It's nearing that time of year again when folks are itching to swap out puffer coats for cardigans. While we don't tend to have progressive weather changes here on our coast, I enjoy the freshness spring evokes. (I do love a spring cleaning!) We've rounded up five great in-between-season patterns that may welcome spring right into your queues.
When there's still a nip in the air or a cool breeze, cowls are the perfect antidote to the temperament of the season. One of our shop favorites has become Andrea Mowry's The Shift Cowl. Engaging from cast-on to bind-off, simple knit, and slip stitches make up the pattern, while the shifting of three Spincycle's Dyed in the Wool colors make it pop. You can have lots of fun coloring your own spring shift!
As knitters, we know there is nothing quite like a layering piece. A cardigan is a great option as it can be thin enough to wear between a top and a coat. We love PetiteKnits April Cardigan for its classic shape and slightly relaxed fit. This could be knitted in so many wonderful fingering-weight yarns, but we're eyeing Julie Asselin Fino for its lovely blend of merino, cashmere, and silk. It would be such a soft spring cardi!
What's more classic for spring than gingham patterning? Jessie Maed's Gr8 Gingham Hat reminds us of a spring picnic! Easy to memorize, this cute hat calls for sport-weight yarn in two contrasting colors. Pair a solid color with a skein of color-changing Spincycle Dyed in the Wool for a fun twist!
Some spring days may call for sandals or loafers, so why not show off some fun hand-knit socks! Little Dot Socks by Summer Lee Knits is a beginner-friendly relaxing colorwork pattern that allows you to explore endless color palette ideas. We're thinking Lang Jawoll would be the perfect sock yarn for this pattern. Don't these delightful socks remind you of Easter jelly beans?!
Complete your new spring wardrobe with a handknit tote bag that'll not only carry you through spring but summer, too! One of our go-tos is the Knitted Four Corners Bag by Julie Weisenberger. Deceptively simple, its open airy pattern is great for farmer's markets. Pick out a muted linen yarn or go bold with a cheery cotton. Either way, it'll be a nice spring-forward addition!