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Yarns of Summer

Ah, summer knitting… it’s hard to believe that some people think knitting is an activity reserved for cold weather. As every true knitter knows, knitting and crochet are bona fide year-round activities. In fact, there are some that actually prefer warm-weather knitting.

For those taking a brief respite from wool, the yarns of summer can’t be beat. Colorful cottons, slinky silks, slubby linens and rustic hemp, to name but a few, can knit up like a much-needed breath of fresh air. An added advantage is that warm weather garments are often smaller in size and volume than their winter-weight counterparts. Think sleeveless tanks, short-sleeve cardigans, cropped tops and beachy accessories.

So when you tire of your summer “must read” bestseller, what can be better than digging into your beach bag to find your current WIP patiently awaiting your loving attention?

Let’s take a break from our winter yarn sneak peeks and focus on yarns you can get right now to inspire your summer knitting.The Grace Top by Jo Allport is knit using 3-5 skeins of Araucania Caña Ruca yarn.

The Alison Top by Jo Allport is knit using one to two skeins each of four color of Queensland Collection Savanna yarn.

The Caldera Poncho by Kathleen Dames is knit using three hanks of Juniper Moon Farm Cumulus yarn.

The Yolanda tank by Debbie Bliss is knit using Sita yarn. (Ask for this print pattern at your favorite local yarn shop.)

The Allspice bag by Elsebeth Lavold is in the print book “The Sugar and Spice Collection”.  It is knit using multiple colors of Hempathy yarn. Give it a twist by incorporating some new Hempathy Prints, too.

The Sierra Infinity Scarf by Ella Rae is knit using one skein each of four colors of new Sun Kissed yarn.

This pretty vest by the Noro Yarns Design Team is knit using three skeins of Mirai yarn.

If you aren’t looking for garments, consider the Oyster Bay Blanket and Cushion by Sandra Oakeshott. The set is knit using three colors of Mirasol Pima Kuri yarn.

Gardening in the morning, knitting at night! We hope these projects inspire you to pick up your needles despite the summer temperatures.

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