Top 5 Summer Yarns & Patterns

Our Q2 Summer Fiber KAL is right around the corner! We know for some of you, you would happily welcome some warm weather to melt all the snow you’ve gotten recently. The sunshine is heading our way to let’s start planning our summer wardrobes! For this KAL, you can knit any pattern using yarn with a “summery” fiber content: linen, cotton, bamboo, silk, sea cell, or Outlast. To earn the bonus star, choose a yarn with 60% or more summer fiber. Here are some of Jessica’s favorite pattern suggestions paired with yarns she thinks would work up beautifully!

Flaxen

Handmaiden Fine Yarns Flaxen – A luxury for sure, but we can’t resist the beautiful texture and drape that Handmaiden’s Flaxen works up with! This yarn is labeled a sportweight but we love it knit up at a looser gauge for an airy look, but knit it a bit denser and you have the perfect beach cover-up.

BeachCOMBER  A perfect summertime tee! I love the asymmetrical hemline and the delicate eyelet raglan increases.

Waves of Lace  The rows and rows of lace of this top and matching scarf are so mesmerizing!

Boo Humbug  I love how kwuntong adapted Boo Knits’ beautiful Boo Humbug pattern to work with a single skien of Flaxen. With a project at this size, you could easily qualify for the Fun Sized option in our Summer Yarns KAL.

Winning

Nerd Girl Yarn Winning – Another silk and linen blend, this customer favorite is simply incredible. Every time I see a new project pop up using this yarn, my heart starts to race!

The Sunlight Shawl for Sad People Pure and simple, we love vwarner6’s Sunlight Shawl for Sad People, and especially knit up with the sunny color Regenerate!

Estuary – Wow, just look at all the beautiful detail, texture, and movement in knittbusiness’ beautiful shawl!

Poetry in Motion –  twitch knit a beautiful cardigan using Winning, and winning it is! The color Windu is the perfect choice for this lightweight summer cardi.

Mora

Malabrigo Mora – Pure luxurious mulberry silk spun up at a dense fingering weight, and hand dyed with Malabrigo’s beautiful color palette!

Mora Pearl Cowl  A two-skein project, this cowl simply screams GLAMOUR! A perfect piece for chilly mornings when a heavy scarf may be too much, but you still need a little something-something to give you a bit of warmth.

3 Color Cashmere Cowl Having a hard time choosing just one color? I understand, sometimes you just need all the colors and I love the ones Kirsanth chose for her 3 Color (not quite) Cashmere Cowl!

Silk ‘N’ Scribbles I am so ready to cast this on right now! Several knitters have paired beautiful Mora with bulky weight yarns (I suggest Malabrigo Rasta, Madelinetosh Home, or ASAP) to create this eye-catching shawl.

SilkCloud

Shibui Knits Silk Cloud – This fuzzy, fluffy favorite can sometimes be a bit tricky to work with, but the payoff is always so rewarding!

Wisp Such a classic pattern and perfect for lightweight yarns with tons of halo. I especially love JessicaDawn’s Seafoam Wisp using the color Pool.

Mohair Bias Loop  I adore a simple cowl, and McKate’s modification to this pattern is a perfect exaple – these gentle, simple stripes look so delicate with Silk Cloud.

Cirrus This is the sort of garment I want to live in 24/7! The toughest part would be choosing a color but I’m partial to Imperial or Tango.

NEVE

Juniper Moon Farms Neve – This is no ordinary cotton yarn. Neve is a worsted weight chain ply yarn comes in a beautiful array of solid colors, and if you haven’t worked with a Pima cotton before, you’re in for a treat! Try using needles with blunter tips with this yarn for less ‘splitting’ while working with it.

Topiary  So many knitter’s shy away from knitting with black, but I think they may change their minds with one look at ChristenParzych’s beautiful stole! Just look at that stitch definition – wow!

Sailor  Nothing screams summer like cheerful stripes – sparkley’s Summer Sailor top hits the spot!

Rupert Sweater Vest Perhaps stripes aren’t up your alley as you prefer a more bold pattern. The Rupert Sweater Vest is just for you and is knit using mosaic color work so you only work one color per row, easy-peasy!

We can’t wait to see your summery projects! You can cast-on starting April 1st but feel free to plan and swatch your project now. You can pair a summer fiber yarn with any other yarn but we will base your award-yardage on the amount of summer yarn you use.

 

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