I don’t know how the weather is where you are, but where I live it seems to have gone straight from April (cool, a little bit of rain) to July (hot and humid, though we’re also getting the kind of rain we typically do in May). It’s got me thinking about summer knits, particularly projects with a bit of lace or eyelets to make them even cooler to wear in the hot weather. Here are some lacy top knitting patterns that have recently caught my eye.
If you want the look of lace without the work, you can just knit stockinette stitch on bigger needles than you’d normally use for the yarn. This makes a lovely openwork design with no effort on your part. It would be great for a beach cover or wearing over a sun dress. You can grab this pattern from Ile Aiye on Etsy.
This simple lace top from Through the Stitch on Etsy is a great one to try if you’ve never knit lace before. It has easy lace stitches combined with drop stitches and is worked flat in two pieces so it’s easy to make. It comes in three sizes.
Looking for just a little bit of lace? The Hanging Ferns top from Adèle Hempel uses superfine yarn and has lace on the yoke with a stockinette stitch body that has little lace panels at the side seams. This top is lightweight and pretty to wear for any occasion. It’s available in nine sizes and you can buy it on Ravelry.
The Helix Halter from Jessie Maed Designs has easy lace columns that look like ribbing on this fun halter top. You have the option of knitting sleeves that are open at the shoulders or keeping it as a sleeveless top. The pattern has nine sizes, is worked in superfine yarn, and you can find it on Ravelry.
Combine a textured stitch on the front of your top with a lace back with the By the Dock Top from Paintbox Yarns, which you can find at LoveCrafts. It uses DK weight yarn, has seven size options and is rated for intermediate knitters.
Feather and fan is one of the easiest lace knitting patterns out there, and the Easy Breezy Tank Top by Jeannine Hoeffler on Ravelry uses this fun pattern as the bottom of the tank design. The top of the top is worked in stockinette so you don’t have to worry about coverage.