Dale Garn Book 312 – Spring & Summer Tops

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  The other half consists of more fashion forward, trendy designs that can lend an updated spark to an outdated wardrobe.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:

Poncho or beach cover-up

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.

Dale Erle waterfall cardigan knitting pattern

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.

crocheted dress pattern

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.

summer v-neck knit top with fringe

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.


About twostrands

Knitting designer, retailer and instructor specializing in Fair Isle, Norwegian and Textured charted knitting design. Began Kidsknits.com in 2002. In 2018, shuttered Kidsknits and began MaryAnnStephens.com.
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