On the twelfth day of Christmas, Tin Can Knits gave to me…
a simple sock yarn sweater,
lovely lacy toque,
bon bon delight,
boot topping beauties,
twist stitch tam,
booties warm and wee!
hip slouchy hat,
honey flavoured mitts,
sea inspired socks,
and cabled mittens for under the tree!
Day 12 of the Tin Can Knits 12 Days of Christmas features the Flax Light sweater pattern. It’s a new addition to The Simple Collection, and just like the other 8 free patterns, it will be free forever!
You asked for it and here it is! Our popular pullover Flax has a new cousin, Flax Light. This sweater has all the same features as it’s worsted weight relative, but it’s worked up in fingering weight yarn instead. This makes for a perfect layering piece, or a great sweater for bright spring day.
While we created The Simple Collection with new knitters in mind, it has had widespread appeal among new and experienced knitters alike. It seems that it doesn’t matter how long you have been knitting, sometimes something simple is just the thing. A fingering weight sweater may not be the best learning canvas, but it is a great thing to have in your knitted wardrobe!
Pattern: Flax Light (FREE!)
Sizing: 0-6mo (6-12 mo, 1-2y, 2-4y, 4-6y, 6-8y, 8-10y, XS, S, SM, M, ML, L, XL, XXL, 3XL, 4XL); finished bust: 18 (19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 43, 47, 51, 55, 59)”
Yarn: 350 (400, 500, 650, 750, 900, 1000, 1150, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1900, 2100, 2300, 2500) yds fingering / sock weight yarn (samples shown in Sweet Fiber Cashmerino 20 in ‘smoke’ and ‘spirit’)
Needles: US #2 / 2.75 mm and US #5 / 3.75 mm (or as required to meet gauge)
inspiration for a collection
The idea for the Simple Collection came from our Rye socks. I was working away on these warm worsted socks on a trip with my family to Ireland and Scotland. I worked the cuff and put my hand through it to open up the knitting and see how it was looking. I thought to myself: this would make a lovely detail for a sweater. Thus the Flax was born!
At the same time I had just picked out some beautiful Hedgehog fibers to make a light sweater for Jonesie, and so I cast on. The prototype for the Flax sweater (and of course, the Flax Light) was knit in fingering weight and was one of my very favorite sweaters to put on Jones when he was wee.
When Emily’s son Max was first newborn, she wanted to have one tiny sweater that would fit him IMMEDIATELY. So she made a tiny Flax Light prototype too… it was so tiny that it only fit until he was 4 weeks old. But it was darling while it lasted!
Have you seen the Simple Collection?
In 2013, we decided that the knitting world needed a comprehensive set of free patterns and tutorials done Tin Can Knits style; sized baby to big, made in modern hand-dyed yarns with the playful photography that we like best! So we created The Simple Collection so you could learn to make modern, seamless knits by following along step-by-step with our 8 free patterns. If you haven’t tried these patterns, know a newer knitter who would love them, or teach knitting yourself, check them out now!
Our 12 Days of Christmas has drawn to a close, but don’t worry, Flax Light will be free forever! I think I’ll cast on one for myself in the New Year…..
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