Summer knitting projects now that it’s almost summer!
I can’t believe it’s almost Father’s Day! Not to mention my son, Rob’s 39th birthday. Yikes. How does one of your “kids” get to be 39 already?! I’ll think about that later or tomorrow, like Scarlett.
June is flying by, and I’m in the middle of a pretty turquoise afghan project which is listed below. All you need to do when starting a new knitting project is to find a SIMPLE pattern and go with it! Don’t over complicate your knitting. Use patterns you’re already familiar with, unless you feel like trying something new. When looking for new patterns, always look online.
Here’s some great places to find knitting patterns from:
- Knitting Pattern Central
- All Free Knitting
- Lion Brand
- Knit Picks
- Red Heart
These are places I go to all of the time to find new patterns or get ideas. A pattern from each of these sites could keep you or me busy for months!
Here is my turquoise blue afghan about 60% done. I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn, 3 – 7oz. skeins.
Pattern Stitch: (multiple of 12 + 1)
Row 1: (RS) K6, k1, *k2tog, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, ssk, ssk, k1 * repeat from * to last 6 stitches, k6.
Row 2: (WS) K6, p across to last 6 sts, k6.
Rows 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15: Repeat Row 1.
Rows 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16: Repeat Row 2.
Rows 17 – 22: Knit.
Repeat Rows 1- 22 for desired length.
In between visits to the boardwalk and the beach this summer, I’ll be toting my knitting along — when I babysit or visit in Staten Island or sitting quietly on my back porch or watching TV in the evening. Sitting in my pretty Peterboro Basket are many projects just waiting for me to find some time for them. I like to think I get to them here and there until they’re finished. That’s one thing I promise myself I’ll do; FINISH what I start. For a while I was really bad at it, not finishing stuff and leaving it in closets or bins for years. No more. When I start a knitting project, it gets done all the way.
Besides, what a waste of yarn that is!
Knitting with cotton yarn is one of my favorite things to do. Whether that is Sugar’n Cream , or Peaches & Cream, there are so many projects and colors to choose from. Here’s a pretty bath cloth in Peaches & Creme Yarn I used a simple eyelet pattern because it’s the yarn striping that you’ll notice, not the pattern itself.
Cast on 43 stitches.
Row 1: K2, * p3, k5; rep from *, end k1.
Row 2: P1, * p5, k3; rep from *, end p2.
Row 3: K2, * p1, yo p2tog, k5; rep from *, end k1.
Row 4: P1, * p5, k3; rep from *, end p2.
Row 5: K2, * p3, k5; rep from *, end k1.
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: K1, * k5, p3; rep from *, end k2.
Row 8: P2, * k3, p5; rep from *, end p1.
Row 9: K1, * k5, p1, yo, p2tog; rep from *, end k2.
Row 10: P2, * k3, p5; rep from *, end p1.
Row 11: K1, * k5, p3; rep from *, end k2.
Row 12: Purl.
Repeat these 12 rows until 9″ in length. Bind off and weave in ends. Then you can display your cloths in very unique ways. I plan on making a few more of these!
These are SO pretty when grouped together as decorations in your bathroom or hallway or anywhere you choose. Splashes of color in the most obscure places is so delightful!
You can put washcloths wherever you like, in whatever you like.
Summer knitting projects can go anywhere you like!
Now that summer is upon us, I like to find a few hours in every day to pick up my needles. Especially when you want to be quiet. When the day is busy or too stuffed with things to do, and you just know you won’t get through it all. STOP! Do what is necessary, what you can, and leave off all the rest. For tomorrow.
Because tomorrow is another day!
As always, take your knitting to heart!