“I’M SERIOUSLY COVETING A SWEET KNITTED BRALET FOR SPOT OF SUNBATHING” A
ummer is the time when some knitters down needles and retreat to a shady corner, but it doesn’t need to be that way! No, knitting is a craft for all seasons, why shouldn’t we don our (temperature appropriate) knits and enjoy a ‘99 on the beach? (Flake n’all!)
My head’s been swimming with summer inspiration the past few months, so grab that glass of Pimm’s and I’ll show you what’s caught my eye...
SCOLOUR, TEXTURE, EVERYWHERE! Plant fibres like cotton, bamboo and linen are perfect for summer knits – combine these light, breathable fibres with splashes of colour and a neutral base, and you can’t go wrong.
If that’s not your bag, try a finer ply wool yarn, or plant blends; I love the squish of a good wool cotton! My favourite colours this season (or let’s face it, anytime!) are mint, yellow and a lovely zingy orange.
A lot of spinners are producing plant-based tape yarns this year and I’m curious to try them. In cheery summer colours these chunky yarns are the perfect texture for a tank or slouchy sweater, don’t you think? OH, BUT WHAT TO KNIT… So what treats should we knit with these delectable yarns? My queue on ravelry. com is currently full to bursting with great ideas I simply can’t keep up with.
My top picks for really wearable, everyday patterns are Quince and Co’s Aster tank and Dubro tee. The shaping on both garments is just perfect.