Spring weather summons subtly bared skin and breezy silhouettes. It can be a challenging time for knitters, who must abandon their thick, plush woolens and comfy sweaters. However, spring presents opportunities for playing with lace, mesh, and dropped stitches, which can be transposed into pullovers, tanks, shawls, and more. When we chose trends to focus on this season, the “Open Minded” look topped our list—you can browse some of our inspirations in our eponymously named Pinterest board.
Alternating between two needle sizes creates an airy, openwork mesh stitch pattern in the Long Branch Vest (above). The pattern includes instructions for knitting with either Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic and Cotton Classic Lite, allowing knitters to choose between the former DK-weight and latter sportweight yarn. Both yarns offer a staggering variety of color options. The Long Branch Vest furnishes a plethora of styling opportunities. It’s a wonderful beach cover up, whether paired with a maxi dress, tank top and shorts, or thrown over a bathing suit, but it also looks lovely over a feminine blouse and cuffed jeans, as seen in our latest Knit➔Style➔Wear video.
The Bank Street Mesh Scarf is a fast, fun knit in Stacy Charles Fine Yarns bulky-weight 100% cotton Patti. Long and lush, Bank Street has slanted edges and a fishnet-like eyelet rib pattern that feels meditative to knit. Worked on US size 10 needles, it’s a quick spring/summer accessory that effortlessly transitions through the seasons.
New York City native Whitney Spivey designed the City Lights Poncho (above) to meet the demands of summer in the city. Knit with Stacy Charles Fine Yarns cotton-linen Nina and sequin-studded cotton Flora held together, City Lights features a fashion-forward asymmetric silhouette and a simple lace edge—perfect for beginners to lace knitting. Its lightweight, breathable drape is perfect for spring and summer. City Lights can be worn over anything—it’s especially great for battling the frigid offices and subway cars that arise when the city starts to really heat up.