Jane Thornley's philosophy is simple: beautiful yarn is meant to be explored, to be played with the way we played with color for the very first time as children. Remember those boxes of crayons? Opening every new box was a delight, a promise. Is there any reason why as adults we think thatís all over?

Unleash yourself. Paint with yarn. Color with yarn. Let lines guide you rather than box you in. Jane's Summer Free-Range Knitting Guide offers 3 guiding designs, the Leafling Shrug or Wrap, Seascape Shrug or Wrap and Tuscan Rose Scarf, plus techniques, and plenty of options to explore knitting as creative self-expression. The key is to experiment, explore, and play, creating your own piece of wearable art rather than someone elseís concept.

Because free range knitting is a perfect refuge against rules, regulations, and what-not-to-dos, no wrongs exist, only opportunities for discovery. Some of the loveliest designs emerge from knitters who canít tell you what they did to create such wonder. Perhaps they allowed themselves to knit intuitively, following little tangents at a level beyond the rational brain? One knitter said she just Ďwent for ití and let go of all preconceived notions of what not to do and in so doing created one extraordinary piece after another.

This is your guide to free-range knitting, summer style. Consider the three designs, shown below, as blank canvases for your own explorations though each is written in full detail so you can model the originals exactly. Each design is also open to any yarn, accommodates any size and is open to interpretation and all the samples shown favor easy, lacy, styles perfect for warmer weather.