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Summer accessory knitting

Summer knitting is always a topic for debate. Some people think that working with yarn is a cold weather only activity while others of us wouldn’t be without our needles and hooks regardless of what the thermometer says.

That said, casting on an over-sized chunky cardigan may not be the ideal option for a sunny July afternoon. Accessories can be a good choice because they are often made in lighter yarns or are smaller projects.

We’ve a few suggestions to help you pick a summer project or two.

Beach bag

A classic crochet bag is practical and stylish plus you can make them to match a favourite outfit, or even your beach blanket. This simple square shoulder cotton tote comes from Rico Design.

Shawl

A knitted shawl is a lighter project won’t overheat you during the summer and can be easily be rolled up in a project bag (or crochet tote) to take with you to the park, beach or wherever you might head to enjoy some good weather. For a relaxed summer project, choose a simple shape or a maybe a garter stitch pattern like the Cygnet Boho Cosmic Shawl.

And you’ll have a lovely accessory to drape over your shoulders as autumn begins to arrive.

Socks

Socks are a popular warm weather project because the yarn is usually 4-ply so not too warm and the project itself is small and unlikely to be pooling in your lap. And you’re ensuring you’ll have cosy toes in winter. Check out this free pattern for a basic sock in three sizes from Stylecraft.

Hats

Like socks, hats can be a good option because of their size and you can find good sunhat patterns too. You could try these fun DK options from King Cole in a cotton DK as a summer option.

Baby blanket

Summer may not be the time to be busy joining a quilt for a double bed but making the squares for a blanket could be a good option. Or you could get your blanket fix by taking on a lacy baby blanket. This crochet baby blanket from James C Brett looks like a fun choice – it would be interesting to use a colour change yarn or pick a few colours for wide stripes.  

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