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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?