Here's an idea we haven't seen before; a lightweight knitted blanket inspired by the iconic Hudson's Bay blanket (perfect for summer). For full instructions, go to Purl Bee.
N.B. If you're in Manhattan and you're a knitter (or a want-to-be knitter), the Purl Bee shop on Broome Street, between Greene and Mercer, is well worth a visit.
Above: For thorough step-by-step instructions on recreating the Hudson's Bay blanket, go to Purl Bee.
Above L: Purl Bee recommends Anzula's For Better or Worsted hand-dyed blanket yarn in au natural, teal, ducky, candied apple, and juniper. Above R (top to bottom): Use Addi Turbo Circular Needles or Skacel Addi Lace Knitting Needles.