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It's the little things

Apr 11, 2014

The weather is warming up and it's time to plan some small projects for the summer. None of us wants a big wool sweater piling up in our laps as we knit!

I don't know about you, but I knit year-round; I just change the type of projects I work on. Summer knitting is a great time to stock up on the little projects, such as hats, mitts, socks, and so on. Just think—if you start now, you'll have all your holiday projects done by the end of summer!

Here are some ideas for you:

     The texture-rich design of the Palomino Mittens features a meandering pattern of traveling twisted stitches and cables.

A slightly denser-than-recommended gauge ensures durability and warmth while small details, such as the purled thumb and ribs that extend into the cables, create a refined look to the rustic hard-wearing yarn.
Palomino Mittens by Elli Stubenrauch,
from
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The Everdeen Beanie is a beautiful, allover scalloped lace cap. A wide rib section keeps the hat snug, and the lace pattern is so pretty.

Use a yarn that has crisp stitch definition to show off the twisted stitches in the lace pattern.

This hat is feminine, yet the stitch pattern knits up into a soft, sturdy fabric that warms your head despite the lacy details.
Everdeen Beanie by Tanis Gray,
from
One-Skein Knit Projects
Pam Allen punches up a simple, geometric stranded-knitting motif with horizontal stripes in contrasting colors. A fuzzy, haloed angora/wool blend makes stitches seem to dissolve into each other.

I've knit the Fresco Fair Isle Mitts, and they are soft and wonderful. You'll have enough yarn to make two pairs—one for you and one for a friend!
Fresco Fair Isle Mitts by Pam Allen,
from Stranded Knitting Gifts to Give
Border Socks are the perfect men's socks. He'll love the masculine colorwork and contrasting toe. The wide wale ribbing is attractive and hugs the ankle.

Not a fan of brown and blue? Designer Mary Jane Mucklestone provides a few suggestions for alternate color combinations. How about black, gray, and white? Or yellow, orange, and cream?

Border Socks by Mary Jane Mucklestone,
from Stranded Knitting Gifts to Give

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Download Stranded Knitting Gifts to Give or One-Skein Projects (they're both on sale!) and plan your summer knitting.

Like I said, it's the little things, like a spot in the shade, a summer rose, and a small project to knit.

Cheers,

P.S. What's your favorite thing to knit in the summertime? Leave a comment and let us know!


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Isshie wrote
on Apr 11, 2014 5:46 PM

My favorite summertime projects are colorful cotton dishcloths.  There are so many designs and patterns to knit or crochet.  Each dishcloth or washcloth is an adventure with quick results.  Love them!

on Apr 11, 2014 5:02 PM

Cotton and/or linen T-shirts.

on Apr 11, 2014 11:50 AM

My favorite project ever is Cat Bordhi's möbius scarf.  It's a circle with a twist like the Infiniti symbol.  Use 46 inch circular needles to make it.  Cat gives advice on FB.  This is nice looking in a light colored yarn over a dark jacket.  People follow me around at craft shows and comment on the design.  Circular scarves are a great project.  The pattern is in one of her books available on amazon.  Look for the möbius scarf.  

on Apr 11, 2014 11:42 AM

Prayer Shawls, I knit and crochet them year round for our church visitation ministry!

In the summer I use non-wool but still soft yarns.