As the days shift warmer, it can be difficult to find the motivation to pull out the crochet and knit projects. In this blogpost, I provide tips and tricks crocheting and knitting during the summer!
Is it summer yet? Living in the Midwest, Summer will decide when it wants to come on its own regardless of the date on the calendar. Even though I appreciate cozy days bundled up under a blanket with a hot cup of chai, I find so much joy in the warm, sunny days spent going on walks, hammocking or reading on the porch.
However, crocheting and knitting are known for primarily being fall/winter crafts. And yes, while this is the prime season for the yarn crafts, knitting and crocheting does not need to be limited to cold weather. But even if you want to knit and crochet, you may find yourself lacking the motivation to actually knit and crochet. As a seasoned crocheter and knitter, I have learned quite a few tricks that have helped me navigate the hot months with my projects!
This blogpost goes deeper than the obvious tips of choosing smaller projects or using cotton/lightweight yarn (but if you want to know what my favorite summer yarns are, that blogpost is coming soon!). The tips that I have curated includes ideas that you may have not heard of before, and I hope you find them helpful and informative!
Don’t Force It!
I’m a firm believer that knitting and crocheting should enjoyable, so if you are simply not feel like working with yarn when it’s hot, that is totally ok! If you like having these crafts as seasonal projects for fall and winter, I 10000% support you!
So whether you are putting down your hooks for a day or for a few months, just crochet when you want to!
These crafts are suppose to be fun, relaxing, and inspiring, and if they are causing you stress, then they are defeating the original purpose.
Summer is a great time to work through your stash! Since many scrappy projects are smaller, you can be intentional about using yarn from your stash (pro tip: this leaves room for all the fluffy, cozy yarn for fall :))
If you are planning on making a scrappy blanket or sweater, sort the yarn you would like to use for those projects from other scraps you can use for smaller projects. Some of my favorite things to make with scraps is mini baskets and washcloths!
Is there a new technique that you have been wanting to master? Now is the perfect time to watch those tutorials you have saved and work up some swatches! If you don’t want to commit to an entire project, practice some new techniques and stitches with swatches.
If you commit each week to learning one new technique, I guarantee an incredible increase in your knitting/crocheting abilities! What’s even more exciting is as fall approaches, you will have an entire collection of new technique to apply to your fall projects!
I have saved the best tip for last! Creating motifs during the warmer months is one of my favorite things to make. In the knitting and crochet world, motifs are typically a specific design within an overall project. An example of this would be granny squares. The squares themselves are the motifs and you can sew them together to create anything you’d like!
I love making granny square blankets and the summer time is a great time to make them since the squares are typically pretty small. During summer, casually work on building up your collection of granny squares (or motifs!), and once it’s cool, sew them all together to create anything you like!
I hope these tips for crocheting and knitting in the summer helpful! If you use any of these tricks, I would love to know in the comments below or on Instagram!