Patterns, Tips, Yarn

For spring knitting, think accessories

Easter is approaching, the weather is getting warmer and we are enjoying the odd sunny spring day. All of which is lovely except when it comes to choosing your next knitting or crochet project.

At this time of year you may not feel like casting on another snuggly woolly jumper but light cotton tops aren’t really what you want from a project either. One answer at this time of year can be accessories and homewares, so here are a few ideas to get your needles going.

spring knitting
Clockwise from top left: Light layering shawl from Stylecraft; Crochet homewares by Wendy; A free shopping bag project from Red Heart; Louisa Harding summer cowl design; Rico slipper socks; Try fair isle on a a cushion like this one from Hayfield

Socks – these are a great all round project. If you want a lighter fabric go for a lacy design or choose a bamboo sock yarn instead of wool.

Scarves and shawls – shawls and lace scarves are a great for layering and really handy in spring and summer to help you cope with temperature changes. As with socks, they can also be a great challenge project where you try something new. If you are trying your first shawl, perhaps choose something with solid areas as well as lace.

Hats – beanies are an all year round accessory for some just in lighter yarns for spring and summer. And lacy berets can offer a pretty spring look.

Bags – everything from cute crochet clutches to a shopping bag to whip out in the supermarket, bags, purses and cases are handy all year round options.

Homewares – like bags there are lots of options – from cosies and tablewear to rugs and cushions.A good choice if you want new ideas because they can offer opportunities to try out a technique or two.

What are your suggestions for spring knitting?

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