Knitspiration: Summer Knits

Is anyone else as ready for tank-top and sundress season as I am? Don’t get me wrong, I love winter (at least I love West Coast winter). I love the coolness in the air, the ability to wear snuggly sweaters every day, the sound of rain on my rooftop, the way hot coffee tastes on an exceptionally cold day. All of this I love! But I also love the feeling of sun on my face, how it feels to put on a dress and be ready to go, the ability to bear my arms without them freezing and falling off. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have been dreaming of summer.

However, being a knitter in the summer months can have its draw backs. After all, what’s a knitter to do when it becomes too hot to knit on wool? If you’re anything like me, you keep going as long as you can, but even I have my breaking point. At a certain temperature, it just becomes too hot to keep a big pile of animal fiber in your lap. These past couple of years, instead of being resentful that the weather was keeping me from knitting, I’ve learned to embrace the summer months as a time to knit on linens and cottons, and have even started to plan ahead what my summer knitting projects will be. The patterns I’m sharing today have been dancing around in my head the past couple of weeks, and the more ready I get for summer, the more I dream of knitting these beauties.

Moon Tee (top left): Ain’t she a beaut’? Can’t you just picture throwing this on over a pair of jeans and heading to a farmers market or an outdoor concert? Looking at this top has me dreaming of days that require sunhats and iced coffee. This piece would also transition well. It could easily be layered under a pullover or cardigan and carry well into fall (winter too, if you live in a more mild climate). This is definitely one I’ll be wanting to get on my needles this summer.

Vaara (top right): I don’t know if I can accurately convey how much I love this pattern in only a few sentences, but I’ll take a stab. I actually knit this up last summer, and I can’t wait for it to warm up so that I can wear it again. It’s a fun, fantastic knit, and the curved hem is so flattering! This is one I will definitely be knitting again, and as summer draws closer, I’m more enamored with it than ever.

I won’t lie, it seems a little strange to be publishing a piece on summer knitting while its cold and rainy outside, but sometimes daydreaming is all we have. What about you? Is anyone else ready for summer or are you all happy to have winter stick around a while longer?


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