The newest PomPom has landed! And I think you'll be captivated by each and every pattern. I've already bombarded you guys with tons of pattern ideas to keep you busy in the summer. But a few of these patterns can take you straight into fall with a little layering. Loose and comfortable, each pattern has versatility for different occasions.
My top 3 favs.
1. Olivette by Thea Coleman
This is my a favorite pattern from this book. I was initially thrown off by the simplicity of the name as most Thea Coleman patterns are named after cocktails. I imagine making this one in a powdery cotton, pairing it with dark jeans. My yarn of choice will be Azalea by Louisa Harding. It's a DK cotton yarn with a speckled variegation that won't take away from the lace work. Bonus-this pattern can be made as a regular top OR a tunic!
2.Windlass by Kiyomi Burgin
This is such a delicate design! This tank can be worn during the daytime with shorts, and easily taken to a night out with a skirt. The yarn suggested is Blue Sky Skinny Cotton, which is a breeze to work with. A light matte cotton yarn that will let the pattern speak volumes.
3. Nouri by Carol Feller
The perfect knitted garment to throw on when the temps cool. A simple detailed comfy tunic.
For summer- Faverito by SMC
For spring/fall- Maya or Remix by Berroco
When I picture a Rowan pattern, I think of simple designs that can be worn for years to come. Rowan epitomizes a clean elegance of unique patterns that can strike a chord at any age. Thumbing through Rowan's pattern books, it's easy for me to leave a trail of post-it notes that signal a "please make me" sign.
Currently, I am loving the spring collection of designs in the Softyak DK Collection book. Jumo and Sonam were the ones that caught my eye the most. I decided to give Jumo a try because the top is slightly longer and the lace pattern is very unique. My third favorite pattern is Norbu, a cozy cardigan with a cabled yoke. This cardigan is a classic but the small details really make it standout.
Working with the Softyak Dk has been an absolute dream. The yarn is light and cottony and the yak adds the feel of cashmere. Not only does this blend knit into an amazing soft fabric, but the yak has been sustainably sourced. Yak fibers have antistatic properties but it's also a antimicrobial...so your garment will be germ free!
Overall, between the pattern and the yarn, I'm on yak-cloud heaven!
If you usually put down your knitting needles as the temperature ticks up, you're in good company. Knitting when it's warm feels like sleeping with three blankets on top of you in 90-degree without air conditioning–It's not comfortable.
The truth is, you can comfortably knit in the summer, and you can even wear handknits in the summer too!
Knitting for warm weather takes only two considerations: fiber choice and garment. Trade in your soft merino, cashmere, and alpaca yarns for plant fibers like linen, hemp, and bamboo. Cast on for scarves and shawls full of yarn overs. Knit yourself a loose-knit tee and throw it on over a camisole.
Here are a few of my favorite yarns you can knit up into beautiful additions for your summer wardrobe.
- Sylph by Jade Sapphire – A laceweight blend of cashmere and linen, Sylph is the perfect yarn for a sheer tank or tee to throw over a camisole.
- Bambino by Be Sweet – Cotton and bamboo in aran weight form, bambino is great for warm-weather blankets and kids' knits.
- Hemp by Lucci – Lightweight and lacy, hold two strands together for a sportweight scarf or tee.
- XS-32 Bamboo by Habu Textiles – Sportweight, cool wearing, and unbelievably soft, Habu's bamboo will knit up into a comfortable tops with beautiful drape.
- Euroflax by Louet – The go-to linen yarn for years, Euroflax is machine-washable and dryable, softens with wear, and wears cool.
- Bella Lino by Class Elite Yarns – This richly textured and hued blend of cotton, linen, and bamboo knits up into the perfect summer scarf.
- CoBaSi by HiKoo – This wool-free yarn is ideal for socks, blankets, garments, and anything else you can think of. It's the all-natural animal-free workhorse yarn you've been looking for, and it comes in tonal and multi-colored flavors too!
- Soie et Lin by Knit One Crochet Too – This worsted-weight blend of linen, silk, and nylon is filled with tiny flecks of color for a tweedy look, and has a wonderful drape. Use it for your go-to summer cardi!
- Sandpiper by Classic Elite Yarns – Each ply of this DK-weight cotton yarn is a different color, forming a smooth, marled fabric. It's great for colorful–but not TOO colorful–garments.
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Until next time,
Yarning for Ewe
She also knows a lot about hats. Which styles of hats look best on you? On Saturday, March 19, Julie will teach you the ins and outs of sizing, fit, and embellishing the most flattering hat for you in her Hat Flattery workshop. Then, in her Brimming with Roaring Twenties Style workshop, she'll work even more magic by taking the most basic knit cap showing you how to add a unique, stylish brim.
Not into hats? On Sunday, March 20, you'll learn how to channel Downton Abbey's roaring twenties style in Julie's Embellish Your Knits with Vintage Style workshop. Add some sparkle with beads, or make a beautiful brooch of knitted flowers and leaves. Or, use ribbon vintage elegance to your project.
Interested? Stay posted for more information. Registration is now open!
Hey everybody! It's Rie checking in to tell you about our new site!
As you can see, we're making major updates to our beloved store. We have a brand new layout and there's much more to come, including
- Online shopping
- Blog posts from the Shahs about our current WIPs
- Spur-of-the-moment Instagram updates
- More in-store events
- And much, much more!
Stay tuned for my next update!
Yarning for Ewe,