To be honest – the summer knit struggle is real. Don’t get me wrong – I love summer yarns and all the cute tops, but (and it’s a big one) those thin needles are killing me. I’m always a bit afraid that summer will be over before I’m able to finish my summer knit. I’m just not made for those itsy bitsy thin needles, I prefer my knits the way I prefer my sewing projects – quick!
And then I started working in a yarn shop…. and being surrounded by so many gorgeous yarns didn’t really help with staying strong and resisting the need to buy skinny yarns. Linen, cotton, cashmere. SPEAKING OF CASHMERE – my colleague aka boss (she feels like such a good friend already, calling her my boss feels weird) once said that once you start working/knitting with cashmere, there is no coming back. So you’ve been warned… but back to the story.
I kept my eyes open for patterns and after some time and research I got lucky! I found NAKED KNIT – two young women who design knitting patterns for bras and lounge wear. Knitting something I could wear in the Winter as well? Sounded like the perfect deal! Hot girl summer and cozy girl winter all in one? YES PLEASE. So I choose the simple bralette.
In the pattern, they originally use and recommend cashmere yarn, but as I wanted to wear the bra as a top in summer as well, I thought cashmere would be too fluffy and “woolly” (if you know what I mean). So I asked Dajana (my friend/colleague/boss) which yarn I could use instead of cashmere and we ended up with Cumbria from Pascuali. It’s a viscose-cotton yarn and BOY it’s SO soft!
The mesh structure is super pretty and has a very fine and right amount of shine without looking super structured like those cheap extremely shiny cotton yarns. And did I mention how soft it is? It’s the cashmere under the vegan friendly/plant based yarns. Yes – THAT soft. So for me, it was the perfect choice.
The pattern is very easy, but when I first read that it includes a “provisional cast on” I thought – I need to do what now…?! Turns out it’s super easy (especially when you only have to cast on 10 stitches). After the cast on, it’s just a fast and fun knit – no further difficulties.
In conclusion – summer knits don’t always have to be a pain in the you-know-where, you only have to make your tops short enough.
PS: All photos are done by my wonderful and talented friend Sophie Nawratil