Summer Knitting

I am lucky enough to live near a beach; actually many beaches. And I love to knit when I sit on the beach. There is something special about the soothing nature of the rolling waves, and the yarn easing its way through my fingers and making stitches on my needles.

But beach knitting can’t be just anything. I remember a long time ago working on a very complicated colorwork vest, one that required a lot of yarn on bobbins. That was a challenge in any location, much less a breezy, sunny, sandy locale. And I don’t really like working with heavy yarn when I’m on the beach. But a lightweight wool is fine, and cotton and cotton blends are perfect.

As I begin to plan my summer knitting, I’m thinking about choosing two projects: one that takes a little thinking and needs constant attention, like this
Greta in Wrap It Up
And one that is more mindless, for when I’m on the beach with other people, or when it’s a windy day.

Nereid in Seaside Village
Since it’s going to be hard to narrow down my choices, I might have to plan for more than two projects. After all, there is also knitting while watching baseball, or by the pool, or at the cottage in the woods – or just knitting in the summer when there is nowhere to be but home!

Do you knit at the beach or when you are camping in the mountains? Or in some other type of relaxing vacation setting? What is your summer knitting strategy?

5 Reasons Why Knitters Love Scarves and Shawls



Giuliana in Villa from Wrap It up 1506
1. Scarves and wraps are usually quicker to knit than a sweater. And knitters love to start new projects! The sooner you finish a project, the sooner you can plan and start the next one.

2. Since they are quick to finish (see above), you can shop for yarn more often. 

3. No finishing. With rare exceptions, most wraps are done when then knitting is done. Weave in a few ends and it’s ready to wear. No tedious seaming, ribbing, or buttons to sew.

4. They always fit. Nothing is more disappointing to a knitter than working for months on a sweater only to finish, try it on and discover it isn’t a great fit. If you wanted to wear a sweater that isn't flattering, you could save yourself a lot of time and go buy one.

5. They make great gifts.  For knitting and non-knitting friends alike, handmade gifts are the best – and a scarf always fits (see #4 above!).

A quick glance at favorite projects on Ravelry confirms that wraps are very popular. Our May pattern collection, Wrap It Up, is all about wraps. From rectangular scarves and stoles, to triangular and circular shawls, in garter, chevron, ridges, and lace and eyelets, Wrap It Up has a wide and diverse selection.


As always, our printed books have a scratch-off code for a download of the entire collection. Or you can purchase individual designs as pdf downloads. Click on the cover below to see all the projects in the book.

Wrap It Up 1505