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Light and Bright Knitting

Apr 5, 2013

As spring and summer arrive, color is all around me. It's popping up in my garden, my wardrobe, and my knitting bag. I recently went through my stash and pulled out some lovely salmon for a summer tee. I've knit three summer tops, and I wear them a lot. It's so great to be able to wear your knitting in spring and summer, and it's the perfect time of the year to enjoy color knitting.

Manteo Cardigan by Lisa Hoffman
LaFleur Clutch by Amy Miller
Here's Interweave Knits editor Eunny Jang to tell you about how she brought some color into her knitting, and her life.

Backing Away from Black 

Maybe it was my mother's (unsolicited and kindly meant, I'm sure) advice to me the last time I went home: "You know, black looks chic when you're young, but you're getting older, and . . ." Maybe it's my ever-intensifying gardening obsession, or maybe my Colorado location, where the strong high-plains sunshine turns saturated colors startlingly vivid.

The Seaglass Shell by Daniella Nii
Birch Point Hoodie by Amanda Scheuzger
Whatever the reason, the seemingly impossible has happened-after a solid decade of wearing nothing but black, gray, and various shades of white, my wardrobe is starting to bloom with color. I have always liked color, liked working with it, appreciated it—on other people, that is. For myself, it has always seemed easier to wear neutrals.

But now I find myself craving color and contrast—I want a pop of bright against dark jeans; surprising, vivid shoes; whole dresses in candy shades. I'm starting to grow a collection of bright scarves. I've gotten on the colored tights train. I'm making a pair of goldenrod-colored cigarette pants. In short, I want to wear clothes that make me smile.

The things you wear should always make you happy. The things you make, doubly so. In that spirit, we filled the Summer, 2012 issue of Interweave Knits with light, bright, pop-y knits for breezy, lazy days: instant-gratification accessories you can make in a weekend, mellow and modern lace pieces to layer, drapey knits adorned with beachy texture, graphic stripes of color and texture, and simple, relaxed knits for slow-moving days.

As for me, I'm working away on a knitting basket that, for the first time, contains more colored balls of yarn than black or white ones. That riot of color is exciting and a little terrifying—but it makes me smile every time I pick up my needles.

—Eunny Jang, Interweave Knits, Spring 2012

Don't put your knitting away until fall! Start knitting now for the warm weather to come. All of the patterns shown here are available in the Interweave Knits 2012 Collection. Get yours today!


P.S. What's on your needles for spring and summer? Let us know in the comments!

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marywoods wrote
on Apr 8, 2013 1:23 PM

Sounds like you are keeping yourself busy.  Right now I am in the middle of finishing birthday gifts for my best friend and two god children as well as knitting for a wedding so most of the colors run the pastel gamut.  Undyed  merino silk blend yarn in lace weight for the wedding gloves (done!) and two shawls as well as a pale seafoam green cotton linen blend  for a sweater set for the mother of the bride (me) and a wildly striped pair of socks in pink and purple for my god daughter for her birthday since that is her favorite colors.  Oh and a pair of my gamer's gloves for her as well.  So I am going to be up to elbows trying to get everything finished by June 1st.

AngelaAlter wrote
on Apr 8, 2013 10:08 AM

When I click on Birch Point Hoodie, I'm getting a link to a makeup site...

This seems odd. Just FYI.

on Apr 8, 2013 6:48 AM

When you get the error message that the page does not exist, click in the title bar and remove the www. before shop; the URLs start with

kalmia11 wrote
on Apr 7, 2013 7:33 PM

The links don't work for me either.

kalmia11 wrote
on Apr 7, 2013 7:32 PM

I am also having problems with the links

Barb@102 wrote
on Apr 7, 2013 9:18 AM

Could the trouble with the links be that the dates in this article are 2012?

Is this a repost from then?

lindaclaire wrote
on Apr 6, 2013 7:43 PM

Good for you!  I haven't worn black for YEARS!  Black is a dead colour, sapping vitality. Colours on the colour wheel, on which black is not, all have different wave lengths and add vitality and joy.  Colours can heal.

krrobu wrote
on Apr 6, 2013 5:48 PM

I'm having the same problem with the links.

mickowitz wrote
on Apr 6, 2013 11:46 AM

Is it just me, or is something wrong with all of the links on this page?

Deb Sims wrote
on Apr 5, 2013 9:44 AM

I'm working on a light weight shawl for cool evenings made with Findley lace weight using two strands held together--one peachy and one coral. Yum!