Toasty warm weather knitting and crochet ideas. (Think linen!)
It is hot, hot, hot outside! The best way to beat the heat is to just stay inside and knit!
If Merino, alpaca or mohair seem a bit heavy right now, try a nice cool linen or cotton blend. Wasatch and Wool recently started carrying Quince and Co. yarns. Two of my favorites are Sparrow and Kestrel. Both are 100% organic linen, and both can be purchased here
on the store website.
Sparrow is a simple yet beautiful fingering weight 100% linen yarn which has a crisp smooth hand when you knit with it. After washing and wearing, it becomes handkerchief soft. Sparrow is spun in Italy from organic linen grown in Belgium.
Kestrel is made from the same Belgium-grown organic linen as Sparrow though spun in a ribbon structure. It knits up quickly at 3½ to 4 stitches to the inch. Its flat surface adds a slight texture to simple knit and purl stitches. The best thing about Kestrel is its incredible drape. Like all things linen, woven or knitted, Kestrel only gets better as you wash and wear it.
Customers have been using Sparrow to knit Isabell Kraemer's Edie, which I currently have on my needles, and Tegna by Caitlin Hunter. A bit simpler choice is Diagonal Lace Scarf and Wrap from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas.
The top customer recommended pattern using Kestrel is Ranunculus from Midori Hirose. Another idea is Deschain by Leila Raven which will soon be on Karen's needles. Popham from Quince and Co. is a slouchy market bag that can be crocheted using either Sparrow or Kestrel.
Daisy, from Knit One Crochet Too, is a gorgeous 3 ply wet-spun sport weight yarn which is a blend of linen silk and hemp. Jesse Molza, the owner of Knit One, Crochet Too, combined the typical feel of linen and hemp yarn, with the soft feel of silk. The mat of linen and hemp with the sheen of the silk also created a beautiful color shimmer to the yarn.
Karen is currently working on Carolina Beach from The Noble Thread. It can be used as a poncho or as a cover up. It is knit in one piece and seamed at the shoulder. The pattern is easy to follow and directions are provided row by row. This is the perfect garment for hot summer weather! Another idea for Daisy is Paxos by Black Crow Knits. Paxos is worked in the round with a lace hem and slight shaping to the body and is another fun knit.
Combining spectacular stitch definition with a soft feel, Cotton Cashmere from Rowan is a modern classic. A rich blend of 85% cotton and 15% cashmere and available in soft tonal shades, it's the perfect yarn for standout spring and summer knits. One of my favorite Rowan patterns is Ribbed Tee by Quail Studio which is shown below.
Quail Studio's Ribbed Tee is just one pattern in Rowan's Mode at Rowan - 4 Projects Summer Knit. Another pattern I love is Bag also by Quail Studio which is the perfect market bag to show off a statement handle. Worked in Rowan's Summerlite DK, the yarn is held double to add substance, in a lace and cable pattern that keeps things interesting.
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