It's been a busy few weeks around here, so I am so excited to finally introduce you to our newest mini-collection, Summer Wraps 2017: Knits for Long Days & Cool Nights. The three-pattern collection drops next week (Tuesday, June 13!), and features three accessory patterns for those just-a-bit-chilly spring and summer evenings, worked in bold colors and high-impact textures. Each features something a little bit different—from slipped stitches, to an intriguing cable-and-lace combination, to cascading waves of seed stitch—that I hope will keep these as engaging to knit as they are exciting to wear. The patterns feature yarns from some of my favorite partners, Quince & Co., YOTH Yarns, and Neighborhood Fiber Company. I'll be sharing more about each of them on the blog after the collection launches. As you may have seen on Instagram, I've more or less been living in these since we finished photographing the samples, and I hope you'll love the way they add a pop—or a zing, depending on your color preferences—of color and texture to your warm-season wardrobe.
Summer Wraps 2017 will be available as a three-pattern eBook, as well as as individual patterns, and, as always, will be available both on Ravelry and in our web store. If you sign up for our newsletter or follow me on Instagram, you just might see some special promotional pricing on both the eBook and the individual patterns, just for our nearest and dearest.
Summer Wraps 2017 features the following three patterns, each named for some of my favorite Northern California beach towns, where, let's face it, you always need a knitted...something:
- Tiburon, a slipped-stitch cowl that works up in one skein of Quince & Co.'s gorgeous hand-dyed DK, Phoebe. The stitch pattern is a variation on the one you see in Montelena, but here it's worked in a slightly different pattern, and is worked on the bias. The cowl is knit flat and the ends are joined using a three-needle bind off.
- Point Reyes, a textured gradient cowl featuring Neighborhood Fiber Company's hand-dyed Studio DK gradients. Waves of seed stitch wind their way around this simple, meditative cowl, which is worked in a light-weight yarn which allows it to be dramatic in size without being overwhelming in warmth. If gradients aren't your thing, this could look great in any combination of five (or fewer) colors, or look incredibly grown-up and chic in a single-color version. After the pattern launches, we'll talk more about picking a color scheme.
- Half Moon Bay, the show-stopper of the collection, is a cable-and-lace rectangular shawl in YOTH's Big Sister, a DK-weight Merino-Cashmere-Nylon blend. The lace and cable pattern is dramatic but easy to memorize, as it's an eight-row repeat with cables no larger than 2x2. Equally appropriate with jeans and a white tee shirt on the docks as it is with a little black dress on date night, this one is a standout, with texture at a scale that reads from well across the room.
I am so excited to share these patterns with you! Over the next few weeks, we'll be talking more on the blog about each pattern, from how they came to be to the fabulous yarns they're worked in to some ideas on how to incorporate them into your wardrobe. I can't wait to see how they keep many of you warm, stylish, and appropriately wooly on many a summer evening to come.