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Summer Knitting (and Crocheting) Made Simple

French Market Bag in AsaginuYou may be tempted to slow down on projects during the summer; but there are plenty of reasons to continue practicing your craft year-round!
  1. As with any skill or knowledge, the more you practice, the better the results!
  2. It's a great time to work ahead on gifts for the holidays and other occasions. 
  3. Knit and crochet projects are portable! They can go anywhere you go.
  4. You can keep your hands busy while enjoying other leisure activities, such as sporting events, outdoor music, and audiobooks. 
Of course, not every type of project is summer worthy. What you need is something lightweight, portable, and engaging but not overly challenging. Here are some suggestions:

Bags and Décor

Summer and bags just go together, especially in durable cotton or linen blends. They are fun to make, lighten the look of any outfit or display, and are endlessly practical. I just finished a market bag in beautiful Noro Asaginu, and I’m looking forward to tackling some household décor with the chunky Cotton Puff.

Mittens and hats

Small and portable, mittens and hats are a fun, low-risk way to practice skills or add new ones to your repertoire. They are also perfect as gifts, whether for yourself, someone you love, or a local charitable organization. I recommend Huasco Aran Kettle Dyes for beautiful cables (such as in the Carolina Hat and Fingerless Mitts) or Colorato Nodo for a simple hat with visual impact.


Not only are socks extremely portable, but they are also fairly meditative to make. Plus, you’ll appreciate having them when sandal weather is over. Cotton sock blends are easier than ever to find and work for more than just socks—consider CoBaSi for solid colors or Bamboo Pop Sock for variegated.

Staple Linen Top in ZooeyGarments

Summer is the perfect time to make lightweight tops and cardigans to layer and enjoy throughout the year. My latest project is the Staple Linen Top in Zooey; but I’m already looking ahead to Lacinia in Eco Organic Cotton Hand Paints.

Can't decide? Try Yarn Soup to Go! 

Need a quick, no-brainer project to keep your hands occupied during a holiday weekend? Dish cloths are a great go-to when you're between projects. The perfect showcase for new skills or fun designs, dish cloths are quick, practical and they make great gifts. That's why we've assembled three of our softest, best-selling 100% cottons into one bag, coordinated by color, so you can easily grab and go. Only $25! Each assortment will make up to 7 dish cloths.

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