As we round the July corner into mid-summer, we crave some simplicity and comfortability with our knitting. We want a project that can stand the test of a busy summer – you know, when you can only get a few rows in at a time – while being a good travel companion. While a sock project typically checks off those needs, a  group of designers has changed our mind. Discover these four patterns that have gotten a makeover from their designer- two saw their original size shrunk down to toddler size, while one cardigan was cropped and a shawl became a cowl. These four patterns might be new, but they have the same stitch patterns, style, and vibe of the patterns that came before them. Perfect for summer knitting.

Pengweeno by Stephen West

The recognizable Penguono, recently got a toddler-sized makeover. Like its predecessor, Pengweeno is a celebration of color made up of new and scrap yarn. Pengweeno calls for fingering weight yarn held double, DK or worsted weight yarn. Anything goes! To celebrate this new release, designer Stephen West is hosting a #PenguonoSummerKAL on Instagram. Knit either Penguono or Pengweeno and share your pics on Instagram through August 18th.

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Minimalist Cable Cardigan by Carina Spencer

Earlier this year Carina Spencer wowed us with her mid-thigh length cabled cardigan and now she’s done it again with a cropped version. The new version features the same deep v and stunning cabled panels as the original but is designed to hit at your natural waist and can be made with full length or 3/4 length sleeves.  The new size is available within the Minimalist Cable Cardigan pattern and is available as an update for those who have already purchased it.

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Little Aiden by Dawn Catanzaro

A mini version of her Aiden sweater, Little Aiden is a sweet Gansey pullover for the littlest loves in your life. Knit with sport weight yarn and sized for newborns – 18 months, this sweater features fun texture across the yoke and the body. It also has extra room under the arm gusset, which is helpful in getting wiggly little ones dressed. Want to knit one for you and your mini me? Patterns are available as a set on Ravelry by placing both individual patterns in your cart.

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Hipster Cowl by Joji Locatelli

We adored Joji’s Hipster Shawl, but sometimes you just need a no-fuss cowl to get through the day. Apparently, the designer agrees and this week released a cowl version of this fun design. Made with worsted weight yarn, this cowl features (intentional) holes, garter stitch, and fringe for an accessory that can be worn open and long or wrapped snug around the neck without falling off.

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