12 Gorgeous Summer Knitting Patterns

12 Gorgeous Summer Knitting Patterns

Summer knitting calls for lightweight yarns, small projects and lace when at all possible. When knitting in the summer heat, the last thing you want is a big pile of wool sitting on your lap. It's also prime travel season and the knitting project I love to travel with is socks. They are fun to knit and won't take up a lot room in your carry-on.

Since moving to California, I've nearly stopped knitting. I make a pair or two of socks a year, sometimes a hat or an occasional baby sweater. Whereas when I lived in Oregon, I knit countless hats, mittens and a fair number of big bulky sweaters. Here in southern climes though, I have little need for sweaters, especially bulky ones. So my knitting has dwindled and sewing has stepped in to fill my making hours. For a few years now, I've been thinking that I was just knitting the wrong things and should try a summer knit. So to inspire myself (and you!) I put together this little roundup of summer knitting patterns. 

Vintage Knitting Basket

Vintage Knitting Basket

Years ago my parents brought home this vintage folding basket for me. The design is rather ingenious, just a wood frame that is held together with a fabric box. When I first got the basket, I removed the fabric and made a new bag. Over the years I grew to dislike the fabric I had used and nearly gave it away. Instead I decided to replace the fabric again and my love affair with this little basket is renewed. 

DIY Striped Hermione Socks

DIY Striped Hermione Socks

Just a quick little post to show you these cozy, textured socks I finished knitting this week. I started knitting these on my trip to Chicago in June. I've been knitting them here and there over the past few months and finally made a lot of progress on my trip to Portland this last weekend. Socks are a great project for traveling because they're small and portable.