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Must See: Hot New Designs for Knit Tees and Tanks

August!

This is always the time of year when I flip the page on the calendar and my heart skips a few beats.

I panic.

The “last” month of summer.

Then I remember the weather is nice for at least another two months and summer is not at all over. Pull it together, Andrea!

I just don’t want it to end. Already, when I get up at six, it’s barely light. Soon it will be dark entirely. Darkness is coming.

But not yet!

So…there’s still time to knit yourself a summer tee! Great news, right?

I love my hand-knit tees, and I find them perfect to wear on coastal summer days. Our afternoons are warm but not too hot, and a hand knit tee is a perfect wardrobe essential.

I want all the tees!

Building on last year’s list of stand out tees, I have curated another short list of my favorite new tee patterns. These are designs were all released very recently and are worth a look.  This year’s list turned out to be quite international (plus NYC), by happenstance! I love the way knitting unites the entire planet. We are One People, held together by yarn.

My New Favorite Knit Tee Designs

Violeta Tank by Beatriz P. Martin. Beatriz is based in Spain and has her own yarn shop. Tanks are fun because they always seem to knit up so quickly!

Holiday by Eri, who is based in Japan. This designs comes with options for short or long sleeves. It’s knit top down. I love how simple and elegant it is.

Anker’s Summer Shirt. This design is from Petite Knit and also worked top down. Mette hails from Denmark where she studies medicine, on top of being a mother. (How do people do it?!!?!  Amazing!). As a petite person, I love the Petite Knit concept.

Top + Bottom Top by Purl Soho. Rarely have I met a Purl Soho design I haven’t liked. They are all so simple and versatile, and their new tank fits the bill as well.

Well knitters, cease these summer days, make yourself a cocktail, find a sunny (but not too hot) spot, and knit away.

P.S. Do you already follow me on Instragram? If not, please do. I am here.

P.P.S. Credits for all photos used in this post are attributed to the respective designers and are re-used here for positive promotional purposes.

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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.

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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 .

Riverton

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

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

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.

Eavesdrop

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.

Brandilyn

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.