Spring Forward With Warm Weather Knitting!
Despite the universal love for warm weather, the Spring/Summer season can be a paradoxically melancholic time for knitters. We usually have to put our beloved merino/alpaca/cashmere sweaters away once the sun hits its peak temperature—although our love of cashmere and the like continues all season long in the protected chill of air conditioned rooms.
Thankfully, the knitting industry has made the Spring transition a little easier. In recent years, we’ve seen more and more natural fiber blends suitable for warm weather. These are not your grandma’s heavy dishcloth cottons, either. Delicate cotton, linen, and bamboo blends have flooded the marketplace, and with them have arrived a bevy of beautiful, warm weather patterns for tunics, tanks, and tees. Knitters, rejoice! The Spring/Summer season is also an excuse to take a break from knitting sleeves! That’s some pretty exciting news if you ask us. Mark us down for happily avoiding Second Sleeve Syndrome for a few months.
String Yarns’ very own String Breeze blends decadent Italian cashmere with silk and cotton for a breathable yarn with subtle drape and fabulous stitch definition. With a touch of airy warmth and softness, it’s an optimal yarn for this liminal period between Winter and Spring.
String Breeze Pullover
String Breeze inspired in-house designer Lidia Karabinech’s Breeze Pullover (above), which is available for both adults and children. The Breeze Pullover features a figure-flattering oversized fit, on-trend hi-low hem, and Lidia’s signature touch: double decreases in the raglan shaping form subtle cable flourishes that mimic the ribbing in the hem and sleeves.
String staff member Whitney Spivey designed the 3-Ring Cowl (inspired by the Filati Biagioli Modesto’s RTW Triple Cowl, above, currently available at 40% off!), which brings Winter’s cowl trend into Spring by utilizing String Breeze in three different colors, and with three different textures (it keeps the knitting fun and interesting!).
HOT TIP: We suggest riding the Pantone Color-of-the-Year wave and working the 3-Ring Cowl (above) in Baby Pink, Lavender, and a neutral natural for a hip, trendy accessory.
Another great blended yarn is Stacy Charles Fine Yarns’ Audra (and the new Audra Mix). Crisp linen, lightweight silk, and smooth viscose combine for a yarn that knits up with generous drape, starched stitchwork, and breathable fabric. While Audra has a slight tweedy color effect, the new Audra Mix doubles down on its color game for a heathered marl that creates a subtle stripe as you knit along.
We love it in Stacy Charles Fine Yarns’ Chelsea Morning cover garment, The Standard Duster (below left), and if you’ve fallen in love with the new Early Spring Vogue Knitting, you’ll find it’s also a good substitute yarn for the Open Waves Top (below right). Audra/Audra Mix’s versatility is unmatched—its airiness makes it suitable for a lightweight layer, and its crisp structure will support the stitchwork of a Summer mesh top!
Linen and cotton are summer fiber powerhouses. As we said above, they support stitchwork, keep you cool, and are incredibly flexible when you’re searching for workable patterns.
A great yarn that blends linen and cotton together is Stacy Charles Fine Yarns’ Nina. Available in sophisticated, heathered colorways, Nina has a chainette construction for additional breathability and airiness.
We love it in the tunic-inspired Stonecrop Top (bottom left) from Stacy Charles Fine Yarns’ Chelsea Morning Collection—can’t you see yourself living in Stonecrop all Summer long? We want one in every color! Nina is also a good choice for the Eyelet Tunic Tank (bottom right) from VK Early Spring—a knit dress can be a hard thing to pull off, but the structural integrity of Nina, plus its ample drape, give Nina the perfect properties to support a lace dress.
Give us a call or shoot us an email to find out more information about purchasing Vogue Knitting Early Spring or Stacy Charles Fine Yarns’ Chelsea Morning Collection and to learn more about these fantastic new yarns!
Now that you know about the wonders of warm weather fibers, what Spring and Summer garments are you excited to throw into your Ravelry queue? Do you have a favorite warm weather pattern? Let us know in the comments below!