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  • 6 Joyful Spring Knitting Patterns - My Current Favorites!

    April 10, 2024 4 min lesen.

    Hi lovelies! Spring has sprung here in Berlin – as I am typing this (mid March), the buds on the chestnut tree out the window are a few days away from bursting, the forsythias are in full bloom, and our strawberry plants have started their comeback as well (leaves so far, but Aurin checks every day for berries :)).

    So it's no surprise at all that today's blog post is very much inspired by the sun and the warmer days to come! I have put together a sweet roundup of 6 joyful spring knitting patterns, all of which I'd love to have on my needles soon. (If someone can get me an extra day or two per week to knit (oh, and to spin), I'd love that!)

    The three yarns I've paired them with are my favorite spring / summer yarns: De Rerum Natura's Antigone, a delightful sport-weight linen yarn, Wooldreamers' Saona, a 50% Spanish cotton, 50% Spanish wool blend, and Natissea's Pernelle, our newest spring yarn: A 100% European hemp yarn!

    Cigar Cardigan by Marthe Forodden | Wooldreamers Saona in Ozetta

    Cigar Cardigan

     

    Marthe Forodden's Cigar Cardiganhas been on my to-knit list ever since we published it in Issue 7! It was originally designed for two yarns held together, but I think Wooldreamers' cotton-wool blend Saona would make a great version too. Very lightweight and ideal for layering!

    I would make mine in "Ozetta", a lovely light cream-beige marl. Depending on the size you choose to knit, you need 4 (5, 5, 5, 6, 6) [7, 7, 8, 8] balls of Saona.

    Aigues T-Shirt by Audrey Borrego | Natissea Pernelle in Forest Green

    Aigues T-Shirt

     

    This one is a little bit cheated – because this is actually on my needles as I type this! I adore Audrey Borrego's Aigues T-Shirt from our latest Issue 11 as it's so wearable and (I can attest to that) fun to knit.

    Natissea's Pernelle is a 100% hemp yarn that only gets softer with wear – and it shows up the lace of Audrey's pattern beautifully. On top that, it's really lovely to knit with: Grippy, but not ropey, and the stitches don't slide off the needles.

    I'm using Forest Green for mine, but any of the stunning colorways of Pernelle would work well if you ask me.

    Depending on the size you choose to knit, you need 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) [6, 7, 7, 8, 8] skeins of Pernelle for your own Aigues T-Shirt.

    Marin T-Shirt by Rebekka Mauser | De Rerum Natura Antigone in Myosotis

    Rebekka Mauser's Marin T-Shirt is a lovely, lightweight option for spring and early summer days. With it's dropped shoulders and textured stitch pattern, it shines in a drapey, crisp linen yarn like De Rerum Natura's Antigone.

    I think it would look absolutely beautiful in Myosotis, one of the new colorways launched last year!

    You need 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5) balls of Antigone, depending on which size you want to make.

    Hibiscus Bralette by Kjerstin Rovetta | Wooldreamers Saona in 1985 and De Rerum Natura Bérénice in L'Heure Bleue

     

    When I was looking through our pattern archives, I stumbled over Kjerstin Rovetta's fabulous Hibiscus Bralette from Issue 9 again – I had never realized that it would be perfect for Wooldreamers' Saona before! The cotton and wool blend (all sourced from Spain and spun there as well!) is stretchy and yet firm, making it ideal for a lightweight top like Hibiscus.

    If you'd like to add the peplum, De Rerum Natura's Bérénice would be perfect! I think Saona in 1985 (for the bralette as well as the straps) plays so well with Bérénice in L'Heure Bleue (a new colorway this year!), don't you think?

    Depending on the size you'd like to make, you need 2 (2, 2, 2, 2) [2, 3, 3, 3, 4] balls of Saona, and 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) [2, 2, 2, 2, 2] balls of Bérénice.

    Palm Oasis T-Shirt by Tania Dejoie | De Rerum Natura Antigone in Pamplemousse

    Tania Dejoie's Palm Oasis T-Shirt is such a great option from our new Issue 11! It's elbow-length sleeves and combination of lace yoke and elegant cables curving down the body make for a super wearable and really enjoyable knit.

    It's designed for De Rerum Natura's Antigone, and ever since I saw a tester version in a bright orange, I can't get this out of my head in the colorway "Pamplemousse". This would be such a great addition to any spring and summer wardrobe!

    You need 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) [7, 7, 8, 8, 9] skeins of Antigone, depending on the size you choose to knit.

    Rayure Sweater by Rebekka Mauser | Natissea Pernelle in Ecru and Raspberry

    Last, but very certainly not least: Pernelle's color palette just invites stripes in my opinion, and so this new summer yarn of ours is just perfect for Rebekka Mauser's Rayure Sweater!

    I think Ecru and Raspberry would make for a really wonderful, very wearable yet eye-catching sweater, but any of the colors of Pernelle would work so, so well together.

    Depending on the size you choose to make, you need 3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) skeins of the main color and 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4) skeins of the contrasting color.

    Which one is your favorite pattern? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

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