June 2020: Table of Contents

Unprecedented times. I’ve read and heard that phrase, as I’m sure you all have, many times these past few months. But what does it really mean? Unprecedented describes something unexampled or unparalleled — something never known before, never experienced.
It’s easy to read that definition and feel fear. I know I do, especially after reading too much of the news. I often feel it just as I’m about to head into the grocery store – face masked, hands gloved and pockets stuffed with Lysol wipes. Each successful trip feels like a triumph and I’ve started timing myself to see how quickly I can be in and out so I can reduce my exposure to other people.
But even in the midst of everything, I can’t help but notice the good things, too. The regular phone calls with friends. Checking in with my parents daily. The extra time I have to do some of the things I love most: cooking, crafting, learning new skills. I know I am not alone in needing new ways to comfort and soothe my soul at the end of each stressful day. That’s why now, perhaps now more than ever, it was crucial to us that we deliver this issue on time, no matter the circumstances.
And so, armed with a mannequin, a camera and her younger sister, I Like Knitting editor, Nicola Prybell, made a trip to an empty strip mall to photograph the projects you see in this issue and we finished building it remotely, at our individual homes. While definitely not the way we usually operate – with our freelance photographer, lifestyle models and access to our office’s prop room and studio – I love how everything turned out!
We both hope you enjoy this issue that’s stuffed with patterns that are calling for warmer weather, from lightweight cardigans and sweaters, to lacy shawls, scarves, socks and more.
Start by diving into our round up of lacy favorites in the Bohemian Summer section. Each one makes a great start-on-Friday-and-finish-by-Monday pattern. The Island Lace Fern Scarf (also the star of our BRAND NEW Lace Collection) is ideal for those dreaming of sandy beaches bursting with palm trees. In the mood for something bright and beautiful? You’ll love the brand new Pop of Pink Scarf, Have a Bright Day Envelope Clutch, Vivid Chevron Pillow, and my personal favorite, the Stripe a Pose Sweater featuring bold pink stripes.
And if you’re looking to try something new, why not knit with raffia yarn? We’ve included two beautiful easy raffia patterns in this issue, including the gorgeous Rainforest Raffia Bag and the hip and trendy Coconut Beach Fanny Pack.
We hope this issue helps to inspire, to comfort and to pass the time.

Take care and be well,


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Ra-Ra Raffia, Grass Green, $20; woolandthegang.com Universal Yarn Yashi Iro, Sea Life, $9; universalyarn.com Paper Mart Raffia Ribbon, Kraft, $3; papermart.com Premier Home® Raffia Yarn, Turquoise, $5; premieryarns.com Gold and Silver Raffia Yarn, $11; uniqueyarnsco.com King Cole Raffia, Carousel, $8; lovecrafts.com Universal Yarn Yashi, Hot Green, $7; universalyarn.com Read More 

Lion Brand Jeans Colors, Bermuda Shorts, $7; lionbrand.com Cascade Yarns Cascade 220, Neon Yellow, $10; lovecrafts.com PURL SOHO Mulberry Merino, Persimmon Orange, $24; purlsoho.com Cascade Yarns Noble Cotton, Azalea Pink, $8; lovecrafts.com Nancy's Knit Knacks Knit-Kards, $20; yarn.com SweetGeorgia Tape Measure, $3; yarn.com Cascade Yarns Cascade 220, Blaze, $10; lovecrafts.com Love Yarn Ball Shirt, $15;… Read More 

Provisional Cast On

The provisional cast on is ideal for projects that require you to later join your stitches to another piece of knitting -- making an almost seamless join once complete. While it may sound intimidating, this cast-on method isn't tricky at all. Just follow this photo tutorial to discover how easy it can be! Read More