Simple summer crochet projects

Knitting to make classroom comeback (Thinkstock)

Summer may not be the ideal time to sit down and knit jumpers, but there are plenty more seasonal items you can make yourself if you have a little spare time.

If you've recently began crocheting then now is a great time to hone those crafty skills and try your hand at a few simple projects.

Home decoration

Crocheting can provide the perfect finishing touch to any room. This could be to add borders to bookcase shelves or handcraft a set of coasters and place mats out of a neutral colour yarn.

To get you started try making a few plant pot covers to decorate your windowsills and should they go well you can attempt scalloped edges and bunting to line shelves and mantelpieces.

Start small and make sure to check with everyone else in your house whether they feel the colour and style matches the room.

Accessories

Alternatively, if you feel your skills have advanced past simple shapes and you want to give yourself more of a challenge you could give accessories a go.

A great place to start is with this Roly Poly Hair Band from Little Star, which would make an ideal children's gift this summer.

Designed by Marie Wallin using the divine yarn Angora Haze, it is made up of two different crochet flower motifs in contrasting colours, set against a simple headband.

More of an intermediate project, it allows you to get to grips with different shapes, giving you the chance to increase and decrease with more than one colour.

If your family has a summer wedding to go to you could make one to match the colour scheme or floral arrangements. Perhaps introducing a few sparkling beads into the centre of the floral motif for a really fun party piece.

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