The change of seasons is always an exciting time for knitters and crocheters.
New yarns are arriving in local yarn stores almost daily. Your LYS might even be putting their winter yarns on sale to make room for those summer treats, giving you two reasons to stop by for a visit (as though you need an excuse in the first place).
And, as if all those new yarns weren’t stimulating enough, new issues of all your favorite knitting (and crocheting) magazines start appearing.
A potent combination to encourage you to finish off those winter projects and start thinking about lighter garments to welcome the new season.
The Spring/Summer 2o12 issue of Vogue Knitting hits newsstands March 6 (although subscribers have already received theirs and I’m hearing people have found it in stores).
We’re excited that our yarns are featured in two of the patterns.
(Yes, we’re always excited to see our yarns in the knitting and crochet magazines. We can be a little excitable around here. I blame the yarn fumes.)
This is the issue cover for which you’ll be looking.
(I think I’ve been watching too many fairy tale based TV shows because I’m worried her apple might be poisoned.)
Color Zig-Zag Top
First up is the Color Zig-Zag Top designed by Katharine Hunt.
Isn’t it adorable? Stripes are all the rage this season, but can also be timeless.
A simple design, but you know the chevron stitch will make for interesting knitting. Once you get the pattern established you should be able to knit on auto-pilot.
This top uses Debbie Bliss Eco Baby, a 100% Organic Cotton yarn available in 24 colors. Stick with the mellow sea-side colors in the magazine or make your own colorway.
Yarn quantities are as follows:
For Sizes: Small, Medium, Large, X-Large
Amounts: 3 (4, 4, 4) balls in #16 cream
3 (3, 3, 4) balls each in #20 sea foam and #15 gray
2 (2, 3, 3) balls in #05 turquoise
2 (3, 3, 3) balls in #06 green
If you start knitting now, you’ll be ready for when the warm weather finally returns.
Semi Circle Shawl
Next is the beautiful Semi Circle Shawl designed by Lynette Meek.
Lace shawls are great additions to your wardrobe. They are nice to wear around the house and also get a lot of attention out in public. People will be impressed with your knitting skills when they see you wearing this one.
This shawl is knit in Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk 4ply. This soft, snuggly yarn is a 75% Extrafine Merino, 20% Silk, 5% Cashmere blend available in 12 colors.
The shawl in the magazine uses five balls in color #1-piglet.
You can learn more about both patterns (and the other projects in the issue) on the VK 360 website.
Once you scope them out, head out to your local yarn store to pick up your supplies.
First the new Debbie Bliss magazine, now the new Vogue Knitting, any day now we’ll be hearing about the new Interweave Knits issue!
Can you feel the energy returning to your needles?
How does the changing of the seasons affect your knitting? Share your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.