Get Ready For Summer With Soft Linen & Firefly – NorthCoast Knittery

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Get Ready For Summer With Soft Linen & Firefly

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     We're steadily moving towards summer, but our desire to knit will never wane. Lightweight summer yarns keep us motivated to keep knitting, despite hot weather. Luckily, our weather here on the coast never gets *too* hot, so projects worked with linen blends are perfect because you can keep knitting & wearing them but they won't weigh you down. 
     To inspire you, we've got some more garments around the shop knit up with Soft Linen and Firefly. Soft Linen is a dreamy wool, baby alpaca, and linen blend, while Firefly is a lovely viscose and linen blend. Both yarns have that elegant drape from the linen fiber, and the rich colors all have a lustrous shine to them- especially the Firefly.

     Indian Summer (which is in the book Autumn Leaf) is a cardigan we've had in the shop before. I loved it then, and I love it now! Those lacy leaf patterns are always so seductive, and I think the Soft Linen's crisp stitch definition really helps them 'POP'. For sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL), you'll need 8 (9, 10, 11, 12, 13) balls of the Soft Linen.

 

 

 

     The Hiawatha Vest has been really popular among customers, and we are hosting a workshop/knit along for it in July! I think the draw is largely due to the fact that it's SO simple, and SO wearable. It's a great choice for just being casual, but it could be dressed up for nice occasions too. A cool thing about this pattern is that it's written so you have the choice of knitting a solid back or a back with a cute little criss-cross. We've currently got both styles here in the shop! I thought the silver Hiawatha with the closed back looked fantastic in the Kite window display, so you'll find it up in there. The Hiawatha is knit with Firefly, so you know it's really light and flowy. For sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL), you'll need 6 (7, 8, 8, 9, 10) skeins of Firefly. 

     Sartell and Lynette are both really sweet pullovers knit with Soft Linen. The Sartell pattern (which is in the book Classic Fall) includes instructions on long or short sleeves, so you can knit it to your preference. Lynette's sleeves and edges have a lovely all-over eyelet pattern that gives it a really classy feminine look. This short sleeve version of Sartell requires 6 (7, 7, 8, 9, 9) balls of Soft Linen for sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL), and the Lynette requires 6 (7, 7, 8, 8) balls for sizes XS (S, M, L, XL).

     Like the Hiawatha, the Bergen pullover has that casual style that could easily be classed-up. I love the sheer look created by the loose gauge, and I really like that welting that continues down the sleeves. I feel like for such a loose fitted pullover, this one is still quite flattering. Pictured with the Bergen is the Geneva, which is a project we've knitted and talked about before. Geneva's awesome crescent shape comes from knitting short rows, which is a technique you could pick up in our workshop in August. You can find the Geneva pattern in the book Oceanside. Bergen needs 5 (6, 7, 7, 8, 9) balls of Firefly for sizes XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL), and the Geneva will need 5 skeins of Soft Linen (3 in your main color, and 1 each of your contrast colors). 

     My personal favorite from this set is the Marvel, which is a pattern from the book All Seasons knit up with Firefly. Everything about this design is just divine! I especially love the fact that it's reversible. When you're wearing a scarf or wrap, you want it to look good regardless of how its sitting on you... so reversible stitch patterns that are as unique as this one is always great to find. You'll find the Marvel in the Savannah window. That color was just too luscious to not put on display! This wrap is approx 19” wide and 74” long, and uses 6 skeins. 

As always, feel free to come in, feel them, try them on, and check out all of the colors available for you. Hopefully this peek gets your fingers itching to start a new project!

Happy Knitting!

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