Warm Weather, Cool Cottons

Exactly how much do you LOVE this gorgeous spring weather we’ve been enjoying?

Personally, I am determined to believe that it’s here to stay. Last weekend I sat on the porch and knitted for hours in the soft sunshine and gentle breeze, and since Sunday I’ve been putting our extra hour of daylight to good use by pulling my favorite knitting chair up to the window and squeezing in a few more rows while the light turns gold and dusty around me.

Spring is such an inspiring time, but in a way it poses a challenge for us knitters. Our talents are in high demand while winter weather calls for thick wool sweaters, mittens, hats, and more. But when the snow and ice give way to sunshine, what will keep us comfortably crafting through the long, warm days ahead?

Why, cotton, of course!  I’ll let you in on a little secret: spring and summer knitting is possibly my favorite because of the delightful warm-weather-friendly fibers that knitters get to experiment with at this time of year. There’s no shortage of options at the Yarn Patch lately. Read on for new yarns and a few old favorites!

summer garments

The pink and gray tee on the far left above is knit in Cascade Yarns Avalon, a 50/50 cotton acrylic worsted weight yarn available in solids and multis. We just added fun new variegated colors to our selection of this yarn- the bright splashes of color are perfect for spring and summer garments like the 3-to-2 Any Gauge Tee shown here. Its durability and low price also make it ideal for cool and comfy clothing.

The bright blue tee in the middle is knit in Cascade Yarns Sunseeker, an acrylic/cotton blend DK weight with solid and multicolor options. This yarn is really something special- if you look closely, you’ll see a hint of sparkle in the fabric. The metallic thread running through the yarn gives it just the right amount of bling for festive garments and accessories, such as Sheri’s Perfect Fit Top Down Tee. We loved this fabulous yarn so much we ordered many new colors for spring and summer. They’re so eye-catching!

On the far right is the Slip Stitch Square Shell. The one shown here is knit in a discontinued yarn, but Sheri’s already working another using our newest yarn, Cascade Yarns Anchor Bay. This truly scrumptious DK weight yarn is a 50/50 cotton merino blend, making it soft, smooth, and cool. We currently carry 11 striking shades ideal for colorwork, as you can see above. Best of all, this project will be offered as a class in June. If you’d like to add the perfect knit garment to your summer wardrobe, don’t miss this class!

summergarments

Of course, we can’t forget to mention Yarn Patch favorites like Tatamy Tweed, Linaza, Bamboo Pop, Maya, and DungarEase, all shown in photos above. From fingering weight to aran, using natural and synthetic fibers such as linen, alpaca, bamboo, tencel, and more, one of these beauties is sure to please even on the balmiest days.

What do you plan on knitting as the weather warms up? Where’s your favorite place to knit outdoors? Tell us about your spring and summer knitting in the comments below, or visit us in the shop or online to check out these refreshing fibers!

Enjoy the sunshine, friends! Oh…and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Sheri, Emily, Susan, Shawndrese, and Anita

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