Autumn Knits

Hello!  Happy September!  I strayed from my normal posting schedule and took a Labor Day blogging break this week, so it feels like it’s been a while since I posted!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  🙂

Here in the US, this past Monday was our Labor Day holiday, giving us a wonderful 3-day weekend, (…we’ve discussed my feelings about 3-day weekends already).  Though the “official” change of seasons isn’t until the 21st of this month, Labor Day tends to signify the end of summer and the move into fall.  I’ve been over summer for a while now, (not a hot weather person), but now I can freely express my autumn love without being rebuked for not enjoying the nice, warm weather.  (Blegh…)

Living is such a beautiful place as Kentucky, fall is already my favorite season.  The autumn scenery is stunning here, there’s festivals abound, and — most importantly — autumn is horse racing season in Lexington.  

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Fall horse racing at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, KY (Source: Keeneland.com)

But, being a knitter, I have even more reason to love fall.  Cold weather is coming (*cough* Winter is Coming for all you GoT fans…  😛 ) and there’s no more perfect time to cuddle up with some lovely wool.  (Plus, we’ll be needing those knitted items soon enough…especially if we get another Polar Vortex this year…)

Moving slowly into this beautiful season, I’m chomping at the bit to get some autumn-flavored knits on the needles.  Here are some of my favorites so far:

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  1. Shawl Collared Cowl by Alana Dakos — My biggest winter pet peeve is a chilly neck.  Too small scarves and cowls often cover the back of the neck, but do not extend down into my coat far enough to keep me nice and toasty.  With this cozy bulky cowl, there would be no question of a chilly neck.  And a cowl with a collar to turn up against the wind and snow?  It’s a yes from me.
  2. Levenwick Cardigan by Gudrun Johnston — As ashamed as I am to say it, I have never knit anything designed by Gudrun Johnston…  After finding the Levenwick Cardigan, however, this may have to change.  I’m just completely in love with this beautiful button band.  The perfect blend of stylish and comfy.
  3. Autumn Vines Beret by Alana Dakos — A second choice from Alana of Never Not Knitting, this cabled leaf hat is the most perfect for chilly autumn mornings.  Just enough to keep the top of your head warm, but not completely engulf your head.
  4. Oak Grove by Alana Dakos — (Well, clearly I’m a huge Alana Dakos fan…but she does such a great job with autumn knits, doesn’t she?)  Another NNK design, the beautiful leaf motif on these mitts is just to die for.  I’m such a sucker for detailed designs.
  5. Spice and Clove Pumpkins by Hannah Maier — Knitting + pumpkins = autumn perfection. I will have to whip up a few of these to add to my autumn decorations.  Plus, this free pattern is written for knitting and crochet!
  6. Stockholm Scarf by KnittedBliss — Again solving the chilly neck problem, this lacy neck scarf is just gorgeous.  And it’s a free pattern?  From KnittedBliss?!  Casting this on ASAP!
  7. Larch Cardigan by Amy Christoffers —  Another beautiful autumn sweater — this cozy cardigan almost has the look of a blazer, but much more comfortable.  Perfect for work or leisure.
  8. Nutkin by Beth LaPensee — Can’t go an autumn season without at least one new pair of knitted socks, amiright?  This quick and easy free pattern would be perfect to highlight that perfect autumn sock yarn you’ve been hiding in your stash.
  9. Acorn Ornament by Carmen Rigby-Willson — To go with the knitted pumpkins, of course!  Now we just need a knitted squirrel…

((Disclosure: None of these pictures are mine — they were all borrowed from the original pattern pages on Ravelry.))

Maybe autumn makes your heart sing (like me), and maybe you’re a little sad to be letting go of summer, but hopefully these autumn selections have gotten you inspired for the lovely knitty season that is to come.  Personally, I can’t wait to get started.  🙂

Lastly — unrelated to autumn knitting — I want to send a quick thank you to the lovely Andi of the My Sister’s Knitter blog for her wonderful comments on my Imagine When shawl in her most recent post!  Such a compliment to inspire someone who has previously been such an inspiration to me.  🙂

What are your picks for autumn knitting?

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