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5 things to knit right now + 5 things to stash

A flat lay of an outfit with a purple short sleeved sweater, a pink linen dress, a pink circle bag and skeins of pink and purple yarn.

We’re in a strange in-between season when it comes to knitting — we want to prepare for all the fall things, but we don’t necessarily want a thick pile o’ wool in our laps. So, this week, I decided to share some projects that take very little time to complete, but that don’t have to be set aside until October to wear (or, let’s be honest, December, with the way our weather tends to go). 

Pictured above is the Maven Top by Rachael Raimo of Maven Crafted. This cute tee is knit up in 620-1,110 yards of fingering-weight yarn with a loose-ish gauge of 5.5 stitches per inch. The “sleeves” are a couple of rows with a nice i-cord edging. I completed mine in essentially a few days.

It’s pictured above with four color options in Circus Tonic Handmade Soiree Fingering (Merino/silk/Cashmere) and Jubilee Sock (Merino/nylon) in the Purple Crowned Fairy WrenGalahPearl and Ruth colorways. All would be stunning. 

(If you’re looking for a fun summer bag, the one pictured is the Portland Leather Goods small Circle Crossbody in Tulip.)

I wasn’t quite sure about how well a knit tank would feel in the summer, but it’s honestly pretty nice and breathable! Shown above is the Sabrina Junk Top by Born & Raised Knits. It’s worked with fingering yarn held double for a quick knit. I paired it with some fun color combinations in Circus Tonic Jubilee Sock. From the top we have:

Ruth & Pearl

Ivy & Alice

Connie & Grace

(And, another fun summer bag suggestion is the Indie Untangled Harris Sling in the Lichen color! The shorts are the Trouser Shorts from Big Bud Press.)

A flat lay of an outfit with a peach sweater, red and yellow striped dress and skeins of pink and purple yarn.

Above, we have a familiar pattern: the Love Note by Tin Can Knits. This is one of my favorite quick knits — I’ve made two! — and is great for throwing over dresses and tank tops when the A/C is blasting. 

Hannah of Australia-based Circus Tonic dyed up a few special-to-IU color combinations of her Fledgling Duos, which combine single Merino fingering and mohair-silk in the same colorways to get a nice, even look for your sweater. 

Above is a lovely pattern from Paula Pereira for Knitrino, the innovative knitting app. The Rays of Sun tee requires only 610-1,060 yards of fingering-weight yarn and the app makes knitting on the go a breeze.

You could use Lanivendole’s A Heavenly Blend (there are a couple of skeins left of the color I used, Crostata) or A Chic Blend, or use Aestiva wool/linen blend to make it the perfect summer top. 

Last but not least is the Birds and Ships cowl, which Caitlin Hunter designed for the  2018 Indie Untangled Where We Knit Yarn Club. The tassel on this bandana-style cowl is everything… And it’s a great accessory when it’s hot but you want to wear something knitted.

It’s shown here with the last skeins of Circus Tonic Soiree Fingering in the colorways RobeStorm and Damson Plum.

An illustration of a colorful striped sweater and a box filled with colorful yarn balls with the text Colors of the Year printed on the side.

I’m starting to see the samples for the Colors of the Year new year countdown box, and I cannot wait to share them with you in December! Boxes are limited and will be available only through the end of the month.

This inclusive box is the perfect way to celebrate your December!

An orange pumpkin on a light blue-green background with yarn, leaves and spiders and the text Trick or Treat, A Halloween Advent, 31 Days of mystery.

If the thought of knitting for Christmas scares you, then Carolyn and Michelle of Olive & Two Ewe Studios have a treat: Their Halloween treat…31 Days of Mystery box is available to preorder! It includes yarn, notions, projects, and more yarn.

Three light-skinned people wearing hand knit halloween sweaters.

Speaking of Halloween, Katie of Yarn Love has Halloween yarn and patterns back in stock. There are spooky sock and mini sets, along with jack o’ lantern socks, ghost hats and candy corn sweaters. Bring on fall!

A collage of knit shawls with the words buy 2 get 1 free in the bottom left corner.

Designer Ashleigh Wempe wants to be pen pals! She’s offering a buy 2 get 1 free pattern sale to anyone who subscribes to her newsletter. 

Preorders are open until July 23 for the latest yarn-only installment of Lisa The Knitting Artist’s Vincent van Gogh yarn club. The yarn is available on your choice of four bases and it includes a fact card about the artwork, which is Bedroom in Arles.


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