Knitwear In Fashion, Spring Summer 2019, Summer Knitting

Knitwear Trends for Summer 2019: Intarsia Colour-work

Model wearing long, wool blend cardigan with all-over, richly decorative, floral intarsia colour-work In oranges, blues and greens, and with contrast hem and cuffs.
Etro Floral Intarsia Cardigan (here)

Welcome to third instalment of my new series: Summer Knitwear 2019!

In this series I look at the trends in summer knitwear this year and make pattern suggestions for knitters inspired to replicate these looks.

See here for an overview and links for the whole series.

In today’s post, the focus is on the widespread trend of intarsia colour-work.

For more intarsia inspiration and pattern suggestions, see Trending: picture knitting.

Knitting pictures

This Spring Summer season, intarsia colour-work designs were used to create a wide variety of effects and styles.

Plant images were widespread, from the simple sweep of leaves at Moncler to more traditional, pretty, floral designs at Alanui, as well as at Sonia Rykiel, Dolce and Gabbana and others shown below.

From left: Moncler Wool Cashmere Tropical Print Sweater (here), Alanui Oversized embroidered floral intarsia cashmere sweater (here).

Perhaps most striking, were the long cardigans at Etro (see top of page), Principles of Scotland, Alanui and others, which used richly coloured, complex intarsia motifs to form fabric reminiscent of tapestries.

From left, Haider Ackermann Intarsia Wool Paneled Cashmere and Silk Blend Cardigan (here), Pringle of Scotland Intarsia Cardigan (here).

Strongly contrasting, geometric and abstract images were also used to quite dramatic effect in knitwear at Sacai, Roksanda and Dior.

Clockwise from top left: Tom Browne Paneled Gingham Knitted Cardigan (here), Dior Kaléidiorscope Embroidered Cashmere Sweater (here), Sacai Pendleton Shell Trimmed Intarsia Cotton Blend Sweater (here).

A more playful mood was created at Prada and Thom Browne menswear, both designers creating sweaters with colourful, little whale motifs, while the former also featured fish and sail boats, while the latter upped the whimsy in their garden gnome cardigan. Similarly, Vivienne Westwood showed dramatic, dragon motifs, and Stella McCartney was inspired by the 1968 film Yellow Submarine, creating colourful intarsia designs including the face of John Lennon.

From left: Stella McCartney John Lennon Intarsia Knit Sweater (here), Prada Fish Jacquard Wool Blend Sweater (here).

Words were also widespread, from the expressions of love at Alberta Ferretti and Dolce and Gabbana, to the use of logos as prominent decoration at Gucci, Dior, Isabel Marant, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Valentino and Kenzo.

Clockwise, from top left: Isabel Marant Étoile Korbin logo intarsia sweater (here), Dolce and Gabbana Love Intarsia Cashmere Sweater (here), Alberta Ferretti Love is Love Sweater (here). 

Knitting inspiration 

From left: Koko Blouse by shinysuperhero (here), Rosa Cardigan by Jody Long (here)

Clockwise from top left: Sunfish by Martin Storey, photo copyright © 2019 MEZ Crafts UK Ltd. from (here), The Love Cardigan by Becky Dodman (here), Amalia Cardigan by shinysuperhero (here).

From left: 259-19 Lang Yarns Canapa by LangYarns Switzerland (here), Truth or Consequences by Renate Kamm (here).

From left: Tsumiki Cardigan by Kiyomi Burgin (here), Lady of the Lake by Kaffe Fassett, photo copyright 2018 MEZ Crafts UK Ltd (here).


Over to you

What do you think of the intarsia trend? Do you enjoy knitting intarsia-or is it one of those techniques that you’ve found too intimidating to try?

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