Five Standout Tees to Knit Right Now

Five standout knitting patterns for summer tops and tees to knit right this second. Your knitting will thank you!

I know I was just blathering on about fall knitting, but then I thought, hey, I am always trying to end nice, warm summer weather before it ACTUALLY ends. We have almost two months of amazing weather ahead of us. 

At least where I live.

You know what that means? We have time to knit tees! When you think about it, and depending on the size you aspire to make, a tee really doesn’t need that much more yarn that a shawl. Totally doable.

To make it your life easier and provide you with a bit of inspiration, I have compiled five fabulous tees published on Ravelry over the past year or so. I love these patterns because they are all so versatile and wearable as wardrobe staples without being too fusy. Almost all of these patterns are mostly seamless, sometimes with a bit of work required to finish up the sleeves and such. Nothing too intense.

You’ve got this.


Photo credits to the designers. Top left: Riverton by Sheila Toy Stromberg. Bottom left:Astonish by Katy Banks. Top right: Wavelength Tee by Nicole Montgomery. Middle right: Eavesdrop by Marie Greene. Bottom right: Brandilyn Top by Quenna Lee .


My absolute favorite is Riverton by Sheila Toy Stromberg (top left). I think I actually have something in my stash that will work for this!  I love the little peep hole in the back (cute but not too revealing) and the pleats in the front. Simple but different. This is a lace weight tee knit in the round with minimal seaming.  The pattern was published on Ravelry in April 2016. There are three options for the sleeves. Sheila is an indie designer and offers this pattern on Ravelry for $5.00 USD.


Astonish by Katy Banks (bottom left) is available via Knit Picks for $4.99 USD and was published in Marsh 2015. I think the diagonal striping would be figure-flattering, and I like the neckline. The pattern calls for a linen-cotton blend, which means MACHINE WASHABLE. Note this pattern is worked flat. Lazy me.


Wavelength Tee by Nicole Montgomery (top right) is a DK weight tee knit from the bottom up with minimal seaming at the shoulders. Nicole is an indie designer and offers this patterne on Ravelry for $6.99 USD. Wavelength was published on Ravelry in in June 2015. These seams like a very wearable pattern. I like the looser fit and the tasteful bit of contrast color for a bit of pep.


This is a brand new pattern! Just published in August 2016. Eavesdrop by Marie Greene  (middle right) is top down and seamless (joy!) I love the appearance of seamed structure despite the lack of seaming. Marie is also an indie designer with Olive Knits, and her pattern is available on Ravelry for $7.00 USD.


This one has been on the top of my list for a while now. Brandilyn Top by Quenna Lee (bottom right) was first published in March 2015.  This top is worked in one piece from the bottom up and is available on Ravelry for $4.99 USD. This is also designed with a linen-cotton blend and is MACHINE WASHABLE!!! This pattern has a lot of projects on Ravelry and they all look great. I think this would be a super wearable, all-purpose tee.

Okay knitters, that’s my list. I hope you’ve found a tee you love and have been inspired to go stash diving or yarn shopping. Summer is not over yet! (This means margaritas and root beer floats are also fair game!) Enjoy that sun while it still shines.

Your absolute-bucket-list-of-must-knit-tees. These wearable, short-sleeve tees are awesome knitting patterns to add to everyone's knitting bucket list.

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  • Reply Paula @ Spin a Yarn September 3, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Those are all great options. I’m going to knit one, one day when all my other WIPs are complete 🙂

  • Reply Dramatic Lyric September 3, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Gahhh!! Why are you making me buy more yarn? I DON’T NEED MORE YARN! (I need all the yarn)

  • Reply knittedblissjc September 4, 2016 at 1:10 am

    A great selection! Brandilynn and Riverton are my faves, they look so wearable.

  • Reply Alina September 5, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Love the selection! It’s been quite a while since I knitted a tee!!

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple September 5, 2016 at 10:31 am

    these are so cute and look very comfortable!! great choices!!!

  • Reply Grace September 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    This is a neat idea, I hadn’t thought about saving knit tees for the in-between weather of summer and fall! Thats brilliant!

  • Reply Sierra September 6, 2016 at 10:01 am

    These are some great tops! Thanks for sharing, now that summer is coming to a close I feel like I need to knit a summer top. Go figure.

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