10 Patterns Perfect for Warm-Weather Knitting

Spring is finally here, and you know what that means: summer is just around the corner! After a few late snowstorms here in northern Colorado, we’re finally shaking off winter’s cold for the sun and warmth of spring and summer. Even though winter is my favorite season, after about 6 months of it I’m ready for something new—in the weather and in my wardrobe. I love trading my heavy winter scarves and mittens for lacy, lightweight knitted accessories.

If you need a new warm-weather accessory or two, look no further! We recently released 10 new patterns perfect for spring and summer wear. I’ve grouped them by type here, so if you know what you want to cast on for, you can go directly to that section. But if you need a little inspiration, peruse the whole list and see what catches your eye!

Add style and warmth to any outfit with a knitted accessory! Clockwise from left: Danse Macabre Poncho, Fireworks Shawl, Concert Shrug, Evening Stroll Wrap, Opera Wrap. Photos by George Boe.

Shawls and Wraps

A few days ago, I was sitting on my patio enjoying the sunshine with some friends. In the early afternoon I was perfectly comfortable in jeans and a T-shirt, but as day turned to evening and the sun dipped behind some trees, I was suddenly cold! I ran inside to grab a knitted shawl, which was exactly what I needed to stave off the chill. If this scenario sounds familiar to you, you need one of our new knitted shawls! For those of you who get cold easily, I recommend the Fireworks Shawl—the garter-stitch upper portion adds warmth, but the lacy border keeps it light and springy.

The Opera Wrap uses 100% merino wool for warmth without weight, and the diamond patterning is subtle but stunning. And if you just need a light layer, try the lacy Evening Stroll Wrap; with its zigzagging eyelets and lightweight yarn, it’s perfect for evenings when there’s just a slight chill in the air.

If you don’t want to fuss with a shawl while you’re out and about, you need the Concert Shrug! This whimsical-yet-elegant shrug is great for any occasion, from summer concerts to airplane travel. And it’s available in adult and kid sizes, so you can knit a matching set. If you’re already feeling the air-conditioning chill, you need the Danse Macabre Poncho. This stunning ombré piece features two lovely lace patterns and a dewdrop edging that you’ll love knitting AND wearing.

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Socks are perfect for summer knitting! They’re portable, relatively quick to make, and, of course, incredibly useful. Clockwise from left: Zinger Socks, Simple Camping Socks, Glamping Socks. Photos by George Boe.

Socks

Socks don’t immediately come to mind when you think of summer knitting, but they should! They’re fantastically portable projects, and their small size means you won’t have a lap full of wool when it’s 90 degrees outside. Plus, we all need socks for our summer adventures, whether we’re planning epic hikes or we need protection from cold tile floors in our beachfront vacation bungalows. I love the Zinger Socks—the fun checked patterning and vibrant colors are super summery, and the wool/nylon blend yarn is breathable and gives these socks a little stretch where you need it.

If you prefer something a little more subdued, you’ll love the Glamping Socks. The lace patterning on the body gives these socks a delicate look, but the stockinette toe, sole, and heel make them sturdy enough for everyday wear. And if you want to mix and match, try the Simple Camping Socks. Available in solid and striped versions in a range of sizes, these socks are great for the whole family!

The Ocean Waves Sweater (left) and Siobhan Mitts aren’t traditional summer projects, but we know you’ll love them anyway! Photos by George Boe.

Extras

Last but certainly not least, we have a couple of bonus patterns! The Ocean Waves Sweater is darling girls sweater in a beautiful wave stitch pattern with ribbing at the collar, hem, and cuffs. It’s the perfect thing for your kiddo to pull on when it gets chilly at the Fourth of July fireworks celebration or an early-morning hot air balloon launch.

If you’re planning any mountain adventures—or if you just need to protect your hands from aggressive office air conditioning—you’ll want to cast on for the Siobhan Mitts, which feature a stunning Celtic Knot cable on the front and stretchy ribbing at the cuff that ensures a snug fit. Put these cozy mitts in your pack on camping trips and pull them on in the cold early mornings while you’re making breakfast!

I hope these patterns inspire your warm-weather knitting! Let us know what you’re making in the comments.

Happy knitting!

Rachel


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