Thinking about doing some summer knitting?
Knitting is often thought of as just a winter craft, knitting with wool in hot weather is not anywhere near as pleasant as knitting in the dead of winter while sitting in front of a roaring fire. But depending on your choice of yarn, knitting suring summer can be just as satisfying!
Summer hand knits tend to be knitted using lace patterns or large needles to decrease the density of the knitted fabric and allow air to circulate more easily.
Generally, when most people think summer knitting yarns, they tend to think about knitting cotton but you can also use light weight acrylics or bamboo yarns for your knitting.
Cotton knitting yarn is soft and light weight, making it idea for knitting summer clothing and accessories. It also tends to be more comfortable to knit than other yarns (like wool for example) during summer but it is generally not recommended for beginners.
Bamboo is a relatively new entrant to the market. As with cotton, the yarn is soft and light weight but it also has a lovely sheen that compares favourably to silk or cashmere, and the knitting fabric is now being used by fashion designers as a low cost substitute.
There are quite a few acrylics and acrylic blends that are suitable for knitting into summer garments, particulary the ones I call novelty yarns, like Powder Puff from Patons orBaby Lustre or Zoomy from Panda. Some of these yarns are difficult to knit, well more difficult that a smooth yarn anyway, but the effect of the yarn knitted into fabric is rather nice.
You might be surprised by just how many different patterns are available for hand knitted summer garments. Here are just a few of the knitting patterns books currently available here in Australia.
|Patons Knitting Pattern Book 1272|
|Cleckheaton Knitting Pattern Book 967||Cleckheaton Knitting Pattern Book 958|
What about a pattern book for the teenagers in your life?
|Patons Knitting Pattern Book 1289|