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Summer Yarn ~ The Best Yarn For Summer Knitting

Great to have you here 🙂

In this post, I share all the wonderful Summer Yarn to use for knitting in the warmer months.

There are some gorgeous yarns, that are perfect for lightweight garments that just say “Summer”.

There is no reason to stop knitting during the summer months, different projects knitted with summer yarn 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 immediately think of knitting, but it doesn’t mean you can’t knit when the weather is warmer.

Most of us relate more to knitting in the fall and winter seasons.

Wearing cozy, warm knits made of wool, alpaca, mohair, and angora.

We tuck ourselves under snugly blankets and wear warm shawls around our shoulders.

Yet, the colder months are not just for knitting, spring and summer inspires and unleashes all sorts of knitting creativity!

In Summer, the yarns that you’ll be wanting to experiment with and use are made from plant fibers. There are plenty that have lovely textures, add drape to your garments and can also be functional like dishcloths and scrubbies.

In this post, I share all the considerations for using Summer Yarn.

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.

Summer Yarns

Think of summer yarns being light, soft, rich, and in beautiful colors.

When knitted up, they offer cool breathability and lovely drape.

People often comment that knitting with animal fibers during the warmer months makes them feel heavy and sticky.

The yarns mentioned below will be able to be worn right away in Spring and Summer.

The best thing is they are comfortable to work with even when it is warm. 🙂

Gorgeous Summer Yarns made from cotton, linen, bamboo, silk, hemp, and blends of these yarns.

Expert knitters swear by bamboo/silk or bamboo/cotton mix due to its breathability.

Other blended yarns are cotton and merino.

Another excellent yarn mix is cotton and linen. Choose any type of summer knitting pattern with these yarns; cool sweaters and loose vests 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.

A Closer Look at Summer Yarn


When wearing summer knits, we want to feel cool, light fabrics against our skin.

Cotton is an easy yarn to knit with, comes in an array of colors and there are many to choose from. Think of simple open-air shawls or shrugs as great summer knitted items in cotton yarn.

Cotton is a breathable yarn, more so than synthetic yarn like acrylic.

If you are anything like me, then sweating is something I am definitely experiencing on warmer days.

Cotton Yarn is a perfect choice, as knitted items made with this yarn will be absorbent and dry quickly, a winning combination in my book.

Other yarns when knitted tend to trap sweat against your body, this can lead to your skin feeling irritated.

No-one enjoys being hot, sweaty and irritated!!

You might like to consider organic cotton yarn.

There are many who support the fact that organic cotton is better for the environment.

The cotton when growing is not treated with harsh chemicals. There is some lovely organic cotton available.

Cotton yarns that knitters have sworn by is 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 that use different stitches. This keeps the knitting fun and interesting. These projects are quick to knit and make great gifts.
Knit Picks have a fabulous range of colors in their Dishie Yarn. It is worsted weight 100% cotton yarn.


Silk yarn is a luxurious yarn 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 to silk is a yarn that when knitted 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.

Silk yarn is also more expensive. If the garment you are going to knit, is something you’ll get a lot of wear out of, then it would be 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

Checking for how comfortable a yarn will feel in the warmer months, is to place it against your cheek or throat.

After a few washes, some yarns will become softer.

This is where testing a knitted swatch comes in super handy. You will need to be very particular with your gauge as bamboo/cotton blends have quite a bit of drape.

Bamboo/cotton blends are a popular choice for spring and summer as they feel soft and light against the skin.

What is the Best Weight of Summer Yarn?

Many knitters highly recommend worsted weight yarn for Summer Yarn, due to its extreme popularity.

Given how so many people knit with this yarn, there are so many colors to choose from.

It is a very versatile weight and is great for knitting; shawls, sweaters, summer afghans and many other accessories.

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.

The beauty of this type of yarn is it knits up quickly and many possibilities of knitted items.

Spring/Summer Patterns

There are many spring/summer patterns available online. You will want to look for lighter patterns and more open-weave designs.

Clearly, hats, mittens, and sweaters are what you’d consider knitting for the winter.

In the warmer months, find inspiration to make lacy shawls, knit tank tops, halter neck tops, cute skirts and soft, lightweight hats. If you are game you can attempt to knit bikinis!

Final thoughts…

So there you go, plenty of fabulous Summer Yarn to consider.

Yarns made from plant fiber are the best to use for Summer Yarn.

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

Something I forgot? Leave a question or comment at the end.

Now It’s Your Turn…

I’d like to hear what you have to say. What did you think about today’s guide?

Or maybe you have a question. Either way let me know by leaving a comment below right now or send me a message on twitter.

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About Jodie Morgan

Hi. I’m Jodie Morgan, owner and creator of Knit Like Granny. (Yes, I’m a real person :) ) Thanks for being here. I am an Australian, currently traveling in Europe with my family. I love knitting and have met so many other fabulous knitters through this site. I love learning and helping others discover the joys of working with yarn. Please say hello!

7 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 🙂 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 🙂


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