Quince & Co. Linen Sweater

I knit this sweater earlier this summer; it’s the Togue Pond Tank by Pam Allen that was part of the 2015 Kestrel Collection by Quince & Co. I purchased the whole pattern collection online for only $15 (It’s much more to buy individual patterns).

I love this kestrel yarn! As you can see in the first photo it has a “tape yarn” like quality- it’s flat and wide. It also has a nice sheen to it which linen doesn’t always have. The only downside to knitting with this yarn is that its a little more expensive but I ended up using one less skein than anticipated. I wasn’t able to exchange the extra skein so I’ll have to figure out a use for it.

The first part of this sweater was fast to knit. I modified my sweater to have a tubular cast on which takes a little more effort but it’s so worth it! The hem has short rows to make the back longer. It’s knit in the round and I knit the second size. The only challenge was that I was concerned about fit and it was difficult to gauge the size in the round but it ended up fitting well. I also added the ribbing to both armholes only to discover that they were too small :(. I was bummed but set it aside for a week and then re-worked the armholes with 6 extra rib stitches. Much better! I loved this sweater project and hope to knit another one someday soon maybe for myself next time.

 

 

Love this color! 

 

Completed sweater: Modern details but very classic

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Sleeveless Asymmetrical Hem Sweater

I saw this sweater in a FAM (Fatto a Mano) book 232 at a local yarn store and loved the way it looked on the model. It looked effortless and had a longer back and slit at either side. The book also had some other cute designs and was only $14.95 for several patterns. I bought 8 skeins of “Amira” yarn by LANG but only ended up using 6 and was able to exchange the extra. This yarn was 93% cotton and 7% nylon and so nice and soft to knit with.

This ended up being a speedy project and I finished it in under a week. At the very end I was slightly delayed because I wasn’t sure how to do the tubular bind off (also has several other names) but finally found good instructions here. The Tubular bind off gives the edges a smooth and professional look.

Love this yarn!

 

Getting closer

 

 

Leg warmers

After the holiday season I decided to take a break from knitting as much as possible as fast as possible. I’ve been knitting a lot of new projects like these easy leg-warmers. This pattern would work for sock and fingering-weight yarn.

To knit this pair in a size small I divided the available Madelinetosh “Tosh Merino Light” yarn in two by weight. Cast on 84 stitches using size 1 double-pointed needles. Join work for knitting in the round and continue in a 2 x 2 rib. Knit until enough yarn remains for casting off. Repeat for second piece and use a ruler or count stitches to make sure they are the same length.


  

Knit Hat Design

This hat was knit using Flicker yarn from Berroco that I purchased at the Knitting Tree in Madison. This is my own pattern using a stitch from one of Barbara Walker’s books (some of my favorites). I knit 3 identical hats and one has already been purchased for a Christmas gift for next year!

This yarn has a subtle sparkle in it which I was drawn to. It’s fun to try out different yarns especially when I knit with the same yarns over and over for my knit business. This yarn is stretchier than most and makes for a very comfortable hat in a refreshing color. This pattern will be available for purchase soon and these samples will be listed in my ETSY shop soon. 

 

That’s me, Laura. Photographs by Mom.

Wikstenmade hand sewn tank top

I had eyed this Wikstenmade pattern over the years and finally purchased it at the Sewcial Lounge on Lakeside Street when I saw Sara wearing it on a recent visit. A patterned woven fabric that I had purchased at Mood in New York years ago was perfect for a first sample. The instructions were easy to follow and I made the tank in a morning; not bad for a new timeless top. I rarely use pins to sew seams and iron less frequently. This does save a little time but it’s also just a personal preference. One extra step I included was topstitching the shoulders and side seams down after the french seams were completed. When sewing the pocket I basted it to the left front instead of pinning it. I find that in general basting certain areas like the pocket and neck binding is a huge time saver because it decreases chances of ripping seams later. When I make this again I will make some minor adjustments to the armhole to make it fit me better but overall the neckline and silhouette are great. .