Let’s get this clear straight away: I’m not a fan of knitted summer items, such as knitted strapless tops, knitted skirts, knitted bathing suits… For me, knitwear, even if it is in a light and cool material, implies warmth. So I stick to non-knitted tank tops, skirts, dresses, etc. in the summer. That doesn’t mean, however, that there is no room for knitting in the summer! I don’t mind working away at any project during the heat, and last summer I knit on every single day of my coastal vacation. Call it addiction. ;) And there is one other thing – every once in a while, there will be that fresh evening breeze. Or that cool rainy day. The perfect opportunity to snuggle up in that one soft cardigan you slipped to the very bottom of your suitcase, just in case. While I adore summers, I have spent too many of them in 40-degrees-Celsius heats to not appreciate those rare occasions of cooler air. And since I am spending this summer in a much ‘milder’ climate, I can expect more of those cool days. So, does it make sense now that my idea of knitting for the summer is – cardigans?
Here are a few of my favorite cardigan patterns in different styles. Each is simple yet special, and each would look lovely with a nice summer dress or jeans. Cardigans are great – they go with everything!
I talk about Ysolda and her designs way too much, but in any cardigan roundup, there is no way her Coraline can be skipped! I love this style of cardigan, with just a few buttons (or a nice clasp) at the very top, it looks so girly and dreamy – and it’s perfect for dresses.
Then there’s Slippedstitch’s Brompton. It’s a more classical design, buttoned all the way down, but with some interesting edging features and super long sleeves, perfect for snuggling up with a book. You know you want to… ;)
If you’re in for something that looks kind of summery as well, have a look at Ruthie Nussbaum’s Minimalist Cardigan. The 3/4 sleeves and no buttons make it perfect to just throw on over something as you’re leaving the house. This is probably my favorite style of cardigan, I can never get enough of them. There are some photos on Ravelry showing it styled with jeans and a casual t-shirt, and it looks brilliant!
Finally, a cardigan I’e been meaning to make forever. I first fell in love with its name, and then with the cardigan istelf. Mary Weaver’s Mrs Darcy is closed only at the bottom and has some really nice waist-shaping thrown in. This can be very useful for dresses cut just below the breasts, which, let’s face it, sometimes make you look pregnant. With a cardigan like Mrs Darcy you can give them a nicer shape if you don’t feel like facing the quizzical looks on a certain day… ;)
There we go, that was my little selection of items I would like to have for the summer! At the moment I’m constantly wearing my cheap store-bought mustard-yellow cardigan, washing it every few days to make sure it doesn’t start smelling… It just makes everything looks interesting, and it makes me feel all warm and protected – just like the perfect summer cardigan should!
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