Let me introduce to you my Sage Remedy Top (pattern by Sarah Shepherd). This is another (and not the last one!) of my spring/ summer projects knitted with Louisa Harding Colline yarn.
I bought this yarn some time ago without any particular plan for it, simply because I loved this colour so much. It reminded me of young spring beech tree leaves and I really couldn’t resist it when I saw it on ebay. Side note: there are also a few other colours of Colline in my stash, so be prepared to see them in more projects in the future 😉 My first idea for this yarn was Madigan by Melissa LaBarre for my Mum (because this is exactly the kind of sweater she loves, with short sleeves and the wide collar), but after knitting a few rows, I decided to look for something more stretchy for that sweater, like superwash wool or alpaca. Colline is mostly cotton and it is better for more spring/ summertime garments.
When I found the Sage Remedy pattern, I just knew that this yarn was made for it. And the colour of the original top knitted by the designer is similar, so I could see that it looks great in bright green.
I bought Conway + Bliss Lolli yarn as a part of my Wool Lotto shopping spree. I’ve had my eye on it for a while, even though it’s apparently designed for kids projects 😉 I like the structure of the thread – like an airy tube, a bit thicker in its colourful parts. And I like the speckles too, and the fiber content (cotton with some polyester)… so I decided to give it a try, and use it for a summer top. I chose the grey version as I like how the bold neon speckles work with this calm, neutral background.
It took me a month, during which I had a two weeks long break for holidays, to knit my first cardigan, but it’s finally finished!
The cardigan is based on the Morning Glory pattern by Pam Allen and knitted with Louisa Harding Colline in deep raspberry pink. It’s worsted weight cotton and alpaca yarn and I love it: the addition of alpaca makes it a little more soft and stretchy than pure cotton, but it is still good for spring and autumn knits, when the weather is warm but not hot.
So… it happened! I knitted my first top – not exactly a sweater but a summer sleeveless top in cotton yarn. Yay!
I wasn’t sure if knitting an actual garment was a good idea at this stage. I thought that maybe I should stick to scarves, gloves, small projects more suitable for a beginner. But I really wanted to try, to move beyond things that could just be crocheted – to feel why learning to knit was the right choice. And this is when Drops designs came to the rescue, one more time 🙂