Ten Awesome Warm-Weather Yarns You've Gotta Check Out

Warm Weather Yarns

With Spring upon us (even though it really doesn't feel like it sometimes...), and Summer just around the corner, I thought it'd be neat to gather up some of my top picks for warmer weather yarns. I will admit, before I started a Megmade with Love, I gave up crocheting during the warm months... because it just did not seem appealing to me to whip up a beanie when it's 90 degrees outside. But oh, how little did I know about the amazingness of warm weather crochet!! I can honestly say I 100% PREFER crocheting in the warmer months, because of the diversity of projects you can make. 

Working with fiber during the hotter months doesn't have to be a drag, because there are SO many great options out there. And I've got some really cool options down below I think you're really going to fancy. :)

(To visit the webpage for each yarn, just click the image and it'll take you there!)

T-shirt yarn to me is the neatest thing. And oh, the amazing things you could make with it! This brand has such great color and pattern options in this t shirt yarn, I totally recommend giving them a look. 

This "Lindy Chain" yarn from KnitPicks has been on my radar for awhile. Mostly because of the uniqueness of it... it looks so light and airy, with such great texture.

This 100% linen "Kestrel" yarn from Quince & Co is similar to the yarn just above it, and I've been eyeing it as well! The colors look so dreamy.. Be sure to check out all this brand's yarns.. they are kind of amazing.

I had to feature this fave of mine. Hobby Lobby's "I Love This Cotton! Yarn".. it's such a great price, especially if you catch it on sale. And the softness, people!!! It is my go-to cotton yarn.

I believe this "Comfy Cotton Blend" yarn is a new one for Lion Brand--and I am a fan! I haven't worked with it, but the colors they offer... wow! I love the one above, named "Chai Latte". It looks so yummy.

Another KnitPicks choice of mine, is the Comfy Cotton line they offer. It's a pima cotton/acrylic blend and comes in multiple weights. They offer such great color options and the price is great!

I had to include a bamboo option in this lineup... this one looks so squishy and I'm loving this rust-y color. Fun fact-- I have actually NEVER worked with bamboo (gasp!!). Perhaps I'll have to try it out this summer...

This new raffia yarn by Wool and the Gang is so cool! If you've followed along here on Megmade, you know I LOVE the rustic look-- and this "yarn" fits the bill. It's eco-friendly, PLUS they offer lots of cool kits with this stuff. Totally worth checking out.

This yarn was so beautiful, I just couldn't leave it out. It's a cotton and linen blend yarn that has such amazing texture. And the colors they offer.... mannnn! It's so pretty...

Last on this list, is the fun Cotton Cakes by Yarnspirations. Talk about great color combos... Plus it looks like it would have amazing stitch definition. 


I hope this list was a yummy to you as it was for me!! Warm weather crocheting (or knitting!) doesn't have to be "blegh"... there's so much potential for this season, and I hope you embrace it with awesome yarns in hand!! 

Until next time,
Meg

Free Crochet Pattern for a Dotted Washcloth

Free Crochet Pattern for a Rustic Dotted Washcloth - Megmade with Love

(You can purchase the PDF version of this pattern in my shop by clicking here. Great for easy printing!)

This week's pattern is so fun! It's this rustic and dotted washcloth that works up in a snap... It features cool bobble dots that's also surrounded by a bobble border (say that five times fast, teehee). So basically it's bobble galore for this quick and simple project. :)

(Click HERE to see all the other free washcloth patterns here on the blog)

Free Crochet Pattern for a Rustic Dotted Washcloth - Megmade with Love

I actually had the idea for this design last year around this time... but for some reason I just couldn't get it to work out how I wanted it to. But when I thought about making another washcloth pattern this month, this one came back to mind-- and I'm so glad I gave it another try!

Free Crochet Pattern for a Rustic Dotted Washcloth - Megmade with Love

And this yarn color!! *drools* I used I Love This Cotton! Yarn from Hobby Lobby, and it did not disappoint. It's so soft and shiny, not to mention super affordable... definitely one of my favorite cotton yarns.

Free Crochet Pattern for a Rustic Dotted Washcloth - Megmade with Love

What you'll need:

-Approximately 150 yards of worsted weight (4) cotton yarn (I used I Love This Cotton! Yarn in color "Antique Gold" from Hobby Lobby, linked here. I totally recommend this yarn, I love working with it-- affordable and so soft!)
-size H (5 mm) hook, or size needed to obtain gauge
-yarn needle

Gauge:

15 sc by 19 rows equals a four inch square

Abbreviations:

ch=chain, sc=single crochet, bo=bobble stitch, st(s)=stitch(es), yo=yarn over, dc=double crochet

Notes:

-ch at the beginning of rows do not count as a stitch

-below is a description of how to work bobble stitch-- (or view this video for assistance) **please note that for this pattern I call for a 3-stitch bobble, meaning you work 3 partial dc's in one stitch**:

bo: yo, insert hook into designated stitch, draw loop back through, yo, draw through first two loops on your hook, [yo, insert hook into the same stitch, draw loop back through, yo, draw through first two loops on your hook], repeat [ ] one more time, you will end up with four loops on your hook, yo, and pull through all four loops to complete the bobble stitch

-something that may be helpful for you to know is that all odd numbered rows are a sc across row

Pattern:

Row 1) ch 43, sc in 2nd ch from hook and across (42 total sts, and for the rest of the washcloth)

Row 2) ch 1, turn, [bo, sc] across row

Row 3) ch 1, turn, sc across

Row 4) ch 1, turn, bo, sc in next 39 sts (aka until you have 2 sts left), bo, sc in last st

Row 5) ch 1, turn, sc across

Row 6) repeat row 4

Row 7) ch 1, turn, sc across

Row 8) ch 1, turn, [bo, sc in next 7 sts] 5 times, bo, sc in last st

Rows 9-13) repeat rows 3-7

Row 14) ch 1, turn, bo, sc in next 3 sts [bo, sc 7] 4 times, bo, sc in next 3 sts, bo, sc in last st

Rows 15-38) repeat rows 3-14 (you are repeating that sequence twice)

Rows 39-49) repeat rows 3-13

Row 50) repeat row 2

Row 51) ch 1, turn, sc across

Fasten off, weave in ends

Free Crochet Pattern for a Rustic Dotted Washcloth - Megmade with Love

And that, my friends... is how you make one cool washcloth!! I hope it brought you joy to make, because it was fun for me. If you make a Dotted Washcloth yourself, feel free to tag me over on Instagram-- I'd love to admire it :)

Happy hooking!
Meg

Free Crochet Pattern for a Rustic Dotted Washcloth - Megmade with Love