Knit Your Perfect Wedding Accessory
Did you get engaged over the holidays? If so, congratulations! What a wonderful way to make the holiday season shine even brighter. As a relative newlywed myself, I remember the initial frenzy of telling all your loved ones, making the obligatory social media posts, etc. Those first few weeks after you get engaged are full of love and wonder and all the feelings, and I hope you’ve had a chance to revel in them.
But now that the holidays are over, it’s time to get down to business. Because whether you’re planning a massive black-tie affair with 500 guests or a small ceremony in a park and a backyard barbecue, there’s planning to do. And since you’re a knitter, that probably means figuring out how you want to incorporate your craft into your wedding day.
Here’s my (unsolicited) advice: choose just one thing to knit. Don’t stress yourself out by thinking you need to knit a wrap for yourself and a shawl for each of your bridesmaids and buntings for the reception and little hearts for the centerpieces and . . . . This is how we make ourselves insane. You have enough to think about and plan right now—let knitting be your escape.
What you make for your wedding largely depends on how many days you have left until The Big One (and your personal taste/style, of course). Here’s a handy guide to beautiful knitted projects you can make for your big day, whether it’s 3 months or 3 years away.
If You’re Getting Married in 3 Months
On this special day, treat yourself to a gorgeous capelet worked in the softest cashmere yarn. The graceful cables of the Solstice Capelet suit just about any wedding style, and its small size means you can get it done in less than 3 months.
A shrug is the perfect accessory chilly spring nights, and this deliciously light piece will keep you warm without weighing you down. The Sugarplum Shrug’s lace pattern is easy to memorize and the construction is straightforward, so you can work on this shrug while you’re doing other things (or use it as a peaceful escape from all the wedding planning madness).
If You’re Getting Married in 6 Months
Forest Path Stole
What’s a wedding without some lace? Inspired by traditional Russian and Shetland Island knitting, the Forest Path Stole captures the “something old” spirit. There are 3 lace patterns in the stole—fern, birch leaves, and lily of the valley—but because each is worked inside its own entrelac unit, you only have to keep track of one at a time.
For a modern take on the lace wrap, try the Waxwing Shawl. Made with almost 900 beads, this piece will add elegance and subtle shimmer to your day. To avoid monotonous pre-stringing and keep things moving, you’ll place the beads with a beading hook. This shawl takes some effort to complete, but you can wear it long after your wedding is over—or give it to another (very lucky!) bride.
If You’re Getting Married in 9 Months
Frost Feather Stockings
Keep those legs and toes warm at your fall or winter wedding with the Frost Feather Stockings. These lovely, lacy stockings are an updated take on the traditional wedding stocking—and, if you’re into that sort of thing, they can be your something blue! Plus, you can wear them on your honeymoon with a lacy slip or teddy for a warm-yet-sultry look.
Snow Bunting Jacket
If you’re getting married in late fall or winter, you’ll need to layer up so you don’t get cold during the day. The Snow Bunting Jacket is a fabulous, luxurious way to add warmth and beauty to your wedding ensemble without adding bulk. Knit from the bottom up in one piece with the sleeves worked separately, this jacket is a challenging yet rewarding knit. Wear it over a strapless dress for a stunning wedding-day look.
If You’re Getting Married in 12 Months
This one almost makes me wish I were getting married again! Maria’s Veil is a show-stopping piece that beautifully combines tradition, grace, and elegance. Wear it as a veil during the ceremony and then as a shawl at the reception to keep yourself warm. You can keep wearing it as a shawl after the big day or tuck it away in a chest for special occasions.
I have just one word for this piece: WOW. The absolutely stunning Lace Chuppah adds an incredibly special touch to your wedding day. It’s worked from the center out in a combination of lace motifs: flowers, leaves, diamonds, horseshoes, and, of course, hearts. You can customize the size of this airy canopy by adding or subtracting pattern repeats. Finish it off with deep knotted fringe for an amazing piece that will truly become an heirloom.
Whatever you knit for your wedding, I hope you have a joyous day full of love, laughter, family, and friends. If you are knitting something for your wedding, or if you’re already married but made something for your wedding, I’d love to see it! Send us a photo on social and let us know how knitting helped make a special day even better.
Happy wedding knitting!