My friend Ashley has been knitting for a few years, and she has produced some really amazing summer tops.
The Radian Yoke by Wendy Bernard didn't really grab me when I saw it in Knitscene, but Ashley's version looks so nice on her.
Knit with Classic Elite Firefly, her top is nice enough to wear to work, but easy enough to throw on with jeans or shorts.
The smallest sizes only require 5 balls of yarn, and I would suggest going down a size for at least an inch of negative ease. That means that the finished top will actually be an inch or so smaller than your bust measurement. I think the top in the magazine shots was too big for the model, but Ashley's fits so nicely. This yarn blocks out really well, so you can expect to gain a little bit of width with blocking.
Next up is Turmeric from Veera Välimäki of Rain Knitwear Designs. Ashley used Malabrigo sock yarn for this one, but the pattern would work with most sock yarns.
Veera designs pieces with such interesting details. This seemingly simple top features a graceful neckline, a flattering off-center pleat, and big pretty button.
Ashley is working on another sweet top from Knitscene, the Sackets Harbor Pullover in Louet Mooi. She is going to have a very nice collection of summer handknits.
Just because we can't wear those woolly winter sweaters right now, there is no reason to put the knitting away!