We’ve had quite a few patrons stop by the shop happily preparing for travel projects. It might surprise you how many have stopped by to pick up yarn for afghan projects now that the weather is warming — but the staff here at the shop know the truth of these special projects! These are the makings of warm blankets by warm hearts preparing for the cold winter to come!
If the thought of knitting under the cover of a growing blanket this summer makes you a little itchy — I’ve got a little secret for you. . . some of these patterns are easily made and transported during the summer months ahead and I just have to share a few of these fun patterns with you!
Check out this free download from Ravelry: The Color Block Blanket is worked in colorful squares of varying stitch patterns. I just helped a lovely lady in the shop choose from our beautiful selection of Berroco Vintage for this project — and let me tell you — it is going to be gorgeous! She knew she’d be spending a great deal of time traveling this summer, and thought the squares would be easily made and gathered together throughout her journeys.
If you’re a crocheter, a beautiful granny square blanket might just be the ticket! This revisited technique is hot this summer — and the colorful cotton hues in the shop are just waiting to be whimsically matched and worked into a vintage inspired afghan! Check out the many free downloads on Ravelry for crocheted squares like the Kata Square and the Harriet Square. I might have to break out my crochet hooks and make some of these myself!
As I sit and write this post, I can see the afghan my grandmother made decades ago blowing in the wind on the clothesline out my window. I’ve spent many years admiring the varied stitches she made with her aged hands, and it is a special gift to curl up with it knowing it was a labor of love. So, it is with much joy that I help happy knitters choose patterns and color combinations for their own love-laced projects. Projects that remind me of this very blanket — and more importantly, my grandma Lillian.
Stop by the shop and check out the patterns and books we have on our shelves — this just might be the summer project you’ve been waiting for!