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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summertime Knitting

As summer arrives, I've asked a few of our Close Knit gals to tell us about their favorite summer garments to help inspire you.

Melissa has this to say about her favorite piece: "I've knit lots of summery items: tanks, camisoles, etc. They all get worn a fair bit and are special and lovely, but my very favorite is the Peasy Cardi I made last summer with Classic Elite Firefly. The pattern is pretty simple, with just a little bit of lace to keep things interesting. Firefly is absolutely dreamy to wear - it's light & silky, but still provides a bit of warmth when things get chilly. I liked my sweater so much that I made a matching one for my daughter!"

Photo borrowed from Sincere Sheep
Natalie made a light weight cardigan, too: "My favorite summer thing is my Featherweight Cardigan knit in Sincere Sheep Equity Fingering, a 100% US grown and milled Rambouillet yarn. I wear it even more than I ever anticipated I would. I reach for it as a light layer to throw in my bag when I'm headed out. I throw it on in the mornings and evenings when it's a bit cool. The pattern makes for a perfect knit for summer adventures/road trips - so much relaxing stockinette!"

Chanin made this STUNNING Perkins Cove Pullover, and shared this with us: "It has been great finishing it just in time for Portland's sometimes hot and sometimes cool spring and summer. I ended up using the size 4 needle throughout the project as I liked the look of the gauge. It is an awesomely simple, top down, fun to knit around the kid, multi seasonal knit. The Shibui Linen I used has proved to be tough as nails and completely enjoyable, although any fingering weight would do. I wear it every few days over tank tops, over long sleeved shirts, and I'm loving the way it compliments my tattoo and simple style of not much accessory."

One of my most beloved is my Agnes Pullover in Classic Elite Sprout. I made a few changes to mine, mostly to the pockets. I used fabric instead of bulky yarn to avoid the extra belly pooch. This has become my favorite sweatshirt...I have slept in it, hiked, camped. The yarn is awesome, too. I throw it in the washer and dryer, and it's still going strong several summers later. I would knit this again in a heartbeat.

I hope our favorite summer knits inspire you to cast on and keep knitting as the weather warms up!

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