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Knitters, rejoice! This year openwork knits exploded on the runways. Lace, mesh, netting, drop stitches, eyelets, you name it—if it showed a hint of skin, it walked down the runway. Usually, there are only one or two designers upon which we can rely for blown-out stitchwork (like Rodarte, shown above), but not so for 2017. Designers embraced the look for spring, and what better time for it? We’ve relegated our beloved winter layers to the cedar chest until autumn. Lacy, openwork knits in warm weather fibers are airy and light, allowing you to continue layering through the seasons. Best of all, they impart a subtle, subdued sexiness.

Sheer Trend Runway

The Spring 2017 runways awash with openwork pieces

Lace and openwork fabrics are a cinch for knitters. What knitter hasn’t partaken in the meditative k2tog-YO sequence to produce a simple, sheer scarf, shawl, or top? Upon reaching the end of a knit, who among us hasn’t delighted in the final act of dropping several stitches to deliberately rupture sections of their project? We create fissures between lines of ribbing, perforate hemlines with delicate eyelets, and marry large needles and laceweight yarn to easily craft sheer fabric. We are the masters of this technique. This trend was made for us!

If you’ve never knit an openwork garment or accessory before, never fear. String Yarns has an excellent, approachable beginner’s project that is perfect for spring. Experienced knitters will love the meditative dropped stitch lace pattern—it's meditative and whips up quickly, so you'll be wearing it in no time! And just to sweeten the deal, it’s 15% until the end of the week!

Bedford Top in Stella

The Bedford Top in Stacy Charles Fine Yarns Stella

You couldn’t ask for a better openwork spring garment than the Bedford Top. Knit in Stacy Charles Fine Yarns Stella, a worsted weight silk-metallic yarn, Bedford is knit on US size 11 needles, so you know it’s a pretty fast (i.e. satisfying) knit. Bedford is worked from the bottom up in the round until the armholes, and then the front and back are worked flat. The lacework pattern creates a subtle garter stripe effect—additional wraps on one row are dropped on the next, revealing the sheer sections. It’s a quick and easy knit, and it exudes a chic elegance in shimmering Stella. Bedford can be layered over anything—a bikini by the pool, a tank top and jeans, a light, strappy dress—and it will instantly elevate the outfit.


From now through April 29, get the Bedford Top kit for 15% off! We have 21 colors of Stacy Charles Fine Yarns Stella to choose from, including brilliant summer brights and staid neutrals. 

April 20, 2017

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