Summer calls for bright colors and playful projects. Some like small projects that are easy to take on-the-go for knitting on the beach at a game. While others crave a big project that will last the length of a vacation. Whatever you’re preferred project type, consider one of these knit projects that embrace color in a way to put a smile on your face.

Stripes on Stripes by Wera Masztakowska

Stack bright summer colors on top of each other in this slightly oversized sweater. Just as comfy as it is fun to wear, this aran weight sweater is fun to throw on over after a swim in the lake or in the early, cool mornings. Knit in one of three sizes with a US 8 needle.

Larger Rainbow Hanger by LT Marshall

Bring some cheer to rainy summer afternoons with this rainbow wall hanger. Knit flat with and then seamed together, this rainbow can be hung on a door, in a window, or even above a crib.

Striped Triangle Shawl by Irina Poludnenko

Combine your favorite summer colors in this stunning striped shawl. Use DK weight yarn and a size 5 needle to knit angular triangle sections into one large triangle shawl that will brighten up any outfit.

Lemon Pouch by Yun Jeong

It’s the bag you didn’t know you needed! This small lemon pouch is adorable and functional, giving you the option to add a bit of whimsy to your favorite summer outfits. Cast on with worsted weight yarn in your favorite lemon yellow shade and knit this seamless drawstring pouch.