Summer Makes

Yesterday was a perfect summer day in Edmonton. A perfect day to spend outdoors in the garden! It was super calm and sunny, hardly any mosquitoes. I finally got to replacing the wood chips around my garden, which pretty much took the entire (work) day. It feels good to have that done and it was glorious to spend the day outside since I’ve been spending so many of my days indoors due to the rain, as well as working and working on our house! After I had finished working and took a lovely bath, I spent part of the evening sitting on our deck, enjoying a drink, some chill music and some knitting. So, I decided to collect a bunch of patterns for you to consider making this summer, for chill evenings on the deck, and relaxing mornings with a coffee.

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Last night, I was actually working on this cute little Pin Me Up Headband from Knitatude. This is one of her patterns that are free on her blog; it’s a pretty quick knit (though not as quick if you modify it to use sock-weight yarn, like I did-haha) and uses up smaller bits of yarn, which I love!

Chantal has also just released her new Tulip Wrap Tank Knitting Pattern which is an intermediate knit wrap tank top pattern that is written in 9 sizes (up to 5 XL)! I’m so pleased to see pattern designers include more sizes in their patterns. All bodies deserve cute hand-knit items; I’m so proud of the efforts that Chantal and other designers have made to increase their size offerings and make hand-knit patterns more accessible to more people. Get the pattern here.

I just love the simple refined look of this Ribbed V-neck cropped tank top knitting pattern. The delicate ribbing makes this easy/intermediate pattern look more difficult than it is. Made with a fingering weight yarn, it will be perfect to wear in the warmer summer months. This is also a size-inclusive pattern including up to 5XL! Get the pattern here.

For an even easier pattern, this Basic Bralette Knitting Pattern is rated “Easy peasy.” Love that. Super cute and quick knit made with a worsted weight yarn, it knits up quickly into a cute and sexy little bralette. Get the pattern here.

For a summer knit tank top that is more work-appropriate, but just as easy of a knit, check out this Silver Spring Knit Tank Top Pattern. You could easily wear this to the office (if that’s where you’re allowed to go these days) or throw a denim or leather jacket on it for a night out! Using worsted weight yarn, this pattern is also size-inclusive in 9 sizes all the way up to 5XL! This is a beginner level pattern and if you check out her Etsy listing, she has included a way to get the pattern for free on her blog. A printable pdf is so handy though, so for just a few bucks and to support this creative designer, get the pattern here.

Another Easy Peasy Tank Top Knitting Pattern! This sexy, relaxed knitting pattern is available in 5 sizes, up to 47-inch chest circumference. Perfect for the beach or just relaxing in the back yard, this intermediate pattern is quick and easy and uses baby cotton for a lovely soft and cool drape. Get the pattern here.

Of course, summer knits don’t have to just be tank tops! You can make yourself a skirt! This Marigold Skirt Knitting Pattern is even appropriate for the office! How cute is this?! This simple pattern uses your personal measurements so that you could make one for yourself and all your friends and everyone would get one just the perfect size for them! Get the pattern here.

For a skirt with a little more swing, The Flirt Skirt Knitting Pattern has a bit more flounce to it. This skirt pattern makes a high-waisted A-line skirt with an elastic waistband. This pattern is also size-inclusive, including 15 sizes, from a 22-inch waist to a 60-inch waist! Any size can wear this cute and flirty skirt! Get the pattern here.

Of course, you can always dress yourself head to toe in summer knits with this Beverly Knit Top and Skirt Set Pattern. This cropped knit tee and high-waisted mini-skirt is a fun and flirty coordinated outfit which features a faux cable ribbing and sleek stockinette stitch. This is a beginner-intermediate pattern available in three sizes (small, medium and large). Get the pattern here.

I know this collection of patterns has mostly been for grown women, but I couldn’t resist including this adorable Baby Bloomers with Skirt Knitting Pattern! How sweet would this be on a new little one this summer? The confident beginner can tackle this pattern as it uses just the basic techniques of casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. Make these bloomers in 4 different sizes, from 3-6 months all the way up to 2 years with or without the adorable skirt! Get the pattern here.

I certainly wouldn’t want to forget the crocheters out there. You can easily make up this Field Trip Crochet Halter Top Pattern in an afternoon on the deck and have a cute little cropped top for festivals or the beach. While this cute top is written in one small/medium (A/B cup) size, it can easily be modified to fit larger or smaller sizes. Get the pattern here.

