Spring Layers to Love

When I first moved to California from the Midwest, I had to relearn how to get dressed; specifically, the art of layering. I’ll never forget one chilly September morning I put on a heavy South American wool sweater, only to find myself positively melting by noon! As a knitter, I’ve come to appreciate the need for lightweight layers almost all year round, and early spring is the perfect time to stitch up some quick and easy pieces that will take you into summer and fall.

Cotton, Silk & Linen…Oh My!

Our new yarns are so fresh and inviting, you’ll happily give these spring fibers quality time on your needles. Berroco’s Karma is a surprisingly light cotton mesh tape, and the supporting patterns really show off the gorgeous drape and tonal color. I love this pullover for an early morning walk, or the cowl to give a pop of spring color to a simple tee underneath. Working with size 11 needles will have you finished before the Giants take the field again!  (Patterns from Berroco Booklet 330).

Berroco 330 Karma

Berroco 330 Karma

Overby, Berroco 330 (Karma)

Overby, Berroco 330 (Karma)

Lang Lyon is as sophisticated as Karma is casual–deeply saturated colors with the luxurious sheen of fingering-weight silk and linen. Details make all the difference in these simple styles from Fatto a Mano 197, easy to wear every day yet with extraordinary elegance. Lacy or textured shawls will have outstanding stitch definition too!

Model 16, Lang 197 (Lyon)

Model 16, Lang 197 (Lyon)

Model 25, Lang 197 (Lyon)

Model 25, Lang 197 (Lyon)

Fun to Knit, Fabulous to Wear

French women have known this fashion truth for centuries: a scarf adds chic to an otherwise basic ensemble, in any season. Lately my knitting queue is filling up with cowl patterns, with these three at the top. The Trellis Scarf (Interweave Spring 2013) is beautifully feminine and interesting to knit in Classic Elite Firefly, with a fairly simple lace pattern and lovely crocheted flowers. Rayures (single pattern from Amy Miller) would be sweet and yummy in shades of Rowan Cotton Glace–or put your stash yarn to creative use! The Ruby Spice Cowl (single pattern from Elizabeth Smith) is light and soft in Classic Elite Fresco.

 

Trellis Scarf, Interweave Knits Sprin 2013 (Classic Elite Firefly)

Trellis Scarf, Interweave Knits Sprin 2013 (Classic Elite Firefly)

Rayures

Rayures

Ruby Spice Cowl

Ruby Spice Cowl