linen 2020 remix origins
March 01, 2020
Linen season is upon us! A time when we are thinking spring and getting plant fibers onto the needles, preparing for warmer temps ahead.
This year, we are hitting our 10th anniversary as a company. Can you believe it? We have worked with so many wonderful designers over the years and have published some stunning pieces showcasing our slinky, soft organic linen yarns: Sport weight Sparrow and worsted weight Kestrel.
To celebrate our linen yarns and projects, we thought we'd mix up elements from patterns past, creating entirely new designs to delight and inspire our fellow knitters. Our design team here chose some Quince favorites, swapped the yarn entirely between Kestrel and Sparrow, and expanded upon or transformed the original ideas.
Our Linen Remix collection is just over the horizon—official release date is Thursday, March 5th. The full collection bundle will become available for purchase and download; if, however, you've had your eye on one or two specific designs, never fear: They'll be released as individual patterns throughout the months of March and April.
We hope you've been enjoying the previews of these pieces through our social media channels! We can't wait to officially launch the collection.
Today, we thought we'd offer a closer look at some of our new designs and their origins in the Quince linen pattern archive:
This sweet pullover really mixes it up, combining elements from two designs into one: You may remember Pam Allen's seamed Hibiscus tee, originally worked up in Kestrel (shown in bright orange-red Rosehip), that came out with our Kestrel 2015 collection. We envisioned another seamed piece with set-in sleeves, but in Sparrow; and, we wanted it to have a nice wide lace panel on the front. The lace motif from Leila Raven's Bayou shawl (shown in Pebble) from Kestrel 2018 fit the bill nicely. The result is lovely Laudholm, with ultra-long sleeves and a sophisticated vibe, shown in Penny (one of my personal fave Sparrow colors).
Pine Point and Long Sands
Pine Point, a simple round-yoke buttoned cardigan, borrows the drop-stitch stripe element from Pam's Perkins Cove (shown in Sparrow Sans) from our Sparrow Sans collection (published in April 2014) and adds a few purl ridges to the motif. This new piece is worked up in Kestrel and shown in Sand.
For Long Sands, fans of Leila's Deschain pullover will immediately recognize its center panel, transformed into the hem of this roomy, wide-neck tee, and re-imagined in Sparrow (shown here in Surf). We originally published Deschain (shown in Kestrel Ash) in our Linen Noir collection during March 2017.
Higgins and Ellis
Pam's Scarborough Shrug, another piece from Sparrow Sans in 2014, is re-worked as a gorgeous triangular shawl in Kestrel (shown in Tellin). So fun to plug an eye-catching stitch pattern into a classic shape.
Ellis, worked up in Kestrel and shown in Lira and Tellin, is an echo of Pam's Saco Stripes tank (shown in Sparrow Sans and Pigeon), also from Sparrow Sans. The striping detail is updated here in this pretty new version, and a hi-lo hem introduced, while retaining the raw hem edge.
Morse and Popham
Pam's Rue Mouffetard—from the first-ever batch of Sparrow patterns published way back in spring of 2011 (shown in Sparrow Sans)—sees a three-way update: Knitted in Kestrel, with stripes (shown in Whelk and Lira), crocheted in Sparrow (shown in Chicory), and crocheted in Kestrel (shown in Senza). If you've never tried crochet but always wanted to, we think these make the perfect beginner's project!
left to right: Rue Mouffetard by Pam Allen, Morse and Popham (Sparrow and Kestrel versions) by the Quince design team (available March 5)