrast Colour
We’ve been uploading all kinds of summer project ideasto 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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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)
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.
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).
Simple yet striking, Konti’szig-zagging lace pattern calls to mind rippling currents in a swift-moving stream. Worked seamlessly from the top down, this pullover’s exceptionally clean construction and minimal finishing allow the lace motif and Quince & Co Kestrel’s fluid drape to take centre stage. Shown here in colourway Lira, a warm and neutral earth tone, we think Konti would look equally stunning in a bright jewel tone like Rosehip or Bordeaux.
Sweater is worked from the top down, worked flat through the neckline and upper body shaping, then worked in the round for the lower body. Sleeves are picked up around the armholes, shaped with German short rows, and worked in the round.
Long-tail cast on, cable 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).
Cassie LaFollette’s Holderness elevates a simple summer tank into a work of art! Knit in the round from the bottom up, Holderness begins with a deep, folded hem and features a tidy i-cord bind off at the underarms and neckline. Easy-to-work cables create charming braided straps for a delicate and polished finish. Holderness’s thoughtful construction combined with Kestrel’s fluid drape create a timeless piece that is breezy and effortless to wear. You’ll reach for this tank again and again.
Tank is worked in the round from the bottom up, then separated at the underarms. The body includes a folded hem. Underarms and neckline are shaped by a staggered i-cord bind off. The braided straps are achieved using simple 2-over-2 cables.
We just received a restock of one of our favourite summer yarns, Quince & Co Sparrow. Quince debuted their 2021 Sparrow designs this week, adding an extra 5 designs to their already abundant catalogue of projects. Sparrow has drape, coolness, texture, colour. Eco friendly and lustrous, linen is the ultimate summer fibre to work with and wear. With excellent stitch definition and a fluid drape that only gets better with continued wear, I always look forward to working with one of my favourite fibres in the warmer weather.
Lätta by Frances Othen-Wales is a wonderfully versatile addition for your summer wardrobe. Shown here in our colorway Conch, Lätta can be worn with its signature twist in the front or the back, and it is constructed by knitting two long pieces that are then folded around each other to create an elegant, chignon-style knot. Quince & Co Sparrow gives this garment its graceful drape for a top that is both timeless and dramatic.
This cool pullover is constructed by knitting two long pieces which are then folded round each other and seamed to create two interconnected loops. The flat ends of each seamed piece create the sides of the back piece. The front piece is worked flat and front and back pieces are seamed at the shoulders and sides. The sleeves are picked up from the armholes and worked in the round. Pullover is reversible and can be worn with the twist in the front or the back.
Long-tail cast on, picking up stitches, mattress stitch (links provided); knitting in the round, decreasing.
Delicate and breezy, Audrey Borrego’s Laureline is named after the Laurus Nobilis, or Laurel plant – inspired by this top’s intricately cabled trim resembling graceful, twisting leaves. Quince & Co Sparrow, shown here in colorway Fen, is an ideal choice to show off Laureline’s sophisticated stitchwork. It is knit from the bottom up with front and back hems crafted flat separately and then joined to work in the round. Elegant texturing, a scooped back and a hi-lo hemline turn an otherwise basic staple into a refined statement piece.
Laureline is worked from the bottom up, starting with back and front hems which are knitted flat separately. The hems are joined and the body is worked in the round to the armholes. Front and Back are separated at the armholes and worked flat separately, decreasing on the neck edge to the shoulder straps. A double knitted edge is worked both along the armhole and neckline. These edges then form the shoulder straps which are joined together to complete the top. Charts and line-by-line instructions included in the pattern. Note: the tension is worked fairly tight in this top so you likely will not need to wear a cami under it to mitigate peek-a-boos.
German twisted cast on, cables with and without a cable needle, three-needle bind off (links provided); knitting in the round, decreasing. Charts and line-by-line instructions included.
Strala is a simple knit tee in fresh summer colours is the ideal piece for all your warm weather fun. Strala, by Frances Othen-Wales, stands out with a modern mosaic colourwork pattern that stretches all the way to the sleeves. Shown here in Quince & Co Sparrowcolorways Moon and Sans, it’s perfect for a simple barbeque outing or worn over a dress for an elegant twilight stroll. Choose your own special combination of colours to create your personal getaway look!
Tee is worked flat in two pieces from the bottom up with a slip-stitch mosaic colorwork detail on the front yoke. It is seamed at the shoulders using Kitchener stitch and at the sides using mattress stitch. Applied i-cord edging is added around the sleeve openings. Both charts and line-by-line instructions are included in pattern.
