Modern Daily Knitting Field Guide No. 7 - Ease

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These are the designs we’ll be making during the dog days—they’ll give you the sort of knitting fun that can be had on a patio, a porch, a plane, or a pool.

Sea Breeze Cowl/Poncho - We keep calling this a cowlcho, or a ponchcowl. However you wear it, the stitch pattern is a beauty—it meanders all over the place, but it’s a snap to make.

Sail Away Shawl - Beach umbrella stripes, with a pattern that allows you to knit a small shawl and call it a day. Or add more panels for a juicy asymmetrical wrap that drapes you in our all-time favorite, garter stitch. Stripe it a little or a lot, as you please. No fuss.

Picket Fence Blanket - Graphic and bold, this blanket makes the best carry-along knitting: the blanket is made of one kind of square, but the arrangement and color possibilities are endless. Julia’s magic switcheroo technique means that this is not traditional intarsia—once you have the needles in your hands, you’ll quickly get the hang of this clever method of colorblocking. Bonus: very few ends to weave in.

Bodhi Leaf Washcloth - Less than 6 inches across, these wee linen cloths are the best sort of portable knitting. Make a batch of them for your friends, your ma, your babysitter, yourself.

 

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