Giddy up, summer!

As of the time of writing, the sun’s shining over Dublin out of a cloudless sky, there’s a Bank Holiday weekend within hailing distance, and people are talking of cooling drinks after work. So we’re thinking of airy summer garments in bright colours, and as ever, Louisa Harding’s come up with the goods.

That’s Oakley up above, one of thirteen patterns in her new Jesse pattern book. It’s quick and satisfying, with just enough interest in the lacy yoke to spice up the knitting and enough soothing stocking stitch to speed you along.

It’s made in Louisa’s new Jesse cotton yarn, which comes in a torrent of summery colours and which has a lovely firm ply. It’s a DK weight, so it’s versatile as anything.

And if Jesse and Oakley suggest a theme, then you’ve guessed right: there’s a distinct Wild West air to this collection, with Miss Kitty and Annie also starring in the line-up. So why not hit the trail and cast on?