You can also crochet up a classy tank top using this Finesse tank top crochet pattern. An intermediate level crochet pattern, this tank top is pattern is written in 5 sizes and uses fingering-weight sock yarn for a delicate drape. Get the pattern here.

If you’re looking for a quick top project for summer, check out this Crochet Pattern for Summer Roadtrip Top. With an open, lacy stitch, this top crochets up quickly and is the perfect project to bring on a road trip or the perfect garment to travel with! This is a great project for beginners and works up quickly! Get the pattern here.

I hope you’ve got some inspiration for your summer makes. Pick up a pattern today or pin it for later!

Cute collection of summer knit and crocheted tops with a couple of knit skirt patterns. What a great round up of summer patterns to make #knittingpatterns #crochetpatterns #summerknits #summercrochet #patternroundup #craftevangelist
A great sleeveless top crochet pattern, perfect project for travelling, perfect top for on the go! Love this lacy breezy easy summer crochet top pattern! #crochetpattern #crochettoppattern #summercrochet #crochet #craftevangelist
Lovely rib knit cropped tank top easy knitting pattern. Love this delicate refined simplicity of this size-inclusive knit tank top. Perfect summer knitting project! #knittingpattern #knittoppattern #summerknits #craftevangelist
Adorable and simple basic knit bralette knitting pattern. Knits up quick and easy, perfect festival top for summer! #knittingpattern #summerknits #knitbralette #craftevangelist
Gorgeous, classy and simple knit tank top knitting pattern. Love this stylish and refined easy knitting pattern. Wear it to the office or out and about. #knittingpattern #summerknits #knittoppattern #craftevangelist
Lovely, easy-wearing and relaxed knit tank top pattern. Love this beautifully simple summer cotton top knitting pattern. Perfect summer knitting project! #knittingpattern #knittanktop #summerknits #craftevangelist
Cute, simple and customizable according to your measurements, this gorgeous Marigold Skirt knitting pattern is the perfect summer knitting project! #summerknits #knittingpattern #knitskirtpattern #craftevangelist
Sweet and flirty skirt knitting pattern. Knit your own high-waisted A-line flirty skirt this summer with this beginner-level, size-inclusive knitting pattern. #knittingpattern #knitskirtpattern #sizeinclusive #summerknits #craftevangelist
Super adorable knitting pattern for knit bloomers with an optional little skirt! Written in 4 sizes from 3 months to 2 years, this adorable skirt makes a great hand-knit baby gift! #knittingpattern #knitskirtpattern #knitbabyskirt #babybloomers #summerknits #craftevangelist
Gorgeous knit crop top and high-waisted knit skirt knitting pattern set. Love this gorgeous sexy hand-knitting pattern. Beginner intermediate knitting pattern. Perfect summer knit! #knittingpattern #knittoppattern #knitskirtpattern #summerknits #craftevangelist
Gorgeous and simple crochet pattern for this beautiful halter top! Love this sexy cropped crocheted halter top, fully adjustable strap ties, customizable to your size! #crochetpattern #crochethalter #crochetcroptop #summercrochet #craftevangelist
Beautiful crochet tank top pattern in fingering weight sock yarn Love this intermediate crochet pattern with a delicate drape! #crochetpattern #crochetanktop #summercrochet #craftevangelist
Beautiful wrap tank top knitting pattern! Love this new pattern by #knitatude! Perfect summer knitting project; can't wait to make this lovely breezy summer tank! #knittingpattern #knittanktop #tanktopknittingpattern #summerknits #craftevangelist

Patterns for Black History Month

I know I missed it by a week, but February is Black History Month, but my life getting in the way is not going to stop me from posting this late. I am not black, but I think it’s important to learn about the history of other people, especially marginalized peoples. Also, there’s been some tension in the “fiber community” (is that a thing? yes, apparently it is) around race lately and I’ve been convicted that if I don’t stand up against racism, my silence and my privilege allows the status quo to continue and the bullies to win. I want to thank Tyne Swedish for giving so much of her time to raise awareness about these issues and stand with the oppressed and stand against racism and oppression. Follow her Instagram account and buy her a coffee if you can!

I’m super sad that people of colour have been made to feel unwelcome in spaces for knitters and crocheters, so today I would like to highlight some patterns by black designers. It’s a small gesture, I know; but it’s what I do, so taking some time to highlight some POC designers seemed like something I could do. Go support some of these great designers by buying a pattern today and sharing it on social media (tag the designer) when you’re done!

