When we asked on social media if you were still knitting over the summer, we were met with a resounding yes! So you may not need any excuse, but just in case you do – here are the top 10 reasons to pick up your needles while the weather is still warm.
When the sun beats down having something light on hand that you can throw over your shoulders is ideal. Lace designs offer breathability and warmth. If you really want to dazzle your friends, try Jan Henley’s gorgeous shawl Lotus from the latest issue of Let’s Knit – out in stores now!
2. Open up
Through the summer months the UK hosts a number of knitting events which means more inspiration and ideas to get Britain knitting. Make the most of the (hopefully!) nice weather by visiting a mill, open day or one of the larger knitting events in your area. One of our favourite hotspots is Coldharbour Mill which is in Devon and one of the UK’s only working wool mills.
3. Colour me happy
Out with simple greys, browns and creams and in with fuchsia, turquoise and pastel shades!
4. The great outdoors
There is nothing better than sitting on a park bench with your most recent WIP and stitching the day away. Pack up your projects and head outside to dose up on vitamin D and indulge in your favourite hobby.
5. Knits for home
Too hot for knitwear? Feather your nest with glorious knitted homewares! Crafty styles are everywhere, so have a go at crocheting a throw or knitting some vase covers. Check out our range of free patterns here.
6. Grand Designs
Knit this summer’s latest styles inspired by the hundreds of lightweight yarns that are ideal for this time of year. Try our free pattern Candace from Knitting The Perfect Fit for a breezy summer vest top.
The season sees the introduction of gorgeous new yarns and brands. Try British yarn company Rowan’s Softknit Cotton for a light and breathable yarn, or the gorgeous colours of Sirdar Americana.
8. School Days
There is no better time to pick up a new skill, whether it be crochet, lace or just brushing up on the knitting basics. Go to the UK Hand Knitting Association website to find a course near you.
9. Get the kids involved!
If you’re running out of ways to entertain your little ones over the summer holidays, why not teach them to knit? There are all sorts of patterns for kids out there – check out this awesome pirate flag from My First Knitting Book by Susan Akass.
10. Hit the Coast
As most Brits head on holiday during the summer, there will be plenty of time to knit from your sunlounger. Don’t be put off from knitting on the plane, but make sure you opt for wooden knitting needles to avoid having them confiscated at security. You may want to check specific airline’s guidelines to make sure before you jet off. Pack a small project like socks that is easily transportable and won’t cause you to have a meltdown in the sky!