Knitwear doesn't have to be cold weather only! We have a collection of bright, fun summer knitting patterns.
A prime example of how fabric structure and color can interact, the Roped Shell’s slip-stitch boxes force narrow horizontal color stripes to curve slightly and create rolling, rippling lines. Designer Angela Hahn finds the perfect echo with rich cable trims at the hem and neck. Narrow slip-stitch columns hide the end-of-round jog.
Show off those shoulders in the flirty Sandbar Tank by Anne Jones. A super-simple summer knitting pattern, this tank is completed with a no-fuss finish and tassels that tie atop the shoulders. The yarn for this tank knitting pattern is a blend of merino, cotton, silk, and linen for incredible next-to-skin softness and luxurious drape.
The Ripple Tank knitting pattern by Jenny Williams is a quick knit that’s perfect for throwing on over your swimsuit. Double yarnovers create a chain mail look, and the straps have slip-stitch edges to create a finished edge. This lace tank top knitting pattern is worked back and forth from the bottom up in separate pieces and seamed. Don't forget the sunscreen!
It’s time for some hot summer knits! When the weather gets a bit sticky, put down the heavy woolen sweaters and pick up lightweight projects featuring openwork and plant fibers (if plant fibers are your thing). We’ve compiled your top 5 favorite summer knitting patterns from the past few years of Interweave Knits to inspire you!
It is possible to don comfy knitwear in the desert heat! Just combine lightweight flax fiber, an airy lace pattern, a light color to reflect the sun, and a breathable gauge, and you have the Arizona Tee designed by Amy Gunderson. This lace tee knitting pattern, found in Interweave Knits Summer 2018, is an oversized, versatile, lightweight summer top with lots of ease and drape. The straightforward construction and simple shaping allows you to focus on the elegant lacework as you knit.
The Roslyn Tank pattern is super unique. It has straps that you can place where you want them, and they’ll stay put with an elastic band hidden on the inside. It has so many cool elements that all come together perfectly, including an allover easy-to-memorize lace pattern, a button band, and a drawstring. Here are a few cute tank top knitting patterns from recent years that are on our radar as the summer approaches.
The Meadow Tank is worked from the bottom up in the round. The design is pretty basic aside from two lovely, separately knitted lace trim pieces that are sewn on at the neck and waist. When you knit a tank top for summer, you’re really knitting a year-round garment you can wear under layers when it gets cold out. Here are a few cute tank top knitting patterns from recent years that are on our radar as the summer approaches.
The Seashell Tank pattern starts with the front lace panel worked from the center out. An I-cord drawstring is strung through loops on the back for adjusting the ease. When you knit a tank top for summer, you’re really knitting a year-round garment you can wear under layers when it gets cold out. Here are a few cute tank top knitting patterns from recent years that are on our radar as the summer approaches.
The cables are perfect on Norah Gaughan's Sloan Dress: they don’t overwhelm the dress but rather add a bit of knitterly intrigue and delicate sophistication. The turtleneck adds great balance to the cables, while the short sleeves keep this piece effortlessly wearable. And if a knitted dress is just outside of your comfort zone, you can shorten it to a tunic.
Modern geometric lace and almost 900 sparkling Swarovski crystals combine to create the truly gorgeous Waxwing Shawl from Interweave Knits Winter 2017. It’s perfect for summer brides (can you imagine wearing this on your big day?!), the theater, fancy outdoor concerts, or nights when there’s a little chill in the air. It's one of our 7 favorite shawl knitting patterns that are light and airy and so soft you'll almost forget you’re wearing them.
Knitted shawls are perfect for summer weddings, the theater, outdoor concerts, or nights when there’s a chill in the air. I’m talking about shawls that are light and airy and so soft you almost forget you’re wearing them, like the Wheeled Lace Shawl knitting pattern from Interweave Knits Fall 2011, featuring an open, airy allover medallion pattern and matching edging. Knit in a kid mohair/silk blend yarn, this shawl is wonderfully soft and provides just a touch of warmth around your shoulders.
Knitted shawls are perfect for summer weddings, the theater, fancy outdoor concerts, or nights when there’s a little chill in the air. I’m talking about shawls that are light and airy and so soft you almost forget you’re wearing them. When I think of airy summer shawls, Titania’s Shawl from Interweave Knits Summer 2017 is the first design that comes to mind. The eye-catching panels of alternating lace shimmer in a wonderfully soft silk yarn, and the beads take this shawl to the next level.
A cropped 50s-style cardigan, the embroidered Beulah Cardigan is just the thing for slipping on over a full-skirted skirt and pairing with big vintage sunglasses. Use chain-stitch embroidery as shown here, or create your own unique design. Lightweight cardigans are just the thing for warm days; they’re small enough to tuck into a bag and carry with you for whatever temperatures you encounter. Here are a few favorite lightweight cardigan knitting patterns for summer!
A perennial favorite, this is the Whisper Cardigan . A hybrid of a shrug and a cardigan, it’s perfect for throwing on over a cute strappy sundress to keep the sun off your shoulders. Lightweight cardigans are just the thing for warm days; they’re small enough to tuck into a bag and carry with you for whatever temperatures you encounter. Here are a few favorite lightweight cardigan knitting patterns for summer!
Knit it forward and pick up the kit for this lovely stole; the yarn comes from Manos del Uruguay, a nonprofit organization that creates cooperatives throughout the countryside of Uruguay to bring economic and social opportunities to women in rural areas. The Buena Vista Stole is light enough for summer wea and the yarn knits into a fabric with killer drape that doesn’t make your lap too warm while you knit.
Welcome to Interweave Knits Summer 2018! You’ll find an all-season knitwear collection ranging from fingering to chunky weight garments and accessories. Each design draws from the rich textiles, architecture, and vibrant to earthy colors of the American Southwest. Explore color work, slip-stitch motifs, cables, and a bit of fringe in this trendy collection that marries traditional techniques and modern appeal.
Generally, summer not a season that evokes a desire to knit, but we knitters persevere in the face of adversity. We find cool plant fibers, irresistible designs, and the nearest air conditioning vent by which to perch ourselves. Nothing deters us, not even sweltering heat. So let’s take a look at a few of our favorite designs and features in this gorgeous issue of Interweave Knits.