It's the first week of April, which seems like the perfect time to talk about spring knitting styles!
I've never been one to complain about warm weather knitting. I love making accessories, and linen and silk blends are some of my favorite fibers to wear. But it doesn't take long in the knitting world to know I'm not in the majority. I've been doing some thinking, and come up with a list of three kinds of spring knitters, and a project from Knits Spring 2013 for each.
For the dreamer, warmer months are simply a time to get ahead on fall projects. Cotton and hemp leave them cold (pun intended!), and they're happy to curl up by an air conditioning vent to start work on another wooly sweater. Luckily, there are several projects in this issue perfect for testing the waters of warm-weather knitting.
The Marian Tunic, for example, has the best of both worlds. Paired with shorts or boyfriend jeans, the Marian Tunic is perfectly springy, but a luscious wool laceweight and allover lace pattern will keep sweater knitters engaged. The Currant Cardigan, Matins Dress, and Smocked Bodice are a few other substantial pieces that are still light enough to wear at the farmers' market.
For social butterflies, warmer weather means less time trapped indoors and more time out with friends. Accessory projects that can be finished quickly, or knit on the go, are perfect for butterflies. The Trellis Scarf, Darjeeling Shawl, or Inlaid Lace Mitts are all beautiful small options. Bonus: these lacy knitted accessories are the perfect accompaniment to spring party dresses.
The Spring Breaker
And then, there are knitters like me who embrace Spring Fever with cool fibers and abbreviated shapes. Eva's Blouse and the Hashtag Camisole are quintessential summer garments- lightweight and lacy, adorable with slim pants (pastel, if you're feeling extra bold) and sandals. I like the fun combination of a modern yarn and sweater girl shape in Eva's Blouse, and the flirty crisscross back of the Hashtag Camisole. When you cast on for either of these, you can just feel spring singing! Both of these tops are perfect for a light afternoon of knitting, preferably on a porch swing with a cold beverage close by.
Any of these apply to you?