The Top 3 Summer Knitting Trends

During the summer, it often feels too hot to care about trends. When it’s 95 degrees out, what do I care about fashion? All I want to do is figure out how I can put as little as I can on my body while still remaining decently clothed. But then, inevitably, I go out and about and see other women in stylish clothes and feel frumpy and unfashionable.

So this year, I’ve decided to pay a bit more attention to the trends and update my wardrobe accordingly! I need a little help, though, so I asked fashionista Melissa Leapman to give me her take on this summer’s most popular styles. Read on to see her picks!


Caption: Make your accessories the stars of the show this summer! Clockwise from left: Nicole Necklace, Zinger Socks, Regina Hat. Photos by Harper Point Photography and George Boe.

Accented Accessories

Tiny touches of individualism shine this season, particularly when it comes to fashion accessories. Add glitz to an outfit with a patterned handbag, for instance, or an air of cool with a hip straw hat. Even feet get into the act with comfy, colorful handknitted socks. How many of these small projects can you complete this summer? Time to get knitting . . .

Projects to Try: The Regina Hat and the Nicole Necklace from knitscene Accessories 2015 or the Zinger Socks.

Show off your funky side with fringe, boho styles, and animal print. Clockwise from left: Winona Poncho, Aristida Shawl, Lovecats Cowl. Photos by Harper Point Photography and George Boe.

Fashion Remix

The runways in New York and Paris are featuring eclectic combinations of pattern and texture. Think unusual finds: animal prints, showy tassels and fringe, and flowing boho silhouettes, especially with funky jewelry and accessories. Shop your personally curated collection of fashion. The more, the better!

Projects to Try: The Winona Poncho from Interweave Knits Summer 2018, the Aristida Shawl from knitscene Accessories 2012, or the Lovecats Cowl.

Love denim? You’ll love this blue-hued trend! Clockwise from left: Mere Skirt, Jammer Shorts, Ionian Top. Photos by Harper Point Photography.

Denim Blues

Continuing the relaxed, casual feel of previous seasons, designers are showcasing all things denim. Look for cheery stripes, summery flower prints, and classic indigo. Pantone’s color Vallarta Blue (18-4034 TPX) is especially strong. Check out Classic Elite Yarn’s beautiful 100% Egyptian cotton Provence in color #5824, Deep Sea, to get on trend.

Projects to Try: The Jammer Shorts from knitscene Summer 2017, the Ionian Top from knit.wear Spring/Summer 2018, or the Mere Skirt from knitscene Summer 2016. (If you’re digging this trend, knitscene Summer 2016 has a whole story featuring indigo projects!)

I love these trends! I can definitely see myself incorporating these into my summer wardrobe. I especially like the emphasis on individualism—it’s perfect for crafters! If you want to embrace these trends without making a whole project, try knitting a colorful band for your favorite sunhat, making your own pom-tassel earrings, or adding fringe to a boho top.

What trends are you trying this summer? Let us know in the comments!

Happy summer knitting!
Melissa and Rachel

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