I share all the wonderful Summer Yarn to use for knitting in the warmer months.
There are gorgeous yarns perfect for summery lightweight garments.
No reason to stop knitting during the summer months! Projects knitted with summer yarn can bring such joy!
Table of Contents
- Summer Yarn ~ The Best Yarn For Summer Knitting
- Summer Yarns
- A Closer Look at Summer Knitting Yarns
- Spring/Summer Knitting Patterns
Best Summer Yarns
When you think of summer, one doesn’t think of knitting. Doesn’t mean you can’t knit in warmer weather.
Most of us relate to knitting in the fall and winter seasons. Wearing warm knits made of wool, alpaca, mohair, and angora.
We tuck ourselves under snug blankets and wear warm shawls around our shoulders.
The colder months are not just for knitting. Spring and summer inspire and unleash all sorts of knitting creativity!
In Summer, you’ll want to use are plant fiber yarns. Plenty with lovely textures, add drape to your garments and can also be functional like dishcloths and scrubbies.
A Knitted Summer Sweater
In this video by Staci at Very Pink Knits, you will learn how to knit a simple woman’s Summer sweater.
Think of summer yarns being light, soft, rich, in beautiful colors.
They offer cool breathability and lovely drape.
People often comment knitting with animal fibers during warmer months makes them feel heavy and sticky.
The yarns mentioned below can worn right away in Spring and Summer.
The best thing is they’re comfortable to work with when it’s hot. 🙂
Gorgeous Summer Yarns are cotton, linen, bamboo, silk, hemp, and blends of these yarns. Expert knitters swear by bamboo/silk or bamboo/cotton due to breathability. Other blended yarns are cotton and merino.
Choose any type of summer knitting pattern with these yarns.
Another excellent yarn mix is cotton and linen. Cool sweaters and loose vests are great picks for these yarns.
“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn’t hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
― Elizabeth Zimmermann
A Closer Look at Summer Yarn
Cotton is an easy yarn to knit with, comes in an array of colors and there are many to choose from. Simple open-air shawls and shrugs are great summer knitted items in cotton yarn.
Cotton is breathable, more so than synthetic yarn like acrylic.
I definitely experience sweating on warmer days! If you’re anything like me, Cotton Yarn is a perfect choice. Knitted items made with this yarn are absorbent and dry quickly, a winning combination!.
Other yarns tend to trap sweat against your body, this can irritate your skin. No-one enjoys being hot, sweaty and irritated!
You might consider organic cotton yarn. It’s better for the environment. It’s not treated with harsh chemicals. There is some lovely organic cotton available.
Cotton yarns knitters swear by Berroco Modern Cotton Yarn. 60% Cotton / 40% Rayon in Yarn Weight 4 (Medium/Worsted). Gorgeous colors to choose from too 🙂
Dishcloths and Scrubbies are great summer knitting projects. Using cotton yarn, you can try different patterns using different stitches. This keeps the knitting fun and interesting.
These projects are quick to knit and make great gifts.
I can attest this, I made dishcloths while traveling, and they’re great!
Knit Picks have a fabulous range of colors in their Dishie Yarn. It is worsted weight 100% cotton yarn.
Silk yarn is luxurious and has amazing properties by keeping you cool in warmer weather and warm in the colder weather.
Silk is also often blended with cotton and makes a gorgeous summer weight yarn. The downsides is silk has the tendency to stretch over time.
You can combat this by choosing to knit garments with a drape rather than a figure hugging top. It’s also more expensive. If the garment you’re knitting is something you’ll get a lot of wear out of, it’s worth it.
To checking how comfortable a yarn is, place it against your cheek or throat.
After a few washes, some yarns will become softer.
Testing a knitted swatch comes in super handy. You’ll need to be particular with your gauge as bamboo/cotton blends have quite a bit of drape.
Bamboo/cotton blends are a popular choice for. They feel soft and light against the skin.
What is the Best Weight of Summer Yarn?
Many knitters highly recommend worsted weight yarn due to its extreme popularity. Given how so many people knit with this yarn, there are so many colors to choose from.
A very versatile weight and great for knitting; shawls, sweaters, summer afghans and others.
Another great choice for summer projects is DK weight yarn. Lovely for summer shawls and vests.
Often described as a light worsted-weight yarn, somewhere between worsted and sport yarn. It knits up quickly and many possibilities of knitted items.
There are many spring/summer patterns available online. You’ll want to light patterns and open-weave designs.
Hats, mittens, and sweaters are what you’d knit for the winter.
In warmer months, find inspiration to make lacy shawls, knit tank tops, halter neck tops, cute skirts and lightweight hats. If you’re game you can attempt knitting bikinis!
Plenty of fabulous Summer Yarn to consider.
Yarns made from plant fiber are the best to use for Summer Yarn.
I know you’ll find something to inspire you to knit a gorgeous knitted summery item or more 🙂
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