Lace Kimono Beach Cover-Up by KT Baldassaro
Knit with Feza Yarn’s Alp Natural, this Lace Kimono Beach Cover-up by KT Baldassaro combines an easy lace pattern with a fun, functional garment for summer. Wear it on the beach or throw it on over your tank top and you’ll turn heads!
Lace is appearing in just about every swim catalogue being sent out this year. Beach cover-ups have gone from over-sized Men’s t-shirts (that say something about the heat and whether or not you should be in the kitchen) to alluring and flattering knit/crocheted tops. The choice of knitting a beach cover-up makes a lot of sense. Firstly, because we’re always racking our brains for good summer-wear projects. Secondly, because knitted lace (when done in the appropriate fibre) breaths well and allows the wearer to feel “covered” while still showing off bits of skin–and that not-so-cheap swimsuit you bought!
So with all this in mind, I designed this Lace Kimono Beach Cover-up (pictured left). Don’t be frightened by the fact that it’s a full garment and not some small neck-wrap. It’s got a simple and flattering shape that allows for easy working of the very friendly Oblique Lace stitch, which is simply an alternating series of yarn-overs and K2togs. The vertical line of a high contrast colour yarn at the front of the piece not only gives it a bit of pop, but acts as an additional body flattering design element, because all good beach wear should have some! I chose Alp Natural by Feza Yarns for this design because it’s a variegated, hand-tied yarn that uses natural fibres. This is crucial for a garment you intend to wear out in the heat and the sun. You also get the best of everything to work with. Mixtures of linen, cotton, viscose, and silk all come together to create a fun and easy change in your lace work without you needing to change it yourself.
Give it a try this summer; knit some lace. You may find yourself getting looks at the beach for more than just your sunburn.
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