FO: Something for Spring

It’s Friday! I have no real plans for the weekend and that makes me super happy. Today I thought I’d share a finished object to usher in the weekend. When I finished my Little Women cardigan I had 3 and a half skeins leftover and I didn’t know what to make with the leftovers. I loved this yarn a lot and had an epiphany that if I used larger needles I would have enough to make a top for myself and I was right! Here’s my Spring Tee and Jellybean, my constant shadow and my one grey hair that is determined to be featured in any photograph. Sigh…those greys are strong!
Summer Top
I pulled out my copy of The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters, did some math and some guessing (totally didn’t swatch on the larger needles) and just improvised a top. I even decided to do a cable cast-on at the neckline to give it more of a scoop/u neckline instead of a v neck. Who am I?! But I’ve made enough basic top-down sweaters to know what works, what doesn’t and what I like to knit. I probably could’ve made the sleeves a little bigger since I kept them short but they’re fine. This was just a total make it up as I go along after I cast-on 40 stitches with size 10.5 needles. I’m proud of myself for winging it.
Summer Top
The other thing I always second guess is length. I’ve got hips and a butt so I hate clingy tops but I like layering and didn’t want to make it too short and have a tank top hanging really low. Add in how much I wasn’t sure it would grow when I blocked it and I think in the end I got a good length for me and it is a perfect length to layer tops underneath. I’m sure I’ll pick up a long sleeve from Target in the fall to layer underneath this so it becomes a year round top. Side note, I really need to buy myself some blocking boards (perhaps that will be my birthday gift to myself?) because my hemline is slightly wonky since it got squished a little when I put it out to dry. Oops!
Summer Top
I really do love this yarn and hope that it wears well over time. But I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing this top repeatedly all year long. Next up on my list? Finishing up my third hat, starting on same baby knits and finally working on that saddle shoulder sweater with stripes I want to make for summer. We might be taking family pics soon and I think the top I’ve envisioned in my head would be cute for photos. We shall see. What are you working on this weekend?

My Favorite Summer Knits

The other weekend I washed and packed away most of my hand knit sweaters. I like to keep out a few of my favorite cardigans for when the temps dip and since I like a few layers. But it felt almost like Christmas morning opening up the bin and remembering all the great knits I had waiting for me! So it made me think I should share a few of my favorite patterns I’ve knit repeatedly for some summer knitting. Plus there are a billion knitalongs that will start for summer so why not make yourself something nice for the cooler temps and potentially win a prize?
Six Point Tee
I realized this morning I didn’t actually have a picture of me in one of my favorite tops and had to take it at work since I’m wearing it and add it to this post! I’ve made two Six Point tees (version 1 and version 2) and I really like them both. They’re knit up on bulky weight yarn with size 13 needles so it’s a quick and satisfying knit. This rainbow version is my favorite (of course) because I loved this yarn, Versa by Berroco. And of course they discontinued it. I swear Berroco discontinues every yarn I love. It’s a ribbon yarn with a grey base but has a rainbow running through out. I still have a few skeins left but just don’t know what to make with them.
North Fork
Another summer favorite is the North Fork tee. I cannot get enough of this one AND it’s easy to modify. I wore this one (I’ve knit a couple) yesterday for Sunday dinner and I had forgotten just how nicely I knit this one. It was pristine and waiting for me to put her on and I made this version with a bit more a line shaping so it would pull away from the body and have a nice breezy effect. I love this top so much. I made this one with Berroco Modern Cotton and it has quickly become a summer favorite yarn to work with. Really most of my summer knits are made with Berroco yarns and I just find that they’re affordable, have a pretty great color selection and the yarns hold up nicely.
Togue Pond for Jess
And speaking of Modern Cotton, I can’t recommend Togue Pond Tank enough. It’s a favorite and since my original grey version has a stain I cannot get out I’m planning on making myself a solid pink one soon to replace it (and to match my super bright pink clogs).
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And over the holiday weekend I figured out what to make with the leftover yarn from my Little Women cardigan! I’m improvising a scoop neck top! I’m so proud of myself for just doing it because I always hesitate on making my own thing when there are a million patterns out there but I couldn’t find what I wanted. So I decided to just make it up myself I’m using size 10.5 needles to help make the light worsted weight yarn go a bit further and to make it a nice light and breezy top to layer over a tank top. I can’t wait to finish this one and it should whip up pretty quickly since I’m already this far along! And did I mention I made all this progress with just 1 ball of yarn? Yeah I think I’ll still have some leftover and still do something else with like make a hat or add to a shawl. We shall see.

These are the three patterns I want to make all the time for summer, what patterns do you love for summer knitting? And what yarns top your list?

In My Queue: Summer Staples

Winter barely came and now it’s gone. So that means I’m on to thinking about my spring/summer knits! I’ve been excited thinking about what I want but also trying to strategically think about what I NEED in my wardrobe that I can make for myself. I’ve even been tempted to pull out my sewing machine because all I ever wear is the same a line dress all summer long with a sweater. We shall see. So I thought I’d share what patterns have caught my eye as I plan out my knit series of knitted items for myself.

Rainbow sweater
Rainbow sweater via Free People

I saw this Rainbow Sweater on Free People’s website. It’s happy and cheery but it’s also $200. Nope.
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Instead I popped on over to Fibre Space and picked up several colors of Berroco’s Pima 100 worsted weight yarn and I intend to make an inspired by version of this sweater in short sleeves for summer. I think it’s a saddle shoulder style and I’m been itching to make another one of those so I just might start with an orange saddle on the shoulders and go from there.

Cosette
Cosette via Ravelry

Second on my list is Cosette. This is actually a pattern from the Berroco Pima 100 collection so I could buy more of that yarn but I’m also tempted to buy some of the modal/pima mix yarn on Knit Picks while it’s on sale this month. I love that it’s a simple tee but with a rounded hem. It has a classic look so I could make it in a lovely white or go with a super bright pink or a great yellow. I haven’t made up my mind yet on what color.

Radian Yolk Tee
Radian Yolk Tee via Ravelry

For a little bit of interest, I was thinking about making the Radian Yoke Tee. I think it would be a great basic but with a cool open design at the yoke. Again, also not sure about what color to make this one.

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Myrna cardigan via Ravelry

I always need a cardigan for my sleeveless dresses and I was considering making the Myrna cardigan in white. I need an updated white cardigan for summer and this might be the perfect little option. I was also thinking about making my Sea Grass cardigan again but in all white this time.
Togue Pond #3
And last but not least, what about another Togue Pond tank? You know I love this pattern and it’s a perfect summer top made with Berroco Modern Cotton. So that’s what I’m thinking about for my spring/summer wardrobe. Is anyone else planning too?