Celebrate the first day of spring with patterns you’ll love!
At long last, on this side of the planet, it’s spring – and with it, joyous spring knits and delicious shades to explore! Merion takes you on a spring journey of yarn and patterns!
What does spring mean to you? For me, it’s all about the change of light – brighter mornings and lighter evenings – and glorious sunshine! There’s still a nip in the air, but you can get away without a coat, making way for long-line cardies and swirling shawls. This is the time for tank tops, for pastel greens, lilacs and yellows – or Breton feel navy and white stripes – and apart from the odd rain mac or umbrella, for once our knitwear is not hidden beneath layers of coats!
If you haven’t discovered Martina Behm’s patterns yet, you’re in for a delightful whoosh of inspiration! This gorgeous shawl has a sweet bud lace motif, and once you’ve mastered it, you can knit happily until it’s the size you’d like it to be, and it is knitted in a DK weight yarn. Here, Martina has used a cotton/acrylic baby yarn (Rico Cotton Soft Print DK), but if you prefer, you can use your favorite DK yarn in gentle pastels or use something a little bit warmer for chillier days like Malabrigo Silk Merino, or the delicious Sublime Baby Merino Cashmere Silk DK Prints, in some beautiful spring colorways.
If you loved Andrea’s Find Your Fade shawl, you’re going to love this! 4ply jumpers come into their own in springtime, you won’t feel too warm, and you won’t get too cold! This gorgeous example has raglan shaping and is worked top down in 4ply yarn, using the same fun fading technique as the shawl – find your shades and work one into the next as you go! These beautiful pastel shades look wonderful together – and there’s an option for a cropped sweater with elbow length sleeves too. Louisa Harding Amitola is the perfect yarn for this dreamy knit, Malabrigo Mechita, Lang Yarns Jawoll Magic or beautiful Manos del Uruguay Alegria.
Yes! There’s a pint sized version of the gorgeous So Faded sweater! So you can knit one for your daughters, nieces and granddaughters too!
Just a little bit of warmth around the neck might be all that’s required on a spring day – and this fine knit striped cowl is knitted in a mercerised DK cotton with just a little bit of a sheen, beautiful for these ice cream shades. The sample above was knitted in Rowan Cotton Glace, and I suspect that you could probably get two cowls out of the quantity of balls required.
Update your home with spring brights – this fabulous blanket designed by Anna Nikipirowicz is one of a collection for the Breast Cancer Haven charity, and it’s a great modular knit that is portable as you work, square by square! Knitted in aran weight yarn (pictured here in MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran), you can knit in soft spring shades to bring the sunshine into your home, or knit as a gift! All proceeds of pattern sales go directly to the Breast Cancer Haven charity.
A classic Breton sweater is perfect for spring! This timeless jumper is a free pattern download from Paintbox Yarns, and is knitted in Paintbox Yarns Simply DK.
Achingly sweet, Barbara Prime’s little Breton styled knitwear is perfect for little knitted friends and will delight children (and adults) everywhere! You can knit these darling outfits from scraps from your stash!
Knit a rose!
In the UK, Mother’s Day falls on 11th March this year – in many other countries it is later on in March, or in May but you can get ahead and knit some beautiful blooms from your stash! Follow our easy knit tutorial to knit a rose! Attach to a brooch pin, or sew to your favourite bag or lapel!
What are you knitting for spring?
Last updated: March 19th, 2018.