Spotlight on Yarn: Quince & Co. Sparrow

In most climates, you are celebrating warm summer weather so why not begin our "Spotlight" series with Quince & Co. Sparrow. (I say most as we have quite a bit of cool fog here on the coast.) I will begin each Spotlight with a little note about the featured product and follow up with a lot of project ideas and photographs for you all to dream about! 

Quince & Co. Sparrow is an organic linen that is grown in Belgium and then spun in Italy. Quince says,"Sparrow is a plain little yarn, beautiful in its simplicity. Its clean, smooth hand is crisp as you knit it. But after washing and wearing it becomes handkerchief soft." It is a fingering weight yarn knitting to 6 stitches to the inch on a size US 3 (3.25mm) needle. Each50 gram skein contains 168 yards. Sparrow can be hand or machine washed, making it excellent for a variety of projects. The yarn is milled in both a solid colors and stunning subtle marls. 

If you are new to working with linen or just want to pick up some great tips, take a look at Blue Bee Studio's blog on Warming up to Linen.

Now some of our favorite projects using Sparrow!

Warm Springs Bath Mitt by Blue Bee Studios - If you have never worked with linen before, this project is the perfect place to start. The pattern is an easy combination of slip stitches and garter stitch so this is something anyone can knit. I have this bath mitt hanging in my shower and just wash it along with my towels. 

Edie by Isabel Kraemer - This simple t-shirt worked top down with raglan increases. Textured stripes will keep your interest and you can finish the tee with either a raw edge or a more polished finish.  Check out the project photos on Ravelry.  Everyone looks great in Edie!

Strathcona by Jane Richmond - Strathcona is a light scarf with garter stitch ends and lace mesh. The elongated V shape is created by knitting a bias stitch and alternating the order of the stitch pattern.

Summer Fling by Espace Tricot -  Summer Fling is the perfect little summer bag for strolling around town, light shopping, or meeting friends for a cocktail on a terrace. The bottom is knit flat, and then stitches are picked up for knitting the main body in the round. Handles are then knit flat one at a time and are joined using Kitchener stitch. 

Donner by Blue Bee Studio - Donner is an elegant summer sweater.  It is worked from the top-down in a simple slip-stitch ridge pattern. The dropped sleeve design give the garment a tailored yet relaxed look. I find Elizabeth's patterns well written and easy to follow.
If you would like to see some more ideas check out Ravelry's project page for Sparrow. 
Don't be afraid of linen!  Sparrow is a lovely yarn and a wonderful option for summer knitting.

Older Post Newer Post

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published