With the weather finally warming up, you probably don’t want to be snuggled up on the sofa stitching a jumper from a huge ball of wool. It also might be slightly too soon to start on the bobble hats and funky socks for Christmas. Of course, giving up crochet isn’t an option either, so why not just switch up your yarns and patterns?
Instead of restricting yourself to smaller projects (check out 30 of our favourite stash busting designs, here), try making some fabulous garments and accessories from breathable yarns. Some popular fibres for summer include: cotton, linen, bamboo, ramie, hemp, and soft acrylics. Not only do these stitch into light, airy fabrics, they’re also easy to care for – ideal for a hot day!
We’ve compiled 12 summer-perfect patterns so that you can whip your new yarns into a wardrobe that’s cool in more ways than one. Remember to ditch the winter hues and opt for bright colours and fresh pastels, keeping things easy breezy with fine weights and smooth plies.
Espadrilles are everywhere this summer, so why not skip the sticky shop queues and crochet your own pair of stylish sandals? A beginner-friendly project, this pattern works with flip flop soles and uses single crochet and cotton yarn – perfect for walks along the beach or pier!
With the changeable British weather, it’s always useful to have a lightweight cover-up against those chilly summer breezes. The lovely shell pattern and pretty purple bead embellishments will add a touch of sparkle to any outfit.
This fun pattern transforms two mandalas into a spectacular poncho, and is the perfect way to extend your crochet skills over summer.
Cut down on plastic by crocheting this chic string bag, made using a selection of cotton DK yarns. The stitches formed at the top of each treble are effectively ignored in this pattern, to give the bag more freedom to stretch when filled with oddly shaped vegetables.
Traditionally, the distinctive loops on this beach cover-up are created by wrapping the yarn around the handle of a broomstick. Feel free to use any tube measuring 50mm in diameter though!
Whether you style it flat or twisted, this broad shawl will drape beautifully. The pattern uses lace weight yarn for a light and versatile fabric.
This pattern uses summery cotton to create a beautiful crochet motif. Whether you opt for the jacket, gilet, jumper or top (or all four), the result is bound to be beautiful.
Add a whimsical touch to any outfit with these fruity yet fancy earrings. Bang on trend and super easy to achieve, they’re perfect for your next summer soirée.
Tiny summer dress
This shell stitch summer dress for little ones looks gorgeous in any colour, which is great because you’ll want to make more than one! Make the pattern with light worsted weight yarn.
This crocheted summer top is a wardrobe staple and looks stunning either worn casually or dressed up. The pattern uses breathable cotton to create beautiful flower motifs for a distinctive look.
This vibrant summer hat is too sweet to ignore. Plus, it’s worked in the round and is super simple to make. Once you’ve completed the body of the hat, why not add a cute yellow ribbon and pretty flower motifs?