For obvious woolly related reasons, I’m a big fan of winter, but after we had an unusually warm couple of days last weekend I realised how ready I am for spring. It was so nice to feel the warm breeze in my hair instead of having it tangled up in a scarf. (Yes, I know I’m calling 16°C ‘warm,’ but it was, it really was! ?) We’re probably going to have to wait a few weeks for the spring weather to return in earnest, but I’ve already started to slowly put away my woollens and bring out my cotton and linen knits.
I designed Verso with spring in mind – it’s slightly cropped, loose and breezy, and with the elbow-length sleeves and knit in a DK weight, it will be great for milder, not-quite-summer-yet days.
The inspiration came from the basic white t-shirt, and thinking about how to add interest to a simple top while keeping it minimal and clean. It’s knit seamlessly from the top down, and the sleeves are picked up from the armhole with the sleeve caps shaped with short rows.
The pleats are assembled with crochet, which is stronger and sturdier than just sewing them in place. I made a fully illustrated step-by-step tutorial of the assembly, which was really fun to draw up as well.
Verso is knit in The Fibre Co.’s Luma, a blend of wool, cotton, linen and silk, which knits up to a fabric with a great weight and drape. I do recommend steam pressing the folded pleats if possible, and Luma takes very well to that as well.
This design is part of The Fibre Co.’s Yarn Support Programme for independent designers. I think their support of indie designers is brilliant and inspiring, and I’m so honoured that my design was chosen for the programme. The pattern is currently available exclusively at WEBS.