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!
There's nothing like a pair of handknit socks. You can use gorgeous sock yarn, choose your stitch pattern, and take them with you wherever you go. One thing I've learned over the years is how to customize socks to fit my feet, and I like a rounded toe. It's important for me because my feet are fairly straight across the toes, and a pointy toe just ends up flopping around empty.
Kelley likes a rounded toe, too, and she's developed a recipe for making them for her toe-up socks. She creates her rounded toe by spreading out the increases, separating them with a growing number of knit rounds in-between.
I'm going through my closet, getting rid of things that don't fit or I no longer like. I have a huge pile of sweaters that need to be stored for the winter, and I decided I'd do the knitterly thing and get them all tidy so I can wear them right away come fall.
Here are my 5 steps for getting sweaters ready for summer hibernation.
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