In The Mood For Spring Knits…
Many people are surprised to find that my favorite knitting season is actually the spring. It seems a bit counter-intuitive, but I love making things for warmer weather. It’s fun to me to challenge the notion that knitting is only for the cold weather and to be done with wool.
One of the reasons I love warm-weather knitting is because I love exploring the different fiber options for this time of the year. Next week I’ll be back on the blog with a little post about choosing fibers and yarns for spring projects, and sharing a few of my favorites. It hasn’t always been easy to find good warm-weather yarns, but the industry is catching up with the demand, and giving us more options.
This week in Missouri, it has been raining cats and dogs, and they are calling for even more this weekend. Even though we’ve already had a nice taste of warm spring weather, this dreary week has felt like it’s pulled us back into winter, and is really giving me Spring Fever!
I want to cast on all the linen-y things with their crisp, crunchy, papery hand. I’m daydreaming about every drapey and meshy fabric around. I’ve been stash diving to see what I can come up with in cottons, rayons, silks, linens, and tencel. The three spring sweaters I have in progress have finally made their way out of hibernation, and I’m working to finish them up so they can make it into the rotation for pretty toppers for spring dresses, and cover ups for cool evening breezes. Don’t forget the overly air-conditioned room that plagues those of us who live in high humidity locales!
In the spirit of spring knitting, I’ve put together a little Spring Fever Pattern Bundle special to help you get jump started with your spring/summer knitting. It’s got 6 of my favorite warm-weather knits, bundled together for just $15. You can save $11 off the normal retail of these patterns! So even if you already have 1 or 2 of these in your collection, it’s still a great deal!
Here’s what I’m including in the bundle:
The Airliner Cowl (above), and the Jetsetter Cowl (below). These two cowls feature a chevron lace pattern, one in bulky, one in worsted. The Jetsetter gives the option for three color-blocked sections, while the Airliner features just one oversized version of the stitch pattern. Both are fun to work in cotton blend chainette yarns, and can be worn as a cowl, or pulled down over the shoulders for a different look.
The Color Of Summer Cowl (below) is a fun knit that takes advantage of pooling to make an awesome graphic statement. The mesh edges and knotted fringe top it off and make it a truly unique piece. There is even a video tutorial to accompany the cast on of this project!
The Quench Cowl is a convertible piece that can be worn around the neck as a cowl, or worn double as a small wrap. Perfect for ever-changing inside temperatures, and the sample I knit out of Linen/Silk ensures you are never over heated.
The Summer Simplicity Wrap is a very easy knit using laceweight yarn. I’ve worked it up in linen here, but it would work great in any laceweight where you wanted something simple to show off gorgeous hand-dyes.
Although this one is named the Winter Wonderland Wrap, it’s great for transitional weather because of the long dropped stitches that make an open and drapey fabric. I’ve made it up in a cashmere blend sock weight here, but I think it would be gorgeous in a bamboo blend, too!
Last, but not least, the ever popular Sunset Sky Shawl, with eyelets and dropped stitches. Again, I’ve used a sock yarn here, but I’ve seen a few people make it up in a linen blend to gorgeous effect. Hmmmm…maybe I’ll go cast one on now….
So there’s a jump-start to your Spring/summer knitting! All you have to do is head over to Ravelry and put all 7 designs in your cart to get the special deal! No coupon code necessary. I’ve also made it so that any previous purchases of these patterns individually will count towards the promo, so if you already have one or two in your collection they will go towards the total. (This is only on single pattern sales, I think, so unfortunately e-books do not count. Let me know if you trouble with this since it’s my first time trying it!)
So tell me, do you love spring/summer knitting as much as me? Are you in the mood for Spring Knits? Leave a comment to let me know!
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