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April 17, 2014

Summer tops to knit & crochet

We are excited to announce our first-ever knit/sew/crochet MAKE ALONG! You can check out all the details here, but to sum up: Join us from April 24 through June 5 and make yourself a summer top in time to actually wear it all summer long! The MAKE ALONG launches in two weeks, to get ready we’re putting together some inspiration posts. Last week we covered summer tops to sew, so this week is all about summer tops to knit and crochet

Our MAKE ALONG kicks off next week, and we’re getting pretty excited. We haven’t quite decided what patterns we’re going to work on, but if you have ideas share them over on our Ravelry thread! To get you thinking, here are some of our favourite summer knit and crocehet tops – with yarn suggestions, of course.

Louet Euroflax Left: Natural Right: Aqua and Steel Grey

Louet Euroflax
Left: Natural
Right: Aqua and Steel Grey

Linen is one of our favourite warm-weather fibers. Although it feels a little stiff in the skein, don’t be deceived – it softens up beautifully as you work with it and wash it (want to know more? Check out the post we did last year.) Linen seems to be having a bit of a moment right now, and there are some gorgeous designs featuring it. We love the breezy simplicity of the Kit Camisole, the airiness Shoals Tank, and the pretty and subtle details on the Linum Tee. For something work-appropriate, the Surrounding Tank exudes timeless elegance and a laidback summer vibe all at once. If you’re thinking about cottage/beach wear, though, the striped Otherside tank is our pick.

1. Classic Elite Provence in Bering Sea. 2. Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk in #TPS32 and #TPS31 3. Cascade Ultra Pima in Natural and Poppy Red 4. Cascade Ultra Pima in Alaska Sky ad Ice

1. Classic Elite Provence in Bering Sea.
2. Misti Alpaca Tonos Pima Silk in #TPS32 and #TPS31
3. Cascade Ultra Pima in Natural and Poppy Red
4. Cascade Ultra Pima in Alaska Sky ad Ice

Cotton is probably the first fiber people think of when they think summer knitting. Cotton tops definitely benefit from structure, since cotton has less spring-back than wool. It’s a great summer knitting fiber, though, and we’re no strangers to working with it. Gemini is probably the most popular cotton top (with good reason!) but we also love the Hexagon Petal Tee and the Ruched Yoke Tee, both from Interweave, and the Make-Up-Your-Mind and boat-neck Petrie tanks from Knitty. If you decide to go with a cotton blend (such as the Misti Alpacas cotton-silk, above), you can get away with drapier knits, such as the gorgeous Folded Lace Tank and asymmetrical Verbena tank. For crochet, we love the Anouk top. We’ve seen it worked up in both cotton and silk, and both ways it was gorgeous. We also really like the sporty Surfer Girl tank and Sea Breeze Top.

1. Tosh Sock in Antler and Kelp 2. Tosh Merino Light in Dahlia 3. Spud & Chloë Sock in Goldfish

1. Tosh Sock in Antler and Kelp
2. Tosh Merino Light in Dahlia
3. Spud & Chloe Fine in Goldfish

All of this being said, we’re still a fan of wool. Knit at a looser gauge (and/or when it’s blended with silk) wool is a great warm-weather fiber: it’s breathable, highly absorbent, and naturally wicking. Sure, you may not want a wool shirt on those 30+ degree days, but we all know summer has cooler days too, plus patio evenings, camping trips, etc. It’s a lot warmer than now, but it’s all relative, so we’re including our favourite wool summer tops, too. For t-shirts, we love Amélie, the Grenadine Tunic (which you could easily shorten if that’s more to your taste), Wendy’s Pullover (that collar!), Vasa and Luxa. There are also a ton of great tank patterns: We really like the colour potential of the stripes in the Palmer tank, as well as the colour blocking in the Riverine Tank and Cap Sleeve Lattice Top; if solids are more to your taste, both the Morisot and Catch tanks are great options. For crochet, the Kos tee is a definite favourite (it would look great with shorts), as is the Corfu top.

If you’re worried about finishing a fingering-weight garment in five weeks, why not try something a little heavier? Zen Yarn Garden Serenity DK is a wool/silk blend that’s perfect for warmer weather. We love it for Rondeur, Francis (which is really a lovely top), Sonora, and the Spring Garden Tee.

Is your favourite top or warm-weather yarn included here? What did we miss?

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