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Inspired Summer Knits

Jul 6, 2012

A beautiful collection of summery stuff.
Ah, summer. It's really here now, with the heat, the shorts and tank tops, the Popsicles, and the summer knitting.


Ribbed Halter

Wedding Top

I knit all year-round, but in the summer, I change my knitting habits drastically. I dive into my stash for silks, linens, hemps, and cottons. Hello, beautiful summer yarns, what would you like to become?

I will occasionally knit with wool, but that knitting happens with the fan blowing directly on me! I don't have air-conditioning (it's not common in this part of the country, so don't feel too sorry for me), but I do have a suite of fans in the house, one in almost every room. I think it's funny that one of my summer knitting supplies is a fan!

Summery knitting patterns are wonderful for a couple of reasons. First because they usually call for a light summer yarn, and second because many are quick knits that can be worn in the same season they're knit.

Designer Michele Rose Orne's book Inspired to Knit is arranged by season, and I just love what she has to say about summer knitting. Here she is.

Inspired by Summer

In summer, we want to slow down, relax, and take pleasure in this long-awaited season of respite. Yet we also try hard to enjoy every moment of sunlight and outdoor fun in the all-too-short weeks between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next. It's a time for weddings, reunions, and vacations.

Not surprisingly, knitting tends to slip closer to the bottom of our to-do lists as other activities take over.

For the most part, my summer designs are simple enough to work on at the beach or a baseball game. This is the time I reach for shimmery hand-dyed silk, nubby raw silk, natural linen, and lightweight summer cotton yarns in crisp colors.

In June, field grasses inspire a ribbed texture and tiny spiraling periwinkle shells look like bobbles against a rib. Carefree July days inspire palettes of refreshing shades of red, white, and blue: Red raspberries, clouds in a summer sky, and bowls of blueberries. The bounty of summer culminates in August, with color palettes of warm neutrals. Beachcombing excursions garner bowls brimming with this season's collection of beach treasures—dried sea urchins, special pebbles, shells, and sea-glass jewels.

—Michele Rose Orne, from Inspired to Knit

Inspired to Knit is available as an eBook, so download yours now and get started knitting summery patterns right away!


P.S. What are your summer knitting habits? Share them with us below in the comments!

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cosmicmuffin wrote
on Jul 7, 2012 11:55 AM

HORSES sweat. Gentlemen perspire. Ladies glow.

marywoods wrote
on Jul 7, 2012 11:05 AM

I knit with wool or wool blends all year round.  However in the summer they are usually small items except for my current project, a half-circle shawl in a horseshoe lace pattern.  I am using Knitpicks Bare, an undyed 100 % laceweight merino wool.  Summer is also the time I do a lot of thread crochet.  Cotton thread is a great break from the knits I usually have going.  I also learned the hard way about varying what I do.  I spent most of last summer in a brace because of tendonitis in my left thumb.

Anyway, lace, tank and tee tops are great summer projects and I look forward to downloading this ebook and finding new ideas and projects

Nancy Stiles wrote
on Jul 6, 2012 9:40 PM

Where do you live that you don't need an air conditioner...Alaska?

Rae@22 wrote
on Jul 6, 2012 10:02 AM

    Yea summer knitting!   My favorite place to knit is sitting at the Jersey Shore.  I've worked with wool, even, but try to have a project that is worked in small pieces, so i don't have an entire sweater, etc on my lap.   The recipient of the knitted piece needs to like the smell of sun tan lotion, sea and sand, as I don't usually wash it.  That's what family is for, right?

on Jul 6, 2012 9:27 AM

I've been known to knit wool in an air-conditioned yarn shop, but generally that time of year finds me with the cotton/silk blends or the Takhi cotton classic. Anything wooly on my lap makes me perspire even more. Wait, women perspire, men sweat, right?