Top 5 Summer Knits

We’ve had more than a week of sunshine here in The Midlands now so I think it’s about time to get stuck into some summer knitting patterns without jinxing the weather!  I’ve scoured the web to bring you my Top 5 Summer Knits and best of all, the patterns are free!

No.1 – Chalice Lace Tanktop

chalice lace tanktop free knitting pattern

Chalice Lace Tanktop from Knits by Bren.

This beautiful lace vest is by blogger Bren and she adapted the pattern from a baby blanket pattern. This vest (or tanktop as Bren has named it) uses minimal yarn and would make a stunning choice  for a summer evening dinner. It’s easier to knit than it looks and the special stitiches needed are:K2tog – knit two together
yo – yarn over
sl -slip
psso – pass slip stitch over
stbl – slip one st knitwise, put st back on left needle, knit two sts together through back loop

Well done Bren, I think this is a gorgeous top! For a more wearable day look top, why not try knitting this pattern in Kool Kotton KK13? (£1.49, 50g).You can access the free knitting pattern for Bren’s tanktop here.

No.2 – Strawberry Baby Booties

strawberry baby booties free pattern

Strawberry Baby Booties a free pattern from Hrönn Jónsdóttir.

In at number two are these adorable strawberry baby booties from Hrönn Jónsdóttir which would look beautiful teamed with a cute little summer dress for girls or go all elf-like and pop them at the end of a pair of leggings!The pattern is very easy to follow and utilises the following stitches:

knit, purl, k2tog (knit 2 together), yo (yarn over), s1 (slip 1), garter stitch and if you would like to include the flowers they are made using basic crochet chain and double crochet (single crochet US terms).As an alternative to the US yarn used by Hrönn, you could use UK yarns Stylecraft Life 4ply in Cardinal 2306 (£2.59, 100g) and Stylecraft Life 4ply in Fern 2311.

You can access the free knitting pattern for these cute little booties here.

No.3 – Girl’s Bolero Shrug

girls knitted shrug

Girl's Shrug by The Createry Shop

This cute girl’s shrug is by The Createry Shop and is a seamless piece making it quick and easy to knit.The flower embellishment is knitted (not crocheted!), and you will need to know how to knit (k), purl (p) slip and the pattern also uses stitch markers.This free knitting pattern makes my top 5 because it has so many uses and you could use so many yarns!The pattern calls for a worsted-weight yarn on 6.5mm needles which is a UK Double Knit (DK) yarn.

I think this would look beautiful knitted up in James Brett Pure Merino Pink PM2 (£3.09, 50g) or Kool Kotton Lime Green K12 (£1.49, 50g).

The Createry Shop is run by May Phang and you can find her pattern for this shrug here.

No.4 – Knitted Butterflies

knitted butterflies

Knitted Butterflies by Susan Anderson

Everyone knows a little princess who would LOVE to receive one of these cute butterflies! Designed by Susan Anderson, these pretty little knitted butterflies can be made into rings or used as adornments on your knitted or sewn garments.The yarn specified is from US supplier Spud & Chloë and is sweater/fingering weight which is the equivalent of a UK 3 or 4ply. The sitches you will need to use are:

I-cord
k2tog
slip
bind off stitch

You could easily use up all your yarn scraps on this little project and the finished butterflies could even be used for card making.

Susan is a published author from the US and can be found via her blog and also on Ravelry. You can view her free butterflies knitting pattern here.

No.5 – Sundance Beach Bag

sundance knitted beach bag

Sundance Knitted Beach Bag by Tonia Barry

This beach bag by Tonia Barry is bang on trend this year and if you start it now it can be ready for your summer hols! The pattern is written using US terms and you will need to know how to knit the following stitches:yo
k2tog
sk2p
p3tog
MB (notes in the pattern)
C10F (notes in the pattern)
sl
psso (notes in the pattern)

The yarn quoted is Sundance by US Class Elite Yarns which is the equivalent of a UK aran yarn so you could try the new Monsoon Aran Yarn by James Brett (£3.59, 100g) as a UK alternative.

Tonia Barry is an original designer of hand knitted items and you can view her beach bag pattern here.

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