Sunshine and Stitches: Discover 9 Delightful Summer Sweater Knitting Patterns

Summer is around the corner and that means it's time to put away those bulky wool sweaters and pick up some lighter yarns to create the perfect summer sweater.

While the weather might be warming up, that doesn't mean we have to stop knitting. Cool summer evenings and overly air-conditioned spaces demand a lightweight hand-knit layer.

I've rounded up some of my favorite summer sweater patterns that were designed specifically for staying cool and comfortable without sacrificing style. And of course, Lola (my alter ego) felt compelled to share her opinion on each pattern, keep an eye out for those! Whether you prefer long-sleeve, short-sleeve, or tank-top knits, there's something for everyone.

For those really hot days, we've got tank tops! Bling, Solar, and Jamie Lee each offer a unique look but are all comfortable and stylish. If short sleeves are more your preference, check out Solar T, Janet Leigh, Novel T, and Pacificus DK. These patterns are all designed to keep you cool while still providing a bit of upper arm coverage. And for knitters who still want the coverage of a long-sleeved sweater, I've included La Jefa and Las Cruces. These patterns use breathable yarns and open stitch patterns to keep you comfortable in the warmer weather even with longer sleeves.

So, grab your needles and yarn and enjoy this summer round-up! Plus all my summer sweater patterns are 25% off through June 1st! No coupon code needed.

Tank Tops

Bling Tank

Bling, bling, baby! If you're looking to add a bit of sparkle to your summer wardrobe, don't scroll past this knit top. It's fun and flirty with a touch of glamour. This seamless pattern features a randomly beaded front bodice. Bling Tank’s construction is genius and includes a video tutorial to support your knitting. It's a great option for layering or wearing on its own!

Construction: Bottom Up, Seamless, Worked Flat

Knit this when you’re feeling: like you could use a mid-level challenge with a high-level reward


Buy the pattern here!

Solar Tank

Solar Tank features a trendy racerback and is one of the comfiest knits in my summer sweater chest. This top is knit from the bottom up in two halves with "zipped up" lace side seams. You'll love wearing this tank during the steamy summer season.

Construction: Bottom Up, Seamless, Worked Flat

When you want to knit something: fun and easy while still holding your attention

Lola says: Flaunt those shoulders, baby!

Buy the pattern here!

Jamie Lee

Next, we have Jamie Lee. With its intricate side panels, flattering tight fit, and high neckline, this top is a head-turner. The easy-to-follow pattern will help you knit one of the most popular shirts I've designed! Wearing this top makes you feel fancy, feminine, and free — trust in Jaime Lee!

Construction: Bottom Up, Seamless, Worked in the round

Pattern Vibes: Lowkey, breezy, surprisingly quick!

Lola says: High-neck, high-five!

Buy the pattern here!

Short Sleeves

Solar T

If you're looking for a short-sleeved top, you'll love this feminine take on a classic t-shirt. This knit has a loose-fitting slightly boxy top with a flattering drape, making it a go-to for anyone's summer wardrobe. Solar T is THE top to exceed all your desires for equal parts comfort and style. Check out how cute these raglan lace sleeves will look fluttering over your shoulders!

Construction: Bottom Up, Seamless, Worked Flat

Knit this when you’re feeling: Ambitious and in the mood to play

Lola says: 🎵Who’s that pretty girl in the t-shirt there! 🎶

Buy the pattern here!

Janet Leigh

Looking for a shirt with a flattering waist shape and high neck? This casually elegant top is breezy, lacy, and pairs perfectly with a skirt or jeans. No matter the weather, this knit is destined to be a staple in your spring and summer wardrobe.

Construction: Bottom Up, Seamless, Worked in the Round

When you want to knit something: Delicate with intricacies but not overwhelmingly complicated

Lola says: Check. Me. Out.

Buy the pattern here!

Novel T

This t-shirt features a modern chevron stitch pattern and an adjustable neckline — whether you like a V or boat neck, that's up to you. You can also choose the width of the fit around your hips. The relaxed, oversized, drapey fit means this shirt won't be clinging to you in hot temps.

Construction: Side-to-Side Novus Construction

Pattern Vibes: Perfectly captivating and delightful

Lola says: Point me towards the catwalk, I’m ready to strut my stuff!

Buy the pattern here!

Pacificus DK

How can a top be so many things all at once? All the coverage of a t-shirt with the breathability of a tank — a short-sleeved sweater with a beautiful lace yoke. It has a lovely draped shape, making it a flattering option for all body types. This fashionable knit pullover constructed with my favorite Shetland lace stitch is comfortable at every temp.

Construction: Side-to-Side Novus Construction

Knit this when you’re feeling: Motivated, determined, and empowered

Lola says: Get ready to OWN the room while wearing this boss top!

Buy the pattern here!

Long Sleeves

La Jefa

La Jefa - the perfect summer knit sweater for cool nights. With its elegant design and delicate details, this cardigan is a must-have for any wardrobe. Knitting La Jefa is not for the faint of heart (don’t be scared, just be motivated). La Jefa is all lace ALL the time and is worked flat in two halves and then joined together with back and side panels. This knit adds a touch of sophistication to your summer wardrobe.

Construction: Side-to-Side Novus Construction

When you want to knit something: pretty dang challenging BUT also has a huge payoff

Lola says: Unleash your inner boss-lady goddess

Buy the pattern here!

Las Cruces

And finally, we have Las Cruces, a breathable, 3/4 sleeve summer sweater. This knit is great for those warmer days when you need some coverage but still want to stay cool. The lacy details give it an airier feel, and its loose fit makes it a classic light cardigan with a hint of pizzaz.

Construction: Side-to-Side Novus Construction

Pattern Vibes: Unusual, detailed, and textured.

Lola says: #CardiganConfessions Las Cruces is cozy, cute, casual, and contemporary!

Buy the pattern here!


Bling T

Bling T

I’m excited to announce that Bling-T, the tee shirt version of Bling Tank (see above!) launching in mid-June! This new pattern offers a fresh twist to the original design, providing a bit more coverage but the same fun bling.

If you're eager to knit Bling-T, I have some great news for you — kit pre-orders are now open!

Secure your kit if you want to be ready to knit Bling-T together!

By pre-ordering the kit, you'll ensure that you have everything you need to cast on your Bling-T as soon as the pattern launches. Get ready to embrace summer with a touch of sparkle and style.

Wrap Up on Summer Sweaters

Well, that's a wrap on our summer sweater pattern roundup!

As you can see, there's no shortage of options for those looking to knit something light and breezy that you can wear straight through warm days into cool nights. From long sleeves to short sleeves to tank tops, we've covered a range of styles and designs that are sure to suit every taste and preference.

No matter which pattern you choose, I hope you have a blast knitting up your summer sweater. There's nothing quite like the feeling of creating something beautiful with your own two hands, beat only by being able to then wear that item out of the house!

Of course, this is just a small selection of the patterns available on Ravelry. I encourage you to keep exploring and finding new and exciting projects to work on throughout the summer and beyond.

Thanks for joining me on this journey, and happy knitting!


  1. I've knit Tasca in summer yarns. It's a favorite because pockets are a game changer!


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