When I came up with the idea for this seasonal Knitalong, it felt like Summer was arriving. Now that the skies are grey again and the weather is relentlessly wet, I feel like I need Summer colours more than ever. Yesterday, it rained all day here without pausing for breath.
So, choose a yarn that means Summer to you and join our Knitalong through June. Cotton. Linen. Silk. Cool blends. Hot Summer colours.
I wanted to add a jolt of colour to Stay Awhile, and show you another easy way of playing with the stripes. We’ve made it in three colours of Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton (100% organic cotton, 137m/150yds per 65g skein), instead of the original version of just a main and a contrast.
Here, there is one Main colour throughout – Mink (3 skeins) – but we used two different contrast colours. In the increasing section the Contrast is bright pink Peony (2 skeins). This was swapped for Contrast in creamy Birch (again 2 skeins) in the decreasing section. (Note – when you’re doing your sums for when to stop for transition, make sure you do it using your total weight of Main, not one skein!)
It was made on 4.5mm/US 7 needles at 20sts per 10cm/4″, which was blocked hard to 18sts per 10cm/4″, so that it has the perfect soft drape. It doesn’t need beads. The result is colourful beach cover-up or a shawl for long summer evenings, in a generous 180x50cm/72″x20″ size. Vibrant. Versatile.
Which other yarns would I choose for a seasonal knitalong? I love Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton (100% organic cotton, 137m/150yds per 100g), which I used for Lazy Summer Scarf. I wear this wound round my neck when the weather is damp, or draped loosely when I just want a decorative accessory. The yarn is a super-softie, the juicy colours cover the whole rainbow and its worsted-weight makes it a quick knit.
Talking of rainbows, perhaps you’d prefer a light luxury yarn, but in Summer colours? I have just cast-on for a new scarf sample in Must Stash Yarns Luxe (70% baby alpaca, 20% silk, 10% cashmere, 398m/435yds per 100g), in a shade aptly named Double Rainbow. This colour just makes me smile. The bright jade green is brought back down to earth with the soft raspberry and all the colours in between.
Our Get Set for Summer Knitalong starts on 1st June in our Ravelry group. Join us by knitting anything you like in a summery yarn. I’ll be reviewing the Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton on the blog shortly, so make sure you check back soon. I’m also going to share some more three-colour combinations to inspire you – or look for ideas on my Inspiration Loves Colour themed Pinterest boards.
For the chance to win an Inspiration Knits pattern, remember to post in the Get Set for Summer KAL thread and tag your new project Summer2014. Everyone who finishes their tagged project by the end of June, and shares a finished photo, will have another chance to win in the free prize draw.
What will you make? Where will you wear it (read: show it off) this Summer?
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