Hello my friends, today is another gorgeous day in my part of the world and I'm still thinking of all the summer knits I want make over the long summer days, if we're lucky that is, I do live in the UK ;-)
Today I want to tell you about a new summer collection called 6 Bit: Wanderer, The Kokee Collection by my good friend Mel Schoenwether, it consists of six summer patterns, released every two weeks during June and July using linen, the perfect yarn for those warm summer days.
The collection was inspired by her beloved homeland and you can read all about it on the Quinnce and Co blog where she wrote a special guest post.
The first pattern has been released, Canyon, a beautiful, lacey, floaty top. I fell in love with this design as soon as I saw the photo.
All the patterns are knit in linen but I wanted to use stash, I knew I had some Rowan Savannah which is an Aran weight cotton/silk blend, another fabulous summer yarn. I knit a large swatch to see how the fabric knit up and I loved how it looked and felt. A good start, now I needed gauge, I took out my tape measure and with my fingers crossed I hoped for the correct gauge. I couldn't believe it, it was exactly as the pattern required.
I had plenty of the main colour Pampas 936 but I needed a contrast colour. This yarn is now discontinued but I had no trouble finding some, I ordered 3 balls of Drifter 939 from Laughing Hens at a really good price.
I cast on yesterday and I'm thrilled with how it's looking, it's also very quick to knit using the Aran weight yarn. The collection can be purchased as an e-book with all six patterns plus a Look Book and how to substitute yarns. I think the collection is worth every penny but they can purchased separately as they are released.
I'm reading Return to Mandalay by Rosanna Ley, a great summer read to go with my beautiful summer knit. My favourite kind of book, a saga spanning over the decades, a perfect holiday book.
I'm linking to Nicole's KCCO and Ginny's Yarn Along. Don't forget my Giveaway, you still have time to enter and win a copy of the Whispering Island pattern, you can find the post here
Have a great week.
I am so intrigued by knitting with linen. I have only ever used wool, but these patterns are just lovely! I may have to widen my horizons a little. Thank you for sharing.
It's looking positively lovely. Your choice of colour combination is fantastic!
Looking good. Sunny here too but I am at work!! Jo x
Isn't it great when you get the right gauge straight away! The book looks interesting too, will have to look it up and see if it's up my street!
Canyon looks great and your choice of colour is perfect for a summer top.
Oh isn't it pretty - I love your colour choices, the green and the slaty grey are so lovely together :)
These two colors go well together. I like the flow of this tank.
I love the look of that tank, and your colour choice is perfect.
beautiful colors on the top. i like that pattern too~
So light and gorgeous! I really love the summery colours you've chosen here. :)
What a lovely knit--the colors are wonderful. And I'm going to look up your book.
Its looking wonderful, the sun is shining here too but unfortunately we still have a cold wind so not too warm.
That book sounds like a perfect summer holiday read, i may have to add it to my never ending list of books I want to read?
best daisy j x
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