Inspiration for Spring & Summer Making

by Susan Watkins April 04, 2019

Inspiration for Spring & Summer Making

Spring has sprung and yarn stores everywhere are putting out their cotton yarns. In keeping with that tradition, we too are focusing on cotton … but with a twist.

This month, we’re pairing 4 of our favorite cotton yarns with 6 FREE patterns each! That’s right. We’ve selected a total of 24 FREE Ravelry patterns that can be knit or crocheted with our yarns. To download the patterns, simply click on the links. Then, bust out those cottons sitting in your stash or search our website for your favorite colors in the yarns we recommend.

But first, let’s review just why cotton is such an appealing choice this time of year. Of course, it’s a natural, cellulose fiber that is strong and durable, easy to care for (it’s a friend of the washing machine!), and it doesn’t retain odors. It’s also naturally soft, absorbent and breathable. It won’t pill like animal fiber, and what pills it does generate will shed in the wash. And since it can’t hold an electric charge, it won’t cling! Cotton is a wonderful choice for children and babies, as it doesn’t irritate the skin, and its breathability make it a cool choice for hot summer weather.

Note: In all the graphics below, a “C” indicates crochet. All other patterns are knit. 


Jo Sharp’s Soho Summer DK Cotton

This 100% cotton, DK-weight yarn is cool and comfortable, making it the perfect go-to for summer garments. It’s incredibly silky against the skin, lightweight and luxurious to wear, with a polished finish. In addition to the free patterns below, Izzy Knits carries several classic Jo Sharp knit patterns designed specifically for Soho Summer DK Cotton as well.

Free Ravelry Patterns to Knit with Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton

Clockwise from Top Left:

Ruffled Summer Top by Elena Nodel

Window Pane Pram Blanket by Morris & Sons

Spring Roll by JumperCables

Bright and Breezy Cotton Top by Sian Brown Knitwear Design

Ein Tag am Meer by Corinna Tengler

Broken Rib Tank by Kristen TenDyke


Lana Grossa’s Ecopuno

If you love color, you'll love Lana Grossa’s Ecopuno DK-weight yarn. This lightweight yarn comes is delightful jeweled tones as well as the usual basics. Comprised of 75% cotton, 15% merino, and 10% alpaca, Ecopuno knits up beautifully with a soft halo, terrific stitch definition, and lovely drape, making it a perfect yarn for all-season shawls, sweaters, and wraps.

We’re currently knitting the l'escargot bleu shawl by Espace Tricot (top, center) and it is absolutely delicious! (We’ll have our notes for customizing the number of stripes for Ecopuno on our Ravelry page shortly.) Patty Lyons is also recommending Ecopuno as a yarn sub for her latest KAL, the Roselle Tee!

Free Ravelry Patterns to Knit Crochet with Lana Grossa Ecopuno

Clockwise from Top Left:

Halo Shawl by Carmen Heffernan

l'escargot bleu by Espace Tricot

Odyssey Shawl by Joji Locatelli

Serena Shadow Shawl by Antonia Shankland

Durable Friendship Shawl by Wilma Westenberg

In the Loop by Espace Tricot


Trendsetter’s Ecotone

Ecotone is a 100% cotton worsted yarn. It’s the perfect choice for knit, crocheted, and woven dishcloths and towels, as well as sweaters and shawls. An earthy, richly colored cotton, it will satisfy your desire for pure natural fiber. Plus, this yarn is being phased out, so it’s currently available at an incredible discount. If you like it, get it now because it won't be in stock for long!

Free Ravelry Patterns to Knit Crochet with Trendsetter Ecotone

Clockwise from Top Left:

Super-Natural Stripes by Fawn Pea

Hexagon Table Runnerby Marinke Slump

Simply Spring Beanie by Megan Grewal

Grrlfriend Market Bag by Laura Spradlin

Dahlia Pillow by Sylwia Kawczyńska

Flower Potholders by Jennifer Martin

Bread Basket Liner Knit with Trendsetter Ecotone

We also just recently knit up this Classic Bread Basket Liner by Kellelynne Hedberg Riley in Ecotone and love it! ($5, Ravelry)


Jo Sharp’s Desert Garden Aran Cotton

This soft, aran-weight yarn contains 65% Cotton and 35% Microfiber, which keeps it from feeling too heavy. Finished fabrics are silky soft and cuddly to wear. This durable yarn is washable and may be dried in a warm dryer with success. In addition to the free patterns below, Izzy Knits carries several classic Jo Sharp knit patterns designed specifically for Desert Garden Aran Cotton as well.

Free Ravelry Patterns to Knit Crochet with Jo Sharp Desert Garden Aran Cotton

Clockwise from Top Left:

Rainbow Dress by Emily Keenan

Sunny Day Top (170-32) by DROPS design

Rabbit and Ribbit by Susan B. Anderson

Veranda Cardi by Melissa Mall

Leeport Baby Blanket by Anne Heidemann

Pige Cardigan (95219) by Stoff & Still


Remember to SWATCH, especially when substituting yarns. You’ll only know how your fabric compares to the pattern fabric if you swatch! Don’t spend your precious crafting time ripping out a garment that’s too big or too small.

Finally, if you want to see more posts like this, matching the yarns Izzy Knits carries to FREE Ravelry patterns, please let us know by commenting below.

We’d love to see what you’re making! Join us in our Ravelry Group, or share your projects with us on Facebookor Instagram(using our hashtag #izzyknitslys!)



Susan Watkins
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1 Response

Barbara
Barbara

April 10, 2019

I like it! I can see things and am offered a great, appropriate yarn to use. Also, my DS and DDIL have an Izzy, a sweet older pitty whose life interest is loving everybody she meets. So, you’re automatically a fave on that account. Finally, I have very little cotton/cotton blends in my stash. If I need a cotton/cotton blend from a reliable source, I’ll know where to come.

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