What to make: Summer sweaters


Waterlily blog edited

I’m not sure what it is about summer, but as the warm weather approaches, I seem to get more in the mood for sweater knitting. The lack of sleeves might have a little something to do with it, but there are also just so many beautiful fingering-weight garments.

Speaking of which, I finished my Waterlily a couple weeks ago! The days have been a little too hot and humid to wear it, but I did take it out for an FO fashion shoot (photos taken by my ultra-patient husband). I really liked this knit, though fitting the back was a little challenging — the pattern calls for P2togs, and because of the lace, a lot of people had to modify it. I ended up having to redo it with P3togs and P4togs. It was worth the extra work, and I’m SO happy with how it turned out. I even did kitchener for the first time, and it wasn’t quite as scary as I’d imagined. Kettle Yarn Co. Islington is a dream to work with, and the top is perfect for cool summer nights (if we ever get any that don’t end in thunderstorms).

After completing Waterlily, I immediately started swatching for my first Custom Fit sweater, a tank top that I’m planning to make with my Fiber Optic gradient set. Amy, Lauren and Jackie over at Custom Fit have organized a summer sweater KAL, and I’m hoping to finish up by the Aug. 15 deadline.

If I could spend all summer knitting, there are quite a few patterns that would be in my queue. Here are several of my faves:

Sleeveless tops

Beekeeper's Tank by Nicole Montgomery

Beekeeper’s Tank by Nicole Montgomery

Summer Vines by Nicole Montgomery

Interleaf by Sandi Rosner

Sommer sleeveless top by Mari Chiba

Urban by Veera Välimäki (This one I’ve already made and I loved knitting it.)

Raveler Michelle/mamatronic's Oud Tank

Raveler Michelle/mamatronic’s Oud Tank

Oud Tank by Sarah Hurwitz (It calls for worsted-weight wool, but Michelle, who blogs at My So-Called Handmade Life, knit it in Valley Yarns Goshen, a cotton/rayon/silk blend, to make it a little lighter. It reminds me of something I could buy at Anthropologie!)

Tees and short-sleeve pullovers

Sun Tea by Laura Aylor

Sun Tea by Laura Aylor

Frontier by Olga Wedbjer Rambell

Nesoi Tee by Miriam L. Felton

Whispers by Veera Välimäki

Gemma by Andrea Black

Gemini by Jane Richmond

Campbell and 2nd by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark

Frost Thread by Veera Välimäki

Ruched Yoke Tee by AnneLena Mattison


Endearment by Hanna Maciejewska

Endearment by Hanna Maciejewska

Creamsicle by Sara Hurwitz

Summer Dawn by Andrea Black

Fieldwork Cardigan by Nadya Stallings

Lineal Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Prescott by Mary Annarella

Prescott by Mary Annarella

Lobelia by Meghan Fernandes

Grace by Jane Richmond

Matcha by Lauara Chau

Rocio by Joji Locatelli

Wanda Nell Cardigan by Jennifer Hagan

Simplicity Cardigan by Mary Annarella

Audrey in Unst by Gundrun Johnston (This pattern calls for sport weight, but you can easily use fingering. This is the Ultimate Sundress Cardi.)

Light pullovers

…a hint of summer by Isabell Kraemer

Ivyle by Quenna Lee

Here’s my complete list of summer faves on Ravelry and my Summer Sweaters board on Pinterest. Tell us some of your favorite patterns in the comments!

Berry Colorful Yarnings giveaway ‘tour’


BCY Giveaway 1

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday weekend and have been able to get back into the daily grind easily (those of you not in the U.S. can feel lucky to have had a head start on work this week). While having a lovely time with family and friends outside of the city — and when I wasn’t eating ice cream or spinach dip — I made a ton of progress on my Waterlily. I did have to scale back production over the last couple of days to meet some work deadlines. That’s also why I’m launching this giveaway a tiny bit later than I’d originally intended, but hopefully it will be easier for you to participate over this upcoming (shorter) weekend.

Now that you’ve gotten to know Michelle of Berry Colorful Yarnings a little better, it’s time for me to give out the three skeins of yarn and the fiber she so generously dyed up to celebrate the launch of Indie Untangled! I’ve decided to conduct these giveaways by doing a little social media “tour,” so you will have a few different ways to win one of the skeins. I’m going to lay out the schedule for each of the giveaways in this post, so come back here on those days for all of the details on how to win.

The giveaway will start today right here on the blog. For an opportunity to win one of the self-striping skeins of Awesome Sock above, comment on this post and tell us what you would make with the yarn if you won it. Pattern links are not required, but they are definitely encouraged (you can find pattern suggestions here). You have through Sunday night (by midnight EST) to comment and be eligible to win. (Comments are moderated, so don’t worry if it doesn’t show up right away.)

*This portion of the giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, alikazaam!

BCY Giveaway 2

Monday, June 2
The Berry Colorful Yarnings Indie Blue colorway is also very similar to the Twitter blue…

Enter to win this skein of Squishy DK by following Indie Untangled on Twitter, and tweeting about what is currently on your needles. Use @indieuntangled so I can find your tweet. A photo is not required, but is definitely encouraged. It’s also not required that the yarn you’re using is from an indie dyer, but if it is, and they are on Twitter, please include their handle in your tweet. You have until midnight EST on Monday, June 2, to enter.

*This portion of the giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, @Rochelle_New, AKA Lucky Lucille! (Check out her blog if you’re into sewing or all things vintage.)

Tuesday, June 3
Today, we move to Pinterest.

To win the second skein of Awesome Sock, create a Pinterest board with your favorite patterns for self-striping yarn. To win the fiber, create a Pinterest board with your favorite patterns using handspun. For both, make sure to use #indieuntangled in the title of your board so I can find it!

BCY Giveaway 3

Bonus: If you’re on Instagram, you can also enter this last part of the giveaway by following Indie Untangled and posting a photo of one of your latest FOs to win the yarn, or your latest handspun to win the fiber. Please be sure to tag @indieuntangled in your post.

You have a few days for these — create your board or post on Instagram by midnight EST Sunday, June 8 [EDIT: deadline has been extended so you have time to Pin-stagram over the weekend.] Good luck and have fun!

*This part of the giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners, @bellylaughter (fiber) and @julienojulesjukes (yarn)!