Our Calyx pullover sample has just arrived at My Sister Knits! This sweater, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, will take you from summer evenings into fall days.Calyx is knit with two yarns from Shibui Knits, one strand of fingering weight Reed (100% linen) held with one strand of sport weight Twig (46% linen, 42% silk, 12% wool). This combination makes approximately a worsted weight which will knit up fairly quickly!This slightly boxy sweater pattern is written so thoroughly that it sets every knitter up for success! It, along with Elizabeth's other patterns, fulfills your 'easy seamless sweaters to knit' goal. They are easy because of her precise, clear, thorough directions.When reading over the instructions for Calyx, it's obvious that Elizabeth keeps knitters at the forefront of her mind when she writes patterns. There are detailed notes on blocking the swatches (one for lace and one for stockinette), the pick up rate when picking up stitches, and whether to bind off knit-wise or purl-wise. Plus there are exact short-row instructions for those of us who need to be reminded every time we work them!Elizabeth also offers tips and tricks such as how to soften the corners of a stepped bind off. She adds notes of encouragement when tricky parts appear!Calyx has a large, easy to read graph for the lace parts. Find information on reading graphs here.This stylish pullover has modified drop sleeves and icord edging at the hem and sleeves. A lateral braid is fun to work, adds a distinctive detail, and stabilizes the fabric. In addition, the tweediness of Twig enhances the Calyx pullover with an upscale look!We encourage you to come in, examine, and try on this great transitional piece! You can dream of cool fall days while you're knitting with linen which won't make you hot!
Linen and cotton are sought after summer yarns! If you haven't ever tried one of these yarns, My Sister Knits has several to choose from that create accessories and garments with breath-ability and lovely drape and this is the time to try one!Today we'll showcase several choices of our best yarns for warm weather for you to consider!Shibui Knits Twig is 46% linen, 42% recycled silk, 12% wool and is a sport weight. The recycled silk is what gives this yarn its almost tweedy look! Three patterns written by Shibui's Shellie Anderson specifically for Twig are Bevel, a loose fitting short sleeved summer cardigan; Slope, a sleeveless top with a high/low hem; and Tier, a rectangular scarf.Shibui Knits Reed is 100% linen and is a fingering weight yarn with a chainette construction. We have samples of a short sleeved pullover, Lucia, and a sleeveless A-line tank, Athens, both designed for Reed by Shellie Anderson. Octave, designed by Erin Duffy, is a fun rectangular scarf with colorful sets of stripes of differing widths.Shibui Knits Rain is a DK weight 100% mercerized cotton yarn with a chainette construction. It has a lustrous sheen and the chainette retains shape. Our current samples of Rain are Shellie Anderson's short sleeved cardigan Eames and Stephen West's Boneyard shawl. Another Shellie Anderson design written specifically for Rain is Meridian, a loose short sleeved cardigan with wide lapels.Quince & Co. Sparrow is a 100% linen fingering weight yarn. Often it is also knit at a sport weight gauge which creates a loose fabric. We have three shop samples in Sparrow: Christy Becker's Cool Breezes cowl; Meghan Telling's Miranda shawl written specifically for Sparrow; and Veronika Jobe's Let's Get Lost shawl. If you're looking for a simple summer tee, Edie by Isabelle Kraemer is worth a look! Isabelle designed this pattern using Sparrow.Quince & Co. Kestrel is an aran weight, 100% linen yarn with a ribbon construction. We have two summer yarns samples in the shop at the moment. Elizabeth Smith designed Mira, an oversized openwork tee for Quince & Co, using Kestrel. We also have Jane Richmond's cowl Arika. Another pattern suggestion designed for Kestrel is Heidi Kirrmaier's seamless top down minimalist cardigan Quick Sand.Quince & Co. Willet is a 100% cotton yarn that works as both a sport and a DK weight. Our sample is a summer tee, Atlee, designed for Quince & Co. by Leah B Thibault. Other pattern ideas we like for Willet are Pam Allen's Auger, a garter stitch top with a high/low split hem and her baby hat Baby Kelpie. Pam Allen founded Quince & Co in 2010.Now that you've had a chance to thoroughly look into these summer yarns for knitting, we invite you to come to the shop, examine our samples, and choose your next summer project!