A Knitter for All Seasons? 3KCBWDay4

How does local weather affect your knitting? That’s today’s question, and it sent me to my Ravelry project page to see what kind of seasonal knitter I am.

There are only two bulky wool sweaters, and I know I set both of them aside as the weather got warmer, thinking I’d finish them when cool weather came around again. I finished this Heather Hoodie cardigan (adapted from the Heather Hoodie Vest pattern) last year…

hoodie back

…and this year’s bulky project was recently set aside and is waiting for next fall. I get suckered into thinking it will be a quick knit because the yarn is bulky, but it’s still an entire sweater. If I don’t finish by the end of winter, I don’t want to keep knitting with a pile of bulky wool when it’s warm out.

But you can knit light summer tops all year ’round, and wear them for three out of four seasons if you add a cute little jacket or cardi over them. This is a much better time investment. Also, tank tops and shells don’t have sleeves, and that makes them a quicker knit all around, even at a finer gauge. This is especially true if it’s a fairly simple knit; I can watch TV or read on my Kindle and knit at the same time.

lutea

Accessories are always fun, and not usually heavy, even if they’re wool. I love designing accessories like hats, mitts, and shawls, because they’re quick and portable, and fitting is not as big an issue as it is for garments. Socks and slippers have a little bit of fitting, but they’re not too complicated. Most of my knitting is done with an eye towards design, so that takes up most of my knitting time. Here’s my latest pattern launch, Pointer Mitts and Hat, for the {Among Friends} Yarn and Fiber Club.

pointer set

Does your weather affect your choice of fiber? I love wool for most knitting, but when I look at all the summer tops I’ve knit I see a lot of cotton, and even some linen and hemp. I don’t mind the inelasticity of cotton, but linen was definitely a stringy challenge. It was all worth it, though, because the blocking was like magic. I washed and soaked this stiff linen tank in the sink after knitting it, and I could feel the fibers turning into the most wonderful slinky drapey fabric in my hands.

ruffle tank

So I guess I’m more of a summer knitter, all year ’round! How about you?

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8 responses to “A Knitter for All Seasons? 3KCBWDay4

  1. I knit all kinds of projects with all kinds of fibers all year round! When it’s REALLY hot I work on the heavy wool projects early in the morning. :)

    • I’m really happy that we installed central air conditioning about 5 years ago! All things are now possible; it’s just that there’s not as much incentive to finish when you know you’re not going to wear the FO for 6 months!

  2. So true … though I love pulling out the winter clothes and thinking, “Oh, I forgot I made that!” It’s such a nice surprise. :) (Or maybe that’s just a reflection of me getting old!)

  3. I wish I could get the shaping down on sleeveless tops…they are an ideal knit. Im jealous!!!

  4. I am with you on that. As much as I love wool, I tend to gravitate towards silky, cotton, linen, bamboo, rayon blend a good part of the year. They are pliable, layer-able and suitable for all seasons, at least here in the high desert. Plus, I get most out of my investment–both monetary and time. Love it.

  5. Good point about the layering. I love the mitts and hat!

  6. I do love your tanks, but they look pretty hard, especially in terms of fit.

    • I usually end up reworking the shoulders to adjust length, armhole depth, neckline. I thought the red one would be a piece o’ cake since it was meant to be the same as the blue one, but it’s all linen instead of merino/linen, and it needs some adjusting, too. Even so, they’re quicker than an entire sweater with sleeves!