Surviving Summer Knitting

We finally have some truly warm weather, and as a heat-hater, I’m in full on whiny mode, but I’m trying to make things work. Knitting when it’s hot out can be a challenge, but here are three things you can do to make it more pleasant.


1) Work at a desk or table and avoid the couch. Keeping your knitting off your lap and away from your body will keep you cooler. It’s simple but effective.

2) Keep your hands cool. If you’re using a fan, set it up so it blows across your hands before it hits your body. I used to hate the way it blew around my yarn, so I’d angle the fan to avoid my knitting, but I’ve since realized that it’s worth the hassle.

3) Wash your hands and needles. The biggest problem with knitting when it’s hot is sweaty hands. Sticky sweat gets on your needles and slows down your knitting. Washing your hands helps, but don’t forget about your needles! Scrub off the sweat residue with a damp cloth, and make sure everything is bone dry before you start knitting again.

Do you have any tips on how to keep knitting nice in the summer?





4 responses to “Surviving Summer Knitting”

  1. I’m not a fan of blazing summer heat either… I’ve been working on lighter projects lately – a cotton tee, socks, things like that. My fluffy tweeds will have to wait for cooler weather.

  2. I always have a glass of Iced coffee and ice water beside me when I knit.

  3. Small projects! I stick to socks and shawls when it’s hot. Also, absolutely no fibre with a halo. Trying to knit fuzzy yarns or, god forbid, mohair, is just not worth it.

  4. Small projects, or diaphanous ones which are socks and shawlettes for me!

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