Could spring be in the air?

After the winter we’ve had, it seems impossible to believe that we’ll soon be packing up our coats and heavy sweaters and putting them away for the season.  A visit to the Ravelry site may help to convince you, however, that warmer weather is just around the corner. There are some beautiful new patterns lighting up the “Hot Right Now” pages, creating a vibe of optimism that is hard to ignore. Below are just a few that have caught my eye in the last couple of days.

Admittedly, the prevailing palette is decidedly neutral which suits me to a ‘T’ but  may leave some of you feeling uninspired. If so, I encourage you to envision each of these patterns in the colours of your choice – their simple shapes will ensure they remain gorgeous no matter the hue!

Slope by Shellie Anderson

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(Photos: Shibui Knits)

Cool to touch, fresh, and versatile — Slope features a high-low hem. Simple stockinette enhances the effortless drape of Shibui Twig.  That shape!

Farmhouse by Cabinfour

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(Photos: Cabinfour)

Farmhouse is a cosy, effortless shawl perfect for wrapping yourself in to ward off the chill of early mornings, cool offices, and breezy evenings. The pattern calls for Brooklyn Tweed Shelter but we think this would be luscious in Quince & Co’s Owl or Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran.

Liv Light by Carrie Bostick Hoge

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(Photos: Carrie Bostick Hoge)

Aptly named, Liv Light is an airy top-down cardigan knit with Blue Sky Alpacas Metalico. A relaxed and flattering layering piece that’s easy to knit and easy to wear.  This would also be stunning in Madelinetosh Pashmina or Classic Elite Firefly.

Square by Shellie Anderson

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(Photos: Shibui Knits)

This statement piece features a classic square neckline that is high in the front and lower in the back. Off-set, sheer, side panels give unexpected yet sophisticated flair. Shibui gives two yarn mix options for Square: Option A – Linen and Pebble / Option B – Linen and Cima. Shown here in Option A.

Lila Light by Carrie Bostick Hoge

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(Photos: Carrie Bostick Hoge)

Lila Light is a beautifully shaped minimalist pullover worked in one piece from the top down. Knit here with Swan’s Island Pure Blend Fingering, we can also see this in Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, Shibui Staccato, Quince & Co Tern, or Woolfolk’s Tynd.

Tier by Shellie Anderson

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(Photos: Shibui Knits)

Elongated rows of dropped stitches stack to create a layered effect in this light and thin accessory. Designed for a variety of Shibui yarns and at two lengths, Tier is the ideal scarf. This pattern offers two yarn options: Option A – Twig / Option B – Cima. Pattern is available for free with yarn purchase – just indicate you’d like a copy at checkout.

– Melissa

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