That’s right, summer is finally here, and for me it’s the second summer of this year, which means that I’ve endured double warmness, double A/C expenses and the most important part: I doubled my summer projects! Yay!
As I said on my first summer post this year, in this hot temperature the best you can use to knit and crochet are plant fibers like cotton and bamboo. In this second summer I wanted to try new things ―I used thread, small crochets and I learned how to do filet crochet.
A lot of people find weird that you keep crochet even in summer because they think (mistakenly) that crochet and knitting is for winter and that you can only make winter accessories and clothing. For this reason, this post is dedicated to 3 summer accessories that you can make (with the fibers I mentioned before) without the risk of sweating and your hands becoming raisins.
You can get his pattern here.
I must admit I’m a person who likes challenges and because of that I can’t be objective but this project has been one of the most satisfying ones until now. The technique to do it is called “filet crochet” and it’s probably something you’ve seen someday over your grandmother’s bedside table. Filet crochet uses a grid with filled (3 dc) and empty squares (1 dc, 2 ch, 1 dc).
When I started with crochet I remember to have sworn that I would never use a hook smaller than 2mm but I had to eat my words and this shawlette it’s made with a 1 mm hook (!). I chose DMC’s Cébélia 10 and I only needed 2.5 skeins of beige (739).
If you’re new to filet like me, then this project requires your complete and undivided attention, there’s no time to get bored because every row is completely different to the one before. For someone with previous experience this could be an intermediate difficulty level but if that’s not the case, then it needs an experienced crocheter. You can see the image of the process from a tiny part to the completed shawl.
It took me a complete month dedicating a lot of daily time to finish it and when you finally think it’s done, you realize you have to thread more than 1000 beads one by one and that’s when you feel like giving up, but I promise it’s worth it.
I recommend this project if you want to do something different and challenging!
MINTY FRESH PONCHO
One of my goals for my second summer was to make a summer poncho and I can finally cross that out of my list. This pattern has an easy difficulty level and it’s so easy and soooo fast to make. Instructions are repetitive and you can adjust the length as much as you want. You can also sew it and choose if you want a broader neck opening, according to your preferences.
The poncho has a lace design that allows air to circulate in a hot day and even more if you choose a light yarn like Katia’s Panamá. I must say this yarn splits too easily but if you learn how to handle it properly it’s so light and cool. For this project I used 4 skeins in a beautiful peachy color (41) and I used a 3 mm hook.
I recommend this project because it’s easy and so fast.
LIGHT AS AIR VEST
Just like its name, this vest is quite light. After I finished with the Eolande Shawlette, I was left with 2.5 skeins and I didn’t know what to do with them so I decided to get more Cébélia 10 in orange and brown (946 and 434) and with these 4 skeins and a half I could make this vest.
This vest has an easy difficulty level and it’s perfect to do it while you’re riding the bus or in those moments when you can’t be constantly checking the pattern. This project could be really boring because you have to crochet more than 60 grannies but what makes you feel motivated it’s that you join them as you go so the vest starts taking its shape little by little. The fact that is so repetitive makes it perfect for outdoors crocheting.
I won’t deny that having to weave in more than 200 threads is far from fun but when you get to that point, the only thing you’ll want is to put on your vest and you won’t mind… probably.
This vest drapes beautifully and has a cute retro look but one thing I would change is that is too boxy, though it depends on your personal tastes. I solved this by making two long cords at my waist and for more shape and structure.
I hope you find these summer ideas useful because summer it’s far from ending and you still have time. Hopefully you will make one of these.
I think at this point it’s obvious (never!) but each one of these patterns needs to be blocked, so I’m sorry if you hate the idea of blocking but it’s really what will give life to the project in your hands, especially if it’s made with cotton yarn and lace patterns. Actually you can see it clearly in the process image of the Eolande Shawlette: you can see the shawl before blocking (wringed and bent) and after blocking (flat, with shape and aligned stitches).
Happy summer crocheting!