FREEBIE Simple Summer Top

Silken Straw

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.

Materials

Notes

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ON THE NEEDLES Baby Blanket

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Big Bad Baby Blanket

Normally I wait until projects are finished to play show-and-tell, but this one is working up so beautifully, I had to share. The pattern is my “go-to” baby blanket, the very simple Big Bad Baby Blanket from the book Stitch ‘n Bitch by Debbie Stoller, and the yarn is Koigu KPPPM in colour P112. When it comes to patterns like this, complex colourways absolutely SING! You can, of course, substitute other superwash fingering weight yarns (see below for suggestions).

Stitch ‘n Bitch has been out for quite a while. If you don’t already have it on your bookshelf but you don’t want it new, you can probably pick a used copy for a reasonable price from ABE Books, or find it at your local library (my library, the Toronto Public Libray, has it as an ebook and several hard copies).

Yarn Options

Other Materials

  • 5mm/US8- 29″ circular needles
  • 3 stitch markers
  • tapestry or darning needle
  • Pattern (see above)

FREEBIE Crochet Grocery Bag

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Crochet Grocery Bag

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!

Materials

Other Options

If you want to make the project as it was originally written you can use a 4mm/G crochet hook and one skein of Cascade Ultra Pima.

If the idea of a market bag gets you going but you aren’t into ours, here are some other options:

PROJECT Liesl

 

Liesl

Liesl is my absolute favorite  ‘go-to’ warm weather sweater (I wear it around the store all summer). This incarnation of Liesl is SUPER light weight and totally open and lacy, very summery. The pattern is super easy, extremely well written, and the lace is totally beginner friendly.

We made a few modifications, you can check out Our Project Notes. Since we changed the yarn size we went down a needle size and up one garment size, and it came out perfect! It’s also a very economical knit, we only used two skeins of Cascade Ultra Pima.  Heck, it’s so affordable and such a fast knit, if you like it you could make a whole stack of Liesls, one for every day of the week!

Size

  • Choose one size larger than normal
  • Bust 30[34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54]”  or 76[86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137]cm

Yarn Options

Cascade Ultra Pima  2(2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins

Louet Euroflax Sport 2(2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3) skeins ON SALE!

Quince & Co Sparrow 2(3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5) skeins

Berroco Summer Silk 2(2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3)

Handmaiden Silken 2(2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3) skeins

Other Materials

 

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Liesl Tangled Pink COMBO

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Liesl Tangled Black COMBO

 

PROJECT So Faded

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So Faded

I’ve seen a lot of buzz about this pattern online, and since I find colour combining infinitely entertaining, I figured I’d give it a closer look! It’s super pretty, very simple, and available in an adult size or child’s version. Plus the yarn is light enough for knitting in the warmer weather – a great project to take to the cottage or on vacation! See Patterns HERE.

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So Faded COMBO

NEW Mineville Merino Sock

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Mineville Yarn Project Merino Sock

Soft, supple with a perfect 2ply twist, this 80% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon fingering weight yarn is simply beautiful. Spun in Italy, it is just right for everything from a lovely lace shawl, to socks, mitts, sweaters and hats. Machine washability makes it an easy choice for everyday wear. One skein will knit one pair of women’s socks.

Mineville Wool Project is a relatively new “off-brand” brand from the sisters at Fleece Artist and Handmaiden. The prices are excellent because we purchase the yarn in one-time only lots. This means that once it’s gone, it’s GONE, so be sure to order enough for your project.

  • 80% Merino Wool, 20% Nylon
  • 345 meters / 115 grams
  • 2.5mm to 3.5mm (US 2.5 to 4)
  • 26sts/4″
  • Machine Washable
  • Made in Canada
  • See it on Ravelry

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RESTOCKED Tosh Merino Light

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Madeline Tosh Merino Light

We’ve restocked our supply of Madeline Tosh Merino Light, and some gorgeous new colours arrived (see above)!

Madeline Tosh Merino Light is pure, unadulterated SQUISH! It’s a 1ply, machine washable, 100% merino wool, dyed in a veil of sophisticated color. We’ve used it to great satisfaction for the Wee Liesl baby jacket (we only needed one skein!).

  • 100% Superwash Merino Wool
  • 384m (420 yds), approx 100g
  • Fingering Weight
  • 2.5mm/US1.5 to 3.5mm/US4 needles
  •   6.5 to 7.5 sts per inch on 2mm to 2.75mm/US 1 to 2
  • Machine wash in cold water, lay flat to dry
  • Patterns ideas for this yarn

Please note, we can not guarantee that colours will look exactly as they do on your monitor. Each dye lot from madelinetosh is unique, and each monitor is individually calibrated.