It wasn’t so very long ago that big boxy tops were in vogue and the coolest hairdo around was the mullet. Remember the eighties– the decade of music videos with popular dance moves like Moonwalk and the Electric Slide? A fashion flashback is never a bad thing especially if it breathes new life into knitwear. By shifting the focus off a well-contoured silhouette, a great new lineup of easy breezy styles are taking shape.
Katia has declared ‘Open Season’ on knitwear for spring and summer, with a dazzling array of tunics, tees, shells, vests, ponchos, and cardigans. Not only is the shaping minimal (look at all these slash necks and wide sleeves) and the construction easier than a two piece puzzle, the basic square shape works as a blank canvas for adding dramatic openwork with elongated knit stitches and crocheted gridwork.
Tahiti Spray Cropped Top
First up for ‘Open Season’ from Katia– celebrating the long-awaited return of cotton ribbon yarns that twirl and twist in matte and shiny finishes is Tahiti Spray, in eight fun speckled prints that rival the brightest tropical hues. Capturing the look of the season, laidback, airy, with minimal shaping, this sporty cropped top will appeal to all ages. Colour no. 103 (shown above).
Some days we all go a little bit sideways, so why not think outside the box and swing your needles in a new direction. The quintessential lightweight tunic is designed with panels of delicate latticework, bordered by slim cables. The longer length and side vents make this style well-suited as a cool and comfortable layer over leggings and capris. Knit in Silk-Cotton, a 50/50 natural fibre mix premiering this month in Katia’s Spring/Summer Collection. Rose (shown above).
Tahiti Beach Suntop
Let your fringes do the talking with this cool casual suntop knit in Tahiti Beach, a fabulous cotton ribbon dyed in ten stripey hues reflecting the vibe of summertime. Colour no. 306 (shown above).
One square plus one square equals a sweet summery shell for layering over tanks and camis, knit in the simplest of lace patterns. Knit in Lido. Colour no. 75 (shown above).
Big Alabama Tee and Alabama Poncho Top
A breezy duet in lavender, showcasing the simple boxy shape that is ultra fashionable this season. From left to right, in Big Alabama, a (well-ventilated) crocheted square-shaped Tee (FREE pattern here) and in Alabama, a side-to-side poncho top knit in two complimentary shades. Royal Purple (shown on left). Purple and Rose (shown on right).
Tahiti Beach Tee
On the crest of a tidal wave, ribbon yarns are quickly filling store shelves. Cast on with big needles to knit this cap sleeve tee which will take no time at all to work up in easy garter stitch creatively peppered with wrap over stitches. Knit in Tahiti Beach, a chunky cotton ribbon now available in ten bold space-dyed shades. Colour no. 304 (shown above).
All eyes will be on this one, shimmering with a hint of elegance, this ‘wear-anywhere’ top is knit in basic stocking stitch with crocheted gridwork. Look for newcomer- Lido, a matte cotton tape embellished with a shiny cocoon-like casing, available in ten shades including a soft silvery hue (shown above).
Blues Tee Top
Denim blues rank high on the trend list for the warmer days ahead, and this casual Tee Top looks like a winner in a combination of elongated stitches across the yoke and solid pattern detail across the bodice, creating a lovely contrast in texture yet oh so simply done. Knit in Blues, a cotton tape yarn glossed over with a shiny viscose finish to catch the light. Colour no. 66 (shown above).
Linear openwork highlights the shoulders on this trendy slash hem tunic while the unusual texture in the yarn produces a subtle sheerness on the back and front. Look for this slubby yarn to tempt your needles- Creta, a new quality in the S/S Katia Collection. Tobacco (shown above).
This fettuccine-style yarn when knitted on large needles produces an unique tumble of open and airy texture without the need for a complicated lace pattern. Topping off the coming season, this pretty capelet is knit in the all-new Salsa, a semi-transparent ribbon yarn in a blend of cotton/acrylic in eight splashy prints. Colour no. 64 (shown above).