Too hot or wet to be outdoors for too long with the recent humidity and recent rains but it has been the perfect excuse to knit indoors! Summer makes using linen, cottons or fingering weight yarns more enjoyable to work with!
Have you tried The Fibre Company's Meadow yet? It's always a popular choice for makers at this time of the year because it is such a pleasure to knit with, even in warm weather. Meadow is a rustic, lace-weight yarn spun from a blend of baby llama, merino wool, silk and linen. It is perfect for soft, textural shawls and lightweight summer sweaters.
Erinome sweater by Lily Kate France (lilykate) is a breezy sweater for breezy days - light, airy and super stylish! It was designed to showcase the beauty of fine yarns to their full potential, using an elongated stitch pattern that makes for a deceptively quick knit. Mindful knitting at its finest (literally and metaphorically)!
heavy lace / light fingering weight yarn, approximately 916 (1020; 1139; 1256; 1381) (1509; 1644; 1779; 1920) metres / 1003 (1116; 1246; 1374; 1511) (1651; 1799; 1947; 2102) yards.
Sample shown in The Fibre Company Meadow in shade Red Clover (40% Merino, 25% baby llama, 20% silk, 15% linen). If using this yarn, you will need 2 (3; 3; 3; 3) (4; 4; 4; 4) skeins.
Note: for her size 2 sample, she actually only used 2 skeins, but had very little leftover. Adding the standard 5% to my yardage calculations bumped this up to 3 skeins. However if you’re willing to play yarn chicken as I did, 2 should just about do it.
21 stitches and 32 rows to 4 inches / 10cm in stocking stitch on 3.75mm needles, blocked.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
3.75mm circular needles for main body and sleeves (suggested 24” / 60 cm for body and 16” for sleeves)
3.25mm needles for cuffs, neckband, and waistband (must be long circular needle for waistband to go around bend, suggested length 40” / 100cm)
1 (2; 3; 4; 5) (6; 7; 8; 9) detailed below, designed to be worn with between 10 - 12 inches / 25 - 30 cm positive ease. Sample shown is a size 2 worn on a 34” bust with around 10” / 25 cm positive ease.
To fit bust: 28-30 (32-34; 36-38; 40-42; 44-46) (48-50; 52-54; 56-58; 60-62) inches / 71-76 (81-86; 91-97; 102-107; 112-117) (122-127; 132-137; 142-147; 152-157) cm.
Finished bust: 40 (44; 48; 52; 56) (60; 64; 68; 72) inches / 102 (112; 122; 132; 142) (152; 163; 173; 183) cm.
Construction: the Erinome Sweater is worked seamlessly from the top down with dropped shoulders, a tie waistband, and gathered cuffs.
Pictured above is In The Dunes Wrap by Helen Stewart (shown in the shade Fennel). It is a light and airy asymmetrical rectangle with flowing stripes of lace, the perfect wrap for a breezy afternoon or evening. The lace stitches look delicate and detailed but are intuitive and relaxed. A lovely knit to savour in quiet moments.
224cm (88”) long
53cm (21”) wide
The Fibre Co. Meadow, 40% Merino wool, 25% baby llama, 20% silk, 15% linen; 498m/545yds per 100g skein, 2 x 100g skeins, Shown in Fennel
ACTUAL YARN USED IN SAMPLE
Heavy lace weight/ light fingering, 976m/1069yds; 196g
Note: the sample used almost all of the 2 skeins of Meadow. You could consider purchasing a third skein or working one less lace repeat at the beginning and end of the wrap if you are concerned about having enough yarn.
4mm (US 6), 100cm (40”) long circular needles (or size to obtain gauge)
A relaxing knit with a contemporary look, Summer Meadow is the perfect project for lazy summer days in the garden. Big and floaty, this shawl is an absolute beauty with its delicate details and breathtaking lightness.
Summer Meadow combines garter stitch with a beautifully textured eyelet pattern. Small eyelets are sprinkled along stockinette stitch and framed with petite garter ridges to add textural interest.
The shawl is worked diagonally from one tip to the opposite side of the triangle, creating a large but lightweight wrap with wonderful drape. The asymmetric shape is fun to knit and easy to wear in numerous ways.
Two skeins of The Fibre Co. Meadow (40% Merino, 25% Llama, 20% Silk, 15% Linen; 502 m / 549 yds per 100 g). Shown in colourway Cornflower.
Or approximately 879 m / 961 yds of similar light fingering weight yarn.
Size 4 mm / US 6 circular needle. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain pattern gauge. Gauge affects finished size and yardage.
This shawl is worked flat but I recommend using an 80-100 cm / 32-40 inch circular needle to accommodate the growing number of stitches.
FINISHED SIZE After blocking
221 cm / 87 in (wingspan) x 102 cm / 40 in (depth)
Seacote by Paulina Popiolek has simple lace panels that fade into meditative garter stitch, making tthe versatile Seacote shawl look different every time you wear it! It is suitable for novices in short-row shaping and lace, this romantic shawl is knitted in Meadow and shaped using increases on every row. The pretty edging is knitted on at the end.
