But I am a believer! Because there's no way that I could have year-long sweater weather; that's just not my kind of luck. 😉
In Knitscene Spring 2015, Emma Welford shared with us three tips for knitting perfect spring garments. While many knitters, myself included, tend to think that warm weather months are only for knitting small projects, like hats or socks (to keep us warm during polar vortices), other knitters want to have things they've knit to wear year round. Emma's tips are invaluable, pointing out that fiber content and gauge are important considerations for what to knit for warm weather.
In the article, we shared some of our favorite warm weather–knitting patterns, and I wanted to talk a little bit more about them!
If you're more of an accessories knitter, projects like Janine Le Cras's Flanders Scarf or Corrina Ferguson's Shelby Creek Shrug are great projects to keep your shoulders warm if you live somewhere that gets a little chilly at night. But the beautiful lace pattern on Shelby Creek and easy knitting eyelets on the Flanders Scarf will keep you from overheating.
I also love Ashley Rao's Biarritz Cloche for a little bit of summery vintage knitting inspiration. A cotton yarn means this hat is light and cool.
Wool can be a summer staple, as it will wick away moisture and breathes better than synthetic fabrics (but read Emma's article for ways to work with wool in summer garb). If you're not afraid of a little wool in warm weather, check out Bonnie Nurnberger's Stoxa Tank or Amy Christoffer's Windsor Cardi.
Plant fibers tend to reign supreme in warmer months, and linen is one of my favorites for this time of year. Alison Green's Lea Pullover and Wendy Bernard's Radian Yoke both use Classic Elite Firefly yarn, a linen blend yarn that's great to work with (see my own Lea Pullover!) and really feels great to wear when it's hot outside.
And finally, if you just want a sweet little tee with just a smidgen of detail, the Loop Pullover by AnneLena Mattison utilizes simple i-cord to create a decorative looping yoke in a nice silk and wool blend yarn.
What do you like to knit in summer? Let me know in the comments!