How about we all just ditch life for a while and knit?
It’s summertime. Time for ease. Time to ease yourself into the sort of knitting that we adore: portable, easy to memorize, beautiful.
With tremendous joy, we welcome the arrival of Field Guide No. 7.
It is the lightest, ease-iest Field Guide yet. These four designs from Julia Farwell-Clay will lower the temperature by ten degrees. You won’t find a sleeve or a buttonhole band in here—the most taxing part of this Field Guide is to decide which of these elegant, clever patterns to make first. See all the designs below, and join us for the pure pleasure of knitting during the sunny season.
These are the designs we’ll be making during the dog days—they’ll give you the sort of knitting fun that can be had on a patio, a porch, a plane, or a pool.
Order your copy here, and we’ll get it to you in time to join us for our summer Ease-along that begins next week.
Sea Breeze Cowl-Poncho
The Sea Breeze Cowl-Poncho is up first. We keep calling this a cowlcho, or a ponchcowl. However you wear it, the stitch pattern is a beauty—it meanders all over the place, but it’s a snap to make.
It’s a cowl (or a poncho), but we wanted to keep the Sea Breeze summery, so we chose Spud & Chloë’s smooth cotton/wool blend, Sweater, in a selection of beachy neutrals and vibrant juicy hues.
The Sail-Away Shawl really pushes all our buttons. Beach umbrella stripes, with a pattern that allows you to knit a small shawl and call it a day. Or add more panels for a juicy asymmetrical wrap that drapes you in our all-time favorite, garter stitch. Stripe it a little or a lot, as you please. No fuss.
The yarn choice for the Sail-Away Shawl is Sincere Sheep Cormo, a springy, light sport weight wool from the natural dye pots of Brooke Sinnes. There is just enough variation in these plant-based colors for a wavery watercolor effect.
Picket Fence Afghan
Graphic and bold, the Picket Fence Afghan makes the best carry-along knitting: the blanket is made of one kind of square, but the arrangement and color possibilities are endless. Julia’s magic switcheroo technique means that this is not traditional intarsia—once you have the needles in your hands, you’ll quickly get the hang of this clever method of colorblocking. Bonus: very few ends to weave in.
The yarn for the Picket Fence Afghan is Rowan Denim, the shrinking, fading stuff of legend and one of our all-time favorite cotton yarns for blankets and sweaters.
Bodhi Leaf Washcloth
Less than six inches across, the Bodhi Leaf Washcloth is the best sort of portable knitting. Make a batch of them for your friends, your ma, your babysitter, yourself.
You can probably guess the yarn from the photo: it’s Euroflax Sport linen. We have it in the Shop in sets of five miniskeins. You can get two leaf cloths from each mini, for a grand time playing with color.
We’re having a hard time (and by hard time we mean not actually hard but the kind of hard that’s fun) deciding which design to make first. We hope you have as much fun figuring out what your plan for Ease is going to be.
Kay and Ann