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! There are plenty of yarn types that keep you cool.
Table of Contents
- Summer Yarn ~ The Best Yarn For Summer Knitting
- Summer Yarns
- A Closer Look at Summer Knitting Yarns
- Tips For Choosing The Perfect Yarn For Summer Clothing
- Spring/Summer Knitting Patterns
Best Summer Yarns
When you think of summer, one doesn’t think of knitting. That 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 plant fiber yarns. Plenty with lovely textures, add drape to your garments and 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 for her newsletter. It has plenty of patterns and inspiration.)
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 be 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
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 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 to this. I make dishcloths while traveling. They’re great!
Knit Picks has 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. 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 downside is silk tends 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.
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 the heat
- If you use animal fibers, make sure the yarn is superwash
- Choose lace stitch or open 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!
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 🙂