Norah’s Knits: Wearable Stripes
When it comes to wearing stripes, people often have strong opinions. I’ve ventured into this territory before and been met with mixed results. Still, I believe in Rayures, the horizontal striped piece I designed in Ultra Alpaca a few years back. Perhaps it was a bold move to photograph it on a bust size 14 model, but that was the point. I wanted to design a striped sweater that I could wear too.
Check out the alternate colorways picked for their low contrast, which I find to be more flattering. This pattern could easily be knit for summer in Berroco Fuji or Weekend, just replace the big cowl neck with and inch of k2/p2 rib.
Stripes are a really strong trend for summer these days. So strong that it’s hard to ignore. To address this, Amanda and I designed an entire book with stripes as the theme.
Blackstrake, another striped pullover, is included in that booklet. I think a lot of folks can enjoy wearing if they keep the color contrast low. During one of my yarn shop visits someone suggested striping only the yoke portion and leaving out the bigger stripes for a fuller figured woman. If you’re still not comfortable sporting this many horizontal stripes in a pullover, we’ve worked out several ways to get stripes into your wardrobe in a more subtle way.
Try a striped cowl or scarf:
How do you feel about striped knitting patterns and wearing stripes?