Up next in our week of linen we have Jenn in her light and elegant Cullum Tee. Knit with Quince & Co.'s lightest linen yarn, Sparrow this shadowy summer shirt is more beautiful than we can stand! Tell us more about it Jenn.
Jenn's Cullum Tee
I've have had a sweater quantity of Sparrow in my stash for a year. I decided that when it was ready, it would tell me what it wanted to be. When Quince & Co. released a collection of black linen knit, my stashed Sparrow started screaming at me. I started the shirt less than a week after the pattern was released.
Pattern: Cullum by Isabell Kraemer for the Linen Noir Collection for Quince & Co.
Materials: 9 skeins of Quince & Co. Sparrow in Ash (available in-store)
Size Made: 50¾
Modifications: shortened the arm holes
I love the boxy shape of the top. It's my go-to summer fit. The lace details add so much to this simple garment. I'm excited to wear it to a dressy summer event and for sunny afternoon bike rides.
Nothing ever fits me around my shoulder and upper bust. I took almost 2 inches out of the arm holes after the garment was blocked. I simply sewed them up like a seam. It would have been better for me to take those inches out in the knitting, rather than after, but I love how the garment fits now. I also modified the neckline. The pattern asks you to pick up the stitches around the neckline and create a short garter neckline. My neckline also ended up a bit bigger than I wanted (I think my gauge was slightly off). I chose to do my neckline like Joji Locatelli's Boxy. I did 4 rows of stockinette and cast off. It brought the neckline in just enough.
If I made another Cullum top, I would probably go down one more needle size. I'm a tight knitter with wool, I learned that linen is another creature altogether. I did a swatch and figured I was close enough. I should have done another swatch with a US3 needle. I would also keep the rib stitch down the sides. I didn't leave it out on purpose, so much as I just missed the detail until I was far enough along I didn't want to rip it all out. Either way, I love my Cullum!