There is something about the change in the air that makes us reach for lighter yarns and projects that don’t weigh heavy in our laps. As soon as that change happens I start looking for summer patterns that I can wear but also have the option to be used as a layer as summer fades into autumn. Let’s be honest, in Ireland, summer fades pretty quickly, often before my wip is off the needles. Today, I thought we could look at 3 options for summer knitting:
Summer Affair started as a wedding shrug but it is perfect for those who don’t like to wear a shawl but would like a lace project. It’s worked as a rectangle and the sleeves are grafted together. It’s a relatively quick knit with an easy repeatable lace pattern which is perfect for those holidays lazing by the pool.
If a laceweight shrug isn’t your thing a fingering weight vest might just entice you to cast on. Huevos is a light and lacy delicate linen top that will take you from beach to a night out with ease. It is knit in the round from the bottom up and the lace pattern is easily memorised. Using less than 800 meters for the largest size this is perfect for testing out linen or bamboo yarns.
If you happen to be a knitter who likes to plan for the season ahead, Autumn Whispers is a relaxing knit that can be used in those late summer evenings or as an autumnal layer. You can choose to knit short or 3/4 length sleeves and is knitted from the top down using the contiguous method of shoulder shaping. The project is lightweight but carries enough warmth that it can carry you through the seasons as a classic piece.
The advantage of the patterns above is that they can all be packed and used for holiday knitting. Previously I used to have a pair of socks as my travel project but I always suffered from second sock syndrome as soon as I got home.
Carol has also popped a Discount Bundle together for you here in case you would like to try out some of these patterns on your holidays. Use code SUMMER18 for a 30% discount on checkout for all the patterns in this bundle. Valid until June 30th.
But enough about my summer knitting. What are you planning on knitting this year? Garments or shawls? 4-ply or lace or are you the type of knitter who likes to knit for winter in summer and you are casting on an aran weight project? Let me know in the comments below, though I’m scared my queue will grow!