We don’t like to put away our knitting needles and crochet hooks just because warmer weather has arrived.
Sure, we might spend time outside gardening or pursuing other activities that can’t be combined with stitching, but at some point during the day it will be time to sit down and relax with our yarn.
When that time comes, we tend to want to work on small projects. Who wants to spread a big afghan across their lap in 80 or 90 degree weather?
Several of the spring/summer pattern books have little lace collars that will be great projects for this time of year. They are small, portable, and often take just one skein of the required yarn.
These collars are knit or crocheted jewelry. They can be worn as accents to dress up a plain blouse or to give an outfit a different look.
Debbie Bliss has three collars featuring her new Rialto Lace yarn.
This yummy new yarn is 100% Extrafine Merino Wool with approximately 429 yards per 50g that knits to 8 sts per inch on a US 2 needle. It is available in 20 colors.
Just because the suggested needle is a US 2 doesn’t mean that is the size you have to use. For instance, this knit Lace Collar from the “Rialto Lace” book is worked on a US4 needle.
The Rialto Lace book features eight patterns ranging from the Lace Collar to cardigans and shawls.
Debbie has also designed two crocheted lace collars using Rialto Lace yarn.
The Daisy collar echoes the design in the knit lace collar. The airy, square motifs with a scalloped edge is sure to crochet up quickly.
The Chantal collar is more dramatic. I love the pleats on this one. It will definitely dress up a plain shell!
Both crocheted collars are in the “Simply Crochet” book, which includes a range of patterns from sweaters and skirts to a bag.
Jane Ellison designed two version of the Joyce collar for the Noro Vintage book.
The first, large version is dramatic! It lays nice and flat on your shoulders. This size will be good for a little extra warmth when you don’t feel like dealing with a big shawl or shrug.
It is knit using one hank of Karuta, a 40% Silk, 30% Cotton, 30% Wool blend with approximately 165 yards per 100g. There are eight tonal colorways from which to select.
The smaller version also takes one hank of Karuta. This is more of a choker or cowl style. The snug fit makes the small one more all-weather since you’ll be able to wear it under winter coats as well.
For both version you’ll have fun finding a fabulous button to finish it off.
The last pattern I want to highlight is more of a cowl than a collar and it’s not actually lace, but I think the construction is so interesting that I have to include it.
I also think it falls into the “knitting as jewelry” category, which qualifies it for this blog post.
The Raya Cowl, which is a free pattern on our website, is cabled AND braided.
How neat is that?
You start by casting on all the stitches, then work the three strands separately. Don’t worry, the pattern is very clear so it won’t be terribly complicated to knit.
This pattern is knit using one hank of Hap’i yarn, a 100% Pima Cotton with approximately 132 yards per 100g. It is available in 24 colors.
I think any of these patterns would be a good place to start if you want to get a jump on your gift knitting.
You can find the pattern books and yarns at your local yarn store.
What types of projects do you like to work on in the spring and summer?