I’m tired of snow. I’m tired of Christmas-card perfect white landscapes, and fleece-lined boots, and enough layers to make everyone look like a herd of Sta-Puft Marshmallow Men.
I want Spring, and I want it NOW. Unfortunately, my weather karma is not powerful enough to change the course of seasons, so it’s still grey outside, and there is still snow on the ground where I live.
However, I do have pretty good knitting karma, if I do say so myself. I can pick up my needles, pull out a charming bit of yarn, and knit myself some serious Spring. And my knitting karma is even good enough that I can help you knit up some Spring, too…
First New Free Pattern of Spring!
Soap Bubble Wrap by Connie Chang Chinchio
from Knits Spring 2009
The minute I saw this pattern, I thought “Winner!” It’s unusually beautiful, one of those sweaters where folks will constantly be asking you where you got it. (“Oh, just a little something I whipped up myself,” you’ll say modestly, eyes lowered so as not to show your glee.)
It’s a wrap sweater, and wrap sweaters are flattering on a wide variety of body types, from slender to fulsome. Sizing a wrap cardi is forgiving, so there aren’t a lot of adjustments to be made. And those lace details! The lace bubbles up (ahem) over shoulder and hip, giving you a bit of sass and curve no matter what shape you are! And the linen yarn means that the fabric will have a luscious sheen, terrific drape, and will become softer every time you wear it. (Note that Louet Euroflax is no longer available in the worsted weight we originally used in this pattern. Eunny Jang, editor of Interweave Knits, has this suggestion for yarn substitution: "Try knitting to the same gauge with Euroflax sport weight for a garment with an airy, fluid hand—or substitute a worsted-weight cotton or linen/cotton blend.")
Hey. Where did everyone go? Suddenly, I am talking to an empty room. Everyone has dashed off to their local yarn shop in search of yarn to knit this sweater…
My work here is done. Have a great weekend, everyone. And don't forget to let us know what you're knitting and thinking about!
Download the free Soap Bubble Wrap pattern.
P.S. Come join me this weekend at the National Knit-Out and Crochet 2009 event! If you happen to be anywhere in the vicinity of the Mall of America on Saturday and Sunday, stop by and watch a demo, see a fashion show, and meet designers, authors, and knitters galore! I’ll be answering questions on an editor/author panel both days at noon in the Staging Area, wrangling pups-in-knits on Saturday at 1 PM, and roaming the crowds in search of interesting people to interview for next week’s posts. Come join the fun!
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? I cannot tell a lie. There might be the sleeve of a Spring sweater from the new issue that just jumped onto my needles, when I wasn't looking. All I can say is, I read Vicki Square's article in the new Spring Knits called "Start as Many New Projects as You Can," and her last sentence inspired me: "Knit anything and everything you want--and enjoy the scenery!" So I am indulging my knitting habit, and not worrying about whatever the knitting police might have to say about it.