Need a few colour suggestions for your Strala? Try the following:
Long-tail cast on, cable cast on, picking up stitches, mattress stitch, Kitchener stitch, applied i-cord (links provided); decreasing, slip-stitch colorwork, working in the round. Charts and line-by-line instructions included.
Affinitee is defined as a spontaneous liking for something, and that’s exactly how we felt when we first saw Rebekah Berkompas’ splendid knit tee. Shown here in colorway Frond and worked from the top down, an elegant silhouette and delicate stitchwork become the star of the show. Affinitee’s beautiful lace hem showcases the lustrous glow of Quince & Co Sparrow’s organic linen fiber, as wonderful to wear as it is to knit!
Tee is worked from the top-down in the round, with raglan sleeve shaping and a simple lace stitch at the hem. The neckline and hi-lo hem are shaped with German short rows. The hem, sleeve, and neckline edges are finished with an i-cord bind off. Instructions for a seamed or seamless i-cord bind off are provided. Charts and line-by-line instructions included.
Long-tail cast on, cable cast on, backwards loop cast on, crochet provisional cast on, picking up stitches, knitting in the round with magic loop method (optional), Kitchener stitch, German short rows, i-cord bind off (links provided); increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round. Charts and line-by-line instructions included.
Do you dream in color? We do! Yembe, by Valentina Consalvi, is a bright summer go-to piece with sophisticated stitchwork that is pleasantly straightforward to do. Knitted sideways, Yembe’s combination of texture, lace, and colorful stripes transform a simple sleeveless tee into a dazzling modern top. Shown here in Quince & Co Sparrow colorways Penny, Sans and Truffle, this is the kind of satisfying project that flies off the needles – a joy to knit and effortless to wear.
Tee is worked flat, from side-to-side, in one piece in garter stitch, in three colors of stripes alternated with eyelet rows. An i-cord border is worked across the bottom edge to carry the different colors of yarn throughout the work. Shoulders are joined together with an i-cord bind off. Neck and sleeve openings are finished with an i-cord bind off.
Need a few colour suggestions for your Yembe? Try the following:
Last week was baby week, and this week is brought to you by kids. When my niece and nephew were babies they were so cute and loveable that I thought I never wanted them to grow up. What I didn’t realizes was that the best thing about babies was that they grow up to be kids; interesting, cool, funny, silly, beautiful little people. Kids love a hand knit, as long as it’s soft, and in a colour they like. It doesn’t matter how obnoxious the colour is, just go with it – they’ll wear it until they can’t squeeze themselves into it anymore. Kids LOVE colour.
By the way, all of these knits are also available for adults, so you & the kid in your life kid can match. If you love the idea of a family of matching knits, check out the patterns by Tin Can Knits, they often designed with a FULL range of sizes, from newborn baby to adult 6XL.
Amariis a seamless tee that begins at the neck and is worked down. Easy eyelet stitches shape the yoke and add decoration to the neckline at the same time. Derecho is worked in one piece from the neck down. Neck and lower edges are shaped using short rows. For an adult version of this top see Derecho.
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.
Lawrence is a simple pullover with garter stitch texture, that’s cute for boys and girls. It is knit in a conventional way in 4 pieces and seamed together (a great option for beginners if working in the round is a bit daunting). The drop-shoulder construction makes it super easy to seam the sleeves, which is usually the scariest part of finishing. For an adult version of this pullover see Larry.
For the yarn, we’ve substituted the ultra wearable and very affordable Berroco Vintage – a soft, worsted weight machine washable wool/synthetic blend. A knitting store staple, it features a wide color range, an incredibly soft feel and yardage that goes on and on. Its unique fiber blend makes laundering a breeze and perfectly suited for easy-care garments for both children and adults.
Skill Level: Advanced-Beginner to Intermediate
2(4, 6, 8, 10, 12)
To fit Chest Size: 23(24-25-26-27-28)˝
Finished Chest: 25(26-27-28-29-30)˝
Finished Length: 16(16½-17½-18-19-20)˝
This garment was designed with approximately 2˝ of ease. Please take this into consideration when selecting your size.
Jemison is an adorable vintage-inspired cardigan. It’s perfect for layering on a chilly day, and has cute pockets for kids to hold all the little treasures they pick up in their adventures. This sweater is worked flat in pieces and seamed. We’re pairing Jemison with Berroco Vintage, our go-to yarn for sweaters kids love to wear. For a grown-up version of this sweater check-out Headland.