Guest Author - Lisa Linnell-Olsen
There are tons of wonderful knitting patterns that are great for Spring. When you are ready to put your needles down after a season of knitting bulky sweaters, thick mittens, warm socks and cozy hats then it is time to work on projects for Spring. Spring projects may be light chill chasers or home decor pieces in light colors to welcome Spring into your home. Each of the following patterns is available for free, and use a common weight yarn. The links to the free patterns are at the end of the article.
1 The knit tulip dishcloth is a quick knit in Sugar-n-cream yarn. The tulip pattern adds a nice texture. A fast way to add a springtime, floral touch to your kitchen or bath with the change of seasons.
2 What knitter wouldn't want to have knitted lambs in the Spring? This pattern is for a small, handheld sized knitted lamb. The small project is a fast knit.
3 Cute little Spring Knitted Chicks that can be added to an Easter basket or an Easter display. Keep them around for little handheld toys for children. If you like to decorate with a Chicken or a farm animal theme, these cute little chicks bring a spring touch. The pattern was written to be used with whatever available yarn you have, so your final sized chick may vary. A good way to use up leftover yarn.
4 A slightly slouchy hat, the Spring Twist Hat Pattern is a nice springtime hat for those who want a snugger fit than the regular slouch. The hat has a nice tassel type embellishment, too.
5 The Spring Sweater for American Girl Doll is available as a free download on Ravelry. The pattern can be adapted to add different stitch patterns, making this set unique to you. It does not have any buttons for the cardigan, making it easy for little fingers to dress their doll in your handmade creation.
6 For your little girl, this Child Sized Spring Beenie has an appliqued flower. Available as a Ravelry download. This pattern uses worsted weight yarn. Perhaps this would be a nice gift added to the Easter basket with the lamb and chicks.
7 Women looking to knit for themselves will appreciate this Spring wrap from Venezia Sport. Long enough to cover up with when the chill comes through, but a light and airy enough to gently drape when you feel like you just need a touch of style.
8 And lastly, if DK weight yarn is one of your most common weights to knit with, check out the Ruana Wrap from Lion Yarns. This full sized wrap features Lace Pattern front panels with a garter stitch back. The shaping should help the wrap to drape better on most figure types, giving the wearer a dressier option when worn over a T-shirt. Nice to grab when you have been spring cleaning and need to go out and look nice.
Here are the links to the free patterns:
Tulip Dishcloth Pattern
Knitted Lamb pattern download
Spring Chick Knit Pattern
Spring Twist Hat Pattern
Spring Sweater for American Girl Doll
Child Sized Spring Beenie
Venezia Sport Spring Wrap
Ruana Wrap (requires registration)
What do you enjoy knitting in the spring? Please come and share with us in the Knitting forum.