sparrow in spring


March 31, 2019

For us here at Quince, the arrival of spring means turning to warmer-weather yarns, starting with our beloved organic fingering weight linen, Sparrow. Sparrow has been with us almost since the beginning, and it's always so neat to see how this yarn does with large needles, stripes, lace, cables, doubled (or tripled!) strands, you name it. It yields a soft fabric with amazing drape, and it's so sweet to work with.

Here are some favorites from our Sparrow pattern archive

sparrow loves lace

Pam Allen's Harpswell Apron, published in spring 2014 in our Sparrow Sans collection, features an alternating drop stitch pattern, a single halter strap, and a simple, sweet button closure at the back.

For Donovan, published in our Sparrow 2018 collection, Michele Wang chose a feathery motif set into a canvas of eyelets, resulting in a gorgeous heirloom piece. Shown in Conch, one of our Sparrow marls, this pullover is unfussy in the shaping, showcasing the lace.

Cecily Glowik MacDonald designed the Nyanen tee in the early days of Sparrow (and Quince), published in June 2011. Shown here in Sans, the allover ribbon stitch makes this sleeveless piece a fun knit.

Left to right: Harpswell Apron by Pam Allen, Donovan by Michele Wang, Nyanen by Cecily Glowik MacDonald

modular tops

Garter panels knitted separately, then joined to create a gusseted skirt, is the featured fun detail in Pam's Amalia, which we published in March 2016 as part of the Sparrow collection of that year. Shown in creamy Butternut, this tank is simple and elegant.

Norah Gaughan's Arris top from her book Framework, published in April of 2017, is such a cool piece. Shown here in Paprika, this reversible pullover involves lots of picking up and knitting off into fun directions to construct the body and yoke.

For our Sparrow 2018 collection, our own Leila Raven designed Bolan, shown here in Mineral; a gorgeous tee knit from the center out, with a flattering lace panel at the collarbones.

Left to right: Amalia by Pam Allen, Arris by Norah Gaughan, Bolan by Leila Raven
high drama

Bristol Ivy's Hazlewood from Sparrow 2018 is a dramatic piece indeed, with an increasing shell motif that extends to an impressive 120" wingspan. Knit on a large (for Sparrow) needle and shown in silvery Mica, this shawl is very reminiscent of a wave gently lapping along a sandy beach.

From Knitbot Linen, published in May 2013, Hannah Fettig's Surrounding Tank offers a gorgeous sleeveless top with a cowl neck that sports some serious drape. Shown here in Birch.

Pam designed her Truffle Shrug as a collaboration with clothing design house Brook There in 2013, and the pattern was published in September of that year. Shown here in Truffle, this piece is a gigantic seamed rectangle featuring a stunning allover openwork pattern.

Left to right: Hazlewood by Bristol Ivy, Surrounding Tank by Hannah Fettig, Truffle Shrug by Pam Allen

Want more? Take a look at all of our Sparrow colors here, and all of our Sparrow patterns here. And...stay tuned for our upcoming Sparrow collection, 5 new designs by the Quince team--plus, three new colors for spring!

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