All Seasons Lace in Vogue Knitting’s SS17 Issue
This season’s issue of Vogue Knitting is once again full of lace (I suppose Spring and Summer are the seasons for lace at VK). While there are a ton of lace pieces that seem overly intricate and too precious for daily life, there are others which are modern, manageable and wearable throughout the warmer weather – or throughout all the seasons. Plus, there are a few other pieces that are wonderfully wearable.
Starting with the lace, there are a few very summery, modern lace tops that are cute as can be.
The Swing Back Tank by Yoko Hata is an adorable layering piece. I love its modern lace and open back, which makes it perfect for hot, HOT days in summer. I would knit this up in anything from Juniper Moon’s Neve to Cascade’s Ultra Pima. I’d also consider linen options like Juniper Moon’s Zooey and Queensland’s Savanna.
Along the same lines, the Chevron Lace Tee is intricate without being fussy. It’s also an easy-to-wear piece (and reminds me of something I inherited that my grandmother knit for my mother 20 or 30 years ago). I’d love to see this in Juniper Moon’s Zooey or Shibui’s Twig.
The show stopping lace piece, in my opinion, is Unjung Yun’s oversized lace pullover. It’s an understatement to say this garment has a lot of ease, but all of that gorgeous lace makes for a dramatic piece that is striking on any frame. The lace is modern (once again) and subtle, and I feel like this piece could be worn any time of year. Calling for a fingering weight yarn, try knitting this up in Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal (my favorite) or Baah La Jolla (which will be back in stock any day).
Maevh, a worsted weight cowl designed by Melanie Berg, brings lace through every season. With a provisional cast-on and a minimally lace textured pattern, there are great opportunities in this project for knitters who are looking to learn a couple new techniques. I’m dreaming of making this in Debbie Bliss’s new Sita, which is a heavenly combination of Mako Cotton and Mulberry Silk (a bright pink or acid green is calling my name!). But you could make this in anything – like Falkland or Lhasa (two other luxurious yarns from Debbie Bliss), Juniper Moon’s Moonshine or HiKoo’s Sueno.
The Relaxed Tee by Courtney Cedarholm is an easy summer tee that is similar to my favorite Insousciant tee. This tee was knit up in a worsted weight (which makes for fast work) but the construction is otherwise the same – a relaxed fit and flattering raglan sleeves. This piece is easy to make up and even easier to wear casually or dress up. I think this piece would also be ridiculously gorgeous in Sita (the Mako Cotton/Mulberry Silk blend mentioned above), and would also be lovely in Juniper Moon’s Neve.
My favorite piece in the magazine is Norah Gaughan’s Arbor Cardigan. We all know Gaughan for her striking cables, and this cardigan doesn’t disappoint. I particularly love this construction of cardigan, which is open and doesn’t fall off my shoulders (I want it to be beautiful and easy to wear!!!). The cable motif that runs across the fronts of the cardigan also adorn the back, (one panel width). It’s not crazy cabling everywhere, but there is a decent amount of cables. Try knitting up this beauty in Lang’s Zero or Criative DK. These two yarns will give you amazing stitch definition. Queensland’s Rustic Tweed is another perfect yarn for this project, this one lending it’s lovely tweedy flecks.
There’s lots more to see in this issue of Vogue Knitting, so check it out online or come visit us at Wool & Grace for more ideas and inspiration!