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15 Lovely Things to Knit for Summer

When we tell you that we are avid knitters, we mean that we absolutely adore knitting. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is or what season we’re in, you can always find us knitting something. Just because we’re compulsive knitters, however, doesn’t mean that we don’t adjust what we’re making and using to suit the season so that we can actually wear whatever we’ve created once it’s fresh off the needles! That’s why we’ve been combing the Internet for great summer knitting patterns that are a little lighter and airier than we might do in the middle of winter.

Just in case you’re on the hunt for awesome, pretty summer knitting patterns as well, here are 15 of the best ones we’ve come across this year so far!

1. Lina top by Quince and Co

Lina top

If we’re being honest with you, our very favourite thing to knit in the summer is a good, light, comfortable summer top. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a tank top, a t-shirt, or an airy vest; we’ll knit it! One of the very first summer tops we ever knit ourselves was this fantastically simple design. The pattern shows you how to make a garter and stockinette tank top that, despite being knitted, will help you keep cool even on very warm days.

2. Linum Tee by Bristol Ivy

Linum tee

Are you actually a knitter with a little bit more experience so you’d prefer to make yourself something that has at least a little bit of detail to it? Perhaps you’d actually just prefer to make yourself a t-shirt rather than a tank top because you like how you look with your shoulders covered rather than exposed. In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how this beautiful t-shirt with a slightly mesh looking top to it is knit!

3. Silken Straw Summer Sweater by Purl Soho

Silken straw summer sweater

Every summer, no matter how hot or cool the weather is, we use the entire season as an excuse to knit with silk. There’s just something so comforting about how light, cool, and weightless it feels while you knit that makes it feel like a luxury, especially since you can wear your finished garment immediately without getting too hot! This lovely t-shirt pattern that’s written to be made in silk is one of our favourites to do, but you can, of course, knit it in another fibre as long as you use the same weigh of yarn.

4. Vasa by Dianna Walla


Are you actually the kind of person who prefers to both knit and wear shirts that have a little more substance to them even in the summer? We can fully understand that that weightless, light feeling isn’t for everyone, particularly since some of the looser knit patterns end up slightly sheer, meaning you’ll probably have to wear a camisole or tank top underneath anyways. In that case, we’d suggest taking a look at this simple t-shirt that shows you how to do a bit of easy striping, just for a little subtle visual interest.