You may think of knitting as a winter hobby, cozying up, madly knitting scarves and socks for Christmas presents. But there are endless projects for the spring and summer months.
I’ve decided to up-cycle some of my clothes for summer. I wanted quick projects that I would actually get finished in time for summer. It’s rather addictive, and I’ll have to make sure I don’t take the scissors to too much of my wardrobe.
I started small with this old vest top.
Since I started knitting I have always wanted to knit lace, and indeed I did knit my mum a lace blanket one Christmas. (It’s one of those projects I wonder how I ever got done.) There are some amazing lace patterns and I just loved this one, called Mountain Peaks. I found it on the wonderful and aptly named http://laceknittingstitch.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/mountain-peaks.html I used a cotton yarn so I would be able to wash it like I would normally. It also looks better, I think.
I cut the hole in the top after I knitted the swatch.
Thrilled with the success of this piece, I got a little braver with my scissors and cut up an old T-shirt of my brother’s.
There is a great blog called http://www.craftstylish.com where she gives you a tutorial of how to crochet an edge. However, I can’t crochet so I knitted the edge using a Moss stitch as it doesn’t curl and is easily one of my favourite stitches. I also thought that the little bobbles of the stitch matched the spots on the T-shirt.
Cast on an even number of stitches
Row 1 - *Knit1, Purl1 * Rep these 2 stitches to the end of the row
Repeat both rows.
I’ve also been busy coming up with an Easter pattern to sell as a pack at the sewing school. I came up with this super cute chick, which knits up in a couple of hours.
What a great season to be knitting!