Summer Crochet Projects: Your Inspiration Starts Here!

Ahhh, summer. We are on the brink of longer days infused with intense sunshine, outdoor activity, and the occasional garden party. What is your handmade go-to when it comes to navigating the heat of the season? Do you pull out a favorite shawl? A tank? A skirt?

What we love about summer crochet projects is that they are not meant for summer alone. So many crocheted garments can be worn year-round with the right amount of layering and style. So take a look at the below, but look deep into imagined layers – a pop of color here, a signature stitch there. It’s all about making it work outside of the seasonal box – and we’ve got you covered!

Swank Tank by Jill Wright

This openwork top loves negative ease to create flattering figure-hugging lines. Perfect for layering, this project from Crochetscene 2014 can also be extended to a knee-length or longer dress. Summer patterns perform well year-round as a gorgeous layer to an outfit more suited for a chill in the air. What would you wear under this standout tank? What about over it?

 

Blithe Dress or Tank by Laurinda Reddig

Breeze into summer in this body-skimming silk-and-linen dress—or crochet a tank, tunic, or any length in between. Worked from the top down, this dress seamlessly combines four different lace patterns, with shaping at the yoke, waist, and skirt. Find this pattern along with many others in our mesh story from Interweave Crochet Summer 2015.

 

Water Lily Shawl by Lisa Naskrent

Lisa Naskrent has been engaging crocheters with her delicious shawls since 2008, when she presented her Dragonfly Shawl (Interweave Crochet Winter 2008). Her Water Lily Shawl, rolled out in the pages of our tenth anniversary issue, features exuberant clusters of elongated stitches that bloom into soft fans, held in balance with alternating rows of solid clusters. Our crochet project editor Susanna is giving this shawl a go, and is loving the evolution in stitches as she goes along. Check out Susanna’s blog for further details on the Water Lily Shawl.

 

Zuma Skirt by Doris Chan

This seamless skirt begins with a waistband foundation worked sideways, in one step created a pretty finished edge, holes for threading a drawstring, and a starting round for the solid crochet fabric. Vertical lines of Solomon’s Knots act as gores, making a gentle curve at the hip and eventually kicking out the flared hem. From our Interweave Crochet Summer 2013 issue, this is another example of handmade style going a long way.

 

Lattice Tank by Natasha Robarge

Vertical strips of hairpin create a top that is easily modified for length and width. From Interweave Crochet Spring 2012, the excellent drape and beautiful texture of this project, makes this lovely layer a dramatic addition to any outfit. Not so sure about hairpin lace? We’ve got just the video to boost your confidence! Take a lesson in hairpin lace from Dana Bincer here, and watch your skills improve as you hook into this signature style.


Summer Crochet Projects – Not Just for Summer!

 

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