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Decades come and go, and with them follow some of fashion's greatest trends, leaving us with sartorial gems we continue to revisit. One fashion trend we can comfortably get behind time and again is the happy marriage of black and white.

We love how easy it is to incorporate black & white garments into an existing wardrobe and how well the look plays up one’s figure—black is notorious for being kind to curves, and thoughtfully placed white accents can highlight your best areas. It’s a great landscape for experimenting with texture and shapes, which means it’s the perfect knitter’s palette for playing with stitchwork and color patterns.

The classic, monochromatic world of Black & White fashion is totally timeless. A staple of the mid 1960s, Black & White fashion was a direct response to the bold, brash colorings of a newly technicolored world. The modern, geometric styling of basic Black & White embraced Pop and Op Art with clean lines and simple silhouettes that could safely carry the intense color contrast. As Honey Magazine said in April 1965, "Be a black-and-white girl. Mix lots of the whitest white with a dash of black."

Black & White fashion has proven it will never go out of style—every few years it pops up on runways again and is quickly embraced by designers and fashionistas alike. 

Instagram Image Courtesy Valentino
At String we embrace this timeless trend, as seen with our Black & White Cardigan, which incorporates contrast panels of white honeycomb cables that flow seamlessly to form the back of the garment. Black kimono sleeves bell flatteringly to just above the wrist—perfect for Fall. Knit in String Classica, our beloved, worsted-weight 100% cashmere, it has the perfect drape, softness, and crisp, clean stitch definition. It's an updated take on the colorblocking found throughout Mod fashion, with the added bonus of textural, on-trend cables. 

Another great way to embrace the trend is by mixing in a balancing shade of grey, which plays as the perfect middle man to black and white. Grey instantly adds depth to your black and white knits without detracting from the bold, graphic style.

Our Stripes and Sequins Sweater (below left) adds a strand of sequin-studded yarn to String Classica for a little sparkle. A crew neck is chic and modern, and stripes of varying width create a flattering landscape for the figure.

Taking a cue from Missoni, the Kersti Cashmere Pullover (below middle) is a swirling tapestry of grey, black, and white. A center panel of moss stitch—framed by stockinette at the sides—plays with texture and keeps our exclusive Koigu Kersti Cashmere on its colorful toes. 

Finally, if we're talking timeless style and 60s fashion, we can't neglect the classic elegance of a great swing jacket. The Swing Jacket in String Classica (below right) features a slip-stitch pattern in black and white, framed by solid, grounding black at the hemlines, and 3/4 sleeves. A kick pleat incorporated into the back gives the jacket a little extra swing and creates a flattering waist line. This elegant piece would do Jackie O. proud.


Our black & white kits are perfect for this season and beyond—we love that they each involve fairly straightforward and timeless shapes that will outlast fixed seasonal trends while still being fashionable.

Go even bolder and try any of these looks with a different yarn. We’d love to help you find the perfect yarn substitution from our String Classica’s gorgeous range of colors. Give us a call or stop by and let us be your personal (yarn) shopper—it’s the Manhattan way!

There’s no better time than now to try your hand at any of the fashions featured above—String Yarns is offering a 20% discount on all cashmeres for the month of November!

Upcoming Classes

November 3

Quick Start Beginning Knitting 2-3pm

November 11

Magic Loop Class – 3-5pm

November 12

Vogue Knitting Holiday Trunk Show & Trend Forecast from VK Editor Trisha Malcolm – 4-7pm

As always, check out our dedicated classes and events page for additional details on upcoming events, and subscribe to the String Blog to receive new post updates!

Which is your favorite Black & White look? Do you have a well-loved, well-worn Black & White staple garment? Is there a Black & White runway garment you'd love to translate into knitwear? Let us know in the comments!

Yours in style,


August 14, 2015

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