Knitting inspiration, Knitwear In Fashion, Spring Summer 2018

Trending: openwork lace knits

Sonia Rykiel Striped Open-knit Sweater (from netaporter-see here)

Knitted and crocheted lacework designs are a big trend in knitwear this spring/summer 2018 – and are a fantastic source of inspiration for knitters.

This lace trend is quite literally big, with many designers featuring large openwork designs of eyelets and other motifs, which often spread across garments in all-over designs.

These lace designs are used across all kinds of knitwear, but create very different looks- from elegant and ethereal pieces, to those that are reminiscent of 90s grunge or the 1960s/70s handmade crafts aesthetic.


The majority of the lace designs on sale appear to be crocheted- but a very similar look can be re-created using knitted lace instead. See below for knit-inspiration for each style of lace garment.

For the first time, I’ve also included some crochet pattern suggestions as there are a number of designs that can really only be reproduced using crochet stitches (e.g. granny square motifs). Many of these designs use very simple crochet stitches, and so are perhaps a good way for any non- or beginner crocheters to try crocheting a garment. Very Pink Knits has a number of great video tutorials that explain the basic crochet stitches- see her series Crochet for Knitters (here).

Orderly eyelets: neat eyelet rows fill the fabric or mark out sections of otherwise simple sweaters

DESIGNER: Clockwise, from top left, House of Holland Hooded Patchwork Merino Wool Blend Sweater (here), See by Chloe Striped Crocheted Cotton-blend Sweater (here), Victoria Beckham Open-knit wool-blend sweater (here).

KNIT-INSPIRATION: clockwise from top left, Prairie Tunic by Veronik Avery (here), Sandshore by Alicia Plummer (here), Timeless Henley by Joji Locatelli (here),  Delineate by Olga Buraya-Kefelian (photo copyright Amy Gwatki) (here), Rhilea by Suvi Simola (here), Angelina Cardigan by Vicky Chan (here).

Pretty Elegant: delicate, all-over designs and pretty flourishes

DESIGNER: from top left, Lela Rose Fringed Crocheted Lace Peplum Top (here), Claudie Pierlot V-neck Open-knit Jumper (here), Isabel Marant Camden Lace and Crocheted Cotton Sweater (here), Missoni Belted Metallic Crochet Knit Cardigan (here).

KNIT-INSPIRATION: clockwise from top left, Cloud Cover by Yumiko Alexander (here), April by Isabell Kraemer (photo copyright Pam Allen) (here), Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu (here), Rosina Pullover/Rosina Sweater by FadenStille (here).

A nod to the 90s: a slightly grunge inspired, anti-pretty look in the bomber jacket style cardigan and all over mesh

DESIGNER: from top left, Isabel Marant Zoe oversized open-knit cotton blend turtleneck sweater (here), Beaufille Nerva Open-knit Turtleneck (here), Saint Laurent Striped Open-knit Linen and Silk Blend Top (here).

KNIT-INSPIRATION: Clockwise from top left, 51-29 Lang Yarns Lino / Canapa by LANGYARNS SWITZERLAND (here), Stonecutter Sweater by Amy Miller (photo copyright Interweave / Joe Hancock) (here), Nijo by Berroco Design Team (here).

Quintessential Crochet: classic granny squares and stripes form patchwork designs with a folk art, 1960s-70s boho feel

DESIGNER: Clockwise, from top left: Burberry Patchwork Crocheted (here), Mira Mikati Striped Crocheted Cotton Sweater (here), See by Chloe Crocheted Cotton, Free People Call Me Crocheted Knitted Cotton Jumper (here), Claudie Pierlot Mainate Floral Crochet Knitted Jumper (here).

CROCHET-INSPIRATION: Clockwise from top left, #21 Ballet-neck tee by Linda Skuya (photo copyright Vogue Knitting Crochet 2014, photo by Paul Amato for ) (here), #11 Lace Tank by Yoko Hatta (photo copyright Vogue Knitting) (here), Lottie Top by Moon Eldridge (photo copyright Interweave Crochet 2014)(here), Mandala Vest by Simone Francis (photo copyright Simply Crochet) (here).


Over to you

What do you think of this openwork lace look? Do you have any favourite lace knitting (or crochet!) patterns that you have made or would like to make?




3 thoughts on “Trending: openwork lace knits”

  1. Me too! And I discovered some amazing crochet tops that really made me think I need to try my hand at more crochet projects… Just not enough hours in the day!


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