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First up is Toni Lipsey of TLYarnCrafts. This woman is so adorable in her Instagram stories: so cheery and upbeat. She also has some gorgeous designs. It’s a little out of season right now, but eventually, winter will be over (right?). I love this Rebel Cami Pattern; it looks so casual, perfect to pair with jeans or cutoffs. I really love this halter-style top, how it really shows off the shoulders. (And isn’t her model just gorgeous?)

Another lovely (but not exactly perfect for a Canadian winter) pattern from TLYarnCrafts is this Lemonade Top Pattern. I love the open lacy back and it looks like it would make a great beach cover-up.

More appropriate for winter, Toni also has several gorgeous shawls including this recent one in Tunisian crochet, the Ada Shawl. I’ve never crocheted anything in Tunisian crochet, though my mother in law did show me how to do it and I crocheted a row for her, so I kinda know how. I like the way it looks. I should really give it a go… maybe with this pattern. I don’t usually wear shawls, but I do wear a lot of scarves, so I think this looks like I could wear it the same way I would a scarf.

Third Vault Yarns is a lovely designer based in the UK and I quite like these Burn the Capitol Fingerless Gloves. They were designed as a tribute to the Hunger Games for the Third Vault Hunger Games Yarn Club (which sounds awesome, by the way). Super cool and I love these fall colours!

A Raging Purlwind has designed this beautiful Knit Mermaid Top/Crop Top Patter Bundle, which I think is adorable. I love how she’s got curves, so the rest of us can see ourselves in a design.

I’m so completely over winter, so I’m just going to pretend that I could wear these fun summery designs now instead of in MONTHS. (ugh–ok sorry enough weather complaining). Check out this adorable Knit Love Note Tank pattern, also from A Raging Purlwind. So cute. Get making one today and you’ll be all set for summer!

Ok, so I’m already behind on publishing this post (I started last week when it was still February, but I’m not going to let perfection to be the enemy of good.) So choose a pattern from one of these fantastic designers or the many others who are also on Ravelry. Tyne Swedish has a saved Instagram Story featuring BIPOC Designers (if you’re new to that term, I had to look it up myself: Black Indigenous People of Colour) that you can check out, as well as one featuring BIPOC Makers.

Pin this post to share with your friends and share some love for these fantastic designers and their beautiful patterns. Or choose to pin your just your favourite! Choose from the pins below!

Gorgeous Tunisian crochet shawl pattern by TLYarnCrafts. I love her designs! So pretty. I need to make this shawl! #crochet #yarn #crafts #shawl #scarf
Rebel Cami tank top crochet pattern. I love this casual summer crochet top, perfect to pair with cut offs or jeans! #crochet #pattern #women #summer #tanktop #crochetpattern #yarn #crafts #BIPOCdesigners #craftevangelist
Lemonade top crochet tunic pattern, makes a great long top or beach cover up. So sweet. I love the lacy back and the tie front! #crochet #pattern #BIPOCdesigners #yarn #crafts #crochetpattern
Burn the Capitol fingerless mittens knitting pattern. I love how fancy this pattern looks! Inspired by the Hunger Games, this fingerless gloves are so pretty, perfect fall colours!
Super pretty mermaid knit top pattern bundle, with instructions for both a crop top or a full length top. Adorable for all sizes! #knitting #pattern #yarn #crafts #knittop #BIPOCdesigners #craftevangelist
Beautiful lacy summery tank top knitting pattern: the Love Note tank. Such a cute pattern to work on while you dream of summer! #knitting #knit #pattern #summer #tanktop #knittop #knittingforwomen #BIPOCdesigners

Crocheted Flamingo Patterns

It is still summer! Put your pumpkin spice away for a couple more weeks! We can hold off on making scarves and slippers and hats for a few more weeks too! So let’s enjoy summer a little longer and look at some fun summery patterns!

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Fun flamingos are pink and summery! Check out this adorable mini flamingo pattern in a mini flower pot from Pink Mouse Boutique.

Crocheted Flamingo Pattern by Pink Mouse Boutique

If you were thinking of something a little bigger or for a young child, take a look at this cartoony flamingo amigurumi crochet pattern by IlDikko

Amigurumi Flamingo Crochet Pattern by IlDikko

Of course, if you’re really hanging onto summer, so are this pair of beach-attired flamingos by Crochet Village. Make and display this summery couple and it will feel like summer even in the dead of winter! 

