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6 Simple Knits to Keep You Cool This Summer

Quince & Co Kestrel & Sparrow

Linen is a cool, crisp fiber that’s wonderful year-round and especially good for summer wear. This season we’ve brought in 2 linen yarns from Quince & Co: Kestrel and Sparrow.

Both yarns are made with Belgian organic linen and spun in Italy. Kestrel is a ribbon yarn, a knitted tube, that can be knit on a needle as large as a US 10. Sparrow is smooth yarn that can be knit with anything between US 2 and US 6 needles. Both yarns will create fabric with beautiful drape and luster.

Two fun facts about linen:
1. Linen gets softer as you wear and wash it, so your projects will only improve with time.

2. Stockinette stitch edges in linen will hardly curl. Several of the garments below are knit without ribbed edgings or hems.

Projects for Kestrel

Pam Allen's Davis Pullover in Kestrel Yarn
Davis by Pam Allen uses only stockinette stitch for a comfortable top with a wide, boxy body and fitted sleeves.

Pam Allen's Morning Glory Cardigan in Kestrel Yarn
Morning Glory by Pam Allen is an open cardigan with a simple lace motif on the front edges and 3/4 sleeves.

Alicia Plummer's Hudson cowl.
Hudson by Alicia Plummer makes for a fun summer accessory with color blocking and a little texture.

Projects for Sparrow

Pam Allen's Forsythia tank top.
Forsythia by Pam Allen takes a simple tank to the next level with color blocking and pockets.

Carrie Bostick Hoge's Lena Tee.
Lena Tee by Carrie Bostick Hoge is a simple tee with cap sleeves and garter stitch at the yoke and split hem.

Carrie Bostick's Brise Cardigan
Brise Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge has an open front and is knit entirely in stockinette stitch for a soft, easy fit.

Kestrel and Sparrow are available in-store with a selection of patterns, including Hannah Fettig’s Knitbot Linen. Follow these links to see more designs for Kestrel and Sparrow.

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Liz Gipson Weaving Trunk Show + Demonstration

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Weaving Trunk Show + Demonstration
Friday, June 17 from 6 to 8pm: FREE!

Come see what weaving’s all about! With a rigid heddle loom like Schacht’s Cricket, you can weave scarves, placemats, table runners, and much more – and in less time than it takes to knit or crochet. And you can use the same yarn you’d use for knitting, in fact, weaving is a great stash buster! On Friday night, Liz Gipson will demonstrate how to set-up and use a rigid heddle loom and have the samples from her book, Weaving Made Easy.

Liz Gipson is one of weaving’s top – if not the top – rigid heddle weaving designers and teachers. She has a degree in wool science and has worked in the industry at companies like Schacht Spindle and Interweave. She’s appeared on PBS, The DIY Network, and HGTV. Liz is the author of Weaving Made Easy, which was recently revised and updated. Now working on her own, Liz designs weaving patterns and teaches rigid heddle weaving. We’re very excited to welcome her to Loop and hope you’ll join us for an evening of weaving!

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This Week at Loop: Thursday, June 9

Stephen West

Westknits Trunk Show and Meet & Greet with Stephen West: Friday, June 10 from 5:30-7pm – FREE!

Come say hi to Stephen tomorrow night and see all his latest designs in person!

New In-store

Quince KestrelQuince + Co Kestrel: 100% organic linen, worsted, 50g / 76 yards.


Quince SparrowQuince + Co Sparrow: 100% organic linen, fingering, 50g / 168 yards.


Sweet Georgia BulletproofSweet Georgia Bulletproof Sock: 50% superwash merino wool, 15% silk, 15% mohair, 20% nylon, fingering, 100g / 437 yards.


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Upcoming Classes

tapestry weavingTapestry Weaving, Saturday, June 11.


Spinning YarnIntroduction to Spinning, Saturday, June 11.


Granny Square BlanketLearn to Crochet, begins Wednesday, June 22.


