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Summer Knits

Andrea Sanchez

I knit all year, no matter the weather. But even more so, I am a sweater knitter. I prefer to knit garments above all other knitwear. This distinction can get a little dicey once the weather starts to steam up. Thank goodness for air conditioning and this collection of knitwear patterns that make perfect wearables during the hot summer months.

For the Girls

Haltermelon by Alana Dakos

Photo used with permission via Never Not Knitting

Photo used with permission via Never Not Knitting

This darling halter top is not only whimsical, it's knit in cotton too. It is the sweetest little summer tank I've ever seen. The button closure at the neck keeps it securely fastened while eyelets give you the option to add a decorative ribbon. I had the opportunity to knit one of these for Alana a few years ago and I can attest to the fact that it knit up like lightening and the pattern was very easy to follow. 

For the Boys

Jesse Polo Sweater by Kate Oates

Photo used with permission via Tot Toppers

Photo used with permission via Tot Toppers

What I really love about this knit polo is not only how wearable it is, but how easily it would be to customize for the wearer. You could knit it in an almost endless variety of color combinations! The polo collar is so handsome and short sleeves make this perfect for the warm weather. It's also knit in one piece. Win! 

For the Mamas

Quick Sand by Heidi Kirrmaier

Photo used with permission via Heidi Kirrmaier

Photo used with permission via Heidi Kirrmaier

Quick Sand is one of those cardigans everyone must have in their wardrobes. This is perfect for chilly restaurants and evenings outside. Knit in worsted weight linen, it is loose, airy, and a quick knit (15sts = 4"? Wow!). As with all her patterns, Heidi has an amazing attention to detail. I'm in love with the increases worked for the yoke. The great thing about linen is it retains the cool feel despite the heat. 

Hane by Kirstin Johnstone

Photo used with permission via Kirstin Johnstone

Photo used with permission via Kirstin Johnstone

I have been lusting after this gorgeous tee since it was published. Kirstin does a fabulous job of making a simple design look completely stunning. There are several options for sleeve treatments which means this pattern can suit anyone's taste. While I'd image knitting with fingering weight linen might be a bit of a strain, I think it would be totally worth the finished garment. 

Plum Blossom Tee by Andrea Sanchez

Probably one of my favorite designs is this easy to wear sleeveless tee. Knit in sport weight linen blend, the top is easy to knit (it's only two pieces!). Shaping on this tee is done by changing needles sizes as you knit, creating a gentle A-line shape and the curved hem adds a bit of feminine detail.

 

I'll be casting on for a new tank soon in an amazing linen/silk yarn that I can't wait to share with you. What kind of projects are you knitting this summer? 

 

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