Start Knitting Your Spring Wardrobe

There are a few things you should know about me. 

The first is that I'm a Capricorn. I don't know how that fits into this story but I figure it's a good place to start. I mean, I guess the Spring 2014 issue of Knitscene is a Capricorn, too, since I launched it right before my birthday and today I'm going to talk about a few of the patterns in the issue. There, I made it work.

The second is that I love puns. Like, scary love them. The fact that I managed to have an entire story dedicated to jewel-tone yarns without using some variation of "bedazzled" is a mystery to me.

(That's totally a lie, at one point I had "Be dazzling!" somewhere in the issue and was, correctly, vetoed.) 

The third thing is that jewel tones are perfect for my complexion—I'm a "cool" or "Winter" if that gives you any idea—and for that reason I want all of these projects knit in my size in these exact yarns, because they'd look smashing on me. Also I bemoan not being a ginger redhead almost every day of my life.

I am unavoidably drawn to knitting patterns with details around the neck. Stranded yokes, excellent collars, even something as simple as a boatneck that creates a visually intriguing line, these are a few of my favorite things. The Bejeweled story started life as a call for projects with interesting collar details. In pulling together the proposals that really spoke to me, I realized these were all sweet, feminine knitting patterns that would be stunning worked in strong, cool-tone colors.

Robin Melanson's Alexandrite Tank features a cleverly constructed collar perched atop twin columns of eyelets. It's knit in Blue Sky Alpaca's Alpaca Silk, giving it delightful drape—this is a tank that could dress up a pair of jeans for an afternoon or be ideal for an office with fluctuating temperatures, layered over a camisole and under a light cardigan.

Alexandrite Tank, Robin Melanson

Julie LeFrancois's Lazulum Shell is knit in a slightly shimmery cotton-blend yarn. Flattering princess seams lead to an overlapped front, while the dropped back is simply stunning. She blogged about this project, be sure to read it! The Amazonite Tank by Kerri Blumer (read her blog post here) is an easy knit pullover, with a Peter Pan collar and seed stitch details.

Lazulum Shell, Julie LeFrancois Amazonite Tank, Kerri Blumer

Vera Sanon's Balas Ruby Raglan combines an easy lace pattern in the body with bold, bright raglan sleeves, a little bit sporty, a little bit posh. It's knit in a sportweight yarn with a crazy amount of yardage, that comes in a wide range of colors, so your options are limitless. In terms of knitting speed, you'd be hard pressed to find a faster project than Allyson Dykhuizen's Fire Opal Tee (on her blog here), knit in the round to the underarms with easy cables set off with dropped stitch columns. I just love the deep red and purple of the yarn—it may be my new favorite yarn color.

Balas Ruby Raglan, Vera Sanon Fire Opal Tee, Allyson Dykhuizen

Carolyn Noyes responded to the call for neckline details with the incredibly charming Sunstone Tee, a simple knit tank off-set with i-cord "necklaces". An organic cotton-merino blend yarn makes this a great tank to wear under a jacket on those days when you're not quite sure what the weather's going to be like. And Grace Akhrem's Verdelite Cardigan features asymmetrical Peter Pan collar, worked in a contrasting white to the gentle baby blue color of the main body. Knit in another blend of merino and cotton, this would be a perfect go-to cardigan for every day wear.

Sunstone Tee, Carolyn Noyes Verdelite Cardigan, Grace Akhrem

I'm having trouble determing which of the 22 knitting patterns in this issue I want to make first. If you, like me, want to knit all of the things in this story, you can purchase the digital edition and get started today, or pre-order the physical edition so you can get that new-magazine smell in your mailbox!

Happy knitting,

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