The Perfect Cardigan

I know it hardly seems possible, but warmer weather is coming to Southern Ontario…someday…I’m sure of it. Every year at this time, I find I need to fight my instincts (and habits) for knitting warm-as-toast clothing to working with lighter, cooler fibers. Believe me, I’m happy to make the switch to cotton, bamboo and linen; it just takes a moment to make the leap!

So, I take frequent flights of fancy on Ravelry searching for warm-weather knits to fit with my gorgeous imaginary wardrobe, the one I intend to “whip up” in my sewing room each spring. Since, realistically, knitting takes a minute, one or two summer sweaters are really all I can manage in a season. That means I have to make the most of my time and choose items I know will work from April to September and look great styled in a number of ways.
neon by joji locatelli

This year, I think it’s going to be this pretty thing, “Neon” by Joji Locatelli. Though Joji has worked her sweater in Plucky Knitter’s Plucky Sweater, a merino/nylon DK blend, I think the open texture of this cardigan lends itself beautifully to a cotton or cotton blend yarn. The simple stitch pattern used here is the Tulle or Netting Stitch. It’s fun to do over 3 or 4 stitches and has the benefit of being considerably more stable than standard knit 2 together/yarn-over openwork and a little more interesting to look at.

neon shoulder

Let’s suppose I decide to knit that neat little sweater in a bright shade of pink. King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK would be perfect in either Sugar Pink or Fuchsia. Silky soft and light, this easy-care yarn is perfect for travel.

king cole bamboo


Now, how will it fit into my wardrobe, real or imaginary? What pieces will I need to add to put together some great looks for spring and summer?

How about a simple, casual trip to the grocery store or coffee shop? I could just throw on my favorite jeans and a good white t-shirt, add some clever accessories along with my new sweater and voila!

simple casual


If I wanted to add a new wardrobe piece, I could make a little dress like this one that I could style in different ways. I like the full skirt and love the horizontal stripes.



How about this for a casual, outdoor brunch? I could see wearing my new sweater across my shoulders, maybe with a retro sweater clip.

brunch outfit

If I needed something that would take me from day to evening, say an afternoon wedding, I could add a beautiful bag, hat and silk scarf. My new sweater would be perfect once the sun begins to set!


Well, that’s it! You’ve convinced me! It’s off to Knit Traders for the hot pink Bamboo Cotton DK and Joji’s gorgeous sweater.

See you next time!

Cheryl Toy of Little Church Knits

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