While knitting is known for being more of a winter hobby, allowing you to make woolly jumpers, beautiful blankets and chunky scarves, this isn't the only season in which you can have fun with yarn.
During the spring and summer months, having a relaxing crochet or knitting project on the go can be fantastic. You could sit and do it outside in the sun, on holiday or even while travelling between places, allowing you to fill time, learn some new skills and make some fabulous garments and designs at the same time.
But, if you're at a loss as to what to make during the warm weather, take a look at these top knitting pattern suggestions for May.
Rather than getting to work on thick woollen scarves, picking a lighter yarn such as Softknit Cotton will allow you to work on looser, more flexible projects.
This could include designs for lacy spring scarves, featuring intricate crochet design and scalloped edges, perhaps even with sequins for a glamorous evening look. As the evenings get warmer sometimes a shawl or scarf is all you need to cover up with when heading out for the night.
These might be a bit ambitious for many people, but are bang on-trend for spring-summer 2013, so you can expect if you get it right that it could help you to make quite a statement.
Make sure to pick a yarn which holds its shape and won't become too heavy when wet so that you can keep it for years to come. Also, to help show off a holiday tan and look fabulous lazing by the pool why not choose cream, yellow or coral yarn colours?
If you're searching for small projects to keep you occupied then choosing to make some brightly-coloured flowers could be a great idea. You can attach them as brooches, sew them on to bags or even use them to decorate your house.
On May 25th a Flower Festival workshop is taking place in Liberty, London, to mark 100 years of the Chelsea Flower Show. During the day you will have the opportunity to knit, crochet and stitch flowers using a variety of techniques, making items such as bunting, decorations or corsages.
These flowers will add a final touch to any summer celebrations and are sure to offer plenty of seasonal inspiration.
In the run up to winter making jumpers is a great way to express your creativity, while also keeping yourself nice and toasty.
If you're not quite there yet or still want a bigger project this spring then why not try and create your own tank top? They're just jumpers without the sleeves after all, so if anything they are quicker and easier.
One pattern which is perfect for the spring-summer season is this Elko design from Sarah Hatton. In an openwork style, this tank top uses the wonderful All Seasons Cotton yarn and features a simple yet stylish stitch pattern throughout, as well as a flattering hem drawstring.
This is an ideal pattern for an intermediate knitter or someone who wants to brush up on necklines and shoulders ahead of a winter filled with jumper patterns.