211 cm (83 in) wingspan along top edge and 56 cm (22 in) depth
The Fibre Co. Meadow (40% merino wool, 25% baby llama, 20% silk, 15% linen, 498 m (545 yd) per 100g hank) in Queen Anne’s Lace – 2 hanks
3.25mm (US 3) 120 cm (48 in) circular needle (or size to obtain gauge)
3.25mm (US 3) one dpn for knitting knit-on edge (optional)
22 stitch markers or waste yarn, darning needle
24 sts and 50 rows to 10 cm (4 in) measured over garter stitch before blocking and 20 sts and 36 rows after blocking using 3.25mm (US 3) needle.
Irish Sea by Susanna Winter is a super-wearable triangle shawl with beautiful drape and fluidity. The crisp stitch definition from Meadow emphasizes the rhythmic garter stitch and delicate lace as it travels down the edge of the shawl. The size can be adjusted by knitting more or less repeats.
160 (203) cm (63 (80) in) wingspan along top edge and 46 (63) cm (18 (25) in) depth
The Fibre Co. Meadow (40% merino wool, 25% baby llama, 20% silk, 15% linen, 498 m (545 yd) per 100 g hank) in Larkspur – 1: 2 hanks
3.5mm (US 4) 80 cm (32 in) circular needle (or size to obtain gauge)
1 stitch marker, darning needle.
20 sts and 54 rows to 10 cm (4 in) measured over garter stitch before blocking and 20 sts and 35 rows after blocking using 3.5mm (US 4) needles.
ABOUT THE FIBRE CO. MEADOW
- Heavy lace weight
- 40% merino, 25% baby llama, 20% silk, 15% linen
- 498 m / 545 yds/100 gram skein
- 32-36 sts = 4" (10 cm)
- 2.25 - 3.25 mm (US 1-3) needle
- Hand Wash, Dry Flat
WIP's and FO's
I knit the Fireworks sweater by Marie Green for the Olive Knits 4 Day KAL 2021 which runs from July 1 until July 30th! The Official end of KAL and Virtual Bind Off Party will be livestreamed on July 30th. The pattern can be found HERE. Olive Knits also has an Olive Knits Student Lounge Facebook Group and Olive Knits Facebook Group.
I continued the sleeve Firework detail all the way until the cuff. My sleeves ended up a little longer than I wanted so I have folded my cuffs up. I played yarn chicken on the sleeves which could have been avoided! I worked 15 rounds of ribbing on my first sleeve before binding off but only had enough left of my third skein for 8 rounds on my second sleeve. I undid my bind off on sleeve 1 and attached the yarn of sleeve 1 to sleeve 2 to work continue to work 11 rounds of ribbing before binding off on round 12. I then bound off on round 12 on my first sleeve for matching sleeves.
Can you see the Firework detail in the sides?
Here is a close up of the yoke including the row of bobbles.
I hadn't intended to cast this one on my needles yet...My sister Mary has it on her needles. She is knitting her Meridian Top using Rowan Creative Linen.
I had frogged my Tulip by Ririko (above) because it is unfortunately too big, winding my yarn (Shibui Reed) into hanks but none of my new hanks was dry enough to knit with before the Tuesday afternoon Zoom meeting so I cast on the Meridian Top instead!
KNIT GROUP AND GALLERY
The newest Knit-Alongs are the Any Sweater / Shawl KAL and the Knit Any Project: the everlasting knit-along to encourage and support you to knit is running from May 1 to August 31, 2021. I will get a thread started soon!
Remember to post photos to the finished object (FO) thread when you finish a project during the Knit-Along so that you will be included in the next draw! We will also add the option of posting your finished project to Instagram using the #sue2knitskal so that I can find them!
Ann finished her first pair of cuff down magic loop socks by Kay F Jones (Bakery Bears)! She used the six videos on Bakery Bears website.
Just look at the awesome cat couch Debbie (@love.knit.spin.weave)’s sister Carol crocheted to give to her for her cat!!
VIRTUAL SOCIAL KNITTING
We are back and open for in-store shopping! Since Friday, June 11th (Phase 1) you can come in, touch, look and browse as long as you wear a mask and stay 2m away from each other. Curbside pick up will still be available for anyone still not comfortable with coming in as well as shipping.
We are continuing our virtual social knitting using the Zoom app! It has been a great way to knit together through social distancing! Join in with us either Tuesday afternoon from 2 - 4 pm or Thursday nights from 7 - 9 pm. We are continuing to hold our Zoom meetings each week until we can meet again in person. Clicking on the link will take you to our Zoom meeting.
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Happy Friday, Happy Knitting, Crocheting and Crafting! Keep calm and keep on knitting and making!