Spring has well and truly sprung, and do you know what that means? Yes, it’s time to stow your bulky jumpers and cardigans away, hang up your thick scarves and chunky hats and get ready for an all-new wardrobe! We’ve rounded up some of our favourite knits for the spring and summer, and the best part is that all of these patterns are suitable for beginners. So if you’re new to knitting garments, never fear – this is the perfect place to start.
Stripy Summer T-shirt
Designer: Sian Brown
What better way to welcome spring weather than with Siân Brown’s vibrant T-shirt? The majority of the pattern is worked in stocking stitch, meaning knitters of all skill levels can get their needles stuck into this fab garment. The bold stripes look seaside-ready, but you can easily customise yours by changing the thickness of the stripes and the number of colours used.
Designer: Lucinda Ganderton
There are so many pretty lace knits out there, but the patterns can look intimidating to newbie knitters. If you’ve been on the hunt for your first lace project, then we have the perfect garment for you. This powder blue cowl only uses knit, purl, yarn forward and knit two together stitches, so you’re sure to ace it!
Designer: Helen Ardley
For an easy breezy wrap to throw over your shoulders on cooler days, look no further than Helen Ardley’s elegant knit. This flowy cardi looks right at home over a tea dress or a simple T-shirt and jeans. The lightweight knit is surprisingly simple to work up – after you’ve mastered the first few rows, you’ll be set.
Designer: Susie Johns
This sweet top is an all-round winner, from the eye-catching coral colour to the easy lace pattern. You can dress it up with a floaty floral skirt or pair it with white trousers for an easy chic look. So what are you waiting for? Make it up this weekend for an instant pop of spring style.
Designer: Penny Hill
The ultra-flattering shape of Penny Hill’s sleeveless top will have you looking put-together in a flash. Whether you layer it up over a long-sleeve top on chilly days or let it shine on its own on sunny afternoons, this pure cotton vest is a closet staple for the warmer months.
Designer: Fran Morgan
You just can’t beat a top like this one. Not only will it bring a dose of sophisticated style to your wardrobe, but it’s also easy peasy to knit – all you need to do is work up two squares with a little bit of shaping. The silky polyester yarn drapes beautifully, while the open shoulders, which are fastened with buttons and loops, give this top its distinctive look.
Designer: Sian Brown
Not only is this top easy to make – it’s mostly worked in stocking stitch and the sleeves are shaped at the same time as the body – but it’s so easy to wear. The lacy motif on the sleeves adds a little something special, yet requires relatively little effort on your part. Throw it on with your favourite pair of jeans to instantly elevate your look.