A summer knit top is the perfect accompaniment to that new pair of capris hanging in your closet. Paired with cool sandals and a colourful beaded necklace, you will have the perfect outfit for shopping in cottage country or an afternoon concert at the town band shell. To help you achieve that great summer outfit, Margaret deBoer created this charming knit top using “a yummy chenille, hand dyed yarn”.
“I named the sweater ‘Tequila Sunrise’ because that is what I thought of when I saw the yarn,” Margaret admits. “This short sleeved top has holes around the neck, sleeves and bottom that look like windows.” If you have never knit with chenille before, Margaret suggests this would be a good pattern to start with because the short sleeves are less of a commitment than a traditional winter turtleneck. The project is also knit from the top down, which is another way of looking at sweater construction.
Margaret began knitting when she was eight guided by both her grandmother and mother. She credits these two creative women as her greatest influences in her chosen craft. In her creative journey she has mastered cross-stitch, crochet, needlepoint, and macramé. “You name it and I’ve probably tried it,” she laughs. Her latest passion is needle felting, which she “just loves”. However, knitting has remained a constant and in the late-1980s she began designing knitwear.
“I started designing children’s sweaters and then created some designs for Diamond Yarns,” Margaret recalls of her transition from “just a knitter” to designer.
Read more in our Summer 2009 issue.
Designed by Margaret deBoer
Oak Ridges Marketplace
13085 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario L4E 3S8