We asked you on Facebook whether warmer summer temperatures change your knitting habits. Most of you responded that you don't care what the season is, you knit on like normal. Others of you tend to make smaller items like hats, socks, or dishcloths, and still others change from wool yarn to plant fibers.
With that in mind, here are my five favorite FREE knitting patterns this summer. They're not all specifically summer-related patterns, but are ones that I really think are beautiful and want you to know about.
(Clicking on each pattern's name will take you to the spot to download or print the actual pattern.)
1. Summer Flies Shawl.
This beautiful shawl pattern was created by Donna Griffin of Holly and Ella Knits. I made one of these for my friend Cindy's wedding, and she LOVED it. The pattern is simple and easy to follow. It calls for a plant fiber yarn, but I used Madeline Tosh DK instead and it turned out to be lovely!
Here's one for the little man in your life. It can be so hard to find things to knit for little boys. Either the patterns are too "mature" (they're in preschool, not college!) or they're just not manly enough. The "unisex" style just doesn't cut it for most moms of boys! Zingo is an adorable vest that rides that cute-yet-manly line perfectly. The designer based the look of the vest on her collection of vintage magazines. If it's still cool in the evenings where you are, this would look great with shorts over a tee. This pattern can be found in Petite Purls Online Magazine, which is a great source for free online children's knit and crochet patterns. (Check it out for more patterns for boys AND girls!)
This is a wonderful pattern from online knitting magazine Knitty.com. The construction of this sock blows my mind. I consider myself to be a pretty experienced knitter, but would never have thought to create a heel like this. This pattern is on my Must Knit List for the summer!
If I know my Craftsy Crafters, I know that you love a good dishcloth! This free dischloth pattern from The Thrifty Knitter is easier than it looks! With just a few basic skills (knitting, purling, slipping stitches, knitting stripes) you can make a whole mess of these in no time!
5. Glam Shells Shawl by Maiden Brooklyn
A pretty, modern, airy, shawl for Spring! -- knit from a single skein of one of my favorite yarns, Skinny Bugga from Cephalopod Yarns. The body of the shawl is knit entirely from written instructions and consists primarily of an easy 10 row repeat ; only the lace edging is charted. Stitch counts are available to keep on track.
And those are MY top five summer knits.
What are you knitting this summer? Why not share your next summer knitting project with the Craftsy Community?