Editor’s Choice: big projects for summer
Summer isn’t just for bracelets and coasters – use the warm sunny weather to make something fantastic that you can enjoy this season. Editor Angie is feeling ambitious, and can’t wait to plan some big projects this summer.
Sometimes, I hear people say that yarn crafts are a seasonal hobby that’s only meant for autumn and winter months. For hard core crocheters like me (and many others), yarn is a year-round activity. Even though we might not be crocheting heavy wool blankets, there are plenty of other ways to keep up the crochet when the sun is shining.
The Quite Quant blanket by Sandra Paul is perfect for chilly spring and summer evenings on the porch or by the bonfire. This blanket features Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, but you could also make it in a cool cotton like Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton for an extra summery blanket.
The name says it all! The Surf City blanket by Kraftling looks perfect for trips to the beach or barbeques by the dunes. For a low maintenance blanket, there’s Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn, which is machine washable and durable enough to survive being thrown at the bottom of a bag all summer. If you’re looking for a cotton blanket with just as many survival skills, I love using Conway + Bliss Cleo, which is a blend of cotton and acrylic with a fantastic stitch definition.
In case you haven’t heard, crochet clothing is definitely back in for 2016.
Perfect for light-hearted days in the sun: the Heart Sweater pattern by Accessorise is simple enough for crochet beginners, and it works up so fast that you could take it on a trip with you this weekend. Make it in King Cole Bamboo Cotton 4-Ply for a top that has a delicious drape.
This coverup is absolutely adorable and perfect for day trips to the beach. It keeps packing light, because you can throw it on over your swimsuit for the afternoon or wear it to an evening cookout. This dress uses thread weight yarn, and I love Adriafil Una A Mako 5 yarn for a beautiful drape, a soft shine, and a beach coverup that will be dry by the time you get in the car to drive home.
Looking for a lacy, openwork sweater for cool summer nights? The Lacy Sweater pattern by Vicki Brown is a great choice. It has a wide neckline and a scrumptious textured stitch, which looks great in Cascade Ultra Pima yarn.
Make a top to match the ocean with the Flow Top pattern by Accessorise. It can be worn over a tank top or a swim suit at the beach, and crocheted up in Stylecraft Malabar it’s soft and versatile.
Do you have any big projects for summer on the go?
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