I was thrilled to test knit Sandshore for Alicia Plummer, a wonderful knit designer who has written a lot of patterns for Quince & Co yarns. I was particularly excited to test knit this pattern because Quince & Co just released Kestrel, an aran-weight ribbon yarn in 100% linen, and I was looking for a project to try it out on. This loose-fitting summer cardigan design pairs perfectly with Kestrel, and the resulting fabric is an interesting open-weave that feels wonderful after washing and drying.
I used 10 skeins of Kestrel in color Porpoise and knit on US 10s (the pattern recommends US 10 1/2, but I got gauge on US 10s). Actually, it was difficult for me to get gauge, because the open-weave and uneven nature of the fabric was hard to measure and get a consistent number, but US 10s gave me the best finished fabric texture, so I went with that needle size.
I knit the size Large (33.5″ + 6″ of open space between the front bands) – usually I go with a medium, but I wanted to make sure that this fit nice and loose, and sometimes Alicia’s patterns fit me a little on the small size, so I opted up a size for this project. Overall, I think that the fit is exactly what I was looking for, so I’m glad I went with the larger size; the only difficulty I have is with the tendency of the front lapels of the cardigan to hang open so far that it feels like it’s going to slide off my shoulders. However, I think that this is because of my bust size – I always have difficulty wearing open-hanging cardigans without any buttons or closures, because my chest pushes the bands to the side so much. A lot of times this look just doesn’t work for my body type! But I like the effect if I close the cardigan right at the bust line with a shawl pin.
At first I thought I made a mistake in the open mesh panel on the back, because it’s asymmetrical, but Alicia confirmed that it was designed this way, which I think is so cool! I love the juxtaposition of the vertical and horizontal mesh panels with the stockinette stitch of the rest of the cardigan.
I knit this cardigan up in five days – making it just about the most perfect summer knit ever, something light and quick and fun! Because the linen is constructed in a ribbon shape, it didn’t hurt my hands at all. You’ll definitely need to wet block it, and I’d recommend tossing it in the dryer when it’s still damp – it’s amazing how much it softened up the feel of the fabric, and it gives it a lot more fit and drape than you’ll get with just air drying the FO.
Thanks Alicia, I can’t wait to test knit another of your wonderful patterns!Pin It