Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Innovative Knits for Early Spring

The beauty of knitting is that whether the project is simple or complex, traditional or innovative, it has a natural beauty all its own. These knits combine the best of both worlds with austere, stylish grays and interesting, innovative patterns. They're perfect for venturing out in the first early days of spring when the ground is still muddy and half-frozen and the skies are gray, but a fresh spring wind is bringing the promise of warmer temperatures on the breeze.

Check out my ten picks for early spring knits in innovative patterns and an array of soft, beautiful grays.

And let me know in the comments if you have any knitting projects planned! I'd love to hear about them.

10. Burton Bear Cowl by Heidi May (above)

This cowl is unbearably cute! This cowl has crochet details, such as the ears, but knitted ear pattern is also included. Check it out here on Ravelry.

9. Ruffle Handknit Scarf

Wow! What a beautiful and delicate looking scarf with some beautiful knitted details. KnitChicGrace, who created this pattern, says it goes quickly and can be switched up to be a shawl, cowl or scarf. Cool! Check out the pattern on Etsy.

 8. Knit Boot Toppers

Early spring is the perfect time for tall boots to keep your legs dry and cozy when the terrain is rough and muddy. But to make boots even cozier and more comfortable, plus prevent the boot top from chafing against your leg, there are knitted boot toppers. These are available all over the web in both finished and pattern form.

7.  Owl Hats

The pattern for these cuties is from Katy Tricot and was featured as a staff pick on Knit Culture. The pattern is available from Ravelry from Tricot's store, here.

 6. Gray Dust Bowl Sweater

Wow, this is a gorgeous one! This stylish sweater is the perfect weight for springtime, and has some really gorgeous details. By JettShin. See more views here.

5. Arable Soil Aran Overalls

Overalls just don't make it into the world of fashion much. Some might say that's a good thing, but I think they could use a little more exploration. These are definitely interesting: knitted overalls with suspender straps and a waist tie. These are by  Iliann Loeb for Arable Soil. What do you think?

 4.  Shannon Sweater

This beautiful and feminine sweater is from Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine #52. Designed by Marie Wallin, it looks beautiful in the light gray color pictured and looks like it would feel as soft as a cloud. Rowan Kid Classic yarn is recommended for this project. See more here.

3. Magnum Reversible Vest/Wrap

Now this is cool. This very structural looking piece cuts a very cool silohette when paired with an interesting wide leather belt. It's chunky, bold, versatile and fun. Check out the pattern for sale on Etsy.

2. Victoria Sweater

This gorgeous sweater is made by Turkish designer Nihan Altuntas, and it's custom knit for each customer. This beautiful piece is $268. I would say it's definitely worth the money, for the perfect spring sweater as well as a very innovative knit statement piece! Check it out here.

1. Fingerless Gloves and Arm Warmers

The perfect accessory for spring! Keep those wrists warm an stylish while letting fingers free. These beautiful fingerless gloves come from a pattern from Folksy. See the designer's page here.

And there we have it! Ten knits and patterns to remind us that while the early days of spring may be gray in these northern climates, gray can be beautiful too!

Suzanne Anderson is the creator of YIKES! Studio Jewelry. Suzanne has been busy creating for most of her life. After graduating with a BFA from Maine College of Art, she worked as a graphic designer and a painter. Suzanne works to ensure that YIKES! Studio creates work that is fun, beautiful, always interesting, and adorns the wearer with joy. Catch up with her on FacebookTwitterPinterest, or Etsy, or her website at


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