For me, some designs begin with an idea to use a stitch pattern or new technique and from there I need to find the yarn that works best to bring that to life. However, I more often take inspiration from the yarn itselfthe way that it knits up, which stitch patterns really seem to work for it, and what type of garment the fiber is best suited for.
Sprout is an organic cotton yarn with a wonderful texture that knits up at a bulky gauge. The organic cotton definitely got me thinking about warm weather and summer garments. After swatching, I found the texture of the yarn when knit in stockinette stitch to be just lovely and a simple yarn over pattern really stood out against it. The ease and speed of knitting swatches in this bulky gauge yarn prompted me to design something that would be simple and sleeveless, a project that could be very quick to knit.
100% organic cotton
Sprout is a soft, cushy, chunky 100% organic yarn with a slightly nubby texture. One of its best features is that it stays lofty, unlike many worsted-plus weight cotton yarns that tend to be heavy and dense once knitted.
Sprout is spun from Tanguis cotton. This stout hardy cotton plant was developed in the early 1900’s. Tanguis is named after its developer, Fermin Tanguis. The plant’s ubiquitous presence and dependability have earned it the title “white gold” from the farmers who plant and harvest it.
Sprout is available in a bright-and-lively 19-color palette and it’s machine washable. Add to this the wonderful soft texture, strength, and the light yet quick-to-knit gauge and it is easy to see why Sprout makes a great choice for spring and summer garments.
The Sprout Center Detail Tank featured in today’s Webletter is worked in a background of Stockinette stitch with yarn over and Reverse Stockinette stitch details in the center. The waist shaping takes place in the center of the garment and is worked into the yarn over and Reverse Stockinette Stitch panel on the front. This panel, with the shaping, uses single decreases, double decreases, and yarn overs, for more information on these technigues, follow the links below.
Right and Left Slanting SINGLE decreases
Right and Left Slanting DOUBLE decreases
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