3 Must-Have Summer Knitting Projects

Thank goodness for air conditioning, popsicles, and summer knitting. They make my summer days comfortable and remind me of happier times (i.e. spring and fall). It’s been a pretty productive summer for me; I’ve been knocking out some summer tops. But I’d like to add some great fall pieces to my summer knitting queue. To me, great summer knitting is fun to work on and can comfortably rest in your lap without adding unwanted heat—projects Interweave Knits Summer 2018 definitely has.

1. Arizona Tee by Amy Gunderson

The Arizona Tee is the summer tunic of my dreams. It’s lightweight and perfect for layering which means I get to enjoy it in the summer and fall. The styling options are basically endless—pair it with a long skirt for a Boho-vibe, layer it over a slip dress for summer wear, or over a swimsuit for an incredibly stylish swimsuit cover.

Pattern Details

Designer Amy Gunderson
Difficulty Intermediate
Finished Size 41½ (48½, 55, 62, 68½)” bust circumference. Tee shown measures 48½”; modeled with 18½” of positive ease.
Yarn Fibra Natura Flax Lace (100% linen; 547 yd [500 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #102 pale blush, 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) skeins. Yarn distributed by Universal Yarn.
Needles Size 3 (3.25 mm): 16″ circular (cir). Size 4 (3.5 mm): straight. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Marker (m); removable m; stitch holder; tapestry needle.
Gauge 19 sts and 27 rows = 4″ in lace patt on larger needles.

2. Winona Poncho by Mone Dräger

Another breezy, Boho-number—the Winona Poncho is another great layering piece you’ll love to have in your wardrobe but will also enjoy knitting. You won’t have to worry about it trapping heat due to its lacy pattern and linen yarn—both or which work together to make a visually intriguing garment with a stunning drape.

Pattern Details

Designer Mone Dräger

Difficulty Intermediate

Finished Size 24¾ (32¾)” wide and 22½ (32½)” long, not including fringe. Sample shown measures 24¾” on model with 32½” bust.

Yarn Louet North America Euroflax Sport (100% wet spun linen; 270 yd [247 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #2364 natural, 3 (5) skeins.

Needles Size 7 (4.5 mm): 24″ and 40″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Markers (m); tapestry needle; crochet hook.

Gauge 15 sts and 24 rows = 4″ in lace patt, blocked.

3. Buena Vista Stole by Sandhya Shadangi

The Buena Vista Stole is my favorite on this list—it’s relaxing summer knitting at its finest. It’s a lightweight rectangular shawl that can be styled in an almost endless number of ways, making it a great multi-season knitting project and the yarn, Manos del Uruguay Milo (a merino, linen blend) will hold just the right amount of warmth. Find the kit here!

Designer Sandhya Shadangi

Difficulty Easy

Finished Size 75¾” long and 18¼” wide.

Yarn Manos del Uruguay Milo (65% merino wool, 35% linen; 380 yd [347 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #i2156 Venezia, 3 skeins. Yarn distributed by Fairmount Fibers.

Needles Size 6 (4 mm): 24″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.

Notions Tapestry needle.

Gauge 23 sts and 30 rows = 4″ in charted patt.

We’ll have to see how many projects I actually get to this summer but when I get done with my last tank, it will be hard to decide between these three. What are you knitting this summer? Do you stick to summer garments, accessories, or do you knit for the colder months?

Happy knitting,


There is still time for summer knitting…

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