lovely tern

Tern has been on our minds this month, with the recent addition of three new shades for our wool/silk fingering weight yarn—pretty purple Tyrian, pink Sea Star, and creamy Cumulus—and dreaming of what we'd especially love to create with them has us leafing back through our Tern pattern library, matching up color to garment, visual to mood.

Jerusha chose some of her favorite sweaters, shawls, and accessories from the Quince archives to highlight here on the blog, and it's been fun strolling down memory lane seeing these beauties again.

Join us, won't you?

Dolores by Dawn Catanzaro, Aisance by Kirsten Johnstone, and Jennie, from the book Texture, by Hannah Fettig


Dolores, by Dawn Catanzaro, is a light dolman with a lace detail along the boat neckline, shoulder and sleeve. Published in Spring 2014 and shown in Terra Cotta, this pretty piece is flattering and perfect for transitional weather.

Kirsten Johnstone's cardi, Aisance, also published in early 2014 and shown here in classic Stonington, features dramatic ribbed trim at the fronts and collar, and a wide rib detail at the back for a close fit.

From Hannah Fettig's Texture, published just after the new year in 2017, the Jennie Drop Shoulder pullover showcases an all-over broken rib pattern and a relaxed shape for easy wearing. Shown here in Sea Glass, consider this a wardrobe staple.

Capella by Isabell Kraemer, Crescent Phases by Veera Välimäki, and Tiger Flower by Katrine Birkenwasser


From our Tern collection in 2016, Isabell Kraemer's Capella shawl, shown here in Stonington, is an ample wrap with a fun lace motif. The triangular, top-down shawl finishes with a meditative garter stitch border.

Crescent Phases, shown in Wheeler Bay, was Veera Välimäki's contribution to our Summer 2014 offerings, uses a combination of eyelets and short rows to create a gorgeous asymmetrical crescent shape.

Katrine Birkenwasser's Tiger Flower, a hit release from Fall 2017, is a shawl that combines two-color garter stitch and brioche. Shown here in Petrol and Kelp, there are seemingly endless potential combinations for this dramatic piece.

Hamilton by Megan Goodacre, Abbey Road by Ann Budd, and Lena by Melissa LaBarre


Megan Goodacre's Hamilton scarf was published in our very first Scarves, etc collection in 2012. Again in Stonington, this scarf combines columns of stockinette and garter with eyelet motifs. A sophisticated and fun knit from the early days of Quince!

Going back even further in time, Ann Budd's Abbey Road socks, shown here in Buoy, were published as our first sock pattern at the tail end of our inaugural summer in 2010. With silk as a viable alternative to nylon, Tern was originally conceived of as a sock yarn, and Ann Budd does socks so, so well…a perfect match.

From the very first Wool book published in 2011, the Lena hat by Melissa LaBarre is a gorgeous slouchy beret with a pretty leaf motif, characteristic of her classic style. Shown in Seaweed, this sweet little hat is a quick knit.

It's been fun looking back through our Tern archives...and we have some new beauties on the way next week, with an eye towards the turning of the season. If you haven't signed up for our e-letter yet, you can sign up right here—subscribers are always the first to receive our latest news. 

A little sneak peek to hold you over until then...

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