Top 3 Transitional Tops – DK Edition

Some of our customers are still in a deep snowy hibernation but the weather in Georgia has become quite unpredictable. In the past weeks, we’ve had temperatures in the 70s and 20s so layering is a must! This weather fluctuation not only makes for an interesting Temperature Tracker project but has sent us on a search for transitional garments that can be worn under a jacket and aren’t too warm. A DK weight top was the obvious choice so we dove into Ravelry paws first. Here’s what caught the kitties attention:

loch ravenLoch Raven Sweater by Emily Connell has smart shaping which makes this a sweater we would grab over & over again. A sweater that fits is such a treasure. Emily Connell uses “short row shaping combined with strategically-placed increases” to make this eye-catching sweater fit just right.
If this pattern looks familiar, you may be remembering other versions of this design: Assateague is the fingering weight version and Baton Rouge is also DK but uses different shaping techniques. To achieve the texture seen in the sample, we suggest Farm Twist from Madelinetosh.

clipper by amy herzogSpeaking of shaping, the designer of Clipper just so happens to be the queen of CustomFit, Amy Herzog! She blended fascinating design elements with a simple bottom-up construction to create a cardigan that’s sure to impress at your next knit night or event. Just check out those asymmetrical sleeves and amazing pop of color on the button band. If you’ve yet to venture into the genius idea of CustomFit garments, this is your chance!

Estri CardiganEstri Cardigan by Meiju K-P lets you choose and modify to your heart’s delight. Don’t believe us? Check out the finished projects to see some inventive ways to make this sweater your own. Some omitted the stripes on the sleeves, others used a single color, and some even left off the sleeves to make a super cute vest! The possibilities with this cardigan are endless so let the project planning begin.
Yarn selection for this one is all over the place because you have so many options. We tend to suggest starting your search with mostly-solid dyers like Squoosh Ultra DK or Juniper Moon Moonshine to achieve a similar look as the sample. But, we also see the potential fun that could be had by venturing into Hedgehog Merino DK for some speckles & solids pairing!
Finding that perfect transitional garment can be tricky but well worth the work. If you have any pattern suggestions, we would love to hear them so drop a comment below!

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