Summer Knitting Patterns: Let’s Knit Up Some Sun!

Knit in Public!

Kathleen and friends knitting in public

I knit in public all the time. I take my knitting everywhere—what else am I supposed to do in the dentist’s waiting room? They only have Car & Driver and Highlights Magazine, and after I do the picture search, I pull out my knitting. (Who’s with me on still loving the picture search in Highlights?)

Anyway … The weather is warming, but that won’t stop me from carting my knitting around. I’ll just switch to summer knitting projects made from yarns like linen, bamboo, and even wool in sock-weight yarn.

Deb Gerish, the editor of Love of Knitting, is a big knit-in-public fan, too, and she’s all about yarns that are weather-appropriate.

The summer issue of Love of Knitting is full of beautiful summer knitting patterns, plus great info about the yarns of the season. Here’s Deb to tell you all about it!

Summer Knitting Patterns: Let’s Knit Up Some Sun!

When you knit in public, you probably attract attention from non-knitters or fellow enthusiasts. They ask what you’re making, how long it will take, and who will receive the finished product. If they’re not knitters, they will almost certainly assume that you’re using a wool yarn (and that it’s scratchy). When you explain that you’re making a summer sweater, you’ll get a response like, “Oh, won’t that be hot?” They’ve just handed you a golden opportunity to talk about summer yarns—our focus in this issue of Love of Knitting.

Summer yarns, to me, include anything that produces a lightweight, breathable fabric I can comfortably wear next to my skin. A fingering or sportweight Merino yarn can take me through even the hottest days. Plant fibers like cotton, bamboo, linen, and rayon produce gorgeous, durable, sometimes even machine-washable yarns. Yet plant fiber yarns typically don’t have much elasticity or memory. So get the best of all these characteristics with yarn that blends plant and animal: wool or alpaca mixed with cotton or linen creates a wonderful knitted fabric. Since dyes work differently on the animal (protein) and plant (cellulose) content, these yarns typically have subtle color variations, adding to their beauty.

Because I detest hot weather and do not enjoy sweating in my sweaters, these plant/ animal yarns are my new favorites for summer knitting.

Summer Knitting Patterns You'll Love!

Clockwise from left: Eyelet Tank, Canyon Lace Tank, Carys Scarf & Wrap, Bright Domino Skirt

If you haven’t already worked with plant fibers, or animal and plant blends, it’s time to visit your local yarn store! In this issue of Love of Knitting, you’ll find a combination of bamboo and cotton in the Carys Scarf & Wrap. Linen goes solo in the Bright Domino Skirt, then it joins up with cotton in the lacy Eyelet Tank. The Canyon Lace Tank features an amazing blend of cotton and alpaca—you’ll love the softness and drape. And wool doesn’t have to go away in summer knitting: the Belle Isle Socks use wool sock yarn.

Belle Isle Socks summer knitting pattern. So cute!

Belle Isle Socks

So seize the moment and expand your fiber world.

Think of all the wonderful things you can tell people when you talk about your knitting. Knit in public, whenever and wherever you can.

If you missed National Craft Month in March, show how knitting improves your life during April, which is National Stress Awareness Month. (We all know how knitting can relieve stress!)

And whatever you do, enjoy your knitting!

—Deb Gerish, Editor, Love of Knitting

Love of Knitting is such a great magazine. If you haven’t seen it yet, start with the summer issue! Deb does such a great job of pulling together material that knitters enjoy; you’ll love the variety of patterns, articles, and tutorials. I’m so happy Love of Knitting is part of the Interweave family.

Download your copy of Love of Knitting now and cast on some summer knitting patterns!



P.S. When was the last time you knit in public? Where were you? Leave a comment below and tell me about it!

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