Here comes Summer and its heat waves. A perfect time to go outside and to do some gardening or to be outside for longer and longer especially when you take advantage of your holidays.
But with this weather also comes the heat. Is it possible to continue knitting when it is over 30°C when we have more time to finally put it on our needles?
Is it even possible to think about putting wool on our needles while our hands are sweating?
Here are a few tips to keep knitting even in stifling heat.
1. The yarn’s choice
The yarn composition
You have certainly experienced having sweaty hands while knitting and nothing is more unpleasant.
Heat amplifies the problem. But there is a way to keep knitting even if it’s very hot.
First of all, it is best to avoid animal fibres such as wool, alpaca and especially mohair! They have the disadvantage of making your hands sweat, not only is it quite unpleasant, but the risk of felting is even higher.
So it’s better to opt for vegetable fibres such as cotton, flax, tencel, bamboo and why not silk??
For example, silk is very light, fluid and of a rare softness. It has isothermal properties, it keeps warm during Winter and brings freshness during Summer. For me, it is one of the most beautiful fibres to knit during the Summer with flax.
Flax is also thermoregulating. It gives a feeling of freshness during Summer and retains heat during Winter. This is due to its particular structure which gives its incomparable breathability.
These are just a few examples of possible fibres to knit in hot weather.
It may also be worth choosing a pattern that favours a fingering type yarn rather than heavier yarns such as worsted or aran. This will be easier to handle, you will have less yarn on hand and it will be less hot.
2. Projects choice
Choose small projects instead, you’ll have less yarn on your legs. They will also be more transportable.
- mittens or gloves
- baby clothes
But you might also want to knit a sweater or a cardigan.
So why not choose a linen, silk or cotton tee, a small short cardigan to wear over a dress or a very airy shawl?
You might also consider starting a very big project as a blanket! So why not knit a blanket to assemble, which will allow you to have only small pieces on your needles during the hot weather when you’ll be assembling when the heat is a little more bearable.
3. Finally, some suggestions
The choice is vast but here are some suggestions of patterns to make you want to knit during the Summer:
- Valentine, the pure silk tee I released last week.
- Commuter Knapsack, a little knitted backpack
- Lost In Time, a crochet shawl (who’s been waiting at least a year at my house)
- A lace shawl, Boon Lay
- A linen shawl that’s a few years old but I still find it pretty., Lida Shawl
- The Persian Dreams blanket for trying fair isle knitting (and well, if you let it go before the end, it’s possible to make cushions out of the hexes)
- Some Summery amigurumis: Lalylala’s Summer
Here is a very brief selection of the patterns available on Ravelry for this Summer. You might also consider learning new techniques such as stranded colorwork, modular knitting or why not crochet!
Tell me, what do you want to knit this summer? Feel free to tell me in comments.
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See you soon,