As knitters we all get giddy at the first sniff of fall coming each year. Fall means one thing and one thing only to us fiber enthusiasts, SWEATER WEATHER. We layer up all of our handknits, to the point of looking a little ridiculous, to show off the wool we’ve spent countless hours transforming into our cold weather wardrobe. When spring starts to show up after a long winter, we feel conflicted; it’s time to put our beloved sweaters away but in exchange we get sun, flowers and all of our favorite outdoor activities. But don’t let spring get you down, there are endless options to make your spring wardrobe just as wonderful as your winter one.
Here are some of my favorite spring designs with warm weather friendly yarn options.
Purl Soho’s Notched Hem Tank Top is a classic shape that will never go out of style. It’s a simple knit, with just the right amount of detail and shaping to flatter anyone. I knit this up using “Norma” by Lang, a Cotton/ Viscose blend. Norma is lusciously soft and drapey for warmer weather or layered up Fall.
Currently on my needles is the Monterey Tee by Kate Gagnon Osborne. This tee is a very simple construction full of elegant twisted rib lace. I’m using “Cerro” by Classic Elite Yarns, a cotton/ alpaca blend. The small amount of added alpaca adds just enough slip and softness making it a pleasure to knit up. The stitch definition highlights the details of the Monterey tee beautifully.
Next to go on my needles for my Spring/ Summer wardrobe will Brystol Ivy’s Kit Camsole. I’ll be using Lang Yarn’s Filo in a steel charcoal. Yes, I still love to where grey and black in the nicer weather. I’m looking forward to having a the fashion staple of a lightweight tank that isn’t the typical fast fashion summer wardrobe.
Ravelry has many wonderful patterns available to start building your beautiful handmade year round wardrobe. Get started at your Local Yarn Store for more suggestions to keep knitting through the warm weather. All of the yarns I’ve mentioned are available at Knitty Gritty Yarns and if you need help or instructions for a new pattern stop by a Knit Studio and I would love to help!
Ellen Coy is a Knit Designer, and Instructor based in Syracuse, NY. View her class schedule here.