It may yet be chilly, but the days are a little longer, the sun a little stronger, and most of winter’s ice and snow have melted away.

Spring is a great season for knitting: a new hat or fine-gauge mittens or gloves to go with your new spring coat; lacy scarves and wraps to give your mood a lift; new socks to celebrate the end of boot season; bright colours to tide you over until the blooms arrive. I’ve found a few patterns in this spirit:

  • Classic Elite’s adorable Daisy Chapeau [links to PDF], knit in supersoft Minnow Merino–a perfect union of easter bonnet and tuque.
  • Also from Classic Elite, either the simple Interlude Lace Stole and more challenging Floral Fantasy Shawl would be beautiful made in Silky Alpaca Lace. Just use a smaller needle (3.5mm, perhaps), and add a couple of repeats.
  • Berroco’s very easy Fascinate scarf, worked in a dropped-stitch pattern, would make a beautiful spring accessory scarf  in shimmery Seduce.
  • Morgan’s chic and springy be-bobbled Lady Parker beret–a new addition to our free patterns page–is quick to chrochet in worsted weight yarn.