What’s In Your Fall Knitting Queue?
It’s finally here, guys: autumn! I’ve been counting down the days until September 1, which in my mind is when fall starts. I’m totally over summer; it’s time for crisp air and golden leaves and pumpkin everything and handknits. It’s also time to get serious about knitting. I’ve been dreaming and half-planning all summer, but now it’s time to get down to business and figure out my fall knitting queue.
If you’re like me, you probably have a bunch of projects in your Ravelry favorites and flagged in magazines, but it can be difficult to actually choose one. Especially because my personal fall knitting plans include making something from every group: hats, mitts, scarves, shawls, and sweaters. If you need some inspiration for your own fall knitting plans, check out the projects I have on my list of queue contenders!
Autumn is absolutely the perfect time to knit a sweater: you’re spending more time indoors, so you have more knitting time, and you can wear your sweater as soon as you finish it! I’m still hard at work at the Killarney Tunic (I know it’s been ages, but I’m a slow knitter), but I’m making good progress and plan to finish it in the next 2-3 months. Then I think the Chili Pepper Cardigan is next, although I’m quite tempted by the Suzy Cardigan from knitscene Fall 2018. Or maybe the Prescott Pullover from Knits Fall 2018 . . .
We all definitely need another shawl for the cold days ahead. I’m planning on making the Blake Shawl—I’ve been in love with this project since it came out in knitscene Fall 2017, and it’s high time I made it. I’m also really feeling the stripes in autumnal hues in the Agatha Shawl from knitscene Fall 2018, and the singular bold stripes of the Hanshi Scarf from knitscene Fall 2016. Lace isn’t usually my thing in the fall, but the Catlett Shawl [https://www.interweave.com/store/catlett-shawl-knitting-pattern] is substantial enough to keep me warm!
Scarves and Cowls
A good handknit scarf is invaluable. I still have one that a friend knit for me in high school, and it’s still one of the coziest pieces of outerwear I own. It’s starting to show its age, though, so this fall I’ll be working on the lovely and practical Spruce Creek Scarf. Or maybe the Snowflake Cowl or the Flurries Cowl if I’m feeling bold enough to try colorwork!
Mitts and Mittens
Mitts are great for the chilly days of fall; mittens are for the coldest days and nights of winter. I’ve had my eye on the beautiful Ibex Mittens for a while, so those are my top contender for mittens. For mitts, I’m going with the Wellington Mitts—I just can’t resist those pink chevrons. They’ll be just what I need on gray days. Bonus: Both of these patterns are available in kits!
I’m working on the Slouchy Ribbed Hat from Quick + Easy Knits and I’m almost done with it, so I’m searching for my next hat project. I love the Macaroon Hat, but I’m also really drawn to the colorwork in the Warwick Hat. But I’ve loved the Skovgaard Hat since it appeared in knit.wear Fall 2017 (those stripes!), so I think that one is next.
The #1 sock pattern in my queue for a while now has been the Yukon River Stockings, but quite frankly, they intimidate me! So although I love them, I think I’ll keep them on hold and try something a little easier for my first sock project. I like the practicality of the Windows of Moss Stitch Socks and the fun patterning of the Zinger Socks, so I those are my top contenders.
As you can see, I’ve get a busy autumn of knitting ahead of me! Do you look forward to the knitting season as much as I do? What’s in your fall knitting queue? Let us know what you’re working on!
Happy fall knitting!
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Get down with some fall knitting!