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Knitting Projects to Start Now and Enjoy All Winter

Summer is the perfect time to plan and begin knitting projects before the holiday rush hits in just a few months.

Lots of knitters slow down on their projects during the summer, but there are some good reasons to continue working at your craft year-round! While you may be thinking that Christmas seems far away when you’re lounging on the beach under the sweltering sun, summer is actually the perfect time to plan and begin knitting projects before the holiday rush hits in just a few months. Starting earlier can take some of the stress and pressure off during the hectic holiday season. Take a look at these winter project ebooks and celebrate Christmas in July—only 153 days left until winter!

Holiday Decor

‪For the holidays, you can DIY everything from glittery pompom garlands for your Christmas tree to a luxurious menorah pillow to some nutcracker slippers. Don’t leave time-consuming projects until the week after Thanksgiving. These Winter Solstice table runners from Handknit Holidays by Melanie Falick are a beautiful way to “dress” the holiday table.

table runner

Patterned Scarves

A funky-cool scarf is a great winter fashion statement. The possibilities for sleek and sophisticated projects are endless—including knit multicolored beads, chain link scarves, and a variety of designs like stripes, circles, and zig-zags. You’ll be glad to have a stockpile of scarves when others are just beginning to tackle that daunting holiday gift list. Check out this optical illusion striped scarf that creates a layering effect even while flat, from Knitting New Scarves by Lynne Barr.

striped scarf

Sophisticated Jackets

A luxurious knitted jacket is both cozy and structured. Starting a more difficult and lengthy project when there’s already a chill in the air can be daunting—but hey, you’ve got plenty of time! Knitting Classic Style by Veronik Avery is a great resource for creating timeless pieces with a modern twist. This bold military jacket incorporates satisfyingly simple cables and shank buttons to update a classic knitting design.

military jacket

Cozy Afghans

While it’s hard to imagine those cold winter nights while you’re sipping margaritas by the pool this summer, colorful and comfortable afghans will be perfect for cuddling up next to the fire when the seasons change. With  a huge range of knitting techniques and designs, afghans alone can keep you busy creating exquisite pieces for the holiday season and beyond. This bright star afghan from Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afghans by Norah Gaughan might look intimidating, but trust us: This book will take you through the process step by step and you’ll complete it in no time!

star afghan

P.S. To celebrate Christmas in July, all of these books are on sale for just $4.99 on July 25th, so get to knitting!

 

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