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Published on March 17th, 2018 | by Merion

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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!

Bumbles & Buds by Martina Behm

Buds & Bumbles

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.

So Faded by Andrea Mowry

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.

So Faded Pint Sized by Andrew Mowry

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!

Spring Cowl by Vanessa Cayton

spring cowl

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.

Haven Diamond Blanket by Anna Nikipirowicz

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.

Breton Sweater by Paintbox Yarns

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.

Breton Shore Outfit by Barbara Prime

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?

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Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.


Last updated: March 19th, 2018.

17 Responses to Celebrate the first day of spring with patterns you’ll love!

  1. Marla says:

    I don’t think I ever stop knitting or crocheting. I always have something to work on or I start something new. I am like that with all my crafting and stitching.

    BUT I think what I really want to do is catch-up on some socks I have been working on. I have a sock knitting group I started at the beginning of the year. Then got hit with pneumonia. Everything slowed down then. I am back on my feet now. and trying to get caught up on things.

    Although I have a nice stash of yarns….like any good knitter, I still like to look. And there are times I get hit with ideas that require a new yarn……hmmmmm

  2. Isabella Garment says:

    I have looked for instructions for the wig! Where is it??

    • Hedwig Herrmann says:

      Isabella, if you haven’t received an answer about the princess leia wig, you can find it by googling it. I looked for it among the patterns expecting to see it there and couldn’t find it either. I think it was a little misleading. Hope this helps.

  3. Hilary Jones says:

    Dear Marla
    Of course you feel less energetic after your severe chest infection. Be kind to yourself, and you’ll pick up your sock knitting when you’re ready; and find it as much fun as ever
    Love

  4. Liz says:

    Where are the instructions for the wig?

  5. Arlene says:

    Would love to see the instructions/pattern for the dolls wig.

  6. Lynn Fontaine says:

    Two ways to do this: I have made wigs for my daughters Halloween costumes. First you can take an old hat and after cutting yarn to the lengths you wish you sew them on the hat down at the middle part then gather the yarn and make you side buns stitching them down to the side of the hat…second you can just use

  7. Lynn Fontaine says:

    Cont. A strip of material as the part stitching part down then just using weight of yarn to keep buns to side make them tighter than the hat style and make the strip of material from the forehead to the base of skull! Good luck!

  8. Gaile Wenham says:

    I once found a hat on your site & lost it never to be found again! It was knitted in a swirl I think? It was in variable coloured yarn. ?called easy knit hat.
    Can I have the pattern for it please.

  9. Bernie says:

    I would like the pattern for the hat please

  10. Christine says:

    Looking for a pattern for a girl 8 in age she would like a knitted pinafore dress any ideas please see them up to 6/7 years but not beyond. Thank you. Always find that age diffiucult to find.

  11. Sally Drew says:

    Would like patterns for summer hats (knitted). I knit for people that have cancer, and can’t seem to find patterns that would work for summer hats.

  12. Anne Ruth says:

    I ordered some patterns three weeks ago but they have never arrived. Why?

  13. Anne Ruth says:

    I ordered some patterns three weeks ago but they have never arrived. Why?

  14. Ellyanna says:

    Four score and seven minutes ago, I read a sweet artclie. Lol thanks

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