#summerofbasics: Pattern Ideas In The Fibre Co. Terra

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Karen Templer is hosting a casual sew-knit-crochet-along entitled the Summer of Basics. (Check out the link to her post if you're keen on more details about the whole thing.)

I'm in the (very exciting for me....I really do love it!) swatching phase of planning my projects. I'm still contemplating whether to design my own sweater or look to an already published one, and the deciding factor will most likely be the gauge I settle on for my marled Meadow. In an effort to help me decide, I did a few Ravelry searches for some nice basic patterns featuring The Fibre Co. yarns. In my search, I was reminded of some of the really great sweater designs that have been published using The Fibre Co. Terra, and many of them are really excellent wardrobe stables that would be perfect choices for the make-along. Find a few of my favorites below!

1 / CHARLOTTE CARDIGAN / Carrie Bostick Hoge

Carrie's Charlotte Cardigan is the epitome of a wardrobe basic. It is classic, easy to layer, features a few unique details (love that deep deep ribbing), and really lets the unique qualities of The Fibre Co. Terra stand out. As a bonus, Charlotte would make an excellent first sweater for someone looking to branch out.

2 / PURBECK DEUX / Beatrice Perron Dahlen

This classic turtleneck pullover has been on my "retirement plan selfish knitting" list since it was released in February of 2016. I am seriously considering making it my missing "3rd" piece for the knitalong. The large turtleneck and shaped hem make it modern, but the simple shape and lovely stockinette keep it classic. 

3 / FABLE CARDIGAN / Kate Gagnon Osborn

Is it weird to include one of your own designs in a "favorites" list? I hope not. The original sample of my Fable Cardigan is still one of my most-worn garments (it even took me through two pregnancies!) and a shawl collar cardigan is a must-have in any closet.

4 / BARN SWEATER / Carrie Bostick Hoge

It is no surprise that two of Carrie's designs featuring Terra made my list. She is known for her classic, simple designs, and many from her full catalog would make excellent wardrobe basics. I think the feature I love most on the Barn Sweater is the reverse stockinette. Such a nice texture paired with the garter hems and wide buttonband.

Now I just need to be super patient and actually wait until June to begin....thankfully I can just keep swatching!