Knitting, shawls

Summer Shawl Knitting…

One sure sign of a truly deep love of knitting is a knitter who keeps on knitting despite the Summer heat! πŸ˜‰

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Knitting the Kathryn Scarf on my back deck!

What to knit in said Summer heat?

My favorite go to is lace! In the Summer, I knit lots and lots of lace! Though I don’t personally limit myself to only working with yarns that are cotton/linen blends in Summer, I do enjoy them, and they’re a great option for cooler Summer knitting and knitwear. πŸ™‚

Shawls are a really useful (and beautiful) garment to create when you’re knitting lace. They can be very light and airy, making the perfect light layer to grab and wrap around your shoulders as the sun goes down on a breezy Summer evening! I find them very entertaining to work, as well as super portable for travel knitting!

Here are a few favorite Summery projects of the past that I would knit again in a heartbeat!

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Flambe

This is the first shawl I ever knit – the one that got me hooked on shawl knitting in fact! It’s the Flambe One Skein Shawl, by Michelle Miller of Fickleknitter. I bought the kit for this shawl in order to participate in a knit-a-long (KAL) that Michelle was hosting. It was SO much fun! A KAL is a great way to connect with people who like a lot of the same things you do, and also provides amazing support and encouragement! (Especially when you’re new to shawl knitting!) πŸ˜‰ This shawl has a lot of happy memories for me! Β Flambe makes a fabulous Summer knit because it’s complicated enough to keep your mind busy, but not too complicated for travel knitting, and it only requires one skein of sock yarn! It’s also perfect for Summer wear as it’s small – just enough to cover your shoulders if the air conditioning gets to be a bit much or there’s a chilly breeze at night. πŸ™‚

 

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Lace Leaf Shawl

This one is the Lace Leaf Shawl, designed by Mary Henderson. It’s a lovely leaf pattern, easy to memorize; and you can customize the size of your shawl by knitting more or fewer repeats! The yarn is a fingering weight merino/silk blend called “Row of Tulips” by Expression Fiber Arts. It was an absolute dream to knit with!

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Obi Shawl

Another Fickleknitter design by Michelle Miller, The Obi Shawl is one of my all-time favorite shawls to knit. In fact, I’ve already made two of them! One I gave away, and the other gets a lot of wear as a favorite go-to layer that I turn to constantly! The yarn is amazing – a merino/cashmere/silk blend called Serenity Silk Single by Zen Yarn Garden, it’s also one of my favorite yarns to work with! The color shown here is called “Dragonfruit!”

I might also finally allow myself to knit a shawl or two from my current list of shawl-crushes…!

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A Hap for Harriet: Designed by Kate Davies; photographed by Tom Barr.
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Fantoosh!: Designed by Kate Davies; photographed by Tom Barr.

I’m totally in love with both of these shawls designed by Kate Davies: A Hap for Harriet, and Fantoosh!Β They are both simple, but elegant, and the yarns used for the samples look absolutely scrumptious! I particularly love the coziness and generous size of Fantoosh!, and the delicate simplicity of A Hap for Harriet. If you’re drooling over these like I am, be sure to check out Kate’s shop – she has kits for sale containing: yarn, pattern, and project bag!

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Rock Island: Designed by Jared Flood.

I’m also loving Rock Island, by Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed. I find the mix of openwork lace and simple garter stitch captivating! Brooklyn Tweed Vale is a lovely lace weight wool; although for Summer, I think this shawl would also be great in a cotton or linen blend such as Purl Soho’s Linen Quill (wool/alpaca/linen) or Juniper Moon Farm’s Zooey DK (cotton/linen/flax).

While we’re talking about Summer shawl knitting…

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Leaves of Grass: Designed by Jared Flood.

…knitting a circular shawl has been on my bucket list for a good long time now, and I’m feeling the urge to buckle down and just do it! I’ve been eying this one – Leaves of Grass, (another Jared Flood design) as a potentially great Summer knit…hmmm…need to go check my stash and see if I have enough fingering weight yarn… πŸ™‚

Do you knit in the Summer time? If so, what Summer knitting project(s) are you currently working on? Do you have a favorite Summer knitting style or project? I’d love to hear all about it! πŸ™‚

~Happy Knitting!

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9 thoughts on “Summer Shawl Knitting…”

  1. The shawls are lovely. My knitting mojo has been on and off. I’ve been busy with shortened days and Jellybean’s school activities and cooking – made the husband some crock pot chili for his daily lunches. Today her class with another fourth grade class performed a singing act about the gold rush. Tomorrow she gets an award.

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    1. Thank you! 😊
      Wow! You HAVE been busy!! Mmmm, crockpot chili sounds amazing!!
      Wow, congratulations!! What a great project to be involved in!! 😊❀️

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  2. Absolutely stunning. I do love shawls and lace myself. They knit so gorgeously. I always seem to be working on one, or have one lurking in the wings, ready for cast on. I knit all year round, or else I crochet. In summer it is smaller lighter projects, like shawls, or socks. In winter its more bulky yarns. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yay! Another shawl lover!! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜„β€οΈ Do you find that you wear your shawls? I love to wear mine!! Usually in the Spring, Summer, and Fall I use them as a light coverup on my shoulders if the air conditioning is too cold, or outside on cool evenings; and in the Winter I tend to wear them around my neck! 😊

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  3. I love your shawls and agree – lace shawls are so much fun to knit and so useful to own. I always have one going. I knit them in lightweight wool, and they work year round. Right now I have Jem Arrowsmith’s Moon and Sky on my needles, using Madeline Tosh Prairie in the colorway Cloud Dweller – and I love it! I have done the lace leaf and the Hap for Harriet – both gets loads of wear. And I saw Celtic Knot (another lace circular) in person at the Maine Fiber Frolic a week or so ago – it is incredibly lovely, so now I too am thinking about a giant circular lace thing. It takes 2000 yards and has beads, it would be a serious commitment…

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    1. Yay!! Another shawl lover!! πŸ˜„β€οΈ Oooh the Moon & Sky shawl you’re working on is going to be SO lovely in that color of Prairie! I can’t wait to see it finished!! Wow! The Celtic Knot circular Shawl is stunning! I agree – seeing a shawl in person is a much different experience than even the best photos can provide! 😊 You lucky duck!!! 😊 Yes, that is quite a big commitment! What would you think about the two of us keeping in touch as we work on our circular shawls so we can support and encourage each other? Kind of like a mini circular Shawl knit-a-long??

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