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Summer Yarning

The Festival Season is well and truly underway and one thing we've spotted here at Minerva HQ is there's a lot of knitted and crocheted fashion to be seen! We're all forgiven for immediately thinking of blankets, hats, and chunky scarves when we think of knitting or crocheting, but this years festival elite have shown us that Boho vibes and Cotton Yarns are the way forward and here is our top examples of how to rock the 2015 festival scene with your own hand-made chic!
  
I spied one of these in our local vintage haven close to Minerva HQ, and spying this tutorial rekindled my love for it!
 
Andi of Untanglling Knots has made this lovely version and her pattern is free to see on her blog! A really nice example of using a traditional yarn to make something bright and summery! I'd recommend Stylecraft Kon-Tiki DK  It's a 50/50 Cotton Acrylic mix making it soft and totally wearable the pattern calls for a maximum of 70 yards of yarn so pretty much any 50g ball of DK would cover it! 
Our 25mm H Closure Clasp would be perfect closures (Now out of stock but we have a similar one here!) .
Keeping on with accessories, Sarah E. White has a lovely post on About Home for a Seventies inspired headband
This is a great starter project as gauge isn't terribly important and you can keep going and have it as long as you like! Sarah recommends any medium weight yarn that can be worked on 4.5mm needles, so I think our Stylecraft Malabar Aran Knitting Yarn would work well. Being 78% Cotton, 22% Silk this would be wonderfully soft against your skin and the cotton would help flight sweaty foreheads! 
Moving onto apparel, this crop top by Gina at Gina Michelle is a perfect example of Summer Knit fashions.
I am completely in love with this pattern, and may have to corral my mother into making it for my adventures to Budapest! Again, I think the  Stylecraft Malabar Aran Knitting Yarn would work wonders for this. The cotton content will wick any moisture away from the skin, keeping you comfy in the (hopeful) heat of the summer. The textured nature of the wool would make for a subtle change to the norm. Perfect!
Joanne Yordanou has written this lovely pattern for Canadian Living Online 
Now the words "knitted" and "bikini" aren't usually two things I'd put together but you can't deny how lovely this top is! With super loose vests and sheer blouses being seen everywhere this summer, why not mix up what's beneath it by swapping your usual bandeau for a hand crafted bikini/bralet top? The recommended yarn for this has a yardage of 230m, so a single skein of King Cole Bamboo Cotton DK will suit this pattern down to the ground!
Don't worry crocheters, we wouldn't leave you out!
Julie of Gleeful things has worked up this awesome pattern for a bikini top. She features a few variations on her blog and they are all divine! It's quite easy to find crocheted bra top pattern but most are referred to as "Pineapple Style" and the cup isn't very "big top" friendly, but method this seems very easy to scale up. Why not add granny squares to the bottom and create a lovely bralet?! The recommended Yarn size for this pattern is DK so I'd definatly go for King Cole Giza Cotton DK. Being 100% cotton, it will treat your skin with the respect it deserves and it's so smooth it will glide through your fingers whilst working with it!
As much as we wouldn't like to admit it, even in the height of the British Summer we need to cover our shoulders in the evening, and this lacy little number by Karen Drouin on favecrafts.com is perfect!
It's light enough to be worn through the day keeping the sun off your shoulders but will trap enough air in the lace to keep the chill off you at night. A perfect summer staple. The pattern recommend 9 oz of the feature yarn, which works out at approx. 255g, so 6 balls of the Sirdar Faroe Chunky should cover you with a bit of wiggle room, too!
Shawn Torres of Dragonbird Creation Designs has worked up this awesome pattern for a crocheted tank top. Another perfect summer piece!
The pattern recommends 500-600 yds (450m - 550m roughly) of a 'Sports Weight (4-5 ply) Yarn. DMC Natura "Just Cotton" Crochet Yarn is just the ticket! With a yardage of around 155 m, 4 balls would see you right with this pattern, and with 60 shadesd available there'll be a shade to suit everyone's taste.
Jinky from Life as a Stitcher has developed this AMAZING pattern for what she calls Granny Barefoot Sandals. If you're wondering what they're for, just think of them as an extension of an anklet! you can get a million different variations but this is my particular favourite as you can wear it with a pair of flip flops and get a bit of padding from the plastic straps of doom!
Jinky used single skeins of few different colours of DMC Perle Size 3 Embroidery and Crochet Cotton, or why not try a hardy sock yarn, like King Cole Zig Zag 4 Ply
How I've been on the hunt for a good summer beanie pattern for WEEKS so I'm over the moon to have found this gem on moogly!
Any camper will know that some mornings you just gotta throw a hat on and this is the perfect cover up! Just a 50g ball of DK yarn will make this joyful beanie so you can really go to town with your yarn choice!
You could go for a variegated yarn, or stay plain and let that spiral do the talking! I have some Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK Knitting Yarn at home with this pattern written all over it!
So that's my summer festival run down! Of course you dont't have to be going to a festival to rock festival chic, so be sure to make up some of these wonders for yourself and share them with us here at Minerva HQ! My colleague in the office Becki and I need some fash-piration before we zoom off to our festivals!
Craft you later!
Katie B xo

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