Knitting, SweetGeorgia

Colourful, Playful Stitches: Grapefruit

I might be close to melting in the summer heat, might just be a breath away from disintegrating in the sweltering sun, might very well be an evaporating puddle on the steaming pavement …

Too dramatic?

Haha! Probably, but I’ll be the first to admit that summer isn’t my favourite season. It’s only saving grace is the lush colour that fills the view – blooming mimosa, full trees, waving black-eyed susans and wisteria. The vision is nearly overwhelmed with hues that are somehow both light and rich, like the way a citrus peel looks when the light hits it just right so that the depth of gradient suddenly becomes vivid.

Our Grapefruit colourway is like that. At first glance, it is so delicate, so soft, and then suddenly, there’s a intensity that pops up and catches you off guard, especially when paired with the amazing sheen of our new Spun Silk Lace. Captivating and textural, yet so delectably lightweight, its like bottling up summer in a bottle. Or in this case, spinning summer into a yarn! Literally, this is a yarn that I can knit with throughout the remainder of the season and not feel as I’m melting.

Actually, there’s something … magical about bombyx silk, did you know? It doesn’t ever really get “hot.” Even if its been sitting in the sun for a while, it offers a sensation of coolness when you first hold it to your neck.

Magic.

Imagine a light little tank in this gorgeous colour now, especially in an airy lace? This particular pattern I played with requires a little bit of effort, but the results are totally worth it. You’ll need to know a few abbreviations:

  • p2tog tbl – purl 2 sts together through the back loop
  • sk2p – slip 1 st as if to purl, knit 2 together, pass the slipped st over.
  • sp2p – slip 1 st as if to purl, purl 2 together, pass the slipped st over.

Care to swatch a little to test it out? I used US Size 3 needles for a lovely drape …

Summer Openwork (mult of 8 sts + 11)

Set-Up Row (WS): K1, purl to last st, k1.
Row 1 (RS): K1, *k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 10 sts, k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k2.
Row 2 (WS): K1, p2, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, yo, p2, *p1, yo, p2tog, p1, p2tog tbl, yo, p2; rep from * to last 1 st, k1.
Row 3: K1, *k3, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k2; rep from * to last 10 sts, k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k4.
Row 4: K1, p2, p2tog tbl, yo, p1, *yo, p2tog, p3, p2tog tbl, yo, p; rep from * to last 5 sts, yo, p2tog, p2, k1.
Row 5: K2, k2tog, yo, k1, *k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k; rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, yo, ssk, k2.
Row 6: K1, p2tog tbl, yo, p3, *p2, yo, sp2p, yo, p3; rep from * to last 5 sts, p2, yo, p2tog, k1.
Repeat Rows 1 – 6 for pattern.

What do you think? Decadent, playful, utterly summer? If you test out this stitch, share it with us on Instagram with the hashtags #sweetgeorgiayarns and #colourfulplayfulstitches

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Tabetha Hedrick

About Tabetha Hedrick

Tabetha Hedrick, Design Director for SweetGeorgia Yarns, lives by the belief that joy comes when fully participating in the present moment. And that joy is ever so easy to find when immersed in the world of fibre! When not knitting, writing, editing, or researching, she fills the time raising two girls, two dogs, and one husband in Tennessee.

  • Lindsay Remfrey

    Hi ladies! I love your yarn and reading the blog to see what you’re doing with it. I was really excited to try out this lace pattern, but I had a dickens of a time trying to get this stitch count to work out. I charted it and I think there might be two errors. The last instruction in Row 1 should read K1 not K2. Also, the pattern (as written) will not work for any less than 16 + 3 stitches. Anywho, thanks for the great yarn-spiration!!

    • Tabetha A. Hedrick

      Ah! Yes, I found an error on Row 1, too, but it’s an extra k1 after the second yo (it still starts with k2 at the beginning). And I definitely messed that stitch multiple up – it should be Mult of 8 + 11. Sorry for the confusion, dearest, but I hope you enjoy the (correct) stitch! I’ve updated the blog post.

    • Lindsay Remfrey

      Thank you so much for your quick attention! I can’t wait to try a new swatch (I definitely have to needle up after my first one).