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Brooklyn Tweed Truss Cardigan - Project Notes
Alex Collins wearing Brooklyn Tweed Truss cardigan by Melissa Wehrle
Truss Cardigan knitting project
Alex Collins wearing the Brooklyn Tweed Truss cardigan in The Fibre Co. Canopy Worsted

Alex Collins wearing the Brooklyn Tweed Truss cardigan in The Fibre Co. Canopy Worsted

Alex Collins wearing the Brooklyn Tweed Truss Cardigan

I really like the fit of the Truss cardigan by Melissa Wehrle for Brooklyn Tweed. I’m wearing mine with 6” of positive ease and turned back cuffs which makes it a really cosy cardigan for lounging.

I was pleased that I got gauge with The Fibre Co. Canopy worsted as the 50% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 20% Rayon from Bamboo blend gives the cardigan a really luxurious feel.

It has a similar look to the Truss cardigan knitted by Clare Manipon-Mountain which inspired me to cast on the pattern. She used Berroco Ultra Alpaca which might be a good alternative to consider as the yarn I used has been discontinued.

Modifications

I followed the pattern as written except for the sleeves. I joined the shoulders and then picked up stitches around the armholes so I could knit them from the top down. I used the same stitch counts given in the sleeve instructions just in reverse doing SSK and K2tog decreases instead of increases

Truss Cardigan

Pattern: Truss by Melissa Wehrle for Brooklyn Tweed

Yarn: The Fibre Co. Canopy Worsted in Lemur (discontinued)

Needles: HiyaHiya Interchangables. A - 4.5mm, B - 4mm, C - 3.5mm

Buttons: TGB3825 buttons from Textile Garden

Project Bag: Alex Collins Sweater Sack

As seen on my knitting and sewing YouTube channel - Episode 13

Common Stitch Bell Bird Shorts - Project Notes
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Common Stitch Bellbird Shorts and Grainline Studio Hemlock Tee

Common Stitch Bellbird Shorts and Grainline Studio Hemlock Tee

The relaxed fit Bellbird Shorts sewing pattern by Common Stitch features slash pockets and an elasticated waist making these a great beginner sewing project. I made mine using a Linen and Cotton blend John Kaldor fabric from Minerva Crafts which although I worried would be a little sheer is perfectly fine worn with nude underwear.

Bell Bird Shorts Modifications

I typically wear high waisted jeans in a 26”/28” so I started by cutting the size Small shorts pattern. I’m 5ft and the length is just what I wanted so I didn’t make any adjustments to the length. After tweaking my toile by removing 5/8” from the side seams and scooping out a 1/4” from the front crotch seam I actually ended up with an Xtra Small pattern so I’d recommend sizing down when you make your muslin or toile in this pattern. The XS shorts still have a loose and relaxed fit on me without being too baggy which I love.

Grainline Studio Hemlock Tee

The Hemlock Tee I’m wearing with my Bellbird shorts is a free t-shirt sewing pattern from Grainline Studios. I hemmed the armholes instead of adding the sleeves and made this version cropped by shortening the pattern by 9”. The fabric is a lightweight jersey fabric with lots of drape from Fabric HQ.

If you have any questions you’re welcome to email me at alex@alexcollinsdesigns.com

Deer & Doe Myosotis Dress Hack - Project Notes
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This Myosotis Dress by Deer and Doe is sewn using a Linen and Viscose blend dress fabric from Minerva Crafts. The 1” buttons were purchased at John Lewis and I dyed the fabric using Dylon All-In-1 Fabric Dye Pod in Plum Red.

I’ve adapted the Mysotis Dress by Deer & Doe by lengthening the skirt to midi length and adding patch pockets and buttons through the skirt.

Myosotis Dress Hack Modifications

  • Shortened the sleeves

  • Lengthened the skirt

  • I didn’t cut the front skirt pattern on the fold I cut two separate front pieces

  • I extended the facings so they reach from the collar to the bottom of the skirt and interfaced.

  • When gathering the skirt pieces I started the gathers aprox 1” from the centre front so there are no gathers on the new button band.

  • Cut two 8 3/4” by 7 1/4” rectangles for pockets. Fold and press the top over by 1/4’ and again by 1”. Top stitch 7/8” from the fold. I top stitched my pockets in place after sewing the dress together so I could check the placement - as a guide mine are 7” from the centre of the buttons and the bottom of the pocket is roughly where my fingertips reach.

  • I placed 11 buttons and spaced them about 2 1/2” apart leaving 10” open at the bottom of the skirt. - I’m 5ft so you will want to add more buttons if you are much taller ;)

  • I can get the dress on and off without undoing the buttons so I omitted button holes and sewed the buttons through all layers of fabric

If you have any questions you’re welcome to email me at alex@alexcollinsdesigns.com

Treysta Colour Work Sweater - Project Notes
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Alex Collins wearing Treysta colour work sweater knitting pattern by Jennifer Steingass for Laine Magazine
Alex Collins wearing Treysta by Jennifer Steingass for Laine Magazine

Alex Collins wearing Treysta by Jennifer Steingass for Laine Magazine

Knitting the colour work sweater pattern, Treysta by Jennifer Steingass for Laine Magazine, was my first time working with Léttlopi Icelandic wool by Ístex.

It’s an extremely cosy, robust, wool that feels like it will keep me warm and dry whatever the weather. I’m not extremely sensitive to woolly, rustic wools and don’t find the Ístex Léttlopi uncomfortable to knit or wear with a t-shirt underneath.

I knit the Treysta pattern using Ístex Léttlopi in Bottle Green Heather (MC), Ash Heather (CC1), Celery Green Heather (CC2) and Black Heather (CC3) from Meadow Yarn. My colour choices were inspired by the colour palette Kehley used here.

Treysta Sweater Pattern Modifications

As the Treysta is a slim fitting sweater I decided to knit the pattern without the waist or hip shaping. I just knit straight until the body measured 17.5” from the shoulder. I also decided not to do the colour work on the hem so I finished the body by knitting just 2.5” of 2x2 ribbing and Jenny’s Surprising Stretchy Bind Off.

I also omitted the colour work on the cuffs so all the focus was on the colour work yoke. After knitting the decreases and knitting 2 rounds even I went straight into the 2x2 ribbing. As with the hem, I used Jenny’s Surprising Stretchy Bind Off to finish.

Choosing the Right Knitting Needles

I initially started knitting Treysta using set of circular needles with a fairly sharp tip which was easily splitting the yarn and made the experience quite unpleasant. I felt like I was fighting with the yarn until I decided to switch to a set of Addi needles with less pointy tips. It was a game changer and the Ístex Léttlopi became much easier to work with. I would definitely recommend using needles with a slightly round tip that will not split the yarn so easily.

Treysta

Pattern: Treysta by Jennifer Steingass for Laine Magazine (3)

Yarn: Ístex Léttlopi

Needles: 4mm (US 6) Addi Circulars

Project Bag: Alex Collins Sweater Sack

As seen on my knitting and sewing YouTube channel - Episode 10, 9, and 2

Alex Collins wearing Treysta colour work sweater knitting pattern by Jennifer Steingass for Laine Magazine