Summer Dreaming

The new summer Holla Knits came out this week.

And if you're not a subscriber you don't want to miss it. Holla Knits is a garment knitter's dream with two dedicated issues a year full of innovative new designs. It's usually sweater heavy, but there's always something a little different. For example, this year features the return of the knit shorts. I knit the Bombshell Shorts from the 2012 winter issue issue back when they came out and they are one of my favorite things I have ever knit. I consider them a winter item to wear over tights, so I'm intrigued by the idea of this pair for summer (if only my thighs and I were not at war right now).

Left: Bombshell Shorts, pattern by Katie Canavan Right: Wet Hot Summer Shorts by Solene Le Roux

Left: Bombshell Shorts, pattern by Katie Canavan

Right: Wet Hot Summer Shorts by Solene Le Roux

I'm excited to tell you that I have an article in this issue, focusing on the joys and trials of beach knitting. It's always a joy to work with Allyson on what continues to be one of my favorite publications. I won't be knitting any adult garments or hanging out on the beach for a while this summer, but that has not stopped me from dream knitting several of the patterns in this issue.

Corrine by Kirsten Singer

Corrine by Kirsten Singer

This summer a big theme is one of my favorites -- stripes! But none of the stripes come standard. The Andi Cardigan features stripes just on the sleeves while Mediteromanian Hotel incorporates lace into wider stripes. Personally, I am dying to cast on a Damon, which features colorwork striping (I wonder how well I could breastfeed while wearing it).

Damon by Allyson Dykhuizen

Damon by Allyson Dykhuizen

And just because I did not mention Shortbread Cookie or Corrine until now does not mean they are any less gorgeous. If I could I would knit every pattern in this issue. And I might. Just as soon as I reach a stable bust size.

Shortbread Cookie by Mona Zillah

Shortbread Cookie by Mona Zillah

Are you a Holla Knits subscriber? What's your favorite pattern for the summer?