I know a lot of people say it’s too hot to knit in the summer, or they don’t want to work on anything too big because of all that wool. I get it. I get why knitting socks in the summer is so appealing. (Maybe I should join the Wandering Socks Knitalong?)
But I’m really a sweater knitter. My heart wants to knit sweaters, so again, I’ll say: what about knitting with cotton yarns in the summer? The joy of sweater knitting doesn’t have to end just because of the higher temps.
So far, I’ve given you cute tops and tanks. But what about if you want to do a little colorwork or stripes? What if you want a piece you can wear all year? This month’s edit is for those who want to knit a sweater or top but don’t want to deal with wool in the hotter temps, or maybe ever. I think these are all perfect to make with cotton, to wear in summer or year-round.
Matsukasa by Keiko Kikuno
At first you might not see this as a summer knit, but take a second look. What if you knit this without the contrasting sleeves? It would be a perfect sleeveless summer top with its loose shape and v-neck, and you could make the collar slimmer for summer. Added bonus: wear it as a vest layer in the cooler months and your long sleeve will look just like the finished sweater with sleeves.
Camaro by Tanis Lavallee
I’ve had this sweater on my list for a long time, but what about a summer version? I’ve got lots of fun bits of cotton left in my stash that would make such a fun mash up of this sweater. Imagine it with short sleeves and all cotton—the perfect summer-weight piece and another great layering piece in the fall.
Marquita by Amy Christoffers
Colorwork not your thing? How about easing into things with some fun stripes? This sweater was created with cotton yarn to begin with, so most people think of it as a light beach-weight sweater. It would also be perfect for a San Francisco morning or a chilly fall day on the east coast. Don’t think cotton is just for the summer, folks.
Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter
If you want to dive right on in to a lot of colorwork, the Soldtona Crop is the perfect project for a fun summer top. I just finished one for myself (and a matching version for Jellybean, using my custom dog sweater formula). I used all cotton yarns and omitted the colorwork in the main body section, so that it wouldn’t be too heavy and I could still feel a breeze through the fabric. I also extended the length a bit for a less-cropped crop. Isn’t that the beauty of knitting? We get to make each piece our own.
My summer knitting has been going full speed. I hope these tops that are perfect in cotton will inspire your summer knitting plans, too.