The Best Places for Knitting in Public, Brewery Patio Edition
There’s something magical about bringing knitting and beer together. Add in the ability to finally knit outside and it’s enough to make our hearts sing. So in honor of what we’re dubbing “knitting in public season,” we thought we’d cast on some summer patterns and enjoy a couple of cold ones (all in the name of research, of course) to find out which brewery patios are truly the best to knit on. When seeking the ideal brewery patio to purl on, look for . . .
. . . The one that’s a local secret.
You know the one I’m talking about: the brewery with a killer patio tucked in the back that has that secret garden-esque quality to it. These special and lesser-known brewery patios are best enjoyed alone with that extra-special project you’ve been saving for knitting in public. Take advantage of this solitude by focusing on some cheeky colorwork from AlterKnit Stitch Dictionary.
. . . The one that’s great all year round.
Brewery with ample shade in the summer and toasty fires in the winter are perfect for multi-season patio knitting. Plan your weekly knitting group night here, no matter the weather, and bring a pattern that you can knit and wear throughout the seasons, like the Ramsey Shawl from Plum Dandi Knits.
. . . The one for the foodies.
I think there is a saying about not knitting on an empty stomach—or there should be. Having great food to enjoy with your patio knitting can be key. Take your bestie to this brewery and teach them how to knit over a beer and some great eats. Be sure to bring along a great starter resource like Knit Mitts by Kate Atherley.
. . . The one with the great view.
Maybe it’s nestled in the mountains overlooking a valley, or perched over a sprawling city. Whatever the scene, brewery patios with a view are perfect for a date night. If your significant other doesn’t mind, bring a knit that’s easy to memorize and look away from, like the Monterey Tee from Wool Studio.
. . . The one with the best beer.
This is your favorite brewery. Your go-to place where the beer is so good, it doesn’t matter what the patio looks like. This is the patio you should probably not bring your knitting to, because let’s be honest: you’re here for the beer.
No matter what kind of brewery patio is your favorite for knitting in public, time spent on it knitting is always a great choice!