5 Beautiful Tops to Knit for Your Summer Wardrobe

A lot of people think that knitting is a winter hobby. When you think of knitting you think of woolly hats and scarves or mittens and gloves to shield you from the cold. But knitting can be just as wonderful for summer outfits too.

Here is my run down of 5 favourite tops to knit for this summer.

1. Lafayette Tunic by Lisa Hoffman

Model wearing the Lafayette Tunic
Photo Credit: Tahki Stacy Charles, Inc.

This tunic has such an olde worlde charm about it. I’m not sure if it’s just the way the photographs were taken but it reminds me of something the Bronte sisters would be wearing while they penned their masterpieces. It is a stunning top with delicate lace work and subtle shaping.

The Ravelry page states:

This drapey tank is knit in the round in linen-blend Audra, and features lace around the hem. The pattern also offers options for more advanced knitters.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Knitted in Stacy Charles Fine Yarns Audra which is a DK weight yarn on 3.5mm needles.


2. Deschain by Leila Raabe

Model wearing the Deschain top
Photo Credit: Pam Allen

I love the way this top is just one of those that you could have in your bag and throw it on whenever there is a nip in the air, no matter what you are wearing. A dress, some jeans, a pair of leggings, this top will just fit. It would also be ideal to take to the beach and pop on over your bikini top when the breeze is too much after a dip in the sea. Lovely design by Leila Raabe with that gorgeous lace flowing up the center.

The Ravelry page states:

The chained ribbon structure of our Kestrel linen creates striking textured lace, the focal point of Deschain by Leila Raabe. Designed with plenty of ease for a relaxed fit, this cropped boxy pullover is worked flat and then seamed, with slim sleeves picked up and worked in the round down to the cuff. Dropped stitches update the classic shale lace motif gracing the body’s front and hem.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Knitted in Quince & Co. Kestrel which is an aran weight yarn, on 6.5mm needles.


3. Maja – Kiito by Marita Rolin

Model wearing Maja - Kiito top
Photo Credit: Marita Rolin

How about something a little different with this unusual design by Marita Rolin. This vest top can be worn with the over lapping pieces to the front or the back. It’s a personal choice. I do like it in the back though. Think of the colour combinations this could have!

The Ravelry page states:

This garment is knitted in three pieces, from bottom up and seamed.
There is no real front or back. You can use it as you wish.
Using 2 strands of yarn held together.

Skill Level: Experienced (Lots of things happen at the same time)

Knitted in Habu Textiles A-1 2/17 Tsumugi Silk which is a 2ply Lace weight yarn (held double), on 4mm needles.


4. Balta by Gudrun Johnston

Model wearing Balta by Gundrun Johnston
Photo Credit: Gudrun Johnston/Kathy Cadigan

I do so love this pattern. The sheer elegance of it. So much so that I have two photos of this one because I want to explain exactly why I love it so much.

The first photo is beautiful. The girl sitting in the yellow chair. Her hair has that gorgeous gold to it that fits so well with the chair. Then there is that grey wall, which in text, sounds so drab, but grey is not drab. Grey is a stunning colour and it pulls you in. It fits so well with the silver grey of the Balta top and I feel like I’m looking at some Victorian photo instead of modern day. Finally the tattoos on her arm, which make you realise this is not Victorian, look like someone has just drawn them there. But they are so lovely. However, I don’t feel this photo does such a beautiful top the justice it deserves. The photo itself is so alluring but I am more drawn into the girls eyes than the top she is wearing. Which brings me to this photo…

Close up of Model wearing Balta by Gudrun Johnston
Photo Credit: Gudrun Johnston/Kathy Cadigan

This second photo of Balta shows you why I love the top. The detailing around the armholes is so pretty I have to make it for myself. The lace work and the picot edging work so well together with the keyhole opening in the back and that delicate button detail. It’s just exquisite.

The Ravelry page states:

The front and back are worked from the bottom up as separate pieces and seamed together at the sides. Short rows are used to shape the lower body.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Knitted in Quince & Co. Sparrow which is a sport weight yarn on 2.75mm, 3.5mm and 4mm needles.


5. Odele by Amy Christoffers

Model wearing Odele by Amy Christoffers
Photo Credit: Berroco, Inc.

So I thought we would finish with something a little subtle and less fussy since some of you might hate lace work altogether! So here we have Odele. Or Odele Tee as it is sometimes known. This is on my to do list for myself. Perfect with jeans, this is just a totally stunning summer wardrobe staple. It would be one of those tops that you would be a go to in a crisis. Lovely design.

The Ravelry Page states:

Your favorite t-shirt all dressed up, Odele is a simple t-shirt with a bit of waist shaping for a flattering fit.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Knitted in Berroco Mykonos which is a DK yarn on 3.5mm and 3.25mm needles.

So there we go. Told you knitting wasn’t just woolly hats and scarves. It can be beautiful and elegant and an ideal addition to your summer wardrobe too. Check out my Etsy shop for more summer items heading your way over the coming weeks and remember that everything is available in 100% cotton to make it cooler, just send me a message for the colour chart!

Happy Summer everyone! Oh I hope we get some sunshine in the UK!

Kelly x

P.S; which was your favourite summer top above? Will you be knitting one ready for the coming weeks? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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