Month in Review | June

June has been a very successful month in knits, it looks like creating a plan (and sticking to it) is actually quite helpful, who knew. My goal this summer was to create a knits wardrobe that would actually get worn in my new home in South Carolina. The heat & humidity here necessitates more cotton & linen that I’ve ever used before, not to mention a need for more loose shapes. Anything too formfitting gets quite uncomfortable very quickly.

I finished the Siena tee by Erika Knight and design tee, and this will be sure to become a casual staple. I really love using this yarn, Studio linen. It’s soft, has a pretty drape and impressive stitch definition. I can’t wait to get started on the Capri pullover with Milk & Lacy (a soft grey/plum color).

I also finished two new Klever Knits Designs that I’ll be writing the patterns for and releasing in early & mid-July. The first (and current fave) is the Azores tank knit with Quince & Co Kestrel. This tank features pretty color blocking, a gentle a-line shape, and a double v-neck.

The next design, Sullivan, is knit with Berroco’s Modern Cotton DK in a fresh cream color. There is minimal shaping and a neat lace ladder accent on the front and back. A cute curved hem on the back piece keeps the design modern. For a more classic look, it’s easy enough to omit the curved hem detail.

So what’s next? It’s only going to get warmer here in July & August, so I’m hoping to continue the light garments. First up is an open-back tee in Quince & Co Willet in Windlass followed by another tank in Willet (Starboard) with accent stripes in Oar & Dory.

Two longer term projects will be Watson, a color blocked tunic in Quince & Co Sparrow in Lunar & Truffle, and a yet-to-be-named a-line tank dress in Studio Linen in teal with stripes in Milk.

In summary:
Completed:
1. Siena Tee – Erika Knight, Studio Linen in Covet
2. Azores Tank – Klever Knits Designs, Quince & Co Kestrel in Antler, Wave & Pebble
3. Sullivan Tank – Klever Knits Designs, Berroco Modern DK in Sandy Point

Coming Soon:
1. Open back tee – Quince & Co Willet in Windlass
2. Muscle tank – Quince & Co Willet in Starboard, Oar, and Dory
3. Watson – Quince & Co Sparrow in Lunar & Truffle
4. A-line tank dress – Studio Linen in Teal & Milk

Someday:
1. Double v tank – Studio Linen in Matte Black
2. v-neck swing tank – Quince & Co Sparrow in Blue Spruce
3. Capri Pullover – Studio Linen in Milk & Lacy
4. Black & White linen raglan – Louet Euroflax Sport in Vanilla & Black

A Breeze of Summer

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Since my last post, I have made some good progress on my summer knitting plans. I’m very close to finishing the Siena tee with the Erika Knight Studio Linen, and can I say, I love this ¬†yarn! It’s a 100% linen yarn, but 85% of it is composed of recycled linen, so it’s nice and eco friendly (always a plus) and the other 15% is regular natural linen. Somehow the combination is magical – the fabric it produces is strong, but with a gorgeous fluid drape subtle sheen, and much softer than most of the other linen yarns on the market. Plus, the stitch definition can’t be beat. The color palette is perfect for summer as well. For Siena I chose Covet, a delicate dusty rose that fits right at home in my closet.

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Details:
131 yards  \ 120 meters
50g
My gauge: 20 sts & 28 rows over 4 inches of Stockinette on Size 5 US needles

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I’ve also been working on a Klever Knits design that I’m hoping to release by the end of June. It’s a sweet v-neck summer tank worked from the top down with some cool columns of lace stitches. The yarn I chose was Berocco’s Modern Cotton, a dk/lt worsted weigh pima cotton blend yarn (60% Pima Cotton; 40% Modal Rayon). In the fresh cream color Sandy Point, this yarn was perfect for the mood I was going for with this design.

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Details:
209 yards \ 191 meters
100g
My gauge: 19 sts & 28 rows over 4″ of Stockinette on size 4 US needles

Once these two projects have been completed, I’m looking forward to starting a second Klever Knits design (which still needs a name) using Quince & Co’s Kestrel in Antler, Wave and Pebble.