Some people are lucky enough to live somewhere that is warm all or most of the year. But some of those people happen to be knitters, and it's easy to get frustrated over the lack of great patterns for people who live in warmer climates.
While you'll never be able to knit yourself a comfortable Aran sweater if you live in San Diego, Kristi Porter's Knitting in the Sun offers plenty of great options for seasonal knitting or year-round knitting for folks who live in warm climates.
Knitting in the Sun is a pretty straightforward pattern book, with a little bit of knitting instruction at the back for those techniques you might need help with.
It's divided up by project type, including:
- Short Sleeves
- Long Sleeves
- Odds and Ends
The odds and ends chapter includes skirts, a bathing suit and a sleeping outfit, as well as a very cool knit beach chair (using a purchased frame).
The clothing projects are all for women and range in size from extra small to 2XL.
Project skill levels are not listed, but each project mentions in the sidebar what kind of knitting skills you need to complete it (such as increasing and decreasing, reading a chart or using an unconventional construction method).
There are a lot of projects to love in this book, but a few of my favorites are the Bardini summer cloche, which uses a fun miniature herringbone stitch pattern; the Cinnamon Bay beach blanket bag, a drawstring bag the flattens out into a blanket; the Ludington smocked tube top, a bright, fun, textured pattern; the Aviara ruffled surplice top; and the Tofino top-down shaped shirt, which features an interesting ribbing around the waist that is longer in some sections than others.
The photography in the book is nice and the patterns are detailed. One extra option that is really cool is that all the charts for the book are also on the publisher's website so you can easily make a copy to mark up even if you don't have a photocopier handy.
Knitting in the Sun is a lovely book with a great idea behind it: giving people who live in warmer climates a variety of patterns they'll want to knit and use throughout the year.
The combinations of lacy stitch patterns and hardworking yarns (even some wool blends) make these projects all good choices for warmer weather, whether you live somewhere it's always warm (or want to knit for someone who does) or you just want to enjoy the fleeting warmth where you live with some really cute knits.
Publication date: May 2009.