Sweltering in the South, Part 1

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Summertime in the South gets very hot! Today it is around 93°F outside, that’s approximately 34°C, very hot and muggy.. If given the choice we are either in the water or inside in an air conditioned building. If you turn the a/c on high enough you can get it cold to continue knitting/crocheting with wool and preparing for winter to come back around or you can experiment with cooler fibers. Try using lightweight blends of bamboo, cotton, tencel & silk. For those of you who love bulkier weights try out the chainette yarns available. Chainette yarns knit up light, soft, and quick so ideal for relaxing summertime knits.

I decided to go looking for patterns to inspire me during these hot days. I thought I would share some here with you in case it is hot where you live too. Luckily I found there are a plethora of patterns available for summertime knitting & crocheting, so many in fact that it is hard to choose which to show here and which ones to leave off.

Tanks/Tees suitable for warmer weather. Some are knit, some crochet, all are lovely!

Sweet Summer Raglan pattern by Allison PirnatThis top is very close fitting, designed with approximately 2 inches of negative ease.

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Red Fuji Tank Top pattern by Ram Wools Yarn Co-opWould you like to see 8 projects made from this pattern and much more?

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Fiftyfifty Shell pattern by Laura CunitzWhen asked to design a project that high lighted the Showy Decrease we went all in with 4 versions of this new, fun and decorative decrease. This simple modification to your traditional decrease creates stitches that rise up off the face of stockinette adding a design element that pops off the fabric without needing to use reverse stockinette as a contrast.

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Etherial tank pattern by Jamie A BeselFrom Knitty.com pattern page:

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Beaded Broken Rib Yoked Tank Top pattern by KatrinKottThis pattern has not yet been tested by anyone but me.

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Special-T pattern by Lori PuthoffPattern directions are for a basic raglan pullover knitted in stockinette with garter stitch edging. You make the tee “special” with your choice of yarn and/or stitch pattern(s).

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Girl Tank Top With Cross Back pattern by Ratchadawan ChambersThis pattern require about 60 gm of yarn. I bought 2 skeins (50g each) and had plenty left. You can use any sport weight yarn that suites for Warm weather.

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Keila top pattern by Handy KittyKeila is a summer top with a crochet yoke and hem edging. The yoke is crocheted with 3 squares plus 2 triangles on each of back and front piece. The squares and triangles are joined as they are crocheted.

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Lacy and light is the way to go for these hot days! Here are some shawls, wraps, and cowls I found that fits the criteria as well as being very pleasing to look at.

Blossoms by the Brook pattern by Ilga LejaA delicate shawlette worked from the bottom up by building one row of motifs upon the next–while increasing the columns of motifs along the sides.

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Sea Leaves pattern by Sue SchreuderThis crescent shaped shawl can be knitted in sock weight (fingering) yarn or in lace weight. The pattern can easily be amended to include a garter stitch or stocking stitch edge at the top, or you can dive right in with the lace.

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Dixie Charm – A Summer Shawl pattern by Kathy LashleyThe perfect elegant accessory for any occasion. It’s lightweight and has a nice drape. If you are looking for a show piece that will get the attention of everyone but need a quick project too, the Dixie Charm Shawl is the perfect project.

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April Flower Shawl pattern by Made by leenUsed 5 skeins mint, 1 pink, 1 darker pink, 1 blue and 1 green

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Crochet Clover Lattice Summer Cowl pattern by Sara McFallThis is a lightweight cowl that could easily double as a crochet necklace. It uses the crochet clover lattice stitch which is a really fun one to work and learn.

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Sweet Li’l Scarfette pattern by ambahJoin the gradient & ombre KAL in

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Glitz at the Ritz pattern by Helen StewartGlitz at the Ritz is the grown up big sister of the Afternoon Tea Shawlette from Knitty SS 2012. With beautiful lace and sparkly beads you’ll be the best accessorized at that summer wedding or keeping the late evening chill off your shoulders with a strapless evening dress.

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Super Eyelet Shawl pattern by Fiona Wright18/06/14 updated with new stitch count. We’re now on version 2!

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Airy Summer Cowl pattern by Jane BjørgesæterDownload includes both summer and winter version of my cowl.

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Seaspray Cowl pattern by Jennifer MillerThis pretty lace pattern is really just a variation of Feather and Fan lace, and is suitable for a beginning lace-knitter. Instructions are given for three different gauges, so it can be knit with a wide range of yarns, including your own handspun.

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Sea Scales Cowl pattern by EastLondonKnitThis cowl was inspired by the impulsive purchase of a single skein of gorgeous yarn. The silvery blue color, smoothness and shine of the yarn suggested beautiful aquatic things. The scale-like pattern practically knit itself to the very last drop of yarn!

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Summer Bikini beach wrap throw coverup pattern by Nikki HooperNo specific size or guage, make it to your desired size. I used about 1.5 skeins.

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Sea Leaves pattern by Sue SchreuderThis crescent shaped shawl can be knitted in sock weight (fingering) yarn or in lace weight. The pattern can easily be amended to include a garter stitch or stocking stitch edge at the top, or you can dive right in with the lace.

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Short socks to wear in the summer time.. I actually wear short socks most of the time, but especially like them when I have to wear shoes during the warmer months.

Shorty Socks pattern by Heidi Gustad (HandsOccupied.com)This pattern fits my size 8 feet pretty snugly, and I have high arches and short toes. If you’ve got lower arches or longer toes, you might want to tweak the pattern a bit.

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Lazy Daisy pattern by Jody RichardsAug 16, 2009: Errata – updated in the round chart and created a left in the round chart. Added instructions on how to move the stitch marker to allow the pattern to spiral properly.

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Water to Sky Anklets pattern by Thakshayini ShanthakumarA low-riding anklet with twisted rib cuff, short row heel and lace panelled instep.

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Lily Socks pattern by Brooke A CampbellDesigned as a Christmas present for my mother. It uses a lightly altered Estonian Lily of the Valley for it’s main panels, with cables as well. Both versions will comfortably fit a US 9, though the larger is recommended for size 10 or if unsure of foot measurements since it is stretchier.

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Fishnet Anklets pattern by Purl SohoWould you like to see 131 projects made from this pattern and much more?

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Mermaid pattern by Barbara GieThe English Version is up :-)

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Uzu pattern by Mary the HobbitWould you like to see 177 projects made from this pattern and much more?

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Tiny Bows pattern by Grace QuadeAdorn your feet with Tiny Bows! Yet another version of a toe up ankle sock. The pattern is fairly simple if you have done a sock toe up before. It can easily be worked in one color if wished and it will still look great.

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Dottie Sock pattern by Raquel GaskellAre you looking for a quick-to-knit cotton sock for the Summer?

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Check back for Part 2; I will be looking for bags, mitts, hats, and other summertime makes.

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