From stylish cover-ups to glamorous metallic shrugs, we have stylish and practical knitted outfit options for the summer and all year round.
We all associate knitwear with winter and cold weather - keeping warm in a woolly hat, or cuddling up in a cosy knitted sweater. However, knitted clothes are not just for the winter. Knitwear can be worn all year round and, with the right yarn and technique, offers a stylish and practical option for the summer months.
Having said that, summer knitwear differs somewhat to the knitted items you wear during the winter. When it comes to summer knitwear it’s important to choose the right material. Knitting cotton, lightweight acrylics and bamboo yarns all work really well, providing a lighter and cooler alternative to standard woollen yarn. Technique also plays a big part, with patterns for summer items tending to use larger needles and / or a lacy pattern in order to decrease fabric density and increase airflow – vital for staying cool during warmer weather.
If you’re looking for some summer knitwear inspiration, we’ve got 10 great outfits to whet your appetite.
Fashion always borrows heavily from previous decades and the 1970s featured heavily on the spring / summer 2018 catwalks. If you’re a fan of this decade, you’ll love the Softyak collection by Marie Wallin.
This feminine, elegant and easy-to-wear collection takes inspiration from the 1970s and features a number of different styles, including jumpers, boleros, cardigans, and dresses.
With a rich yet muted colour palette, these designs look great all year round, making them an essential wardrobe staple.
If the 1970s are not quite your thing, how about the 1950s – a fashion era that’s perfectly suited to summer knitwear. When we say ‘1950s’ we’re thinking of glamorous sea escapes, yachting life and the French Riviera, as perfectly encapsulated in this sumptuous Barbette jumper by Charlotte Johnson. This cabled jumper in a deep shade of blue has a twisted cable pattern reminiscent of waves crashing into each other. Top of the look with a pair of patterned capri pants and white boat shoes – now, where did you moor your yacht?
Crochet and Lace
Unlike winter knits which tend to have close stitches and warm wool, summer knits are all about loose stitches that let the air flow, and soft, light, comfortable fabrics. Crochet works perfectly for the summer season and this long sleeved crochet top in Sirdar Cotton can be worn over a simple vest or over a bikini as a pretty beach cover-up. With a cool, fresh colour palette and a light summer yarn, this ladies’ top and cardigan in Stylecraft Linen Drape is another great way to wear the crochet trend – and small shell buttons add the perfect finishing touch.
Crochet isn’t the only option when it comes to summer knitwear. Loose, lace-style knits such as this sleeveless lacy top also enable you to keep cool in the summer heat. The Essentials Cotton yarn is incredibly soft and light, making it a perfect choice for warmer weather, and it comes in a wide array of colours, so you’re certain to find a hue that suits.
Cold Shoulder Top
Cold shoulder tops were everywhere last summer, and the trend shows no sign of dying down anytime soon. Get the look with a knitted cold shoulder top in Stylecraft Classique Cotton or Stylecraft Mystique Quick & Light, both of which offer great draping and a cool, contemporary finish. Choose from V-neck and round-neck styles, and to really get the summer vibe opt for yarn in bright eye-catching shades such as azure blue, orange or sunshine yellow.
Metallic fabrics are always big news in summer fashion - after all, nothing says summer quite like a bit of shimmer and shine. And the glamorous Rico Design patterns capture this look perfectly. Made from Fashion Cotton Métallisé, a deluxe cotton blend with a metallizing thread, the Rico Design metallic-look shrugs and Rico top and poncho set offer a subtle glimmer and sparkle, making them the perfect choice for all those summer parties.
Luxury knits may be most commonly associated with winter, but there’s no reason why you should have to forgo luxury in your summer wardrobe. This stylish sweater and cardigan set is made from King Cole Luxury Merino yarn in a double knit pattern, giving you final product that is luxurious and high quality. Wear with tailored trousers or over a pretty floral dress for a polished and elegant summer look, or pair with jeans or shorts for casual days at the beach.
The British summertime can be somewhat unpredictable, so a knitted cover-up is the ideal solution to those colder days. This jacket and waistcoat combo in Hayfield Spirit looks great in summery stripes, and can be worn with long or short sleeves, depending on the weather.
If you’re looking for something lighter, why not opt for a scarf? With a simple eyelet stitch and beading that resembles droplets of water, the Spritz design by Amanda Crawford is a practical cover-up that adds sparkle to your summer wardrobe.
Another alternative is to opt for a knitted twinset. This pattern in Stylecraft Sundae yarn comprises a lace panel vest and matching cardigan in subtle variegated shades, providing a cool, contemporary and cohesive finish.
Classic, contemporary clothes never go out of style, and the clean, unfussy lines offered by these summer cotton tops in Stylecraft Mystique Quick & Light are perfect for the warmer months, especially when knitted in a bright, summery yarn such as fuchsia pink. This pattern offers versatility, enabling you to choose between a sleeveless or short-sleeved look. Wear on its own or throw over a shirt for cooler days and chilly evenings.
As you can see, there are some great knitted summer outfits out there, so there is absolutely no reason why knitwear should be banished to your winter wardrobe. From glamorous metallic knits to stylish cover-ups, elegant twinsets to cool crochet, summer knitwear is actually really versatile. So, whatever your personal style, you’re sure to find an outfit that makes you look and feel great this summer.