Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Placemats: A Take-To-The Beach Project
To me, the first day of Summer is when I turn the air conditioner on for the first time. It's been on two days now. So, yes, I'm finally getting that it is Summer and therefore it is time to play with bright, fun cottons like these in a mindless, tv-watching, simple-enough-to-knit-in-public pattern.
The knit body is made out of Louisa Harding's Nautical Cotton knit in simple stockinette, backed with 1/2 yd. of Judipatuti's Amy Butler fabric (which also accommodates a matching napkin). This is such a good project for beginning knitters and sewers. There are some very clear instructions for making a dinner napkin on Purlbee. In her instructions, Molly points out that sewing napkins is a terrific way to learn to sew. Napkins are to sewing what scarves are for knitters...the place to start. We've got plenty of other colors in both yarns and fabrics to make an array of summer placements and napkins. The mix and match combo's seem endless!