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Summer Yarn – The Best Yarn For Summer Knitting

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 these yarns can bring such joy!

Summer Yarn Cakes of multiple colors

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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.

Here are some ideas for the best yarn for warm weather.

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. (If you enjoy knitting for summer, sign up to the email for her newsletter. It has plenty of patterns and inspiration.)

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Summer Yarns

Light, soft, rich, beautiful colors. 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. 🙂

There’s a reason why animal fibers aren’t so popular in warmer climates!

Gorgeous Summer Yarns are cotton, linen, bamboo, silk, hemp, and blends of these yarns. Expert knitters swear by knitting yarn like bamboo/silk or bamboo/cotton due to breathability.

Other blended yarns are cotton and merino.

Crochet yarn for summer is made of the same materials.

Choose any type of summer knitting pattern with these yarns.

Another excellent yarn mix is cotton and linen yarn. 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

@BirdiesKnits Cotton Yarn Shawl
@BirdiesKnits Cotton Yarn Shawl. Follow @BirdiesKnits for more gorgeous pics.

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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 fiber yarns tend to trap sweat against your body, this can irritate your skin. No-one enjoys being hot, sweaty and irritated!

If you like natural/synthetic fiber blends, try a cotton/viscose blend.

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 attest this, I make dishcloths while traveling. They’re great!

Knit Picks have a fabulous range of colors in their Dishie Yarn. It’s worsted weight 100% cotton yarn. If you know people who love making summer knits, gift cards for their favorite yarn shop might be a perfect gift.


Silk yarn is luxurious and has amazing properties by keeping you cool in warmer weather and warm in the colder weather.

Some believe silk should be categorized with other animal fibers, as it’s made by the caterpillar of the silk moth, commonly called the silkworm.

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 summer garments with a drape rather than a figure hugging top. Complex or intricate stitch patterns show up very well in silk.

Remember it’s more expensive. If the garment you’re knitting is something you’ll get a lot of wear out of, it’s worth it.

@trixieknits 100% Silk Laceweight Shawl in soft shades of blue, pink and cream
@trixieknits 100% Silk Laceweight Shawl. Follow @trixieknits for more lovely pics.

Bamboo/Cotton Blend

To check 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 fiber yarns blends are a popular choice for this. They feel soft and light against the skin.

An excellent choice for socks, many different lightweight sock yarn is made from this blend.

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.

Other great choices for summer projects are DK weight yarn or sport weight yarn. Lovely for summer shawls and vests.

Often described as a light worsted-weight yarn, somewhere between worsted and sport yarn. Using medium-sized knitting needles, it knits up quickly and many possibilities of knitted items.

Tips For Choosing The Perfect Yarn For Summer Clothing

  • Plant-based fibers are best
  • Go for thinner yarns, it’s more breathable. That said, don’t feel like you have to choose something like crochet thread.
  • Avoid fuzzy yarns
  • Experiment with looser tension and patterns
  • Avoid acrylics, they’re uncomfortable in heat
  • If you use animal fibers, make sure the yarn is superwash
  • Choose lace stitch or open patterns

Spring/Summer Patterns

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!

Final thoughts…

Plenty of fabulous Summer Yarn to consider.

Yarns made from plant fiber are the best to use.

I know you’ll find something to inspire you to knit a gorgeous knitted summery item or more 🙂

About Jodie Morgan

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9 thoughts on “Summer Yarn – The Best Yarn For Summer Knitting”

  1. New to knitting but favor lace patterns. Looking for suggestions for summer weight yarns. And a site that responds to comments

    • Hi Janelle. Great that you are new to knitting! That’s a good question and I will get back to you with some suggestions. Won’t be long šŸ™‚ Cheers Jodie

    • Hi Janelle. Knit Picks have a lovely yarn called Lindy Chain which is 70% Linen and 30% Pima Cotton. Here’s what they say about this yarn “The linen adds a crisp stitch definition that shows off textures while adding a lovely drape and sheen that just gets softer with every wash. Available in 20 stunning shades that range from rich hues to soft pastels, Lindy is sure to be your go-to yarn for breezy tops, light accessories and so much more.” Check it out here Cheers Jodie

    • Hi Susan. Could you please send through some more details from the label of your yarn. If 5wt refers to yarn weight then it would be quite bulky, so perhaps not suited to knitted summer garments. Looking forward to hearing from you.

  2. Very helpful article. I like scarves and sweaters, but always find them too warm. Now I know what to look for. I would have appreciated information about care of the yarns (are they washable? can they be put in dryer?)

    • Hi Vivien. So glad to hear you found my post helpful. You’ve made some great suggestions on how I could improve my article, by adding how to care for the yarns. Thank you. I will work on those additions. Cheers Jodie šŸ™‚

  3. I m from the Caribbean and l am just learning to crochet garments for myself and grand children. What is the best yarn for my kind of summer project? Summer dresses, tops and crop tops.

    • Hi Veronica

      How lovely to be making crocheted garments for yourself and your grandchildren.

      I would recommend cotton yarn for summer garments.

      When I was living in Mexico I bought a lovely cotton yarn from a haberdashery called Omega Fantasia Yarn.

      Knit Picks have lovely cotton yarns and cotton yarn blends.

      They have just released a pattern book for warmer weather garments. The link is below.

      You could browse through the patterns and look below each one to see the yarns they are recommending.

      This would certainly give you lots of suitable yarn options.

      This is also a lovely cotton/bamboo blend from Lion Brand that would suit summer garments

      Since you are interested in Crochet, I also have a site called Crochet Penguin. I too am learning how to crochet šŸ™‚

      Hope this gives you a good start.

      I’d love to see your finished project and if you agree, I would share it with my readers.

      Just reply to this email with a pic attached.

      Happy Crocheting!

      Cheers Jodie


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