Celebrating spring knits
As half the world slips into spring, some knitters are mourning the loss of cosy nights by the fire. Not this one – Elizabeth Bagwell is all about spring.
As the first buds open and green things start to sprout, in the Northern Hemisphere it’s time to celebrate the beginning of the end of another winter. Here in Oxfordshire, it’s not been particularly cold but the damp and dark still take their toll. Here are five reasons I’m celebrating the return of the sun – each with related knitting projects, of course!
1. Longer days and shorter nights
More daylight hours means more good light to work on complex, delicate projects but it’s still getting dark early enough that you won’t feel bad spending evenings in with your knitting. As if the cheering extra sunshine and vitamin D wasn’t enough of a good thing!
2. Daffodils, bluebells and other spring blooms
All the hibernating plants are coming back to life. If you haven’t got a garden of your own to watch, daffodil bulbs will be happy in a pot on your windowsill. You can also knit your own – Lesley Stanfield’s excellent book, 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet features daffs, bluebells, crocuses and lots more.
For Christians, this is perhaps the most important festival of the year. For the more secular among us, it means lots of lovely chocolate and (in the UK at least) two bank holidays in a row. Egg-cellent indeed. Angelina has been busy this week posting free Easter toy patterns and free Easter cardies, but we also had a good haul of free patterns last year including the Rowan chicks and my own simple egg.
4. New lambs
Not only are they adorable to watch as they bounce around the fields, they’re the next generation of yarn on the hoof. 2015 is even the Year of the Sheep, according to the Chinese calendar, and of the Wood Goat (angora, perhaps?) in Vietnam. Celebrate at home with Jenni’s round up of sheep knitting patterns.
5. It’s warm enough to go out, but cold enough to need a scarf
What more could a knitter want? Spring is a great time to start a new hat or scarf as you still feel the need, and have enough time to finish a quick project before the cold, wet weather disappears completely.
We love this Spring Scarf and Statement Corsage from Garden Knits! A simple lace scarf that is ideal for beginners, in stunning spring colours! We’ve suggested Debbie Bliss Rialto DK here, in colours Aqua and Fuschia, but there are 49 shades to choose from in this beautiful 100% Superwash Merino Wool!
The pattern calls for 200g (4 balls) of yarn for this scarf (there is no precise yardage specified) so you could substitute with any other DK yarn. To purchase the pattern, click on the image below and add to your shopping cart. Happy spring knitting!
Last updated: March 16th, 2015.