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The snow is melting in New York City and it seems winter might finally be behind us. This can be a melancholy time of year for knitters, who must doff their best sweaters and stow them away until the seasons change again.

But now that the sun is finally out again, let’s look on the bright side (literally). Why not take stock of your projects and root around for something other than the perfect pullover? Spring is the optimal time to knit for your home, and thankfully, knitted home décor is decidedly in—so don’t put the wool away just yet.

(Clockwise from top left) Ralph Lauren, UGG, Brunello Cucinelli, Brunello Cucinelli, Tommy Hilfiger, Gorsuch

Blankets and pillows are easy, meditative knits that can be appreciated all year long. They’re wonderful canvases for practicing new techniques, whether you’re just starting cables, lace, or an intricate variation of knit and purl. Perhaps best of all, they’re seasonless, so if they wind up in your UFO pile for a while, well, it’s not a big deal—finish them in the spring, summer, fall, or winter; it doesn’t matter.

String has several blankets and two beautiful pillow patterns to choose from. While many of the following blankets are sized for babies, the patterns are easily modified to make them any size you want, and the designs are refined enough for adults. Just let us know the dimensions you desire and we’ll make sure it comes out to your specifications. However, spring is also baby season—hopefully you know a special little one on the way who could benefit from a snuggly, sophisticated blanket!

Lisa’s Sampler Blanket

Blankets like Lisa’s Sampler Blanket are no-brainers to modify. Composed of 30 textured squares knit in strips of 5, it’s simply a matter of making an additional strip or two, depending on how large you’d like to go. It’s a great blanket for practicing your stitchwork technique, and you can even create graphic textured stripes if you opt for more than one color.

 

Her Baby Blanket

 

 

Loopy Mango’s Her Baby Blanket is dead simple and easily customized. Knit in two colors of Loopy Mango Merino No. 5 on US size 36 needles, it’s a quick meditation in garter stitch. Several neutral colors are available for an adult-friendly lap blanket option.

 

Star Stitch Baby Blanket

Worked in 3 colors of String Breeze, the Star Stitch Baby Blanket is almost too sophisticated for a baby—almost. Your choice of colors determines whether this blanket will be cuddled in a crib or spread out over a bed. Regardless, it will be the centerpiece of any room.

 

Happy Moments Pillow

 

Friend getting married? Having a baby? College graduation? Whatever the moment, the Happy Moments Pillow is here to celebrate it. With options for cashmere Classica DK or merino wool Zara, this little pillow is a quick, fun knit. If you just want a nice pillow, leave off the embroidery—the texture alone is delightfully scrumptious.

 

Heirloom Baby Blanket

The Heirloom Baby Blanket features an elegant arrangement of several different stitch patterns that can easily be sized up. Knit in Classica Bulky cashmere on US size 11 needles, this is fast knitting at its best—never boring and beautifully chic.

 

Slip Stitch Blanket

The Slip Stitch Blanket can be worked in either cashmere Classica or merino wool Zara—either way, it feels modern and posh. An easy slip stitch pattern creates a reversible blanket that is deeply textured on one side and subtly striped on the other. Check out this ravelry project page to see it in black and white.

 

Nantucket Throw DIY Kit

The Nantucket Throw DIY Kit has everything you need to make a giant, cozy blanket—1 skein of Big Loop Yarn, a set of US size 50 needles, and the Loopy Mango pattern. A simple rib pattern and large knitting needles make this a speedy weekend knit.

 

Home for the Holidays Pillow

The Home for the Holidays Pillow is so polished and refined, friends will be hard-pressed to believe it’s handmade. You might have trouble believing it as well. Perfect for a beginner to colorwork, the Home for the Holidays Pillow features easy fair isle sections punctuated by simple stripes. Tahki Yarns Scotland provides the solid background while Artyarns Beaded Mohair & Sequins adds shimmer to the fair isle. Big, fluffy tassels finish the corners, tying it all together.

 

What's on your spring knitting docket? Share your favorite spring knits in the comments below.

March 23, 2017

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