5 Warm-Weather Knits from Garter Stitch Revival
There’s no need for your knitting to slow down as the weather heats up! When you work with bold colors and choose your yarns carefully, summertime can be prime knitting time, too.
The fresh, youthful designs in Garter Stitch Revival are the perfect example of great summertime knits. Kerry Bogert, Interweave’s editorial director of books, did an amazing job curating patterns that will intrigue and excite knitters of any skill level. This book will change the way you think about garter stitch, the often-overlooked “beginner stitch” that actually has tons of untapped design potential.
I’ve chosen 5 awesome summer knitting projects from Garter Stitch Revival to inspire you. And wouldn’t you know it, my knitting queue is now also 5 projects longer! Which of these projects will you make this summer?
Festival Halter Top by Sachiko Burgin
The knit and crochet tops popular at music festivals of the ‘60s and ‘70s inspired this updated halter style top.
How It’s Made: The front and back of this top are almost identical, except for one key detail—the gently sloping hems. With the use of short-rows, the angled garter ridges create striking visual lines that are both flattering and interesting on an otherwise plain fabric.
Yarn: Rowan Softknit Cotton, distributed by Sirdar USA (92% cotton, 8% polyamide)
Wear It This Summer: This top will carry you through countless outdoor events this summer, with cooling cotton to keep you feeling fresh even on the hottest days. Try styling this halter with a wrap skirt or denim cut-offs during the heat of the day, then slip a blazer or shawl over your shoulders after the sun sets. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!
Flapper Cloche by Megan Elyse Nodecker
Inspired by the ever-graceful and chic cloche hat of the ‘20s, this flirty topper will never go out of style.
How It’s Made: The deep garter-stitch brim is worked with short-rows so that it curves at the beginning and end, creating an overlapping fan shape. Stitches are picked up along the brim and worked in garter ridge, which smoothly transitions to stockinette stitch.
Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Heathers (100% Peruvian highland wool)
Wear It This Summer: Whether you pair this stylish cloche with a dress or with jeans and a white T-shirt, you can’t help but look fab when you’re wearing such a unique and fun hat. Plus, there are more than 50 colorways of Cascade’s 220 Heathers, so you’re guaranteed to find a shade that suits you perfectly.
Arrowhead Stole by Courtney Spainhower
Easily executed pleats transform humble garter stitch into a delicate, elegant wrap and tassels keep the design lively. Make either a wide stole or a narrow scarf with this versatile knitting pattern.
How It’s Made: This stole is worked from end to end. Increase along the right side for the first point, work even through the center, then decrease along the left side for the second point.
Yarn: Shibui Knits Linen (100% linen)
Wear It This Summer: The chain-ply linen yarn used in this design creates a crisp fabric that is suitable for warmer months and transitional seasons. It’s perfect for avoiding sunburned shoulders when worn over a strapless dress or tank top. Plus, linen yarn just gets softer the more you wash and agitate it, so don’t be afraid to tie this stole around your waist as a luxurious swimsuit cover-up!
Seashell Dolman Tee by Kiri Fitzgerald-Hillier
Knit in a delicate shell pink and featuring flattering dolman sleeves, this simple, effortless top will become a warm-weather wardrobe staple.
How It’s Made: This top is worked from cuff to cuff in stockinette and features a subtle crest pattern. The slim garter-stitch cuffs and waistband provide a crisp finish.
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, distributed by Knitting Fever (100% extra-fine superwash merino wool)
Wear It This Summer: Picture this adorable tee with a trendy denim mini skirt and a pearl necklace. Hello, gorgeous! Or try it with shorts, as it’s modeled in Garter Stitch Revival. This top will become a staple for date nights, picnics, and the office, as the extra-fine superwash merino yarn will wick away moisture and help you stay comfy as you transition in and out of air conditioning.
Venice Beach Wrap by Annie Rowden
This is a shawl for all occasions and seasons! No-fuss striping against color blocking creates an attractive, modern effect.
How It’s Made: This wrap is a total breeze to knit—perfect for knitting along to a TV binge session. Simply cast on the wide end and work k2tog decreases to shape. Plus, you’ll learn a new cast-on and bind-off!
Yarn: Swans Island Natural Colors Merino/Silk Sport (50% fine merino wool, 50% tussah silk)
Wear It This Summer: I typically spend all summer managing my temperature comfort level as I move in and out of air conditioning, and a fine, extra-long wrap like this one really helps because you can wrap it any way you choose without adding a lot of bulk. Cover your shoulders when you get chilly in your favorite little black dress, tie it around your neck at the office, or go full-on glamourous starlet and use it to cover your hair against those pesky summer breezes!
Which of these projects has been added to your queue as a must-knit? Let me know in the comments, and share what else you have on the needles this summer!
Wishing you sweet summer knitting!
Stitch the Summer Away!