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Nautical Knits for Summer

Jun 2, 2010
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My brother and sister and me on our dock at Lake Coeur d'Alene. I think that's the last time I wore a bikini!

When I was growing up my family had a cabin on Lake Coeur d'Alene in northern Idaho. All summer long my brother and sister and I spent time sunbathing on the dock, swimming, log-rolling, beachcombing, playing games, and generally being really happy kids!

My favorite activity, though, was boating.

We had an old ski boat and we drove it all over the lake and up the various rivers that flow off the lake here and there. I remember one time seeing a beaver building its dam; we must have watched for almost an hour. There's a lot of truth to that saying "Busy as a beaver!"

Just how does this relate to knitting? Well, several years ago I saw an issue of a knitting magazine that showcased a series of beachware that was all red, white, and blue. The colors didn't appeal to me at the time, but I did love one of the pieces, a cabled vest. I made this vest in a beautiful china blue, and I wear it a lot.

Lately I've been wishing I made the vest in the red, white, and blue color-scheme. Maybe it's because I'm missing our lake cabin and the feeling of being a footloose child, busy-as-a-beaver playing and being carefree; or maybe it's because I really like those colors now, and I've been fantasizing about being on a boat with a red, white, and blue sweater keeping me warm in the breeze.

I could knit the vest again in the tri-color pattern, but I don't like to knit anything twice—there are so many patterns out there to try! So I thought I'd take a look through our pattern store to see if there are some nautical knits that might inspire me to dig for some red, white, and blue yarn in my stash. Maybe they'll inspire you, too!

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Kat Coyle designed Breton Girl  with a boatneck and hourglass shaping, and the blue stripe design calls for the sea. (And it would be cute with a little red accent!)
  Kat Coyles' Indigo Ripples is so cute. I think the open, airy style would be great over a bathing suit with a tank top. I've never knitted a skirt before, so this one might be it.
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Kathleen Power Johnson's Isis Wrap is so pretty; a little lacy wrap that's perfect for land or lake. This would be beautiful in red or blue, but I think I would make it in white, maybe out of mercerized cotton to add a bit of shine.
  Vicki Square designed the Sweet and Lowdown Chair cover to fit over and existing chair. While not strictly "nautical," I can imagine roasting marshmallows on the beach in this chair (especially if it's knit with red yarn!).

There are so many potential nautical knits in our pattern store, but these four just jumped out at me. Which one do you think I should make?

I hope you're planning lots of outdoor time this summer, maybe even some fun on the water!


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PeggyD wrote
on Jun 2, 2010 12:09 PM

Kathleen,  I loved your post on your happy times spent at the lake.  The same is true of my growing up in northern Michigan.  I waited all year just for the time we spent at a rented old cabin on the shores of Lake Superior.  That is where I learned to swim and spent so many wonderful days.  My sister and I sewed all our swimming suits then so had many to choose.  Of all the memories I have of happy times it is there and knitting and spinning of course!  I have been knitting since before I can remember.  It is time well spent.   I too like the skirt pattern.  That is one I have looked at many times but haven't made yet.

yogama wrote
on Jun 2, 2010 8:02 AM

hi kathleen,

i vote for the nautical skirt. looks like a fun knit. i am actually heading to the yarn shop this afternoon to b uy yarn for the skirt in the feminine knit book sandy wisehart blogged about. having never done a skirt before either, i need company!

happy knitting,