Summer Bucket List of Must Knits

It’s summer time! This summer is bittersweet for me because I just moved to the coast. If you have ever lived or visited somewhere like San Francisco in the summer, you might know what this means.

I will give you a clue: yesterday it was 80 degrees (26.7 C) inland at my OLD home, but here, I bundled up in a fleece and hat just to go on an evening walk because it was FOGGY. The fog was so thick and drippy that I needed to use my WINDSHIELD WIPERS to drive home from a knitting meet up. I have worn similar attire to go down hill skiing. In February.

There were no margaritas.

Instead there were three cups of peppermint tea (with honey).

Now, I will spare you further complaining about the horrendously horrible summer weather except to note that the knit I have been wearing every evening and morning just to stay warm INSIDE my own house is my worsted weight Sheltered Poncho. Thus,  I have a sudden and urgent need for an abundance of pullovers and warm layers. In the summer.

The Pullovers

Lesley by Hannah Fettig

If you have been with me for a while, you may note this pullover has been on my bucket list for a LONG TIME. Indeed Lesley has been on more than one bucket list. I still stand by my unwavering obsession with Hannah Fettig’s 2015 collection Home & Away  (still available on Amazon) and remain committed to knit all. the. patterns. I can FINALLY say the yarn has been ordered, the swatch is soaking, and I will soon have another layer to help me survive summer.

Riverside by Asita Krebs

Back to pullovers, because–let’s be realistic–I need more warm layers! I forget where I stumbled upon Riverside. It’s actually a free pattern that uses top down, seamless construction. It’s knit in the round.


All my favorites. Plus the pattern calls for Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light although I bet I can find a similar variegated fingering weight yarn from my posse of indie yarn dyers. I might skip the texture at the bottom and just stick with stockinette. I hate to draw attention to my hips. Invisible = bettter.


Twist Shawl by Little Ol’ Me

This summer, I am also reworking my Twist Shawl design. I am about halfway through and haven’t uncovered any glaring errors (relief). I have made a few minor adjustments to the first handful of rows that will be included in a free pattern update to everyone who has already purchased the pattern.

Sizzle Pop by Lesley Anne Robinson

I am STILL itching to try brioche (Learning the technique is on my bucket list for THE ENTIRE YEAR).  I have spent hours  that I didn’t actually have browsing options on Ravelry. I think I have possibly decided on Sizzle Pop, which I remember sharing on my Facebook page a while back. What do you think?!?!


Circular Yoke Summer Shirt by Purl Soho

I don’t think I have yet to meet a Purl Soho design that I didn’t love. This new summer shirt is no exception. It seems very versatile and simple. But cute. It’s on my list, for sure! On days when the fog lifts, I have been wearing my recently completed Riverton Tee. There’s hope for me and short sleeves yet!

Where ever you are, I hope your own version of summer is treating you well. I don’t care if you’re drinking tea (hot or iced) or slurping mojitos through a straw. Just as long as you are knitting!

P.S. In case you missed it last year, my 2016 summer bucket list is here.

P.P.S. You can find me on Instagram here if you would like.

Note: All photo credits revert to the respective designers. I share their photos here in an effort to positively promote their designs.

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  • Reply pumpkin sunrise May 31, 2017 at 5:51 am

    I’ve been in sweater knitting mood and loving it. I love the hannah sweater and that yoke sweater from purl soho is gorgeous!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life May 31, 2017 at 6:11 am

      It is very fulfilling to knit a sweater if you feel confident you have a chance of actually getting it to come out okay. It can be a bit of a gamble. Enjoy your knitting!

  • Reply IamDWJ May 31, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I’ve knit the Lesley! Of course with my color loving self I made a color blocked version but it’s a great pattern. Might I suggest you consider a stretchy bind-off for the bottom ribbing? I have some hips and found I needed to go back and add in a better bind-off so it wasn’t too tight.

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple May 31, 2017 at 9:41 am

    It will be a busy summer of joyful knitting!! I like the short sleeve sweater!!

  • Reply knittedblissjc May 31, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    A great list!! I love Sizzle Pop too, and I’ve tried brioche, but not two colour brioche- sounds like it needs to happen, though!

  • Reply Kat @ felinity knits June 1, 2017 at 2:57 am

    Lovely designs! Particularly like Riverside – that is now in my queue, thank you for the tip!

  • Reply Sierra June 1, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Great list of knits! I’ve been looking through my Rav library looking at what I need to knit this year.

  • Reply Alina June 4, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Lovely patterns! I am sorry you are not enjoying the weather, but at least you are close to the beach now and it’s always a good thing, right? 🙂

  • Reply kikukat June 12, 2017 at 2:27 am

    I have made 3 Lesley’s and made lots of notes (on Ravelry). You will love this design AND it will keep you toasty all year long.

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