Knitting for Summer – Jo Sharp, Patons and Kim Hargreaves

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Hooray Summer is coming but we don’t have to stop knitting or crocheting.

Miss Pippilotta Summer Knitting Patons Summer Retreat Pattern
Patons Summer Retreat – Child’s Crochet Top – sized for an adult

I’ve just finished this cotton top for summer. With inspiration from Yarn and Co, I created an adult version of Patons Child’s Crochet Top from their recent pattern book Summer Retreat. It just so happened I had 8ply cotton in French Navy from Bendigo Woollen Mills leftover from another knitting project (I’ll share that one another time soon!). What was appealing was a) using the French Navy again and b) a relatively easy crochet. Crochet is relaxing and I love an easy one sometimes.

Patons Summer Retreat Miss Pippilotta
Patons Summer Retreat – Child’s Crochet Top – sized for an adult

The top is created by two “granny squares” of triple crochet (uk terminology here!) then adding the neck, armhole and bottom binding using double crochet. I was mildly concerned I’d look like I’m wearing part of a traditional crochet blanket instead of a top, but I think I’m safe. I recommend giving this pattern a try for a child or an adult. If you want to create an adult version, just make the squares larger than the original pattern taking into consideration your bust size and the length of your torso, remember to include some ease so it’s not tight across your chest.

Miss Pippilotta Patons Summer Retreat Pattern
Patons Summer Retreat – Child’s Crochet Top – sized for an adult

If you aren’t into crochet, I have a couple of knitted summer tops to show you. This pink t-shirt style top I knitted about 4 years ago and it is still going strong. It was the first time I knitted with cotton, and the first time I knitted anything pink! ┬áJo Sharp 8ply cotton yarn and her pattern Sideways Ribbed Top Version 3.

Miss Pippilotta Jo Sharp Summer Knitting Pattern
Sideways Ribbed Top

The top is knitted in one piece with the ribbing running horizontally instead of the usual vertical rib. Just be careful you don’t do what I did: knit one of the sleeves longer than the other. The top stretches a little after wearing, but springs up again when you wash it, a bit like cotton denim jeans.

Jo Sharp Knitting Pattern Miss Pippilotta
Sideways Ribbed Top

Now for my favourite summer knit! The pattern is Sizzle from the pattern book Whisper by Kim Hargreaves. The pattern book is one of my all time favourites; I have knitted three garments from the book and I am still going back for more. I have a knitting crush on Kim Hargreaves.

Kim Hargreaves Sizzle Knitting Pattern Miss Pippilotta
Sizzle stitch close up

I used 8ply cotton again, I think it was Jo Sharp cotton but I can’t remember now! The top is knitted traditionally; front, back and two sleeves. What makes the top interesting is the wrap stitch pattern. The stitch looks tricky to knit, but it’s not as difficult as you might expect. The wave appearance is created by wrapping the yarn around the needle before or after the stitch; that’s all it is.

Kim Hargreaves Sizzle Pattern Miss Pippilotta
Wrap stitch detail
Sizzle Top
Sizzle Top

Are you knitting or crocheting for this summer too?

I hope you enjoy checking out these patterns and my hand knits, let me know if you have any questions or if you have a favourite summer knitting pattern. I’d love to hear from you.

(Looking at my photos I can see it is time to clean my front porch! Please excuse the less than pristine condition of the tiles ;-))

 

2 Comment

  1. tash says:

    wow. you are a machine! I love the light blue top. It’s on one of my to-do lists – learn how to knit. I think I’d be quite crap as my tension with crocheting is crap….. should give it a go though shouldn’t I?

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    1. misspippilotta says:

      Yes Tash, give it another go! Keep practicing and it will start to feel second nature. As for tension, so long as your tension is consistent then that is what counts!

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