5 Delightful Free Knitting Patterns You’ll Love for Summer Fun

Can’t bear the thought of setting down your knitting needles during the summer? You’ll love these 5 summer knitting patterns

One summer, my family took advantage of super-cheap airfare and traveled to Washington, D.C. Amidst all the sightseeing and restaurants, we also found a fairly secluded beach in which to take a dip, look for shells and rocks, and just relax and bask in the sun.

And — for me — it was also a chance to knit. I worked on a pair of socks, if I remember correctly.

Do I ever stop knitting? Heck no. I knit in any weather: rain, snow, wind, sun. (Okay, so I usually stay inside to knit in the snow and the rain.)

But the point is, I don’t stop knitting when the weather grows warm, and I know most of you don’t either. (I know this because I once asked this of my Knitting Nuggets readers, and I didn’t get a single response that said “yeah, I put my needles away in the summer.”)

At the same time, though, no one wants to knit blankets, sweaters, or scarves during the summer. When the temperature outside is already unbearable, who wants to feel suffocated under wool? I wasn’t about to bring an afghan in progress to the beach. I brought my lightweight socks-in-progress.

So if you’re heading for the beach — or even just a park or your front porch — here is a set of 5 simple, breezy summer knitting patterns that are a perfect fit for the heat.

Summer Knitting Patterns to Wear

Stormy Sky Shawl

  • What you’ll need to make it: About 450 yards of any lightweight yarn (from fingering to DK-weight); knitting needles at least 3 sizes up from the size called for on the yarn label; a piece of cardboard for making tassels
  • Why you’ll want to: The three types of “stripes”–comprising garter stitch, dropped stitch, and yarnovers–create lots of interest and a light, airy shawl. It’s a beautiful shawl that’s perfect for any occasion or just a casual evening out.
Circular Yoke Summer Shirt - Purl Soho
Circular Yoke Summer Shirt
Photo: Purl Soho

Circular Yoke Summer Shirt

  • What you’ll need to make it: 950 yards fingering weight yarn; US Size 3, 24-inch circular needles (and possibly also 16-inch, for a specific size)
  • Why you’ll want to: I just love the simple, clean lines of this lovely shirt. When you use fingering weight yarn, it’ll feel practically weightless as you knit!
Ready to Play Romper - DROPS Design Garnstudio
Ready to Play Romper
Photo: DROPS Design Garnstudio

Ready to Play Romper

  • What you’ll need to make it: 230 to 460 yards DK-weight yarn (depending on the size you choose); US Size 4 and 2.5 16-inch circular needles; cable needle or spare DPN; 2 buttons
  • Why you’ll want to: If you’re in the market to knit a baby gift that will be warmly welcomed by any new parent, try making this adorable romper! The cabled edges and tie in the center make this a truly lovely outfit for a precious baby.

Summer Knits for the Home

Tea Wallet

  • What you’ll need to make it: 60 yards worsted weight cotton/linen/bamboo yarn; US Size 6 needles; button and/or snap
  • Why you’ll want to: There’s a lot to love about this pattern. First, it’s easy and quick–you’ll finish one in just a few hours. Two, it’s ideal for any sort of charitable fundraising sale. Finally, it’s just plain practical–a great way to carry tea, water flavor packets, or anything else small that might normally get lost in the depths of a purse or bag.

Alexa’s Sampler Placemats

  • What you’ll need to make them: 600 yards worsted weight cotton/linen/bamboo yard (for all 4 placemats); US Size 11 needles
  • Why you’ll want to: With the yarn held double, these are quick and easy to knit. They make fantastic host/ess gifts for a casual get-together (if you can bear to part with them!).

Don’t let the summer heat keep you from knitting — not with these fun summer knitting patterns to carry you through!

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  1. I only get Tweed Pattern placemat when I downloaded from this site…..don’t know where to find the other theee…..look interesting and fun summer knitting….

    1. All four pattern variations should be in the same document. They were when I downloaded it. Let me know if you don’t see the other three, I can make arrangements to email the document with all four.

      1. Thanks for responding to my recent inquiry. If you would please email me the 4 placemat patterns…..would appreciate your efforts. Thanks again

  2. I enjoy your web site, I knit baby blankets and sets etc for Refugee babies so baby pattern would greatly help me with ideas

  3. I got all excited about the placemats – those would be a *perfect* gift for my mom – but in all the link clicking, I was only able to access one of the four patterns shown. Do you happen to know where I can find the other three? Thanks!

    1. Did you download the pattern? All 4 versions are in the same pattern document. Hope that helps!