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A Summer Knit

A Summer Knit

May 21, 2012


As much as I love to knit, I have to admit that I have never been one to knit for warmer weather. I have always been someone who loves to sit in the depth of winter, wool running through my fingers, as a way to pass the grey days. As the sun begins to shine, and the earth warms up, I seem to lose the desire to take needle to hand.

That was, until I discovered the joys of knitting with cotton.

How is it possible that I have never knit with cotton before? Sure, I have made washcloths and burp cloths, but never a garment. I was going through my stash the other day when I came across an entire box of organic cotton from my dying days. As we are in the middle of some serious spring cleaning, I admired it with an “I need to figure out what to do with you, or you are going to need to leave my home” kind of way.

I had recently seen a picture of Julia’s adorable nephew wearing a vest that looked perfect for this time of year. The Plain Vest by Pickles is the quickest knit that I have ever done, and I loved the way that it turned out. It needed a few modifications, which thankfully were easily found on Raverly, and in less than 3 hours Landon had a swanky new mama made cotton vest, perfect for those warm days and cool nights that spring brings. I loved it so much that I immediately cast on for one in white, as well as the Plain Cardigan.

I have had a strong urge to make more of Landon’s clothes, and as we speak I am heading to the sewing machine to try my hand at trousers and a few shorts for the warm days ahead. There is just something so precious about seeing this newly walking babe toddling around in handmade goodies made with his mama’s love.

Who knows, maybe I will become a regular summer knitter.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Tonya - Plain and Joyful Living May 21, 2012 at 6:43 am

He is so adorable!
Thanks for sharing that pattern as that will be a perfect style to knit up next for Emmy.


Heather June 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

I just love the pattern Tonya, and you will not believe how fast it knits up!


Sarah Jane May 21, 2012 at 7:02 am

Love it, Heath! Seems like quick little projects agree with summer’s busy days.


Heather June 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

it is just perfect for those busy days, and for knitting while all the kiddos are outside :).


Mama Ash Grove May 21, 2012 at 7:11 am

It’s adorable. 🙂 I’ve had my eye on this pattern as well, and I may make it for my littlest fellow.


Heather June 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

It is really one of those knits that I think was designed for a girl, but the young boys can pull it off!


Linda May 21, 2012 at 7:11 am

Heather, I love your new cotton knit, so adorable!


Joy May 21, 2012 at 9:03 am

Very cute knit. Perfect for your sweet little one. 🙂 The color and pattern are just wonderful!


Heather May 21, 2012 at 10:22 am

I too am getting inspired for warm weather knitting. I have never considered it in the past, but I also had some leftover cotton. Love the vest.


Heather June 5, 2012 at 10:25 am

I know, it is so new to me, and I am really enjoying it. I made a second one of these in white, and I am just as happy as with the first.


Lisa May 21, 2012 at 10:31 am

When my guys were little they wore these all the time. I discovered you could also cut your fabric to the size of a bandana and accomplish the same thing.
His vest is too cute.
Happy Sewing!


Teri May 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm

What an adorable vest! I love it!

By the way, I tried your strawberry vegan pie recipe and loved it! I had to use frozen berries, as we’re not quite in strawberry season here yet, and the texture was a little on the icy side. I’m eager to try it again in June with fresh berries! Thanks so much for sharing.


kendra May 21, 2012 at 8:12 pm

such a sweet knit. nicely done, mama!


Lisa Q May 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm

I love this little vest…what a sweet way to cuddle up without a huge layer. Love that sweet blonde wispy hair too!


AG Ambroult June 17, 2012 at 6:48 am

Wow–super quick knit! That is almost as cute as the kiddo wearing it. Will I get to squish that little belly in person this summer? God I hope so.

and oh how I have always loved just about every pattern from pickles!


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