Stay Cool and Fashionable with a Simple Knit Summer Top Pattern

Are you tired of sweating through your knits in the summer heat? Then check out this simple knit summer top pattern!

Whether you’re a seasoned knitter or a beginner, Tatterwild is an easy to follow pattern that will result in a beautiful tee with unique ribbed details. In this article, I’ll guide you through choosing the right yarn and needles, getting the perfect fit, and exploring the ribbed details that make this top so special. 

Stay cool and fashionable this summer with our knit summer top pattern – it’s simple knitting for everyone!

knit summer top pattern

Choosing the Right Yarn and Needles for a Simple Knit Summer Top Pattern

To ensure the success of your summer top project, it’s important to choose the right yarn and needles. A heavy wool could leave you sweating, but a lightweight yarn in a plant-based yarn can keep you cool in the summer heat!

For this simple knit summer top pattern, I recommend a lightweight cotton or linen blend yarn in a DK weight. These yarns are breathable and heat wicking—perfect for warm weather wear.

When it comes to needles, I suggest using US 7/4.5 mm needles or the size you need to get gauge! Choose circular needles with a length the size of your finished bust or smaller. (Choosing a length larger than your size will lead to strain and stretched stitches.) I love circular needles because they are great for working in the round and allow you to easily try on your top as you go—and they are the perfect way to create seamless garments!

With the right yarn and needles, you’re well on your way to creating a beautiful knit summer top that you’ll love wearing for years to come.

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Get the Perfect Fit

Now that you have the right materials, it’s time to focus on getting the perfect fit for your body and style. And it all starts with some measurements!

Start by measuring the fullest part of your bust. You’ll be looking for a finished bust size with 2-4” of ease for this simple knit summer top pattern. (Keep in mind that this top is designed to be slightly oversized, so if you prefer a more fitted look, you may want to go down a size.)

However, if you’re above a size C-cup, you may want to measure over your bust—under the armpits. This will give you a more accurate measurement for how Tatterwild will fit your shoulders. If there is a size difference, you may want to add some bust darts!

And another key to getting the perfect fit is gauge! Being off by even 1 stitch can add or subtract inches from your simple knit summer top. Check out this article on knit gauge for more details on how to get the perfect gauge every time.

Now that you have the right fit, let’s move on to the unique ribbed details of Tatterwild that add a stylish touch to your summer wardrobe.

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Tell Me More About the Special Ribbing on this Simple Knit Summer Top Pattern

Now that you have ensured the perfect fit for your knit summer top, it’s time to dive into the stylish ribbed details of this pattern. The ribbing adds texture and interest to your top, making it stand out from typical summer attire.

The ribbing is created by alternating knit and purl stitches, which creates a stretchy and decorative pattern. But this offset ribbing creates adds an extra pop to your pattern, elevating this simple knit summer top to something special.

The ribbing is used on the hem of Tatterwild, as well as on the sleeves and shoulders. This creates a cohesive and polished look that can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

With the unique ribbed details and perfect fit, this simple knit summer top is sure to become a staple in your wardrobe.

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The Star Behind the Show: Purl Soho Morning Yarn

Purl Soho’s Morning yarn was the ideal choice for creating the perfect summer top. Its unique blend of 75% organic cotton and 25% yak delivers a strong and breathable fabric that’s ideal for warmer weather. The yarn is soft and smooth, comfortable for against the skin wear, while still being durable enough to withstand regular use.

Morning’s vibrant, yet subtle hues will put the chill in your summer outfits. The yarn’s texture ensures that your finished simple knit summer top pattern will be stylish and elegant while still maintaining a relaxed and effortless look.

The Knitty Gritty Details for Tatterwild!


1 (2, 3, 4, 5) [6, 7, 8, 9]

Finished Bust: 30 (34, 38, 42, 46) [50, 54, 58, 62]”/76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117) [127, 137, 147.5, 157.5] cm

Yarn for Knit Summer Top Pattern

Short Sleeve – 665 (740, 815, 900, 985) [1075, 1160, 1245, 1315] yds/610 (415, 435, 475, 505) [560, 595, 645, 655] m of DK weight

Long Sleeve – 875 (965, 1055, 1155, 1255) [1375, 1475, 1595, 1675] yds/800 (880, 965, 1055, 1150) [1255, 1350, 1460, 1530] m of DK weight

knitting pattern for short sleeve sweater

Suggested Yarn

Purl Soho Morning (75% Organic Cotton, 25% Yak) 191 yds/175 m, 100 g – 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) [6, 7, 7, 7] skeins for short sleeves & 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) [7, 8, 9, 9] skeins for long sleeves in Cucumber Ice

Needles & Notions

US 7/4.5 mm – 32”/80 cm and DPNs or Magic Loop – preferred method of small circumference knitting (or needles needed to obtain gauge!)

Stitch markers, tapestry needle

Concentration Level for Knit Summer Top Pattern

Low – ribbing is as complicated as this one gets!

Techniques to Indulge In

Staggered ribbing

Knitting in the round

Knitting flat

Seamless & Seamed options

Simple Knitting For Everyone!

Creating your own knit summer top doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. With a few basic knitting skills, you can easily create this stylish and comfortable top that’s perfect for any summer occasion. Whether you’re an experienced knitter or just starting out, this project is the perfect way to improve your skills and create a unique piece for your wardrobe.

So pick up your needles and cast on today!

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