Knitting a Bouquet: 5 Flowery Favorites
Our garden is gorgeous right now. Although my favorite peonies have faded, the roses are in full bloom and the day lilies are about to pop. I have a blue delphinium that’s come into its own this year, and our tri-colored beech is really putting on a show.
I love gardening as much as I love knitting, and when the two meet, it’s just that much sweeter. The individual patterns from Interweave Knits Spring are in the shop now, and they’re all named for plants and flowers.
I’m planning my summer knitting, and these five patterns are in consideration!
Rose Bush Pullover by Irina Anikeeva
An ode to roses, the Rose Bush Pullover is all bloom and no thorn. Irina starts this sweater with a tubular cast-on and continues seamlessly from the top down. The lace-and-eyelet yoke is just beautiful. Choose a rosy mauve, a deep red, or one of the orangy-yellow colors, anything will work for this pretty top. You can make the sleeves longer if you prefer, to extend the wear of this beauty into winter.
Sunchokes Pullover by Moira Engel
The Sunchokes Pullover has a funnel neck with an I-cord tie to keep the wearer warm in the great outdoors. The tonal wool yarn and cabled front and back panels make a super-cozy sweater. What a fabulous sweater for your guy, although I think it’s perfectly unisex. Sunchokes is worked back and forth from the bottom up in separate pieces and seamed.
You’ll use German short-rows in this sweater; if you haven’t tried this almost invisible short-row technique, now’s your chance!
Eucalyptus Pullover by Ellen Coy
The lace panels of the Eucalyptus Pullover are inspired by afghans that the designer’s grandmother has made. I love the simplicity of this sweater, with the eye-catching pattern running down the sides and the sleeves. The unique slanted hemline is created with short-rows.
Verbena Cardigan by Tori Gurbisz
This is the sweater that started my deep dive into this issue. It’s my favorite of the bunch, and that’s saying something!
The Verbena Cardigan is knitted seamlessly in a bulky-weight yarn from the bottom up. A simple stitch pattern creates the texture, and the shawl collar, turned-back cuffs, and deep pockets give the sweater an extra-comfortable feel.
Gardenia Stole by Cheryl Toy
The lace patterning of the Gardenia Stole was inspired by angel wings and peacock feathers. The stole is worked flat in two pieces, starting with the lace edges, and then grafted in the center using Kitchener stitch. The laceweight yarn creates an elegant drape, even while held double throughout the project. What a great summer knitting pattern!
The scent of gardenia is as heavenly as this shawl is stunning.
I hope you’ll make one of these projects part of your summer knitting plans!