Knit your own summer, Part 2
So much for Part 1, the summer just got hotter and there’s still weeks more to go. So here comes Part 2 of How to Knit your own Summer. This time we’re cranking things up a bit gauge-wise, moving up to bigger stitch DK and worsted weight yarns. These are garments and accessories that even the most short-attention-span knitters will be able to finish. Welcome to a summer of knitting everyone and enjoy!
Raw Vest by Lone Kjelsen We love the finishing on this one – and also really wanted to include a design for people who prefer a hip-length top. Lone has marled two differently coloured strands lace and 4ply but it could just as well be knitted in one strand of 4ply for a floatier fabric or sport to get her look.
Twofer Tank by Heidi Kerrmaier This clever 2-for-1 reversible top gives you a choice of wearing a v-neck or a square neck at the front. Brontë decided against the v-neck option altogether and after doubling the length of the straps, simply repeated the square neck on both sides.
Venetian Tank by Sari Nordlund Another one with the option to knit with two strands of 4ply or a DK. The pretty keyhole detail in the back shown above, is a signature Nordlund design – simple and wearable and not at all dull.
Camisole Number 5 by My Favourite Things We couldn’t make a list of summer tops without including one of these. Number 5 is sporty and if you check the hashtag on Instagram, you’ll see it looks like as great on blokes as women.
Frankie Bucket Hat by Toni Lipsey Create your own shade with this super straight forward bucket hat. The brim is firm enough to fold, but floppy enough to be, well.. floppy too. Can’t crochet? Follow this online tutorial – The Frankie hat would make a great first crochet project.
Hollis by Lynn Brennan And once you’ve got your head around having a go with crochet, you can mix it up with this crocheted-base, knitted-upper basket. Our cotton cord or 3 strands of Kremke Cotton would be perfect. Plus we’ve the got handles here too!
Shetland Shopper by Gudrun Johnson Learn to knit a string bag and you really do have a bag for life – the perfect bag for your swimming stuff, a paperback, a bottle of water, some oranges and your knitting, and everyone else’s stuff too.
Montpellier Top by November Knits No sleeves, 14 stitches/10 cm, mostly stocking stitch and no sewing up… Start it on the beach and you could finish it in time to wear on the journey home. And when the weather changes, it’ll work as a tank over a warmer top too.
Anni by Gina Röckenwagner I’ve spent the last couple of weeks working my way up and over the shoulders of this t-shirt – now on my way to finishing and have loved every stitch! Robust in a cool and cottony way. The kookie rib stops it being boring and the gauge means any of our summer yarns will work.
Summer Yarns Part 2
Kremke Karma Cotton 105m/50g The softest, loftiest cotton we’ve ever had in the shop. The loft means this cotton is plump enough to look like a DK as well as knit like one. Made from cotton textile waste and recycled plastic water bottles
Robinson by Dererum Natura 250m/100g A summerier take on the more famous Gilliatt: Robinson uses the same Merino d’Arles wool in a blend with recyled cotton. The slightly muted palette is created by a cast of natural plant dyes. A little less lofty than it’s pure wool cousin, but still knits to a solid DK gauge
Robinson by Dererum Natura 250 A summerier take on the more famous Gilliatt: Robinson uses the same Merino d’Arles wool in a blend with recyled cotton. The slightly muted palette is created by a cast of natural plant dyes. A little less lofty than it’s pure wool cousin, but still knits to a solid DK gauge