A Taste of Summer Knitting Patterns (and Bacon Toast!)

Lace designs make great summer knitting patterns, and Amy Gunderson's Venice Top is just perfect.

The Venice Top by Amy Gunderson

A few things are certain in this life: taxes, the changing seasons, and new issues of Interweave Knits! Summer is approaching, and with that happy news, the summer issue of Interweave Knits is here, packed with summer knitting patterns galore.

Full of warm-weather patterns to knit, techniques to learn, and even a couple of sewing patterns to set off your knitwear! I love sewing, so this is a really cool treat.

Here’s editor Meghan Babin to tell you more!

A Taste of Summer (Knits)

I’ve been waiting impatiently for the release of this issue of Interweave Knits; it is my first “full” issue. I’ve been at the helm from its inception, and what a wonderful experience it has been. With a new editor come some changes, but I hope you will enjoy seeing them as much as the Knits team has enjoyed creating them.

One of the biggest changes for the team has involved our photography studio, Harper Point Photography, which uprooted its business from Fort Collins, Colorado, and moved to Ventura, California. Naturally, we saw a perfect opportunity here—why not shoot the summer issue in California? When we drove to the Denver airport in early February, the last of a blizzard was still passing through. Yet by the end of the day, we were standing with our toes in sand looking out at the Pacific Ocean.

The Rosa Wrap is one of the most beautiful summer knitting patterns for a summer-weight wrap.

The Rosa Wrap by Anna Podlesak

Clearly, we had made the right decision. In this issue of Knits, you will find projects for the lazy days of summer and projects for those of us who love to knit for winter all year round (myself included). California was the perfect place for this juxtaposition. One day we were shooting Beach Boho Lace in the sunshine, and the next day we were high in the snowy mountains of Los Padres National Forest creating Mountain House Retreat.

Summer knitting patterns don't have to be tank tops or tees. A sweater with 3/4-length sleeves is perfect when your up in the mountains on a hiking or camping trip.

Ela Torrente’s Pinewood Pullover, paired with Kathy Fogarty’s hand-sewn Chief Joseph Skirt

The California mindset is to surf in the morning and ski in the afternoon, and we took full  advantage. Our models from LA got a kick out of the snow, and we all genuinely enjoyed spending the day in a real log cabin in the middle of the woods. Debbie, our art director, changed our lives by toasting bread in bacon grease for breakfast—I highly recommend it.

Take a good look at Mountain House Retreat, where you’ll find a few unexpected projects. As you’ll see, we visited our sister craft, sewing, with fashion designer and knitter Kathy Fogarty. We’ve also found tools for the sewist and knitter that we present in our new products page, Maker’s Tools.

And look inside the Fiber Journal for some special laceweight yarns available this summer. They’re perfect for the many lace summer knitting patterns in this issue.

I hope this summer issue finds its way into a beach bag or a hiking backpack and inspires you to try a new pattern or consider a new craft that’s waiting in the wings.

—Meghan Babin, Editor, Interweave Knits

Bacon toast … Bacon toast … Bacon toast … Oh, hi there! I was a little distracted for a second.

I’m adding bacon toast to my camping recipe rotation! I have a couple recipes that I prepare on every camping trip, and the crowd favorite is called First Night Out. It’s a yummy “dump” dish; here’s the recipe:

First Night Out

2 cans chili con carne without beans
1 can pinto beans
1 small can sliced black olives
1 can beef tamales
1 small can green chiles
Grated cheddar cheese
Tortilla chips

Open tamales, unwrap and chop each one into 1-inch pieces. Open the rest of the cans, dump into a large pot along with the tamale pieces. Bring to a simmer and cook until heated through. Serve over chips with cheese. If you want to get really fancy, add some sour cream and chopped cilantro!

This is a family “recipe” that my gramma came up with about 50 years ago. We love it.

Back to the matter at hand, though! The new Knits is full of great summer knitting patterns both for warm-weather wear and warm-weather knitting—there are some really neat items for wear on camping trips!—so download your copy of summer 2016 Interweave Knits! And enjoy it with a side of bacon toast.



P.S. Do you have a go-to camping recipe? Leave it in the comments for me, and maybe I’ll try it when I’m camping this summer!

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