Finding the summer heat stifling? Try one of these 8 adorable free knitting patterns for summer shirts to help keep you cool
As I write this, it’s still very hot in Oklahoma. (I hear this is the case around the United States, and many parts of Europe as well.)
This very hot summer has produced a strange little problem, and definitely a first-world problem if ever there was one!
The Tank Top Problem
You see, I have accumulated quite a few tank tops. They’re great tank tops with adorable spaghetti straps and fabulous shelf bras so I don’t have to worry about wearing a separate bra.
However, for some reason these tank tops alone don’t feel as comfortable as they used to. If I sit in any seat that isn’t upholstered and has a back, all that exposed skin on my upper torso is poked and prodded by the seatback.
(I suspect the problem is that I’m 43 and have much more sensitive skin than I used to. Sigh.)
Anyway… I don’t want to get rid of my tank tops, because in Oklahoma summer heat they’re very practical. I’m thinking that my solution is a lovely lacy top that I would ordinarily not wear because my bra would be exposed for all the world to see, but would work perfectly over a tank top.
A top like this would also make a terrific cover-up for days at the beach or pool!
The Solution: Openwork Summer Shirt
So I set about finding a collection of free patterns for just such openwork summer shirts.
I needed the patterns to meet a few criteria.
1) They need to be almost completely open. A few bits of solid fabric here and there are okay, but two or three rows or columns of eyelets would not do. These are meant for Oklahoma summers… which means they need to be airy. Bring on that openwork!
2) They need to be loose. No explanation necessarily, I trust.
3) They need to be relatively easy. I’m slowly starting to incorporate more lace into my knitting repertoire, but I’m still not a confident lace knitter, so I really need something as easy as possible.
Fortunately, the Ravelry pattern browser did not fail me, and so for your viewing pleasure I offer 8 free knitting patterns for openwork summer shirts. For all of you who suffer the same tank-top issue I struggle with, or for those who need a swimsuit cover-up, these are for you!
Free Knitting Patterns for Openwork Summer Shirts
Malena: This is a pretty, flowing lace top with a lovely triangular-shaped lace pattern.
Lucky Star Tee: This is an even airier, more open pattern with a bit more shape.
Mariela: Another Garn Studio pattern, this one creates a pretty diamond-shaped lace pattern.
Diamond Girl Top: Like the previous pattern, this one also creates a diamond-shaped lace pattern, though the lace stitch is much larger. It’s probably the least-airy pattern in this collection, so I don’t know if it’ll work for my purposes, but it’s so pretty!
Lacy Top: This is probably the most intricate pattern on this page. It’s more cropped than most of these, and it also has unique detail around the neckline.
Knit Eyelet Crop: This one is incredibly simple! It’s a bit more solid, but I think it could easily be made airier with a few more eyelet bands. I love how loose and flowy it looks.
Cibber: This type of shirt is exactly what I had in mind when I started searching! I just noticed that it’s for an “experienced” knitter (I’m not sure if that means me, since I know how inexperienced I am with lace), but just look how open it is! I may regret it, but I think I may have to try it. (Gulp. Pray for me.)
Mighty Whity: This is the one sleeveless top in the collection. I love it but just noticed it’s only available as a size small. That will be too small for me, but it would probably be excellent for either a very slender woman or a teenaged girl.
I’m thinking one of these tops will be my “reward” for my current round of charity knitting. Which one is your favorite? Would you use one of these over a tank top or as a swimsuit cover-up? Or would you never wear one for any reason?
For more summer knitting fun, check out the pattern collections in my Spring/Summer Patterns category!