We champion sweater knitting in the summer (despite the eye rolls from non-knitters), but we don’t always recommend projects with intricate colorwork. Hear us out.  Between travel and other on-the-go knitting, less is more when you pack your project bag. Simply, choosing one-color projects minimizes the yarn you have to take along and keep track of. One-color projects keep you from having to make tough color changing decisions when you’re relaxing at the lake and removes the stress of yarns getting tangled when you’re on a plane. Plus, when you don’t have long stretches of dedicated knitting time like you do in the winter, one-color projects just allow you to pick up and knit, instead of leafing through a pattern to figure out what color comes next. To keep your needles clicking in the most stress-free way, we found four new, summer-worthy sweater projects that use one, solid colorway in a most stunning way.

Gilwell Cardigan by Andrea Rangel

Whether you slip it on over a dress or pair it with jeans and a tee, this comfy cardi is the perfect go-with-anything accessory. Worked from the bottom up in worsted weight yarn, the boxy cardigan features a boxy fit, extra long sleeves that can be rolled up, and a deep collar for maximum coziness. Available in 8 sizes Gilwell requires 1020 – 1873 yards of yarn.

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Jack Rose by Thea Coleman

A classic cardigan that features unique, allover lace that makes it a wardrobe favorite. This thigh-length cardigan is knit from the bottom up and features a v-neck, afterthought pockets, and elbow-length sleeves. Knit with DK weight yarn – the designer used Phishkun DK from The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers – the cardigan is available seven adult sizes and calls for 1300 – 1900 yards of yarn.

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Kalaloch Pullover by Kate Gagnon Osborn

An oversized and with stunning texture, Kalaloch is a comfy pullover that is perfect for lazy weekends or sitting lakeside in summer evenings Worked from the bottom-up, the body and arms are worked in the round before joining them to work the yoke. Available in five adult sizes, this sweater calls for 1476 – 2214 yards of sport weight yarn.

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Love Note by Tin Can Knits

Checking off two trends – cropped length and the holding fingering weight merino and lace weight mohair yarns together – this sweater is one you will want to cast on ASAP. With fingering weight yarn and large needles (you’ll use US 7 and 10s!) this sweater is worked from the top-down and features a lace yoke, stockinette body, and directions for three different length sleeves – short, 3/4, and long. In true Tin Can Knits style, this sweater is sized in all sizes (from 0-6 months to 4XL) so that you can make one for every member of your fam.

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