It might be because I live in Colorado, but I love seasons. I love living seasonally; eating seasonal produce, switching from red to white wine, and from hot to iced lattes. I also have a deep love of knitting so that means every summer I make the switch from wool to linen. I love summer knitting projects almost as much as winter ones and sweaters are my favorites in all the seasons. When the weather gets nice, I know it's time for summer sweaters!
Pattern: Davis by Pam Allen
Yarn: Kestrel by Quince and Co. in Sand, 8 skeins (available in-store)
Size Made: 44 3/4"
It just took a couple of 70 degree days and I had to get this project on my needles. I've worked with Kestrel before and it is dreamy. This is a 100% organic linen, aran weight yarn. It is made in a tape construction which means it will hold up great to wear. As you might expect from a larger gauge 100% linen, this yarn has amazing drape.
I love the patterns that the folks over at Quince design for their yarns. This sweater by Pam Allen is simple and stylish. It is oversized, but with fitted arms. I knit a size 44 3/4" which gave me almost 11" of positive ease. I was a little worried this would be too much and look too big, but the fitted sleeves made it work. I love the look of the dropped shoulders, very similar to the Grainline Studio sewing pattern the Hemlock tee.
This pattern is very plain. You have to love knitting stockinette stitch in the round, which luckily I do. This is perfect for a mindless pool or beach project. The drape of the linen means you don't even have to add any ribbing to finish...just knitting forever. There is some short row shaping and neck shaping that keep things interesting for a bit. The sleeves are picked up and worked down once the body is complete and the neckline is finished with a very fine line of a purl bind off. I love it.
Kestrel is aran weight and knits comfortably on a size 10 needle making a cushy breathable fabric and a quick knit. I whipped this up in just a couple of weeks. Quince has recently released some new patterns and colors for Kestrel and I'm pretty sure I will be casting on a Flex tee before the summer is over.
This beigey pink is one of my favorite colors and I'm so glad I now have a summer sweater in this sweet pale color. We carry the full line of Quince Kestrel and Sparrow in our Denver shop, so locals, please come take a look. Don't let summer slow you down - there are plenty of perfect knitting projects for every time of year!