Feb 25, 2016 :: by Leila Raabe
The sweaters featured in our design team's Piper 2016 spring collection are all about transitional pieces. Today's spotlight is on June, designed by Cecily Glowik MacDonald, a pullover that begs to be made for the cusp of the seasons.
Sweaters with three-quarter sleeves are a smart choice for those days when the sun's rays play hide and seek—at times warm enough to want to push up your sleeves (and not end up with bulky rolled-up cuffs), then turning chilly again, making you glad to have shoulders and upper arms covered. Yes, you could add and remove layers, but a sweater like this is quite good at helping you keep your perfect temperature on flighty days all by itself.
June is simple and lightweight, with just a touch of textured lace detail at the bottom of the body's hem. The light fabric Piper creates is both warm and breathable. The best of both worlds.
June's pretty details include an open, graceful scoop neck trimmed with a simple ridge of garter stitch, a smidgen of ribbing at the sleeve cuffs, and fitted sleeves. Cecily designed this one for nine sizes, from 32¾" up to 51¼" finished bust, recommending an inch of positive ease. Knitted in the round, from the bottom up, with sleeves picked up from around the armhole and worked in the round down to the cuff, this seamless sweater takes 3–5 skeins of Piper.
There are a lot of ways to style a sweater like this—with relaxed boyfriend jeans as shown, with corduroys, even a slim pencil skirt. A true staple. I can picture making one in a darker color like Coldspring or pure white Longhorn to wear on one of the many cool June evenings we are often lucky to have here in Maine.
possible piper color choices, left to right: coldspring, san angelo, amarillo, longhorn