July’s Birthstone: Ruby (and a free knitting pattern!)
I love red. My favorite knitting bag is red. I have at least 10 red lipsticks, in shades like “vicious trollop” and “bloody massacre.” And I am a sucker for buying any deep red yarn I come across, regardless of utility. It’s no wonder that rubies are my favorite gemstone. Long associated with passion and power, rubies also happen to be this month’s birthstone. To celebrate, here is a crimson tide of knitting patterns, including a free pullover pattern that will have you seeing red in a very positive way.
The Anna Cowl is described as soft and romantic, but to me it screams fierce—possibly due to the model’s matching power lipstick. Knit in the airiest of yarns, it’s yuuuuge, but the repeating pattern could be easily smallified to suit.
Romi Hill’s Town Square Shawl is a lovely shawl in a soft hue that makes a strong statement. It’s also an excellent defense against air-conditioned chill of your office.
It doesn’t get more elegant or romantic than Jennifer Wood’s Corinne Top knit in the deepest red Madelinetosh Pashmina. I’m a peasant, but I feel downright ladylike when I don this.
If you lean toward an in-your-face red, look no further than Carol Feller’s tough-girl Jessica Tank. Undulating cables emphasize a curvy shape, be it yours or the top’s.
With red, sometime less is more and you just want a dash of color. Both the Regatta Tee and the Zelda Cloche have awesome red accents. Don’t feel like knitting a hat in July? Knit in a lightweight cotton yarn, the Regatta Tee is perfect for summer.
Cotton yarn and wide garter-stitch bands make the Ademar Cardigan both a breezy and easy knit for summer. Lovely lace at the back keeps things open and airy.
Talk about happy feet! Knit in an eye-popping raspberry red, the Traveler’s Socks give a color boost to the most subdued of outfits.
Here’s hoping you enjoyed this study in scarlet. And don’t forget to download your free pattern for the Twisted V-Neck Pullover!