Beach Flamingo Crochet Amigurumi Pattern by Crochet Village

Make these today or pin them for later in the winter when you’re wishing it were summer!

Check out these crochet patterns for flamingo amigurumi toys. These would make great handmade gifts! So fun and summery! #craftevangelist
I love these adorable pink flamingo amigurumi crochet patterns. Two cool flamingos all dressed for a summer day at the beach! #craftevangelist

Summer Amigurumi Dolls

When I was researching my top 10 summer picks, I came across so many amigurumi doll patterns, but I didn’t want to make it all only dolls, so here are a few that I missed.

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Fruity Maya

This beautiful summer doll pattern designed by Lulubalshop is adorable and the cute little outfits can be made to look like watermelons and lemons. I love lemons! They’re so yellow and sunshiny! I love that they come with adorable little inner tube floaties! 

This adorable doll is by one of my favorite designers: Carmen Rent. If you love the look of Coraline or Lalaloopsy dolls, you will not be disappointed. She has so many adorable doll patterns, you’re sure to find something that suits you–or the person you’re making it for!

Ana the social butterfly

Don’t you love her embellished little halter top and matching beach bag? You can get the pattern here.

Lorena the Ice Cream Doll

If you’re looking for a whimsical doll amigurumi pattern, this little doll comes with an ice cream cone headband! It doesn’t get much more summery than that. This last week has been so hot, I wouldn’t blame people for wanting to put a REAL ice cream cone on their head! The designer of this pattern, airali has plenty of other adorable and whimsical amigurumi patterns as well. Definitely worth checking out!

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Three adorable amigurumi crochet patterns for summer themed dolls! Check out this round up by #craftevangelist

Pineapples are Awesome!

Aren’t pineapples awesome? They’re so yellow and fun and summery! And they’ve been everywhere lately! Love them! I’m crocheting them and I’m decorating with them! I’m making pineapple costumes for my aloe plants! They’re awesome!

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Ok, these aloe plants are a little scraggly looking, but aren’t their pots adorable?

You can find the free pattern for these little pineapple aloe plant pot covers here. I’m working on a pattern for a bigger aloe plant that I have. I’ve been trying to write notes, so maybe I’ll be able to share a pattern made by me here! Woot!

Check out these other great pineapple crafty projects!

Crochet your own pineapple throw cushion with this fun pattern!

There’s an adorable pineapple character in this sweet Summer Amigurumi Kit. 

Summer Amigurumi Kit

Kits come in so handy, especially if you’re new to crochet. You don’t have to make multiple trips to the craft store if you’ve forgotten something, you don’t have to buy a large ball of yarn or package of notions you may not use again. If you’re looking for just the pattern, you can get it here. It also comes with an ice cream cone amigurumi and a surfboard. Summery fun!

Finally, you should check out this adorable pineapple bunting pattern

Pineapple garland. They can also be made into key chains!

This would look so cute in my gazebo space if I didn’t already have lights hanging up! I do have one side that doesn’t have any lights, so maybe it would look good there! 

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Check out these awesome crocheted pineapple projects rounded up by #craftevangelist
Pineapple Pillow Crochet Pattern! Check out these pineapple crafty finds by #craftevangelist
Pineapple bunting crochet pattern! Love these adorable little pineapples, perfect for bunting or little key chains! Check out the pineapple crochet finds by #craftevangelist
Sweet summer amigurumi kit with 3 patterns and all supplies. Super fun ice cream crochet pattern, surf board crochet pattern & adorable pineapple crochet pattern. Check out #craftevangelist's other pineapple crochet finds!

Sol the Summer Doll

After writing up that top 10 summer Etsy picks post, I still found more adorable things to crochet for summer!!! I know it’s August and summer posts are usually written early when everyone’s excited and people are already talking pumpkin spice, but I’m still solidly in summer mode (sort of… ripping apart a bathroom and putting a new plumbing stack in is totally summer mode, right?). I still have a trip ahead of me too, so it’s not a bad idea to have a quick little project to keep my fingers busy while we travel.

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Check out this adorable little doll pattern. At just 10 inches tall, she looks like she will make a sweet little doll for any kid. Her beach accessories complete the deal!

You can get the pattern on Etsy here. I hope you enjoy making her! If you do, please share your pictures as comments on Pinterest!

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Crochet this adorable amigurumi summer doll pattern on your holidays this year! Super sweet little pattern! Crafty find by #craftevangelist