March 6, 2014
We got a big shipment of Tosh Merino Light in the shop last week, and it was a pretty easy jump from there to thinking about a whole spring wardrobe knit in luscious Tosh colours. Yes, we know there’s still snow on the ground. But, if you think about it, that makes this the perfect time to start thinking about (and knitting!) spring sweaters. If you start now, you’ll be finishing up just in time to greet the warming weather with a new garment to show off, which is perfect timing.
Rather than overwhelm you with all the patterns flying around in our heads, here are five of our favourites for spring. We’ve arranged them by yarn weight, from heaviest (Tosh Vintage) to lightest (Tosh Merino Light) and, of course, we couldn’t help making colour suggestions.
1. Cape Cod by Thea Coleman in Tosh Vintage: There is a lot to love about this design: Its wider neck is a nice change from wintry turtlenecks; the lace panels offer this sweater an airiness without totally sacrificing warmth; and the slightly relaxed fit makes it flattering and comfy, without sacrificing style. We love the bright colour of the sample and couldn’t resist pairing it with Scarlett, a bright red with just a hint of fuschia.
2. Sulwen by Xandy Peters in Tosh DK: Our appreciation of Twist Collective is well documented in the number of their patterns we point to here. Sulwen is an excellent example of what we love about their style. This pullover is a classic style with a perfect on-trend twist that makes it easy to slide into your wardrobe rotation. This sweater is well suited to Tosh’s semi-solid colourways, as the stockinette body is perfect for showing off colour but the subtle variations in tone won’t obscure the lace on the arms. We like the grey of the sample, but for spring we want colour, and Curiosity is the perfect sophisticated and subtle purple-blue, rather like a crocus.
3. Gemini by Jane Richmond in Tosh DK: We have recommended this pattern in the past as a summer sweater, but then designer Jane Richmond knit up a modified version with 3/4-length fitted sleeves (for which she provides notes) and sort of blew our minds. We love the look of the modified version and think it’s perfect for spring. The neckline details (which can be worn at the front or the back) make this just dressy enough to wear to most workplaces, but the knitting isn’t so fussy you’ll go crazy. For spring, we love the watery Bloomsbury colourway, which is a perfect beachy colour that will carry this sweater right into the cool evenings of early summer.
4. Boxy by Joji Locatelli in Tosh Sock: This sweater has been knit more than 1,200 times (according to Ravelry) and honestly, we totally understand why. Over-sized, boxy pullovers are very on trend, but what we most appreciate about Joji’s design aesthetic is the attention she pays to making this style flattering for multiple body types and sizes. The fitted sleeves, the clavicle-bearing but not droopy neckline, and the lightweight fabric combine to create a pullover that is intentionally over-sized, not too big. The stockinette is the perfect canvas for one of the more complex Tosh colourways, and we love Moss for its spring-ish tones of green and brown, which reminds of the woods in early April.
5. Anais by Veronik Avery in Tosh Merino Light: We love Merino Light for sweaters (our Raindrops is a definite favourite, and another great choice) and think it’s perfect for this simple, elegant sweater. This winter, especially, we’ve felt the need for tight and high necklines to keep out the cold, and Anais’s drapey demi-cowl seems like the perfect antidote. It’s a detail that would look gorgeous peeking out the top of a spring coat, and gives this otherwise simple sweater some very pretty detailing that doesn’t overwhelm. Tosh Merino Light is soft and smooth, ideal for next-to-skin wear, and since we couldn’t narrow down our colour choice (we blame the new shipment) we’re offering up a trio of choices: the solid Robin Red Breast, the more semi-solid Ginger, and the variegated (though tonally consistent) Amber Trinket.