Get ‘Em While They’re Hot: Your 5 Top Summer Knits from Interweave Knits!
The mercury is rising, and you know what that means? It’s time for some hot summer knits! When the weather gets a bit sticky, put down the heavy woolen sweaters and pick up lightweight projects featuring openwork and plant fibers (if plant fibers are your thing).
Interweave Knits Summer 2018 is fresh on newsstands, so to celebrate warm-weather knitting we’ve compiled your top 5 favorite summer knits from the past few years.
1. Puck’s Tunic by Susanna IC
Our lady of lace, Susanna IC, doesn’t just design gorgeous shawls—she also has an arsenal of beautiful sweaters and tees in her portfolio. Puck’s Tunic from Interweave Knits Summer 2017 was the standout hit of the issue, featuring a striking diamond lace pattern down the center front and back. The front and back are identical and have no shaping, so this top only requires a good blocking before you’re on to quick straight seaming!
2. Titania’s Shawl by Susanna IC
Susanna IC’s designs for Summer 2017 were the issue’s main players, and I mean that with every pun intended. (All the designs for this issue were inspired by William Shakespeare’s comedies Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.) This ethereal, magnificent lace shawl drew inspiration from A Midsummer Night’s Dream’s fairy queen, Titania. The glistening beads, fine silk, and masterful lace created a piece so regal and feminine that it enchanted many knitters to pick up their needles. Are you the next knitter to fall under her spell?
3. Pfieffer Shawl by Susanna IC
Okay, Susanna, we get it. You’re a super awesome designer and we all love you.
Susanna’s third design in our top 5 is the safari-inspired Pfieffer Shawl from Interweave Knits Spring 2017. We love this shawl’s classic, versatile crescent shape—a shape synonymous with Susanna IC. Susanna utilized two beautiful colorways of Manos del Uruguay’s Silk Blend (a fan favorite) in a tonal semi-solid and a complementary space-dye. The semi-solid golden color allowed the geometric lace panel to pop; the space-dyed body kept the garter-stitch body interesting and fun. The heavy DK- to light worsted-weight yarn makes this a quick and gratifying project you’ll wear year round.
4. Catalina Shawl by Lana Jois
Lana Jois brought us the feminine and timeless Catalina Shawl from Interweave Knits Summer 2016’s Beach Boho collection. Our favorite thing about this shawl is its deceptive simplicity. This laceweight shawl’s visually stunning openwork edging looks complex but is actually a variation on a relatively basic feather and fan stitch that flows into columns of twisted stitches.
5. Kingston Tank by Margaret Holzmann
We’re bookending this top 5 list with another cool summer top for hot days. The Kingston Top features sexy lace side panels, artfully placed bobbles, and flattering V-neck shaping that dips deep in the back and front. Wear this airy tank with breezy shorts, a skirt, over a sundress, or as a cover-up at the pool or beach.
Does your favorite Interweave Knits summer design appear on this list? Let us know which one is your favorite!