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Perfect Summer Yarn Picks

Every summer I'm asked by readers how I manage to crochet in the heat. My answer is simple: I use the coolest yarns! I do my best to not make an afghan during the summer either. (I'll let you know if I ever actually accomplish that! Ha!) My favorite yarn, by far, is a cotton/bamboo blend. I adore Bamboo Pop by Universal Yarn. It's light and slinky, and a dream to wear. It creates a very breathable fabric, and the stitch definition is divine.
Aunt Lydia's Fashion Crochet Thread Size 3 is another favorite of mine. It makes great tops! I prefer tighter stitches with 100 percent cotton because cotton tends to "grow" as the day goes on. If the stitch is tighter it restricts that growth. Tunisian crochet works especially well with cotton due to its tighter stitches. Several of my favorite summer tees are made with Aunt Lydia's Fashion Crochet Thread Size 3! They are cool and very comfortable!
Plymouth Yarn Nako Fiore is a bamboo-cotton-and-linen blend. It's perfect for summer-weather wear and crocheting! If you've never tried a linen blend, this is the summer to do it. You'll be happy you did! It's light and airy, making it easy to work with and wear.
Universal Yarn Nazli Gelin Garden 10 Metallic is for those of us who love some bling in our crochet! It shimmers due to the metallic strand running through it. It's a wonderful thread for making dressier tops, tunics or even summer dresses. Whatever you make will truly be one of a kind with this gorgeous thread!

These are just a few of my favorite blends. Every summer I seem to find new ones to add to my ever-growing tally! There are too many wonderful acrylics to list here; you can make comfortable summer tops with them, as well. Just be sure to go with a DK weight or smaller, and use a lacy, open stitch. Heavier acrylics tend to wear more like wool -- exactly what you want in winter but not optimal for summer wear.

Have you noticed that silk wasn't included here? That's because silk is just as warm as wool. The main difference is that wool breathes and silk doesn't, meaning that wool pulls moisture away from the body but silk traps it in. Most people don't know that. They think silk is a warm-weather fiber in yarn or fabric, but it really isn't. It is perfect for a cool summer evening though, so don't let that stop you from making a gorgeous silk wrap! Just know that it's not ideal for a summer top.

These yarns are just the tip of the iceberg for terrific summer yarns. New ones come out every season! Keep exploring -- that's half the fun of crocheting!

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