The other weekend I washed and packed away most of my hand knit sweaters. I like to keep out a few of my favorite cardigans for when the temps dip and since I like a few layers. But it felt almost like Christmas morning opening up the bin and remembering all the great knits I had waiting for me! So it made me think I should share a few of my favorite patterns I’ve knit repeatedly for some summer knitting. Plus there are a billion knitalongs that will start for summer so why not make yourself something nice for the cooler temps and potentially win a prize?
I realized this morning I didn’t actually have a picture of me in one of my favorite tops and had to take it at work since I’m wearing it and add it to this post! I’ve made two Six Point tees (version 1 and version 2) and I really like them both. They’re knit up on bulky weight yarn with size 13 needles so it’s a quick and satisfying knit. This rainbow version is my favorite (of course) because I loved this yarn, Versa by Berroco. And of course they discontinued it. I swear Berroco discontinues every yarn I love. It’s a ribbon yarn with a grey base but has a rainbow running through out. I still have a few skeins left but just don’t know what to make with them.
Another summer favorite is the North Fork tee. I cannot get enough of this one AND it’s easy to modify. I wore this one (I’ve knit a couple) yesterday for Sunday dinner and I had forgotten just how nicely I knit this one. It was pristine and waiting for me to put her on and I made this version with a bit more a line shaping so it would pull away from the body and have a nice breezy effect. I love this top so much. I made this one with Berroco Modern Cotton and it has quickly become a summer favorite yarn to work with. Really most of my summer knits are made with Berroco yarns and I just find that they’re affordable, have a pretty great color selection and the yarns hold up nicely.
And speaking of Modern Cotton, I can’t recommend Togue Pond Tank enough. It’s a favorite and since my original grey version has a stain I cannot get out I’m planning on making myself a solid pink one soon to replace it (and to match my super bright pink clogs).
And over the holiday weekend I figured out what to make with the leftover yarn from my Little Women cardigan! I’m improvising a scoop neck top! I’m so proud of myself for just doing it because I always hesitate on making my own thing when there are a million patterns out there but I couldn’t find what I wanted. So I decided to just make it up myself I’m using size 10.5 needles to help make the light worsted weight yarn go a bit further and to make it a nice light and breezy top to layer over a tank top. I can’t wait to finish this one and it should whip up pretty quickly since I’m already this far along! And did I mention I made all this progress with just 1 ball of yarn? Yeah I think I’ll still have some leftover and still do something else with like make a hat or add to a shawl. We shall see.
These are the three patterns I want to make all the time for summer, what patterns do you love for summer knitting? And what yarns top your list?
6 Replies to “My Favorite Summer Knits”
I have never knit for summer garment wise. That’s because summer in San Francisco is usually fog. Now we’re in the east bay and boy can it heat up here. I know we don’t have the humidity like DC does though.
D.C. barely has spring so I have to be prepared for heat and humidity. But I do love San Francisco and the weather!
Every one of them is stunning and has me wanting to run to my LYS. It does not help that today is my birthday and I want to spoil myself, lol. Thank you for sharing.
Hey it’s your birthday! Treat yourself! I hope you have a great day 😁
It’s amazing when you go back through your seasonal clothes what treasures you find 😉 But it looks like you’ll have an even more productive summer this year as well. Just READING about your summer knitting, has my fingers tingling with excitement! 🙂 Way to go DWJ, I can’t wait to see what comes off your needles!
Oh I would absolutely love a pattern if you have one! I love the scooped neck on it! I don’t have any summer tops. I’d love to have your speed and get so many done. You’re a fabulous knitter DWJ!