Light and Bright Knitting

As spring and summer arrive, color is all around me. It's popping up in my garden, my wardrobe, and my knitting bag. I recently went through my stash and pulled out some lovely salmon for a summer tee. I've knit three summer tops, and I wear them a lot. It's so great to be able to wear your knitting in spring and summer, and it's the perfect time of the year to enjoy color knitting.

Manteo Cardigan by Lisa Hoffman
LaFleur Clutch by Amy Miller

Here's Interweave Knits editor Eunny Jang to tell you about how she brought some color into her knitting, and her life.

Backing Away from Black 

Maybe it was my mother's (unsolicited and kindly meant, I'm sure) advice to me the last time I went home: "You know, black looks chic when you're young, but you're getting older, and . . ." Maybe it's my ever-intensifying gardening obsession, or maybe my Colorado location, where the strong high-plains sunshine turns saturated colors startlingly vivid.

The Seaglass Shell by Daniella Nii
Birch Point Hoodie by Amanda Scheuzger

Whatever the reason, the seemingly impossible has happened-after a solid decade of wearing nothing but black, gray, and various shades of white, my wardrobe is starting to bloom with color. I have always liked color, liked working with it, appreciated it—on other people, that is. For myself, it has always seemed easier to wear neutrals.

But now I find myself craving color and contrast—I want a pop of bright against dark jeans; surprising, vivid shoes; whole dresses in candy shades. I'm starting to grow a collection of bright scarves. I've gotten on the colored tights train. I'm making a pair of goldenrod-colored cigarette pants. In short, I want to wear clothes that make me smile.

The things you wear should always make you happy. The things you make, doubly so. In that spirit, we filled the Summer, 2012 issue of Interweave Knits with light, bright, pop-y knits for breezy, lazy days: instant-gratification accessories you can make in a weekend, mellow and modern lace pieces to layer, drapey knits adorned with beachy texture, graphic stripes of color and texture, and simple, relaxed knits for slow-moving days.

As for me, I'm working away on a knitting basket that, for the first time, contains more colored balls of yarn than black or white ones. That riot of color is exciting and a little terrifying—but it makes me smile every time I pick up my needles.

—Eunny Jang, Interweave Knits, Spring 2012

Don't put your knitting away until fall! Start knitting now for the warm weather to come. All of the patterns shown here are available in the Interweave Knits 2012 Collection. Get yours today!


P.S. What's on your needles for spring and summer? Let us know in the comments!

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