We've all experienced the phenomenon of having to concentrate at the start of a pattern to make sure everything is going just right, haven't we. Then all of a sudden it seems to get easier, and by the time you reach the end you are almost knitting on auto‐pilot.
Well, you can tap into that for some easy summer knitting. So here are five ideas for repeats that really work.
#1 ‐ One pattern, two or three yarns:
If you have a pattern that you have enjoyed working, then try it out with a couple of different yarns. You will be surprised how different the end result can be! A fine gauge yarn might turn into a lovely skinny scarf, while a chunky yarn would give a fashion-forward winter version which will be pressed into service as soon as the weather turns colder.
Pop into some knitting shops along your travel route and see what yarns "speak" to you. You might find something quite inspiring in a new store.
#2 ‐ Same yarn, different pattern:
When you have used a yarn that was especially good to work with, you just want to find more excuses to use it!
I loved the yarn I used for the Kimpton Scarf and Wrap, for example, and am about to order some more of that in different colours.
#3 ‐ Don't just make one – knit a set:
Cushions and pillows always look better when there are a lot of them, so why not plan to make a whole set such as these Rare Earth Cushions.
Then when all the knitting is done you can sit in a quiet place and finish them all off at once.
You could also make several sets in different colourways so that you can change your cushion covers to suit the season. Then you could have pumpkin coloured cushions for Halloween or a red and green set for the holiday season.
#5 ‐ And don't forget patchwork afghans:
Small items such as squares are perfect for carrying with you when you go to the beach, or to work on in a quiet moment!
You could knit just a few squares for charity using oddments you have around or gather co‐ordinating yarns specifically for a larger project such as in the log‐cabin blanket in the photo here.
Happy Summer Knitting!
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