Hello again! Lauren here.
We’re still knitting away on our summer sweaters. If you follow the hashtag on Instagram or the thread on Ravelry, you’ll see quite a few sweaters in progress. For my part, I’ve finished the long-languishing sweater I mentioned in my last post, but haven’t blocked or sewn on buttons yet. Isn’t blocking always the hardest part? That one last step before you can wear the sweater seems to take the longest.
After Amy posted her handy guide to CustomFit Mash-Ups this week, I decided to share some summer sweater inspiration. There are many summery sweater designs out there that work beautifully for CustomFit, so I’m highlighting some of my favorites.
Clockwise, from the top left:
- Emelie by Elin Berglund is knit in sock yarn. Its cropped length and delicate lace front make it a cool choice for wearing over summer dresses. To CustomFit this pattern, choose a high-hip, 3/4 sleeve crew neck cardigan. Purchase the Emelie pattern, and use the lace chart included in the pattern on the fronts of your cardigan.
- Reine by Alexis Winslow is the perfect long cardigan to throw on when the sun dips below the horizon this summer. To CustomFit this pattern, choose a low-hip, long sleeve, V neck cardigan. You want a neck depth below the fullest part of your bust — 2-3″ below your armhole should work. Purchase the Reine pattern, which will tell you the height of the welted edging stitch, and how to make the button band.
- Saco Stripes by Pam Allen. I made a Saco Stripes last summer! The Quince and Co. Sparrow yarn makes a lovely, light fabric, and doesn’t feel hard on the hands at all. If you’ve never knit with linen (I had not, last year), it’s a great place to start. To CustomFit this pattern, choose a mid- or low-hip tank with a scoop neck about 1″ above your armholes. Purchase the Saco Stripes pattern for the stripe pattern and placement.
- Spanish Bay by Amy Herzog. We talked about this sweater quite a bit on the blog already, and the team’s collective love of Rowan Purelife Revive is well-established! Plus, an open cardigan is easy to take on and off if you live somewhere with AC. CustomFitting Spanish Bay is easy — it’s already built into the site. Just choose a swatch, body measurements, and a fit.
I’ve saved some more inspiration sweaters and pattern ideas — there’s so much more than can fit in a single blog post! — on our Pinterest board for spring and summer sweaters.
What are your strategies for knitting in the summer heat?
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