My Favorite Summer Knits

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?
Six Point Tee
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.
North Fork
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.
Togue Pond for Jess
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).
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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?

FO: North Fork x 2

Happy Finished Object Friday, Folks! Today I’m sharing two versions of the same shirt – one of my favorite patterns, North Fork.
North Fork
I made one for my cousin Safia who will be coming to visit next week. I’m so excited to see her, she’s my absolute favorite and we always have so much fun together.
North Fork
For Safia’s North Fork I used some leftover Berroco Weekend I had from my first Madigan sweater and I had 2 skeins of Weekend in black that I picked up from a clearance table at Fibre Space a long time ago. It was the perfect stash busting project and I liked that it’s a bit of a heavier weight than my Modern Cotton version. Since she’s in Chicago I always opt for heavier than lighter.
North Fork
I did my best to lighten the image to show the split hem on her version. For hers I followed the pattern to the letter and finally did a stretchy bind off for the hem, arms and neckline. I’ll snap a pic of her when she wears it to show off the fit and share it here too. I modified my version a bit more to suit how I wanted it to fit me now. So if you don’t remember what last summer’s North Fork looked like you can read last year’s post.
North Fork
I didn’t do any stretchy bind offs on my previous version and my arms always felt a little snug. I also knew that with the Modern Cotton didn’t get true gauge since it’s thinner than the yarn she created the pattern with so my version was more fitted than the pattern but it’s still a great tee that I love to wear. So this time I incorporated a line increases to the body every 5 rows in the stripes. I believe I added about 7 increases to get a good swing.
North Fork
I’m also elated at the stretchy bind off at my arms. Talk about not feeling like a sausage LOL! And I added about 8 rows of length to the arms as well. And I didn’t do a split him since I added the increases to the body and just bound off normally.
North Fork
The fit is definitely loser and I love Modern Cotton and how light it is – plus it washes up like a dream in the washing machine. My only issue is that I always forget to not wear my sweaters when wearing a backpack, so I had a little fuzz on my back this morning when I got to work but it was inevitable. My knits can’t stay pristine forever! Also I should note that I’m wearing a navy blue tank top underneath for work, if it was the weekend I’d probably just wear a nude bra and call it a day. It’s nice and light for these super hot July days we’re having.
North Fork
So those are my latest finished objects from this week, what’s flying off of your needles? What are you working on this weekend?

FO: Estelle Cardigan

Estelle Cardigan
Well, I finished her, here is Estelle! I am asked all the time why I love knitting and I usually say it’s a great stress reliever, it allows me to be creative, etc. But when I finished this sweater and was laying it out to take pictures I realized what I really love about knitting is making things for people I love.
Estelle Cardigan
My Auntie Helen is turning 90 and I’ve been very fortunate to have a great relationship with her over the years. She always, always makes me laugh and I see so much of myself (hello spunk) in her. Last year I randomly knit her a shawl and sent it to her and she called on my cell, which tickled me to no end, to tell me how much she loved it and how happy she was that I thought of her. And that’s what it’s all about…the thought and love that goes into it.
Estelle Cardigan
From the selection of my pattern and yarn to every tiny stitch, that was my effort, time and love being put into this sweater just for her. I always think of her but now I also know whenever she wears this she will think of me. I adore the yarn, Berroco Elements, and love the drape and sheen of the piece. I think this will be just lovely with her graying hair (at 90 she’s still not completely gray!) and it makes a simple cardigan even more special.
Estelle Cardigan
I just love all the little details and I hope she does as well. I can’t wait to give it to her next week! Isn’t that the best part of giving a knit gift? Seeing the recipient actually enjoy it what you made!

Speaking of gifts…it’s my birthday on Sunday and my husband is taking me (and the dog) away this evening. On Sunday we’re meeting with my sisters and friends for Sunday dinner to celebrate. This last year had some big highs (my first year as an adjunct professor, getting my 4th promotion in 4 years at work and becoming a Director) and some really low lows (losing my Dad). 36 kind of knocked me on my ass. I’m looking forward to putting 36 to rest and embracing the new year 37 will bring. I have hope that there will be more joy than sorrow this year and hopefully a year full of really good knitting.

Have a good weekend, friends!