Summer of Basics Progress

Summer of Basics Progress | Grainline Studio

Are you guys taking part in the Fringe Association Summer of Basics challenge? If you’re wondering what it is, here’s it explained by Karen herself:

Wherein we each made 3 high-closet-value garments in the space of 3 months, either knitted, sewn, or any combination of the two. It was a season of so much camaraderie, so many people stretching their skills, so many fantastic garments! So yes, by all means, let’s do it again. Same time period as last year: June 1 through August 31.

Summer of Basics Progress | Grainline Studio

I did a bit better job planning last year but I think my follow-through this year is much improved! My basics this year are 2 Uniform Tunics and 1 Uniform Cardigan. I figured if I bundled the Summer of Basics along with the Uniform Make-Along then I’d have a much better job of getting them finished and I was right!

I finished up both tunics back in June and I’m about halfway through the cardigan. I’m just showing the progress right now because I’m hoping to do a fun shoot when all three pieces are finished. I used Robert Kaufman Limerick Linen in Charcoal for my tunics which was kindly provided by them for our Uniform Sew-Along. I absolutely love this fabric, it’s lightweight with a gorgeous hand and washes really well. For my cardigan I went with Woolfolk Får in color 12. I’ve always wanted to try out this super soft, chained yarn so when they asked if I’d be interested in having some sent over for the cardigan I jumped at the chance!

So that’s how my Summer of Basics is shaping up so far. Are you taking part? If so, how’s it going?!

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9 replies on “Summer of Basics Progress

  • Jess

    I’m attempting the same thing! Could I ask you about the k1rb raglan increases…did you twist the stitch as you knit it? I’ve just finished the yoke but my increases look all kinda lacy in a bad way!

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    • Jen

      Yeah, you do need to twist it. If you follow the instructions in the glossary it should be just fine unless I did something rogue, but usually I follow directions with knitting.

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  • Barbara in Green Bay

    Love your linen tunics. Pretty yarn. Clothes have to have pockets. I’m lost if they’re not there.

    Lucky you to have someone offer fabric and yarn. I’m trying to sew and knit from stash for the foreseeable future both for economic reasons and because I must have liked the stuff when I bought it and shouldn’t let it go to waste.

    I’ve fallen under the spell of Sonya Phillip’s 100 Acts of Sewing patterns for their easy fit and quick construction so I’ve got plans to sew up 3 pairs of her Pants no. 2 aka leggings–1 black, 1 gray, and 1 white, plus I have a Montparnasse asymmetrical cardigan OTN. Both fronts and both sleeves are done and blocked, the back is about a quarter done. Hoping to finish by Aug. 31.

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    • Jen

      Sonya’s patterns are so great! I haven’t seen the Montparnasse cardigan but I’ll have to check it out. I can’t believe how quickly August 31st is approaching, wasn’t it just May?!

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  • liz n.

    Yes, this year I’m actually participating rather than just watching from afar.

    And while I’m not as far along as I’d like to be right now, I’ll have at least two of the three basics finished by the end of August. Specifically, the improv knitted tee and the espadrilles. With my sewing machine on the fritz and when it gets repaired depending on when my sewing machine guy can get the part, the running shorts might not be finished in time.

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      • liz n.

        Yes! I forget now who made a pair last year, but that’s when I decided to quit looking for the perfect pair of espadrilles (and never finding them, grrrr) and just make my own.

        I foresee many more of them in my me-made future!

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  • Pippa Knight

    The colour of that cardigan is wonderful.
    OMgoodness the deadline is rushing up upon us. I am going to have to finish my second sewn item in the next few days if I have a chance of finishing on time! And crack on with some knitting… >.<

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