29th May 2019

Stunning Summer Makes

Yarn is not something you always associate with the summer months, but you would be surprised at the different thickness and yarns used, to ensure knitted and crochet items can be worn all year around.

When deciding on your summer garments, the pattern choices are huge, from summer shawls to cosy jumpers for the cool nights. Whatever your preference, knitting or crochet there is always something for all. The choice of colour is also something to deliberate over, it takes me weeks to decide (in which time summer could be over!) and then when I do decide, I need it straight away!!

I’ve trawled the pattern books here at SMD Knitting to find my top 7 summer patterns.  Here we go...


Rowan: Cotton Crochet Pattern: Hanaha by Lisa Richardson

Hanaha by Rowan
Hanaha by Rowan, produced by designer Lisa Richardson - this lovely crochet jumper is made with Rowan Summerlite 4Ply 50g 100% cotton. The style and shape is bang on trend and would suit most body shapes. Looking at the pattern if you wanted to make it slightly longer it would be fairly easy to adapt.  It is crochet, but don’t worry I have picked samples of knitting and crochet you keep all our readers interested. I am picturing this walking the promenade on a cool summer evening, taking in the sea air. You need 6 balls to create a size medium, which makes this an affordable make. This pattern is featured in Rowan: Cotton Crochet which is a collection of 11 designs so lots more projects to complete!

The pattern book can be found here
Rowan Summerlite 4Ply can be found here


Stylecraft 9191 Ladies Jumper & Cardigan - Life 4Ply

Stylecraft Twin Set
Now being a farmer’s daughter this Stylecraft pattern really appealed to me (I think it’s the setting for the photo and the cowboy hat that did it for me! I am hoping she has some really smart cowboy boots on!). It is a knitted twin set pattern, but it’s the cardigan I actually like. It’s made using Stylecraft Life 4Ply which has a lovely soft feel to it and comes in 14 shades. This cardigan is perfect match with a pair of favourite blue jeans!  For a medium size, 7 balls are needed for just the cardigan.

Stylecraft 9191 pattern can be found here
Stylecraft Life 4Ply can be found here


Dupion by Lisa Richardson - Rowan Silky Lace 50g

Dupion by Rowen
Dupion by Rowan, produced by designer Lisa Richardson – yet again, Lisa has created a beautiful piece. How pretty would this look over an evening dress heading for the Captains table, cruising the Mediterranean? Using the stunning yarn Silky Lace (65% cotton and 35% silk.), which comes in 10 beautiful colours, brights and neutrals.  It requires 5 balls to create the scarf.  This scarf has two distinctive designs; a stripe lace pattern for one half and a rose leaf pattern on the other half.  The pattern is actually free on the knit Rowan website and I absolutely love it. I am sure if you order the yarn from us we can print a colour copy and slip it in your order!  Just make sure you tell us on your Silky Lace order that you would like a copy.

Dupion pattern can be found here
Rowan Silky Lace can be found here


KC4788 Ladies Tops in King Cole Giza Cotton Sorbet 4ply

King Cole Raglan Sleeve
King Cole have this lovely knitted pattern for a 3/4 and short raglan sleeve, so two patterns for the price of one!   I personally love the raglan sleeves, they set the tops off perfectly and the waistband finishes the look. This would be a great addition to the work wardrobe, looks smart but comfy! The pattern uses King Cole Giza Cotton Sorbet 4Ply.  A medium size requires 7 balls for 3/4 sleeve top. With 12 shades to choose, I think you may have more than one of these for work!

King Cole 4788 Pattern can be found here
King Cole Giza Cotton Sorbet 4ply can be found here


Bergere de France Cardigan for Women in Coton fifty Leaflet 70402

Bergere de France – Cropped Cardigan
Bergere de France Cardigan for Women in Coton Fifty is a summer essential, so versatile with any outfit and so light you can even put it in your bag for those unexpected weather changes! This cardigan is made using Bergere de France Coton Fifty 4Ply 50g, with 20 different colours to choose you will have to make one for each outfit!  To create a size medium, you would require 8 balls.

The pattern can be found here
Bergere de France Coton Fifty 4Ply 50g can be found here



Juniper Moon Farm Findley Dappled

Juniper Moon Farm Eppler
Juniper Moon Farm Eppler, produced by designer Corrina Ferguson, is a lovely knitted lace blouse, using Juniper Moon Farm Findley Dappled Laceweight 100g, 50% silk, 50% merino blend.  It comes in 23 different shades, so something for everyone’s colour pallet, I absolutely love the Goldwest shade, I’m really into my rose gold shades at the moment!  This lightweight yarn makes it a perfect summer knit, if you have never used this yarn, this is a great project to start, with only 2 balls required to make a size medium.  The pattern comes in a book, which has 11 designs, so lots more to make once you have completed this one!

The pattern can be found here
Juniper Moon Farm Findley Dappled Laceweight 100g can be found here


Rowan: Flutter by Kim Hargreaves

Fain by Rowan
Fain by Rowan, produced by designer Kim Hargreaves.  My final choice must be Fain from the pattern book - Rowan: Flutter by Kim Hargreaves, this v neck knitted sweater would be my number one go-to piece of clothing in my wardrobe.  Dress it up or dress it down, compliments wherever you are.  Just love that feeling when people ask you where you got your jumper and you say “oh this little number, I made it”!  The colours available in this yarn just screams luxury.  Rowan Creative Linen DK 100g in Silver has been used in the pattern book, but you can, of course, make it in any colour you wish.  The yarn is 50% cotton, 50% linen so gives a nice natural fall when worn.  For a medium you only need 7 balls, so what’s stopping you?!

The pattern book can be found here
Rowan Creative Linen DK 100g can be found here


Hopefully, I have chosen something you would like to suit all budgets and all abilities. I have picked a number of knitting patterns, but I promise my next line up will feature more crochet patterns! happy making and be sure to share your pictures and reviews on the patterns with us at SMD Knitting.


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