5 Great Knitted Tees for Summer

Yes, it’s summer. In some parts of the world, temperatures soar to unbearable heights (unbearable is relative, I know). For some of us, the idea of knitting for these hot days sounds like torture. I am that wacky person in the office here who wants it to be winter all the time; related, my closet is somewhat overflowing with handknit sweaters at this point.

But do not put your needles away! You can knit for summer—you just have to think about summer knitting a little differently than you do fall or winter. Some key tips:

Choose your knitting patterns wisely. Long sleeves and cables are lovely, but they’re more appropriate for cooler weather. Sleeveless or short-sleeve tees are better for summer weather.  The Heliosphere Tank from Knitscene Summer 2011 features chic racer-back styling for maximum cooling effect.

Heliosphere Tank

Choose your yarns wisely. Wool can be a summer fiber, when worked at a looser gauge or larger lace stitch. Plant-fibers, such as linen and cotton, tend to stay cooler when the days are hot, so they might be a better bet. Look for plant fiber–blends to benefit from both plant and animal fiber properties. The Chiton Pullover from Knitscene Winter/Spring 2011 and the Joule Pullover from Knitscene Summer 2011 both utilize animal fiber blends to keep a drapy silhouette while not overwhelming the wearer.


Joule Pullover


Choose patterns that have a good amount of openwork for ventilation. Eyelets or stitch patterns with an exaggerated gauge allow for more airflow. The Linum Knitted Tee from Knitscene Summer 2014 uses fisherman’s rib at a larger-than-usual gauge to keep things open near the neckline; the Radian Yoke Tee from Knitscene Summer 2011 uses an open, crossed-stitch lace pattern to keep the shoulders cool. Both of these tops use linen or linen-blend yarns too!


While we have a huge variety of patterns to choose from in the Interweave Store, we pulled together this special collection of Knitscene‘s Essential Summer Top Patterns featuring the five patterns shown here. These are some of our most popular warm-weather knitting patterns because they’re stylish, easy to knit, and really fun to wear all year long (think layers!).  So pick up those needles and keep on knitting, whatever the thermostat says!

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