The very first knitting book with exclusive design wear for Hawaii’s tropical lifestyle. Whether you knit in Hawai’i or planning a trip to the islands or another warm weather destination, you’ll find a pattern to inspire you to pick up your needles. Only basic knitting skills are needed to create any of the 15 quick and delightful projects. Warm weather patterns include airy shrugs, beach bag, comfy beach pullovers and charming evening wear. There are bright and colorful patterns for your favorite toddler and young child too. More than a pattern book, this is a book of inspiration, appreciation, and island traditions. You’ll feel connected to the island culture behind the projects as you bring your own special knitwear to life.

About the Author

Stephanie Lui Macdonald grew up in the small village of Na‘alehu located in the southernmost part of the Big Island of Hawaii. Lke many of her high school classmates she left Hawaii for the mainland, got her education and career start in Oregon. She spent over 25 years in marketing, most recently serving as a global business developer for an e-learning company in Portland. She took up sock knitting on long international flights and was forever hooked. The flights became more frequent and she became a very good knitter. 

After her children left for college, a series of fortunate events enabled Stephanie and her husband to move back to her home island. That was seven years ago. She eventually decided to leave the marketing world and expand her knitting horizons. This expansion included working at a local knitting store, teaching knitting and crochet classes, designing custom knitwear and starting a community center knitting group. When not wielding her knitting needles and sketchbook, Stephanie serves as a senior volunteer court mediator for civil cases in Kealakekua, Hawaii. 

Stephanie resides with her husband Dave and cat Blue in their home in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, perched high overlooking the Kona coastline and sheltered in a lush bamboo forest, a perfect haven for knitting.


  1. Kailua Bay Beach Sarong (easy intermediate)
  2. Kona Farmer’s Market/Beach Bag (intermediate)
  3. Keiki Sunny Beach Top (easy intermediate)
  4. Shave Ice Sun Hat (easy intermediate)
  5. Island Romance Wrap (easy)
  6. The Island Yarn Bamboo Shrug (easy)
  7. Aloha Baby Pullover (easy)
  8. Aloha Baby Rolled Brim Hat (easy)
  9. Go Fish! Fishie (easy intermediate)
  10. Rainbow Falls Baby Socks (intermediate)
  11. Shoreline Cropped Pullover (easy)
  12. Palace Wilhemina Tea Hat (intermediate)
  13. True People’s Sandal Socks (intermediate)
  14. Orchid Isle Placemats (easy)
  15. Flowers, Flowers (easy)

Author: Stephanie Lui Macdonald