I never stop knitting but climate influences what is on my needles. When the temperature rises I head to the “garden” for the plants – cotton and linen. These remarkable fibers are durable, washable and light weight. With the right inspiration and pattern support, they are perfect to create knitwear that is fun and fabulous.
As I write, Kathy, Ann, Lynn and I are using linen or linen-blend yarns and loving every minute. If you have not already come to love the plants, join us on this fashionable and easy knitting journey.
The Deschain – as written and re-imagined: I was drawn to this amazing pattern using Quince Kestral yarn – 100% aran weight linen. The drop stitch turns a simple pattern in to a complex-looking design element. The pattern is wonderfully flexible. It can be knit to be perfect for you – as long or short as you like, with or without sleeves. I created a simple sleeveless vest. This perfect Summer knitting results in a garment perfect for several seasons.
Like all things linen, woven or knit, Kestrel only gets better as you wash and wear it.
A perennial favorite and a quick knit is the Pinafore designed by Jil Eaton to use her own Cottontail yarn (100% worsted weight cotton). The colors are happy, the pattern is simple and it creates the perfect breezy dress. The pattern is designed from size 6 months through 4 years. I needed one extra skein than the pattern called for…just fair warning. It is a true winner!
Kathy is knitting the Churchmouse Diagonal Lace Poncho pattern with Shibui Rain – 100% cotton. In her words: “The yarn is a mercerized cotton with beautiful sheen. The chain construction flows through my hands like a dream. The pattern is an easy eyelet lace rectangle which will be seamed at the shoulders. A perfect lightweight project on my needles!”
Come to the Shop. We can stay OUT of the heat together with cool yarns. If you cannot be here live, please call, 662.238.2829. We are happy to help you play in our garden!