Well, hello there blogger friends! As I anxiously await the arrival of summer weather here in Portland (I’ve been teased by a couple of sunny days, but nothing’s sticking yet), I have been collecting more summer patterns to add to the queue. And well, I must admit, some of these are more suited for early fall. But nothing’s wrong with knitting a season ahead, right? Now, on to the patterns!
Sheer, from Kim Hargreaves’ Whisper
Last week, Knit Purl was bestowed with copies of Whisper, which (rather appropriately) took my breath away. The garment I can’t stop making eyes at? Sheer, a tunic/dress with lovely details like puffed sleeve cuffs and delicate eyelet edging. I think this will work itself well into fall, and is probably pretty cute over patterned tights or solid-colored leggings when the breezes get a little much to bear bare-legged.
It calls for the warm-weather friendly Rowan Pima Cotton DK, but I think it might look really interesting in Rowan Purelife Revive.
I take pleasure knowing that the yarn is recycled, and the tweed created from the silk/cotton/viscose is truly delicious. I imagine the silk in the blend will give a nice drape to it. All in all, it will be a truly stunning piece!
Lexi vest, by Celeste Varner / Shibui Toddler
Kids need fun transitional garments, too, so I must share my next favorite: The Lexi vest from the soon to be released Shibui booklet, Shibui Toddler. It’s a super cute hooded stripy vest that would work well as a little summer cover-up, and also a good layering piece in the fall over a turtleneck. Knit in Shibui Sock, I love the bright primary colors (Finch and Midnight) paired with a neutral color (Ivory). If I am ever to make multiples of these, I would also like to use sock yarn scraps for the stripes (a self-proclaimed fingering weight yarn addict here – I have a LOT of scraps!) to make a more multicolored version. Fun! Would this work in an adult size? Hmm…
For those wanting to get a jump-start on their fall knitting, I have a couple of things I wanted to share:
Brownstone, by Jared Flood/Brooklyn Tweed
Not wanting to leave the men out, I wanted to share a semi-recent pattern that I really want to knit. It’s of course, designed by the prolific knitter/designer/blogger Jared Flood. I don’t think you could get any more dapper than this. Shawl collar? Toggle buttons? SHELTER? Yes, please. Sign me up!
Of course, I am well aware of the sweater curse, and the only other man in my life I’ll knit for is my dad, who lives in Sunny Southern California. Seeing as how he doesn’t have much need for a wooly pullover, I guess I just have to make one for myself! I’m planning on fiddling with the numbers to make it fit me in the chest and also include some waist and bust shaping. It’s definitely worth a try, right? Yes. Now, if only I could decide between Soot and Long Johns…
Last, but not least, the Knitty First Fall edition came out a couple days ago, and of course I am in love with the simple grey sweater, Darrin. Knit in the luxurious Road to China Light, it’s sure to be soft, cozy, and wonderfully drapy. I think that ribbed bit on the shoulder is crying out for some vintage buttons.
Sure, it’s a looooot of stockinette stitch, but that wonderful yarn will make it all worthwhile. My color pick? Well, besides the original Hematite (which I love!), Smoky Quartz.
That’s all I have for now, but stay tuned for the next version! And as always, feel free to leave me a comment if there’s anything you think is worth mentioning in my next post. Happy knitting! (And queuing!)