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).
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?

Stitching Status: The Longest Winter

I woke up this morning and it was 44 degrees outside. I turned the heat on last night before I went to bed because my house was frigid. Where did spring go? And will summer ever get here? I started on a new summer project last night but clearly I could still be knitting up some of the wool I’ve got in my stash. And speaking of my stash, a while ago I picked up some Berroco Maya yarn, a pima cotton and baby alpaca blend for summer. It’s a tape yarn that reminds me of Quince & Co’s Kestrel but it’s a lot more affordable for a bigger project. Don’t get me wrong, I love a great yarn but I also know that sometimes I have to consider my budget for as much as I knit. I also used Maya before with a Dichotomy scarf I made a few years ago so I knew I liked how it washed and felt but what I couldn’t figure out was what the yarn should become. I mulled over a lot and just couldn’t find THE pattern until I saw this on Instagram on Friday and I was immediately sold.

Bragita Pattern
Image via Ravelry

Meet Bragita, a pattern made for Kestrel yarn and is simple with just enough flair for me. I also love a good peplum top and I’m so glad I saw it when it was released on Friday. The instructions are simple and clear and I’m already up and running with it. I’m not a huge fan of all garter stitch body but I think it works for this pattern. Hopefully this knits up fairly quickly and fits me well.

Kierson Cardigan
Image via Ravelry

I also decided that the newly released Kierson cardigan from Brooklyn Tweed’s Wool People Vol. 10 is going to be the sweater I work on over the summer. I plan to knit it in Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Emerald mix and use the amazing emerald green buttons I have in my stash to make it truly special. This is my absolute favorite shade of green and the yarn is on sale and is the last bit of yarn I intend to buy for months. I realized that most of the things I’ve made for myself this year that I love have been some shade of green and green is my absolute favorite color but the color I knit with the least. I decided to change that this year. And then last but not least, here’s a quick look at what I finished up over the weekend…
Morgan and the Tutu top
I finished Maddie’s doll and made her a top to match the doll. I plan to give it to her this evening and I hope she loves the doll as much as I’ve loved making it for her. I’ll do a full FO post on both this week! So what did you do this weekend? And what’s on your summer knitting list?

Spring/Summer Knitting Decisions

So I’ve made some good progress on the Aeon Vest for my Mom. I can see her being so tickled when I give it to her. The yarn is a super bright blue, her favorite, and the ribbing detail looks really lovely. And despite the somewhat complex instructions (they have pictures to show you how to turn your work a certain way) I’m not too intimidated by the pattern and I’m making it work! YAY me!

I’ve also decided on a few summer things I need to knit.

Adelaide pattern via Ravelry
Adelaide pattern, image via Ravelry

Quince & Co released their 2016 Kestrel yarn collection of patterns and I’ve decided to use my Berroco Maya yarn in my stash to make this lovely summer top. I want to make something summery and light but still work for the office with cropped pants or a skirt. I think this one fits the bill! I’ve been going back and forth on what to make for summer and whether or not I’d just shorten the sleeves on another pattern but I think something like this would be perfect.

Teazel cardigan by Bristol Ivy
Teazel, image via Ravelry

I’ve also been mildly obsessed with the Teazel cardigan by Bristol Ivy since she released it the other week. I keep looking at it and decided that this would be a quick project to whip up. A bulky weight yarn, circular yolk cardigan, piece-o-cake! I just love the swing shape, it’s so lady like. Plus if I do this in a cotton yarn it will be a perfect summer layer for my always freezing office.

My weekend is going to be pretty low key. I might visit an alpaca farm in my neck of the woods for a knitting group or I may take dinner to friends with a newborn. Either way, I’ll be working on that vest for my Mom and then on Sunday celebrating Easter and having dinner with my family. Have a lovely weekend everyone!