Dana’s Edit: Fall Transitions
It’s August, and we are at peak summer temps in Maryland. I know: it’s hot and you’re not thinking about wool.
But I am.
I’m already thinking about fall and which cozy knits I want to snuggle up in next. Now’s the time to think about knitting that perfect transition sweater for the first cool night, when you feel like Autumn is on the way.
I’m not a fingering-weight sweater kind of person, but Kame immediately went into my queue when it was released. This is my kind of transitional sweater: wear it on its own, then layer it as the weather gets cooler. The collar makes it look infinitely cooler than just a plain vest. Make it in a fun punch of color to brighten up your wardrobe staples and to make yourself smile more on a gloomy day.
2019 might be remembered as the year I fell in love with mohair. People either love it or hate it and I’ve fallen madly, deeply in love. It’s a versatile fiber, and I love how it feels.
Caitlin Hunter’s Paleta is a lovely mix of colorwork and sheer mohair panels that create a light sweater with tons of interest. I want to knit this with bold shades of blue and neon green, but I could also see it in black and white with pops of pink, or an autumnal palette. It’s unexpectedly cool and not your typical knitting pattern. I can’t wait to cast this one on.
I love sweaters with open lace on the sleeves or body for fall. You can throw it on over a tank so it doesn’t feel too hot in those early days of fall. Veza’s open lacework down the sleeves and sides make this such a cute layering piece. I also like that it’s knit with a bulky weight yarn, so go for a cotton/ wool blend yarn in a bulky weight for a super quick knit that’s great with cooler temps.
When I love a sweater, I knit it multiple times. I’ve already knit two Love Note sweaters since the pattern was released, and am planning a third. I gave the first two to my sister and mom, but I think this next one will be for me.
Why is Love Note a great transitional piece? The pattern gives you options for a lightweight knit. Knit it cropped or full length, shorten the sleeves or make them long. The combination of mohair and fingering weight yarn make it feel light as air and perfect to throw over a dress or a tank. Knit it in a DK weight to give a more substantial feel to the sweater. It becomes a super versatile piece to add to your wardrobe.
I’m thinking my next version will be just DK weight without the mohair, but I also love that mohair haze, so I’ll probably make myself a cropped version in mohair too.
Cooler temps will be here before you know it. Get the perfect sweater on your needles now so you’re ready when the temps drop.