Ode to Lightweight Knitting Projects


I have three projects on the needles not counting the never ending blanket, and all three are taking forever.  I know, two are lace weight and the sweater, well it's a sweater.  Sometimes I feel like a broken record (vinyl of course) repeating myself about my progress on each one.  However, isn't that what knitting is all about?

Knitters have quick and easy projects that are knit up in a few days - the down and dirty instantly satisfying knits.  I love those for maximum holiday knitting or for that obscure skein of yarn that I wonder why on earth I bought only one!


I'm attracted to lightweight knitting projects for many reasons.  Here are a few:

Lightweight knitting projects make my hands extremely happy, the more tiny the needles the more ease I feel knitting.

In the summer, having a wispy pile of lightweight wool on my lap makes me happy.  Summer is not the time for worsted weight wool in a large project.

Sweaters in lightweight wool fit me and can be worn all year round.  I get maximized wearing hours!


Lightweight projects can tuck inside a lovely project bag and then into a purse.  The portability is divine and I'm never idle when I waiting for my husband while he looks at bikes.  Yep, lightweight projects work wonders in a bike shop.


Lightweight wool yields to yards and yards of pleasurable knitting.  A tiny balled up skein a wool can pack nearly 437-800+ yards of knitting bliss.  Sigh.  That just makes me swoon when I think about it.

Links to my projects:   The Perfect Sweater Whiteout Shawl granny smith wrap shawl


I'd love to know what weight wool you like to knit with and the reasons!

Comments

  1. I knit mainly with fingering weight, because like you, it feels more comfortable. I don't think I'm quite patient enough for lace weight and I've never knit a fingering weight sweater. Size 3 or 4 needles for a Hitchhiker, or smaller for socks just feel right in my hands. I did some worsted weight mitts with size 7 needles last year and they felt uncomfortably large!

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    1. You might like a fingering weight sweater :) I love your hitchhikers that you knit!

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  2. My favorite weight yarn to knit with is fingering weight because of comfort and I like the texture and weight of the finished product. Have a good weekend!

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    1. We are soul sisters with Steph. I agree with you 100%

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  3. Fingering!! I do have Sigla on the needles, but that is languishing in the heat. I mostly knit socks and shawls and just love all the different colors and combinations you can get in fingering weight. Plus the smaller needles are much easier on my hands.

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    1. You are talented with the color combining, I'm getting better!!

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  4. I mostly knit in fingering weight, but I recently did a project in lace weight and LOVE that too. Of course, sometimes you have a worsted weight that you'd like to do. Or maybe a DK.

    I guess it's ALL GOOD!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. you have the best fingering weight projects!!

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  5. Oh bike shops and knitting! I'm there with you. As for wool weight: fingering is always my friend. However, I actually knit a worsted shawl earlier in the year for the first time. For twiddle mitt s there is nothing like bulky and crochet to make them fast! My hands and wrists love lightweight fingering. But Lace and I have never seen eye to eye despite it being as light as air! Hows that?

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    1. I liked your worsted weight shawl, it turned out beautifully!

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  6. I like all weights of yarn for different projects, but I usually knit socks in the summer.

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    1. I should do more sock knitting! I like the portability of them :)

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  7. I don't mind knitting with fingering weight for a shawl. I don't know if I can do that with a garment.

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    1. I'm sorry you've been dragging through the second installment. That can be a bummer. You are disciplined to soldier through a book you're not fond of. I would usually give a book at least 25% and if I'm underwhelmed then I'll DNF it.

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  8. Fingering and sport are my favorite, but boy is it fun to knit a worsted weight sweater on size 7 or 8 needles! (your projects are LOVELY!)

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  9. I enjoy knitting on anything from fingering to worsted although I favor the lighter weights. I like to rotate yarn weights so my hands, wrists, forearms stay healthy.

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  10. I have knit mostly with fingering weight. I am hopi g to try something in a dk soon and I have a bulky weight sweater that is just wanting one more sleeve. Guess I am all over the place!

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  11. My favorite weight is a thickish fingering weight. I knit super loose so thinner fingering weight projects tend to look like lace no matter the pattern and anything heavier than worsted bothers my carpal tunnel. As much as I like to knit with fingering, I prefer to knit hats with worsted - probably because I only wear them if it's 50 below zero. (I know! It's scandalous to be a knitter who doesn't like wearing hats.)

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  12. Lightweight wool is my frenemy! I adore it, but yes it does make the project last a bit longer. I love lace and fingering weight and despite the smaller needles...it remains my number one love.
    Oh those beautiful sweaters are making me want to cast on a laceweight one right now.
    Blanket progress...stunning.

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    1. you have beautiful knits :) Thanks for the blanket love, yours is beautiful as well.

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  13. I have 3 projects going now too. Unfortunately, none of them are lightweight projects. I'm actually starting to think about Christmas projects, and most of those are lightweight, so I'll be looking forward to that.

    I like to crochet with wool in the winter, but in the summer, I love cotton, or a cotton/silk, linen/silk blend.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. In the summer I knit with lace weight the most. In the winter anything goes. Christmas!! eep!

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  14. I have trouble with the small needles needed for lightweight knitting projects....my hands cramp up, but I do like your reasoning. I rarely have many knitting projects at once, but I have several cross-stitch projects. Your post has made me want to start a new yarn project though.

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    1. What a bummer about the cramping! I'm glad you still find knits to work with though.

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  15. I tend to prefer projects make from lighter weights. I get warm easily, so they are just more comfortable. Of course, they do take longer so I occasionally go for worsted-weight for my own gratification!

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    1. I do love the thinness of fingering weight knits, but it is a knitting commitment!

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  16. Stumbled upon your blog and decided to chime in :) I like light weight as well, usually in the form of socks, which are very very portable. I live in Texas, so I pretty much have to be working light weight or I'll never wear it!

    Lisa

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    1. I'm thrilled you stumbled upon my blog and chimed it, sounds like we have similar likes. I lived in Texas a long time ago for two years :)

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  17. Anything but lace or bulky, although a bulky now and then is fun!

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  18. you KNOW we're kindred spirits here....the lighter the better....the tinier needles, the better, too!!! Love LOVE your projects.

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  19. I like lighter yarns as I find heavy things too heavy to hold and work on!

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  20. I am all up for lightweight knits - love the sight of light, spiderweb fabric growing out of a tiny thread. But overall I like to switch back and forth between different yarn weights - I feel like it sparkles my imagination and inspires me.

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    1. variety is a good thing, I switch to thicker wools for small projects :)

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  21. Worsted weight projects used to dominate my knitting but since discovering the joys of sock knitting, I am a convert to the joys of fingering weight projects and tiny needles. I am intrigued by the idea of a fine weight sweater project such as the lovely one you have on the needles...would make a perfect all seasons garment.

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    1. It is the perfect all seasons garment, and thanks for commenting and visiting today :)

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