The daffodils have bloomed and the cherry blossoms are fast and furiously filling their branches with “pink snow,” as my son shouts. It smells of fresh cut grass in the parks and the sun is warming those much-needed afternoon walks. I feel the need to get something breezy, linen and silky on the needles. I’m still in the thick of Rowe, my Brooklyn Tweed cabled sweater, and it’s becoming very clear that this is not as portable as it once was, especially to the park.
Are you also feeling the pull to lighten your knitting bag of long winter projects? Here are a few low budget ideas that I’ve been dreaming of to carry along when I find myself soaking in the rays and still want to keep my fingers happily active in a knitting project. Don’t be hard on yourself if you’re a knitter who wants to finish that one last winter knit before moving on to a new warmer weather project—give yourself a break and let go! It’s spring— clean out your knitting bag and embrace a small sunny project to freshen up your needles. You’ll be so glad you did!
1 Spring Lace Infinity Scarf by Linda Thach // Shibui Linen
Have you been gravitating towards a bright color out of your comfort zone but just can’t get yourself to take the plunge? This is the perfect project to squash your color fear! Linen has a beautiful drape that will also deliver that bright pop of fresh color needed to get your spring glow in full swing! Light, airy, and low on the difficulty level.
2 Filemot by Hunter Hammersen // Geilsk Wool Cotton
This certainly won’t break the bank at only 1–2 skeins! The bit of wool in this yarn will add structure to this beautiful motif, as well as warmth for chilly spring evenings. The cotton will give that drape you’re craving. The colors are a perfect compliment to the spring ensembles you’ll be donning soon!
Con: Part of a book, so you can’t buy the pattern on its own.
Pro: The other patterns included in the book are just as lovely!
3 Mia by Jennifer Wood // Shibui Twig
This sweet little number is knit using Shibui’s recently launched Twig yarn. This top comes in a wide range of sizes and the best part—it’s free! The yarn content will certainly satisfy your spring in to summer knitting needs. Made of linen and recycled silk, it’s just as the designer said: soft and cool and with the kind of drape that is effortless.