“I’M SE­RI­OUSLY COV­ET­ING A SWEET KNIT­TED BRALET FOR SPOT OF SUN­BATHING” A

Knit Today Magazine - - Notebook -

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.

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