Summer Bucket List of Must Knits

Everything you need for summer knitting. An all-in-one-spot bucket list!

Hello? You’re looking for me? I’m over here. You know, by the pool. Lounging in the shade with my cocktail, staring longingly at my pool floaty, wondering what system I can possibly devise to enable me to knit my sock WHILE floating in the pool without risking my entire skein becoming overly saturated or otherwise sinking to the bottom of the deep end. Glug, glug, glug. (Okay, more likely I am in the pool supervising my very busy young child and arguing with him about when it is my turn to use the floaty, but I can dream.)

Oh, I’m not by the pool? Then I am at the river. Swimming. It’s beautiful now. Clear and as picturesque as a World Class Swimming Hole (WCSH) could ever come. We love to go there in the summer. It’s why we live where we do. Reed digs or plays with his trucks. We talk with our friends and rustle through the cooler for drinks and snacks, then hoover in the shade of our new pop-up shade tent (hallelujah!). I squeeze in a few rows on a sock and watch the bald eagles soar overhead, searching for salmon snacks. On the way home, I pretend not to notice to the substantial volume of sand that is All Over my car.

It’s that glorious time of year I wait for all winter, when it is finally hot. We’ve had a week of 100 degree (38 C) days when there are two options: swim or hide inside. We do a little of both. (Also: a startling rate of popsicle consumption.) Our days are full of constant battles over the application of sunscreen, batch after batch of sun tea, and tomatoes growing as fast as my waistline after the holidays. I harvested the apricot tree the other evening, and the bounty was substantial.

My rate of knitting does not slow in the summer, but I do adjust what I knit. Here’s my Summer Bucket List, in case you need some inspiration.


Socks are amazing warm weather projects. I have a pair on the needles at all times. When we went to the river last weekend, it was so incredibly hot out. I was not about to bring my 100% alpaca poncho (it’s huge, it’s hot, and I don’t want it to be covered in sand and grime), but a sock will do just fine. You can take a sock anywhere: fishing, camping, or the neighborhood barbeque. Do it! There are lots of free and simple sock patterns that will do just fine for even the most beginner knitter, like the one I used for the last pair of socks I finished.

Lace scarves and shawls

I recently finished a lace weight shawl. It wasn’t my favorite project (although I did like the pattern), but I think a simpler pattern in lace weight would be less frustrating and perfect for summer, for my particular (lazy) style of knitting. I see so many fabulous lace projects on Pinterest that are simply stunning, and I know there’s a lot of potential here for the more patient among us. This might be a good little summer project for someone. Lace weight yarn is also so much less expensive, leaving more money in the budget for summer cocktail fixings. Good tequila can be pricey.

Summer tops

I love knitting summer tops and tees. My Waterlily tee has been getting lots of use, and I would recommend the pattern to anyone. I also really loved the tee I knit last summer and hope to knit a second one (that actually fits) soon. I saw this pattern on Ravelry the other morning and almost cast on, but I just can’t right now. Must. Stay. Focused. Soon, I hope. Other favorites tees currently in my Ravelry queue are here.

Knits for fall

As a designer, I have to plan my knitting projects ahead a season. I should really plan ahead two seasons, but I am simply not that organized (yet). At night, when the AC is going strong and our house is actually on the colder side for my personal preferences, I bust out my poncho project and snuggle in. This is a big project and, at my rate, I just might be done by the end of summer.

What sun-santional knits are you stitching up this summer?

P.S. I FINALLY started a Ravelry group for This Knitted Life. You can join here! (If you haven’t already…)

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  • Reply itsallaboutpurple June 12, 2016 at 8:14 am

    it is a tad ambitious for me to make a list like this, i think you will do well. i am a slow and steady knitter, i dream of knitting the pretties you knit!! i made a bucket list for summer, but it is a list of fun things to do!!!!!

  • Reply Katie June 12, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Socks are usually my go to summer projects. Not only are they small, they travel well too. I’m also working on a short sleeved, lacy, lightweight cardigan right now.

  • Reply Paula @ Spin a Yarn June 12, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    I am working on a crocheted blanket and hat (already finished the booties) for a new great nephew that will be born in September 🙂 I’ve also got socks, a sockhead hat, and a cardigan on the needles. Plus a Tree Frog Trio cross stich that I hope to be finished by the end of the month so I can send it to my Aunt for a happy birthday gift. So much to do and so little time!

  • Reply Stefanie June 12, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Oh man I’m jealous of your easy access to swimming. I have never been a spring nor summer knitter. But lately I’ve been hankering for a lacy top or crop top to give me some coverage when I’m wearing a ribbed tank top and a cami.

  • Reply Alina June 13, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Love making must-make lists! Always so exciting and inspiring!! I have ten knits/crochet planned and I am so busy these days that I just hope to finish them by Christmas 🙂

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise June 14, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Well I am planning on test knitting your cowl (god willing and wrist willing….I’m quite optimistic!) and I have shawl fever. So there will be that. I would love to knit socks but I know that annoys my hands when they are healthy so I’m holding off on a cast on, for now.

  • Reply knittedblissjc June 14, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I totally want to knit a poncho this fall, too! SO smart that you are getting a jump on it. You have so many beautiful patterns in your queue! I try to keep my queue to only 40 patterns, but I can barely manage that.

  • Reply Sierra June 15, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Summer knitting is a bit tricky. I want to work on summer tops but don’t always love summer yarn, I also probably won’t have the top done until the fall. But sock weight yarn and projects are my favorite any time of year but particularly summer.

  • Reply Anita June 16, 2016 at 6:02 am

    Hi Andrea just read this blog
    I’ve planed to work on my grandchildren winter wardrobe just got 4 items to finish then I’ll start my grandson has order his next next crochet toy and a pair of summer sandles for his baby sister(4months old) I’m armed with so many items I’ve fell in love for them both love just finished a crochet sun hat now to do a sun hat for his baby sister
    Then all is go to get started on there winter clothes
    It’s been something that l’ve planed to do for years but never got around to knit for winter in summer and knit summer things in winter
    Hope I make it this year

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