Spending summer in the city, lounging around the local lido with sun warmed skin, it’s time to take a dip into these poolside patterns. Inspired by Britain’s lido, sunshine through the water and the comforting community of swimming together beneath the open sky, this knit and crochet wear collection channels cool crisp colours in summery shapes.

The Lido Collection

Effortlessly stylish, with a retro feel that speaks to childhood summers spent by the pool, this collection features six pieces that beg to be worn on bright warm days, or cool summer nights. From poolside accessories like the Essential Beach Bag in a classic colour block design, to the Choppy Waves T-Shirt, inspired by ripples of water this pattern is perfect for beginners. 

The Lido is Britain’s answer to the staycation, when jetting off abroad was too pricey we turned to the joy of the lido. A pool beneath the open sky where any one could take a tip, ladies reclining on sun loungers in their best beachy cover ups, and kids splashing in the water; Britain’s lido gave summer in the city a whole new meaning. 

This is my favourite piece from the Lido collection (don’t tell the others!) The cropped relaxed shape lends itself to easy summer wear with high waisted skirts or shorts for a little protection against cooler days.  - Ella, Paintbox designer.

For something to test your skills, the Surf the Wave Tank Top uses an intarsia wave motif to compliment the collection, in a breezy peplum shape making it the perfect top for hot summers day. If you’re looking for style, look no further than the Around the Pool Crop Top. Aptly named, this pattern features a geometric style tile pattern inspired by the bottom of a pool. For a chic cover up, the Breezy Striped Cardigan is a must make. Customise the colour story to fit your personal style and throw on after a few laps around the lido, or over a casual summer ‘fit.

Embracing the retro vibes and relaxed feel of life lounging around the lido, the Retro Swimmers Sweater is the hero piece of the whole collection. Inspired by abstract art these swimmers float in a pool of cool blue, the sweet pink of their bikini the perfect colour combination. The curvy shape of the swimmers defies knittings natural inclinations to straight lines, and will test your knitting skills. 

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Holly Butteriss is the Content Coordinator at LoveCrafts. Working closely with designers and influencers, Holly aims to inspire makers with lovely content and believes that “self expression is good for the soul”. Creative at heart, Holly will give any craft a go if she doesn’t have her nose in a book!