Summer Knitting, Knitscene Style

Spring officially arrived last week, and here we are talking about summertime knitting! Our second Knitscene Summer issue debuted today, and if you ask me, it's a scorcher!

Thank you, I'll be here all week.

Terrible jokes aside, my own tastes gravitate more toward knitting projects that would be more at home in Fall and Winter issues—long sleeved cardigans with cables or colorwork elements, elaborate colorwork mittens and socks, basically, projects that make you feel warm just by looking at them. This new Summer issue, however, is bursting with 23 knitting patterns that stay true to the Knitscene motto of simple, stylish, and spirited, while also not giving the wearer heat exhaustion.

Designer and Sexy Knitter Sarah Wilson is our featured designer for this issue, and delivers the goods in her four-piece collection. Sashay around town in the Sundance Square Pencil Skirt or cover up at the beach with the Lakota Tank. I love the versatility of all of Sarah's pieces—each is perfect for a day at the office or a night on the town.

Amy Christoffers takes knitting on the bias to the gorgeous level with her Robin Tank and Amy Gunderson plays with asymmetrical hems in the Quinn Sweater as part of our Slightly Askew story.

In yesterday's Knitting Daily newsletter, Kathleen hinted at our biggest story of this issue, Stitch by Leaf. Inspired by the leaves that will, presumably, be unfurling in the coming weeks, the eight knitting patterns in this story are all inspired by knitted leaf motifs. Andrea Babb's Ginkgo Camisole is a light and airy layering tank with delicate ginkgo-inspired leaves extending into faux-princess seams. Andrea Jurgrau's Filigreen Shawl employs a geometric leaf pattern in a triangular shawl decked out with a tassel!

Summer knitting stays cool with our Plaza del Sol story, featuring cotton and cotton-blend yarns in seven patterns. Amanda Bell's Cara Cara Pullover is our cover project. Knit in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, this raglan pullover features a kangaroo pocket and seed stitch details. Leah B. Thibault's Westwood Blouse is a comfy tank with a simple lace yoke, knit in Kolláge Yarns' Riveting Sport. And Terri Kruse's Michaela Tee, knit in Rowan Amy Butler Belle Organic DK, is another simple knit with particular detail in the asymmetrical button placket and raglan sleeves.

Knitscene editor Lisa Shroyer highlights up-and-coming organic cotton yarns, while I had the toughest job of all, reviewing six amazing knitting bags with a limited amount of word space. Tabetha Hedrick shows you how to measure your gauge to better ensure the perfect fit, Laura Birek sits down to talk sexy knitting with Sarah Wilson, and senior project editor Joni Coniglio shares seven amazing leaf motifs to knit. It may not quite feel like spring, even, but at least you can start knitting for your summer vacation. Download Knitscene Summer 2012 now and get a jump on your summer knitting, or pre-order the physical edition. If you prefer to wait until you can see the magazine for yourself, look for it at your local yarn stores, on sale April 17.

Happy knitting, and don't forget the sunscreen,

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