Dale Garn’s new Book #312 has ten new designs for ladies’ warm weather tops – mostly knit, but a few are crocheted. Half of them are perennial classics – tanks, tees and basic pullovers that combine standard shapes with lovely yarns to deliver something special – and especially useful – to augment your summer wardrobe. The other half consists of more fashion forward, trendy designs that can lend an updated spark to an outdated wardrobe. (And if, like me, you find yourself lamenting that your summer wardrobe could use more than a spark – like maybe a bonfire – this might be the one little summer knitting book that could cover all of your bases.
Here are a few examples, with sizes and requirements:
A simple, crocheted poncho with nicely finished details. It’s elevated to an elegant cool weather wrap, or a stylish beach cover-up, depending upon your choice of yarn. Use Erle mohair/silk/wool for the soft, warm, rose-colored version. Use Vipe mercerized cotton for the cool & crisp white cover-up. There are two sizes: S/M & L/XL. You’ll want 4 (5) balls of Erle, or 12 (13) balls of Vipe.
A 100% stockinette stitch waterfall cardi. The easiest way to add elegance to a wardrobe…as long as you knit it in a gorgeous, light and drape-y yarn like Erle. The pattern offers seven sizes: (XS) S (M) L (XL) XXL (XXXL) and calls for (3) 4 (4) 5 (5) 6 (6) balls of Erle.
Who couldn’t use a few more summery, cotton tops?! Knit them in 100% mercerized cotton Vipe (extra soft, with a subtle sheen) or 100% regular cotton Terne (crisp, with a matte finish.) Tank top, upper left: Sizes = (XS) S (M) L (XL) XXL; you’ll need (4) 5 (5) 6 (6) 7 balls. Short-sleeved Tee, upper right: Same sizes, (6) 7 (7) 8 (8) 9 balls. Ribbed V-neck tank, bottom: Sizes = (XXS) XS (S) M (L) XL; you’ll need (4) 4 (5) 5 (6) 6 balls.
Another crochet stand-out! Customize your # of repeats on the bottom for anything from a mini-length beach cover-up to a knee-length dressy-dress. A zipper along the left side makes for easy dressing. Use either Terne or Vipe. Sizes = (S) M (L) XL. You’ll want (10) 11 (12) 13 balls for the length shown.
Effortless style in an easy-to-knit design. Three sizes: (XS-S) M (L-XL); you’ll need (16) 17 (18) balls of either Vipe or Terne.