One of the fashion trends that pops up around this time of year are gorgeous sheer and diaphanous fabrics that flatter most figures/ages; feel fabulous on warm days and see you through to cooler evenings. The ‘sheerness’ can vary from those garments that the brave (aka…young and lithe), display pretty lingerie underneath, through to pretty items with sheer sleeves or strategically placed stripes. Personally, I would never wear a sheer top without a pretty camisole or strappy vest but even as a ‘bigger girl’ well past my first (and second!) flush of youth, I have a favourite selection of items that are brought out and added to each year. Of course, knitwear is my very favourite kind of sheer. Many can be tackled by the most basic of beginners as stocking stitch tends to be the pattern of choice for the items that flatter most … however, this isn’t always the case and lacy designs are wonderful projects for those that want a challenge and/or a ‘special occasion’ piece. Patience is definitely required due to the fineness of the yarns, but this is balanced by the larger needle sizes needed to achieve the light and airy construction. Another wonderful point is that these items take a lot less yarn than their heavier weight cousins, so you can afford to indulge in something really luxurious and beautiful, with the added confidence that your work will be brought out year after year and will always look and feel wonderful.
Here are a few of my favourites …. ❤
Hopefully this has inspired you to treat yourself to something you might not have considered before … just because the weather is warming up doesn’t mean those precious needles have to be idle. 🙂 For more experienced makers, many of your favourite tunic and sweater patterns can be converted by using a fingering weight yarn and a needle size a couple of times larger than recommended. It will be necessary to make a swatch and do a few sums but by choosing a design with positive ease and minimal shaping a beautifully unique garment could be yours to enjoy for many summertime’s to come.
Happy Knitting ❤ x