Six Spring Knitting Patterns Prime for Layering
Here at Interweave headquarters in Fort Collins, Colorado, new team members quickly learn a hard lesson: from September to May, the weather is all over the place, with spring being the most unpredictable of all. When it comes to spring knitting patterns, we are all about layering around here.
For that reason, Interweave Knits, Spring 2018 is a popular issue here at headquarters. It’s absolutely packed with projects that are meant to be worn over, under, and in between your favorite spring layering pieces.
As a Fort Collins native, I’m ostensibly used to the madness that is Colorado weather. My mother has successfully drilled lessons like “never leave the house without a coat, gloves, and hat” and “always keep de-icer, kitty litter, and a shovel in your car” into my head. And yet, whether due to overly-aggressive central heating or an unexpected March blizzard, every spring I find myself wishing for more spring layers.
Not this year! I’m choosing a spring knitting challenge to tackle this year that will become my take-everywhere, wear-into-the-ground staple for layering. But which project to choose from this exceptional issue of Interweave Knits? I turned to Ravelry to find out which ones resonated with you, our beloved readers, this season.
Clear Creek Cardigan by Sarah Solomon
This stunning cabled cardigan extends well past the hip and down the thigh, making it your secret weapon for warm legs in tights or leggings this spring. You’ll also love the deep pockets, perfect for keeping your hands warm or storing an emergency hat or headband. One more detail you’ll love: thick, plush, folded-over ribbed cuffs at the wrists keep the chill from sneaking up your sleeves.
Finished Size 39.75 (43, 46, 49.25, 52.75, 55.75)“ bust circumference, buttoned. Cardigan shown measures 43”, modeled with 9” of positive ease.
Yarn Berroco Ultra Alpaca (50% superfine alpaca, 50% Peruvian wool; 215 yd/3.5 oz).
Evergreen Mountain Pullover by Bonnie Sennott
Whether you choose to wear it right next to your skin or over a chambray shirt or maxi dress, this ultra-soft highland wool pullover is your friend this spring. The split hem, longer in the back, provides a super forgiving fit that’s ideal for layering.
Finished Size 31 (36.5, 42, 47.5, 53)“ bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 36.5”; modeled with 2.5” of positive ease.
Yarn Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted (100% fine highland wool; 123 yd/1.75 oz).
Elk Meadow Pullover by Paula Pereira
Everything about this spring knitting pattern is fabulous retro-chic, from the color palette to the geometric design to the circular yoke construction. The neckline rises high to keep your chest and neck warm in unpredictable spring weather. Now, imagine this pullover under a faded denim jacket or over a grey lace dress. Yes, please!
Finished Size 34.5 (38.5, 42.25, 46, 48.75, 51.25)“ bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 38.5”; modeled with 4.5” of positive ease.
Yarn Brooklyn Tweed Arbor (100% American Targhee wool; 145 yd/1.75 oz).
Throttle Moto Jacket by Amy Gunderson
The best tops for spring layering are the ones that you can wear a variety of ways: open, half zipped, and full-zipped are a given, but the Throttle Moto Jacket gives you even more versatility with the option to pop that thick, cozy collar. While you wouldn’t want to actually wear this knitted jacket on a motorcycle, the plush linen stitch fabric will certainly keep whipping winds at bay.
Finished Size 32.5 (36.5, 40.5, 44.5, 48.5, 52.5)“ bust circumference (closed). Jacket shown measures 36.5”; modeled with 2.5” of positive ease.
Yarn Universal Yarn Deluxe DK Tweed Superwash (90% superwash wool, 7% acrylic, 3% viscose; 284 yd/3.5 oz).
Bergen Peak Pullover by Irina Anikeeva
In my opinion, there’s no such thing as “menswear.” Clothing designed for men is fabulous for layering—broader shoulders and a straight silhouette just means there’s more room for your favorite cozy chambray, a crisp white tunic, or a lightweight flannel underneath. I think this cabled and colorwork pullover would be super flattering on any frame, not to mention crazy fun to knit!
Finished Size 36 (40.75, 44.5, 48, 51.5)“ chest circumference. Pullover shown measures 44.5”; modeled with 4.5” of positive ease.
Yarn Cascade Yarns Longwood (100% superwash extrafine merino wool; 191 yd/3.5 oz).
Scoot Jacket by Kari-Helene Rane
Part structured cardigan, part soft jacket, this garment is a dream for layering. The body is worked in one piece, eliminating bulky seams so that anything you choose to wear underneath will fit smoothly. Plus, the fun peplum and cabled waist will help keep the garment looking shapely, even if you have two or three garments layered underneath.
Finished Size 37.5 (41, 45, 50, 53.5)“ bust circumference. Jacket shown measures 41”; modeled with 7” of positive ease.
Yarn Jo Sharp Silkroad Ultra (85% wool, 10% silk, 5% cashmere; 60 yd/1.75 oz). Yarn distributed by Kingfisher Yarn & Fibre.
What do you look for in a spring knitting pattern? Do any of these projects from Interweave Knits, Spring 2018 tickle your fancy? Let me know in the comments!
Yours in Stitches,
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