Last week in Portland we had a little taste of summer. Sunglasses were being worn, the sun was blazing, and I did multiple happy dances. The weather isn’t as wonderful as it was last week, but thanks to the brief snippet of summer I feel refueled and ready to handle the April showers that are sure to come.
Our brief heat wave reminded me that warmer days are right around the corner and I need to start planning my knitting projects, which means picking quintessential yarn. For summer knits, I like to pick breathable fibers that feel nice against my skin, and Juniper Moon Farm has the ideal yarn for all things summer with Zooey.
Zooey is a blend of cotton and linen yarn that comes in an assortment of bright colors. The linen allows for the finished fabric to have a great drape and the cotton adds the softness that linen is usually missing. We have a shop sample of the Sommer Top, which sealed the deal on needing to try this yarn out. The fabric was cool to the touch, silky soft, and had great stitch definition.
Here are a few patterns that will pair nicely with Zooey:
© Annie Rowden
Morning Mist: This is a simple stockinette top with a textured lace panel that adds a pretty surprise to the back of the top. The pattern calls for two colors of yarn, but this top will look equally beautiful in a solid color.
Odele: A chic effortless T-shirt. This is the perfect warm weather piece to add to your wardrobe and you can knit one in every color of the Zooey rainbow.
Medano Beach: Whether you are traveling on vacation to a warm, exotic place, going to the farmer’s market, having a picnic in the park, or heading to the beach, this is the perfect tote for being on the go. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that the pattern is free.
© Kerri Blumer
Cordia Tank: The Cordia is a sleeveless top with a cable panel for added detail. This is the top that got me excited for summer knitting. It calls for sport weight yarn, but I’m confident that I can make this top work in the array of Zooey colors. I also would love to convert this top into a dress.
Baby Bloomers: These super cute bloomers are a must for all the summer babies out there.