Upcoming Events

Weaving-Made-Easy-Low-Rez-283x300Liz Gipson Weaving Trunk Show & Demonstration: Friday, June 17 from 6-8pm.


Schedule Change

The shop will be closed on Sunday, June 12. Otherwise, our summer hours are:

Tuesday through Friday, 11am-6pm / Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm / Monday, closed.

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Groovy Shawl

Groovy Shawl

Jumper Cables’ Groovy (Lace and Fingering Weight) is an asymmetric shawl made with alternating panels of stockinette and reverse stockinette. Simple and elegant, it’s a wonderful summer project.

We knit ours with Ito Yarn’s Kinu and Sensai on a size US 4 needle and worked 9 repeats of the pattern. Kinu is a fine strand of silk noil with delicate heathered shading. Sensai is a soft blend of silk and mohair. The combination makes a heavenly fabric with a magical feel.

Groovy Shawl

We’ve assembled kits for Groovy in five of our favorite combinations. Each kit contains one cone of Kinu and two balls of Sensai. The pattern is available for purchase online.

Click here to pick your fave shade and get Groovy!

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This Week at Loop: Thursday, June 2

New Online

Debbie Bliss Rialto DK YarnDebbie Bliss Rialto DK: 100% superwash merino wool, DK, 50g / 114 yards.


Juniper Moon Navy YarnJuniper Moon Zooey: 60% cotton, 40% linen, DK, 100g / 284 yards.


Ito Sensai Yarn in RedIto Sensai: 60% mohair, 40% silk, lace, 20g / 262 yards.


New In-store

IMG_4607Blue Sky Fibers (Blue Sky Alpaca’s new name) Woolstok: 100% fine Peruvian Wool, worsted weight, 50g / 123 yards.


IMG_4595Shibui Linen: 100% linen, fingering, 50g / 246 yards.


IMG_4603Fiberstory Fave Sock: 100% superwash merino wool, fingering, 100g / 400 yards.


IMG_4594Debbie Bliss Cotton DK: 100% cotton, DK, 100g / 218 yards.


IMG_4602Ella Rae Chunky Merino Superwash: 100% superwash merino wool, chunky, 100g / 136 yards.


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Upcoming Classes

K10607_grandeKnit 1: A Neck Warmer, begins Tuesday, June 7.


Knit 3Knit 3: Socks or Mitts, begins Sunday, June 5.


South Street PulloverKnit 5: A Top Down Pullover, begins Sunday, June 5.


Granny Square BlanketLearn to Crochet, begins Wednesday, June 22.


tapestry weavingTapestry Weaving, Saturday, June 11.


Upcoming Events

Baby Penguono 1Westknits Baby Penguono Class: Friday, June 10 from 2-5pm.


Stephen WestWestknits Trunk Show and Meet & Greet with Stephen West: Friday, June 10 from 5:30-7pm – FREE!


Weaving-Made-Easy-Low-Rez-283x300Liz Gipson Weaving Trunk Show & Demonstration: Friday, June 17 from 6-8pm.


Schedule Change

The shop will be closed on Sunday, June 12. Otherwise, our summer hours are:

Tuesday through Friday, 11am-6pm / Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm / Monday, closed.

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Hill Top Shawl

Hill Top Shawl

Hill Top by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade is a crescent-shaped, garter stitch shawl with interspersed lace panels and a pretty picot edge. The soft curve of the crescent is flattering whether you wear tied in front or tossed over one shoulder.

Hill Top’s made with two hanks of The Fibre Company’s Cumbria Fingering. We used the color buttermere, a beautiful gold. Hill Top is knit on size US 6 needles, but for tight knitters, a US 7 is recommended.

Cumbria Fingering is a wonderful blend of brown wool from rare breed sheep, fine South American merino wool, and mohair. Over-dying the brown wool yields rich, deep shades. The hardest part of this project is picking just one color!

Hill Top Shawl

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