I'm a year-round knitter. When the temperatures rise, I park myself in front of the fan and crank up the AC.
Here are my top 10 summer knitting patterns from the Alpaca Direct site—enjoy!
I have to start my list with this fabulous shawl, which combines colors and textures to make a simply stunning summer wrap.
Deep Forest is a showpiece shawl that's actually pretty easy to work, but it keeps you interested as it changes stitch patterns and colors. Love it!
This is quintessential summer: lace combined with large-gauge cotton yarn and a super-fast knit. You'll be able to wear the Sand Dollar Tank this summer!
Choose your color and cast on. Equally lovely with shorts or a skirt, this tank will be your go-to for years.
This pretty shrug will come in handy all summer, keeping your shoulders warm at the movies, out to dinner, and at the office (who cranked up the AC??).
Shop owner Kelley loved Madam Entrechat so much that she featured it in one of her Technique Tuesdays—check it out for some great tips! (The DK-weight pattern is linked above; there's also a fingering-weight version of this pattern if you want to use up some sock yarn!)
Use shop favorite Bamboo Pop to knit up this darling dress. Your little one will love summer activities in this pretty frock. It's a little lace, a little stockinette, a little lovely!
This Sakura Dress is written for newborns up to 4-year-olds, so you can keep making them as your little lady grows up!
Summer knitting means shawls to many people, so here's another winner! Lindy Pop is the shawl to pack for a beach vacation—share a colorful pop with everyone around you!
Happy summer knitting!
If you've ever struggled with the decrease section when knitting a hat on 16-inch circular needles, you need to learn the Magic Loop method of knitting. Similarly, if you hate how sweater sleeves twist up while knitting in the round, you need to learn the magic loop technique.
This technique works on just about any size project, so you can use it exclusively for smaller projects in the round, such as hats, sleeves, mittens, cowls, socks, and so on.
Kelley just finished knitting the Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry, and she's fallen in love with mosaic knitting.
While it sounds complicated or fiddly—mosaics are made up of little pieces of glass, after all—mosaic knitting is super easy. Seriously, you end up with a beautiful colorwork project, but you're only using one color in each row.