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The Best Yarns for Summer Knitting

The Best Yarns for Summer Knitting

Do you knit for the warmer months? Or even IN the warmer months at all? I personally like to pretend it's fall all the time and don't mind a pile of wool in my lap when the temperatures start rising, but recently, I've been considering...

Summer knitwear.
I don't know what's gotten into me.

I've been eyeing some drapey sleeveless knits and they've been appealing to me beyond the fact that sleeve island is pretty much non-existent.

And, having precisely one skein of cotton yarn in my stash (leftover from a dress I knit my daughter when she was a baby), I clearly had to do some yarn hunting.

I'm looking for plant fibers - cotton, linen, bamboo, and the like. Anything with animal fibers is probably going to be too warm, and acrylic is out, because aside from the whole not-breathing thing, it just feels icky.

So here's what I came up with as potential yarn contenders:

Quince & Co. Sparrow
Sparrow is 100% organic linen and definitely on the pricier side of yarns I looked at. It's fingering weight, which I think would be better for a summer garment that a thicker yarn. I've never tried this particular yarn, but I always love any yarns I get from Quince & Co. so I figure this will be just as fabulous.

Knit Picks CotLin
I've actually used this one before on a Gramps sweater I made for a friend's kiddo. It's 70% cotton and 30% linen, comes in lots of colors, and is super budget-friendly. It's listed as DK, but I thought it leaned a little more toward worsted.

Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima Fine
I've got one skein of the Ultra Pima hanging out in my stash, but I'd go with the Fine version to get a fingering instead of DK weight. This yarn is 100% cotton and has a nice sheen to it. And with Cascade, you know the price is going to be decent and that you will have ALL THE COLORS to choose from.

Now, will I actually knit a summer top? Do I even have the time? I've got a Make Nine I'm trying to get through, so we'll see how it all plays out.

Do you knit for the summer? What's your favorite yarn? Leave a comment below!


1 comment

  • I like Quince Kestrel, Berroco Modern Cotton, and Rowan has lovely summer fibers. Love the idea of recycled yarn like Rowan Denim Revive and Skacel has a fingering weight made from other recycled material. Just received some cotton and bamboo from Wolle’s Yarn Creations that is lovely.

    Traci

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