Knitting in Brilliant Green with the May Birthstone
It’s finally feeling like spring in Colorado, late April snowstorms notwithstanding. The May birthstone of emerald appropriately symbolizes rebirth, youth, and new beginnings in general. Reputed to “refresh and restore vision,” emeralds were even fashioned into sunglasses for the emperor Nero, who wore them when watching gladiatorial contests.
If your eyes are starved for green, we’ve found some gorgeous patterns in deep jewel tones that work for spring—or any season.
Few patterns channel emerald’s depth of color like the Burdock Cardigan. Knit in a gorgeous semisolid yarn, Maura Kirk’s cardi hits just at the hip and has bracelet-length sleeves, making it appropriate for petites (I speak from experience!)
Ponchos are a big trend for 2018 (and one that is actually wearable). Meghan Jones’ Genesee Mountain Poncho is a gorgeous exploration of knitted cables. Inspired by verdant woodlands, the design mimics trees and branches as they come to life.
Emerald comes in a variety of shades beside the signature deep green, and Melissa LaBarre’s Brattleboro Hat is a lighter, leafier hue. Perfect for bad hair days but cute enough for any day, it’s a hat you’ll reach for any time the temperature dips.
Another study in green, the Soldier Canyon Scarf is an easy chevron pattern that will play up a lovely tonal yarn. Want a quicker knit? Pick a heavier yarn and larger needles to get a delightfully squishy, squarshy wrap.
Designer Angela Tong could write a whole book about shawls. Her strikingly green Colfax Shawl pairs easy eyelets with a striking-but-simple crochet chain border that will have other knitters clamoring for a closer look.
Bavarian twisted stitch is another big trend for knitters, and the Fiddlesticks Cowl uses it to create a lovely lattice pattern. Follow this pattern to create a forest of miniature “cables” without ever touching a cable needle.
Make any of these designs and have other knitters green with envy.