Your 10 Favorite Summer Knitting Patterns from 2017
Summer is officially upon us in a big way, but your summer knitting is just heating up! Interweave has put out truly gorgeous issues across the board this summer. Interweave Knits’ Shakespeare issue is drool-worthy cover to cover. Love of Knitting will stoke your wanderlust. Knitscene is so fun and fresh that the projects seem to jump off the page. And knit.wear and Wool Studio both make me want to throw out my whole wardrobe and just knit a new one from scratch.
I took a look at all five of our summer issues on Ravelry and I’ve brought you the top two summer knitting patterns from each one. Now the challenge: choosing which one to cast on first!
Olivia’s Cape by Amy Gunderson
Olivia’s Cape features colorwork herringbone, leather closures, English style, and a touch of fantasy. This stunning piece of outerwear is worked in the round from the top down and steeked; the hood is worked separately in the round and also steeked. The I-cord finishing hides all the raw edges for a polished look.
Puck’s Tunic by Susanna IC
Stroll through a garden in the height of summer in this cool lace tunic. Puck’s Tunic is a subtle, airy tee that toes the line between tomboy and feminine. It’s made in two simple rectangles and seamed so that all the focus stays on the whimsical zigzag lace on the front and back.
Hiking Henley by Melissa Leapman
It’s tough to beat a Henley top for comfort, and you’ll love this one as much as your favorite T-shirt. A flattering fit, set-in sleeves, and eyelet edgings update a classic look. Best of all, the worsted weight heathered cotton tape yarn can be machine-washed.
Pack-me-up Shawl by Laura Reinbach
This lovely shawl can take you anywhere—in a hearty linen/ wool/silk yarn, it’s wrinkle-proof and light to pack. Worked from the top down, it features a simple allover eyelet pattern with a vertical lace trellis stitch edging.
Fogila Top by Irina Anikeeva
This gorgeous, lightweight cotton top is worked in the round from the lower edge to the underarm, then the front and back are worked separately back and forth.
Rau Sweater by Quenna Lee
The hem of this pullover is worked flat in two pieces, then the pieces are joined and the rest of the body is worked in the round to the underarm. The upper front and back are worked separately back and forth. Stitches for the sleeves are picked up around the armhole and the sleeves are worked from the top down in the round.
Park Slope Top by Mary Anne Benedetto
This pullover is worked back and forth from the bottom up in pieces and seamed. The stunning mosaic stitch of this project is worked over dolman sleeves for a truly striking look.
Amherst Pullover by Amanda Scheuzger
This pullover is worked in the round from the bottom up, beginning with a provisional cast-on. The sleeves and body are joined at the underarm to work the yoke. Featuring one-color and two-color brioche and an applied I-cord, this raglan pullover is an athleisure classic.
Avila Tee by Amanda Bell
Flowing, simple, and wearable, the Avila Tee is a casual but elegant top for the modern woman. The waterfall side panels are made after the fabric is complete with a drop-stitch technique that looks complicated but is simple enough for novice knitters to create. This tee is worked back and forth in two pieces and seamed.
Monterey Tee by Kate Gagnon Osborn
The Monterey Tee features a beautiful allover twisted-rib lace motif; the simple construction allows you to focus on the rhythmic pattern. Style this top with a simple camisole or layer it over long sleeves for transitional seasons. This tee is worked from the bottom up in pieces and then blocked to allow the openwork to bloom.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these summer knitting patterns from Interweave’s knitting magazines. Let us know in the comments: what’s your favorite summer 2017 issue: Interweave Knits, knit.wear, Wool Studio, knitscene, or Love of Knitting?
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