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  • 5 Early Summer Wardrobe Staple Knits

    May 03, 2023 3 min read

    Hello lovelies,

    You know how much I adore a good pattern inspo blog post, and so imagine my delight when I got to play with Pinterest again today! We have a brand-new Pinterest board filled to the brim with knitting pattern ideas for linen yarns, and I couldn't resist pulling out five that I think make great early summer wardrobe staples.

    All of these are relatively quick to knit up, so if you haven't started on your summer knitting yet, don't fret - there's still time!

    I've paired them with summery shades of De Rerum Natura's Antigone, my current summer yarn crush - a 100% linen sport-weight yarn that sings in stockinette and lace.

    Let's take a look, shall we?

    Grassland T-Shirt by Susan Schädler | Antigone in Tilleul

    Grassland T-Shirt

    Grassland by Susan Schädler is my current summer knit! It was originally published in Issue 6, but is also available as an individual pattern now. It's construction is super fun - and seamless! Plus, that lace pattern down the front is just so, so dreamy.

    I am knitting my version in Marsala, but I wanted to pull out an Antigone color that's closer to the sample - and voilà, meet Tilleul! Almost a perfect match, right? Depending on the size you want to knit, you need 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins.

    After Beach Tee by Emily Luis | Antigone in Laurier

    After Beach Tee

    I love a good T-Shirt as a summer wardrobe staple - it works with everything, and when it comes with fun details like Emily Luis' After Beach Tee (that keyhole at the back!), even better!

    Laurier,an olive green from Antigone's color range, is my current secret color crush - works great with jeans blue, black, and undyed denim! Depending on the size you want to knit, you need 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5) skeins.

    Risør Top by Lucienne Tricote | Antigone in Voie Lactée

    Risor Top

    Lucienne Tricote's Risør Top is the perfect mix of whimsical and wearable! Great bust shaping is accompanied by a delightful button band and topped off with non-stretchy straps.

    I think it would look absolutely lovely in Voie Lactée,a gorgeous dusky blue-purple. Depending on the size you choose to knit, you need 2 (2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3) skeins of Antigone.

    Pale Shelter by Vanessa Pellisa | Antigone in Heron

    Pale Shelter

    A lightweight sweater belongs in every summer wardrobe, and coincidentally, we have the perfect pattern for it! Pale Shelter by Vanessa Pellisa (originally from Issue 3, now available as a single PDF) is a lovely A-shaped sweater with a generous amount of positive ease and stunning little details, like the line of eyelets that you can just about still see in the photo.

    I will always love a good grey, and Antigone's Heron is up there with the best of them! It's also the color the sample was knit in. Depending on the size you want to knit, you need 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) skeins.

    Oread T-Shirt by Audrey Borrego | Antigone in Macaron

    Oread T-Shirt

    You all know how much I love Audrey Borrego's work - it's interesting, with great, thoughtful details, yet still so, so wearable! Oread, a summer T-Shirt she designed for De Rerum Natura's Antigone, is no exception. Knit from the top-down, it's dropped shoulders and boxy shape are a wonderful canvas for the intricate twisted stitch panels running down the sides of the body.

    Twisted stitches show up best in a lighter colorway, so I picked Antigone in Macaron, a delightful light pink, for Oread. Depending on the size you want to knit, you need 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7) skeins.

    Which one is your favorite? And which colorway would you choose

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