Good afternoon, everyone!

Who else is in LOVE with this gorgeous weather? It seems like we’ve finally shaken off that lingering chill and maybe the sunshine is here to stay. Over the weekend geraniums appeared in our window boxes and we caught that first whiff of fresh cut grass.

Of course, with longer days and warmer weather come a few more chores. Before you know it we’ll all be busy with yard work and sweaters will be the furthest thing from our mind. But that’s no reason to let your knitting fall by the wayside! There are SO many cute projects for this time of year. These adorable outdoor-friendly patterns and yarns will make you want to find a shady spot in the garden and carry right on knitting!

Catching up on yard work? Planning a visit to the beach? In the Sun by Erica Jackofsky is perfect for spending long hours…well, you get the idea. This charming pattern calls for a fingering weight yarn held double, OR a light worsted by itself. Geilsk and Anchor Bay are both great choices; these wool/cotton blends are comfortable and sturdy for summer accessories.

Whether you’re toting a picnic or a project, The Little Bee’s Ropey Rainbow Basket is up for the job. This incredibly structured crochet basket relies on a core of nylon rope for its strength and an array of bright yarns for its color. Brand-new Capri, a sport weight cotton/acrylic blend, offers all the hues you could wish.

Invite some feathered friends to keep you company with For the Birds by Laurie Parrish. These cozy hanging houses knit up quickly at a large gauge and are then felted for a durable finish. Mauch Chunky will yield excellent results when felted and the earthy colors will look right at home in the trees!

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Even though the pattern is only available in Dutch (sorry!), we couldn’t resist sharing these stunning Garden Light Version 2 by Ravelry user moois van me. Just imagine how magical the glow of candle light and the silhouette of lace among the leaves would look on a summer evening! Hopefully someone will translate this little beauty soon.

When it’s time to cool of with a glass of lemonade on the porch, break out a set of colorful coasters. We especially like these fun and easy Mitered Squares by Staci Perry, which are free and come with great video instruction for new knitters. And when it comes to coasters, for a yarn choice you can’t beat Sugar ‘n Cream, the classic worsted cotton for all your kitchen projects.

We hope you’re inspired to keep knitting through the upcoming spring and summer months. After all, the only thing more relaxing than a seat in the shade is a good project!

Have fun!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandra David
    Apr 20, 2016 @ 15:13:38

    LOVE the bright colors and yarns. I took home a ball of Capri for swatching. A sport weight cotton – hurray!



  2. Christine Reese
    Apr 20, 2016 @ 16:44:33

    Love the hat!! And the colors and the feel of the yarn is so soft, yarn feeling is part of the fun!😄🌺🌷



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