Need a quick knit for the summer? Merion has found you some fun projects to knit in the warm weather.
Knitting in the summer months is a complete contrast to knitting in winter. When the weather is cold, we curl up with our wool, under cosy chunkies or acres of stocking stitch to burrow into. In warmer weather we need to make summer knits in bright cottons, crisp linens and smooth bamboo. Our colour palettes change for summer knitting too – from earthy, rich tones to pastels and brights.
Here are ten of the best speedy summer knits for beginners (and adventurous beginners) to get you started.
A shawl is your best friend in the summer months – to wrap around bare shoulders when the sun is strong, or to fend off a bright breeze. Perfect over shorts and a vest, and just as at home over a summer dress or swimming costume. A shawl like this rectangular one is great fun to knit and great for beginners. It’s knitted in Rico Essentials Cotton DK – and there are 59 gorgeous shades to choose from, so you can mix and match to find a combination you love.
An ideal stashbuster! Knitting little purses and bags is a fun project for summer – no swathes of stocking stitch in your lap to weigh you down, just a simple knit that you can customise to your heart’s delight. This purse is a great introduction to cables – I often recommend that if you’re going to try something new, try it on a small scale. Invest in a few purse frames, and embellish with beads if you like – but they’re just as pretty without.
Both of these knits are good projects for beginners – and both can be knitted in any worsted/aran weight yarn, which makes them speedy to make, and a lovely idea for a gift. If you love to drink your tea or coffee hot, regardless of the temperature outside, a mug cosy is a must all year round!
Knitting a cushion is a great way to practise your stitches if you’re a new knitter, and in super chunky yarn, these fishy fellows will knit up super fast. You can knit a whole aquarium if you change the colours, too – take a look at Rico Essentials Big, or for more neon shades, London Kaye LKYC.
A cotton cami is a fabulously useful garment for the warm weather – worn with or without a cardigan for any offending breeze. This little beauty from Alice Neal uses Cascade Ultra Pima Fine in gold and silver shades, but you can use any 4ply or sport weight cotton that you like – MillaMia Naturally Soft Cotton is a beautiful sport weight cotton would be beautifully comfortable to wear.
The sweetest little booties in the world! These Little Star Baby Booties by Christy Hill come in three sizes from newborn to 12 months, and a lovely little gift for a new baby. Knit in worsted or aran weight yarn – and in cotton, for example Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran, to keep baby’s feet cool in the summer months.
A sweet, swift knit that you can carry with you, working just one flag at a time. This pretty bunting can be used all through the summer for picnics and BBQs, strung from tree to tree or along a fence, or throughout the year inside the house. Make some in your favourite colours – this example is made in Willow & Lark Ramble, but you can use any DK yarn you like.
This cute little owl purse is just the thing to store your diapers (nappies in the UK) and wipes if you’re out and about with your baby. It’s a neat little parcel shape with button fixings, and is a great introduction basic cables. You can use it for whatever you like – it would be so sweet in a bright colour with a handle attached for your favourite little person, for carrying their favourite little toys. You’ll need just 100m/109 yards of your chosen chunky yarn – and you’re bound to have that in your stash.
Knitted dishcloths are a great way to practise new skills at the same time as making something practical for the home. These two are perfect for new knitters, and knitted Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Prints and Solids. Dishcloths and washcloths make thoughtful gifts, and you can match them to your kitchen and bathroom.
Knitted ties are no longer stuck in the 1980s! These gorgeous ties are right up to the minute, and look particularly cool in pastel shades – for ladies and gents. It won’t take you long to knit them in neat, textured moss stitch – and it’s a great way to practise your knit and purl.
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