Colourful Little Winters

green and cream stole Frosted Dogwoods for Little Winters collection

Spring in the Appalachian region is abundant with flowering trees, bright daffodils, and early crocuses. But, while it may be bright and warm one day, the very next can be snowy. Generations of farmers consider the blossoming colours of spring, vibrant and beautiful, to be signposts for the “little winters” that remain. I’ve taken them to be an inspiration for our Spring + Summer 23 collection, the Little Winters Capsule.

First Redbuds

Oversized and cozy with just the perfect amount of colourwork, this cardigan is a must-knit for the early spring season. It features a luxurious shawl collar and raglan sleeves for a fit that feels great for everyone. We’ve worked First Redbuds in Superwash Worsted with Vintage and Honey Gold and wrote it for 21 sizes.

Frosted Dogwoods

Never plant before the Dogwood opens its creamy gold-kissed petals because hard freezes are still common in this well-known “Dogwood Winter” that surprises the newcomer every April.

Despite the soft blooms of dogwood trees, the spring still brings late winter chill. Savour the view while staving off the cold with this zig-zag lace stole called Frosted Dogwoods. It’s worked on the bias in three colours and promises lacy enchantment from beginning to end. The lace is a dreaaaam knit in BFL + Silk Fine in Birch, Winter Haven, and Boreal Forest.

Blackberry Winter

Old farmers talk of Blackberry Winter that pops up sometimes in early May, soon after the little flowers pop open on the wild blackberry brambles.

Keep the nippy spring breeze at bay with this cozy, colourful cowl. Worked in two strands of fingering-weight yarn and featuring stripes of chevron patterning, it’s a lush accessory to both make and wear. Blackberry Winter cowl works up super quick in Tough Love Sock held double in Stormy Night and Spilling Secrets Party of Five set.

Where to Find Little Winters

While the temperatures might be a bit of a rollercoaster here in the South, these knitting patterns are just the layering pieces you need to ride the little winters out.

You can find all three Little Winters Capsule knitting patterns on our website and Ravelry. Each pattern is available individually, but you can use the code LITTLEWINTERS to get all three patterns for C$24 throughout the rest of March.

Before you know it, “Britches Winter” will soon arrive, letting you know that the wintry days have ended, and you can put the wool away. Happy knitting!


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.

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