Every knitter has their “thing.” As you may have figured out from my last piece here on MDK, I love to knit sweaters.
Nothing brings me more joy than casting on a new sweater. I’m always searching Ravelry for my next sweater pattern. In this and future columns, I’ll keep you up to date on the patterns that this sweater knitter has her eye on.
What Makes My Edit?
When I pick a sweater pattern it is typically because of one of two things:
- There’s yarn I already have in my stash that I think would be perfect for the pattern.
- I saw the sweater and knew immediately I wanted to cast on, as soon as I find the yarn and finish my current sweater. (There is always a current sweater on the needles.)
My Queue in Formation
Since it’s officially spring, I’m thinking of transitional sweaters, or sweaters that would be great to make with cotton and wear all summer. Since I live in Maryland, where we get all four seasons, I’m a big fan of knitting with cotton yarns.
Here are a few patterns that have caught my eye and are working their way into my queue:
I live in cardigans, especially in the spring since the weather goes up and down so much on the east coast. This cardigan by Hannah Fettig is a riff on her perennial favorite Featherweight Cardigan design. (There are nearly 10,000 Featherweight Cardigan project pages on Ravelry!) The “Feather” Featherweight version is knit with DK-weight yarn while holding a strand of Hedgehog Fibres Feather yarn, an interesting novelty yarn with an almost paperlike texture. The texture of the Feather yarn has me so intrigued that I ordered some already, and have this cardigan in my queue to make.
I’ve decided to go a bit bold with Madelinetosh DK in Gin and Tonic paired with Feather in Skinny Dip.
Once I cast on, I’ll share some progress.
Editors’ Note: if you’re not following Dana on Instagram, do you even knit? Stay tuned for her cast-on of this one.
I’m also thinking about making another great spring-into-summer piece that I can make with cotton. Joji Locatelli’s Dark Cloud, released this past February, just might be perfect. It’s knit with a bulky weight yarn (I’ve got some Katia Concepts Cotton Merino yarn in my stash I want to use), and has a loose fit with open side vents that make it a perfect layering piece. Knit it with a wool-cotton blend and you can wear this into fall with a long sleeve tee.
A pattern from 2015 that I’m excited about is Tess, by Amy Christoffers.
I’ve used Berroco Modern Cotton for colorwork sweaters, and I like how it feels in my hands as I knit. So I was excited to find a textured lace pullover that would be perfect to throw on over a tank top on a chilly evening on the shore.
And here’s an oldie but a goodie that I love for summer, Cathy Carron’s Six Point Tee. I’ve knit two of these before with light weight bulky cotton yarns, and I’m already thinking about knitting up another for this summer.
The Six Point Tee is also a good starter piece for someone who wants to dip their toe into sweater knitting. It knits up quickly, has minimal finishing, and you don’t have to worry about sleeves!
I have whipped one up over a weekend and I am on the hunt for the perfect yarn to make another one this spring.
What are you knitting this spring?