I think wool/cotton blends are a perfect marriage of fibres. The cotton lends softness, the wool contributes shape and durability. It feels nice when knitting too - it has that slight stickiness of cotton, paired with the stretchiness of wool.
My first wool/cotton project for the summer was Olgajazzy's Compass pullover, a fitted ballet-style t-shirt with 3/4 length sleeves and lace eyelet detailing around the yoke neck.
I knit mine from a nice bright poppy Rowan wool cotton 4-ply. Rowan wool cotton is a high twist yarn, which made the pullower slightly stiffer than I would prefer (and maybe, just maybe, I knit it a bit too small). But it's still very wearable. It seems from the project list on Ravelry that this yarn is more commonly used for baby garments, but I would highly recommend it for adult garments as well - especially in places where you can use a hint of wool, even in the summer.
After knitting with Rowan wool cotton, I was ready to switch to a softer, gentler yarn. I knew exactly where to turn - to Holst garn Coast, a delightfully fluffy, yet sturdy yarn in a wide array of soft, dusky colours. I knit a colour affection from khaki shades of this yarn last year, and was delighted with the result.
|My first Colour affection, |
aka Colour disaffection, aka Zen garden
And since you can't possibly knit just one colour affection, I had to make another, to match a new jacket I've been wearing a lot this spring.
|Colour infiltration, aka Rock garden|
I've become completely obsessed with the darker shade I used in the shawl, called 'cobble' - a greeny-grey that reminds me of the rocky beaches in Maine where I spent a few idyllic childhood summers. I'm knitting it into a simple pullover, perfect for cool summer evenings - be they in England or New England.
|Maine rocks © morpholux|
* wool/cotton blends are the best argument I know against calling all yarn "wool", as is the British habit. To call it wool/cotton wool is highly confusing. I guess not all "Americanisms" are useless.