The thing we love most about summer, is making memories that will last well through the sluggish days of winter. The more time spent outdoors the better, and this long weekend is the annual gateway to soaking up copious amounts of sunshine, breathing in gallons of fresh air, and that familiar tickling sensation of the grass beneath our toes.
Louisa Harding celebrates the onset of summer with her latest knitwear compilation, Anise, inspired by Britain’s largest outdoor music event, the Glastonbury Festival, a five day gathering dating back to the hippie culture of 1970 and drawing crowds of up to two hundred thousand every June. Amidst the laidback sounds of rock, reggae, pop, folk, soul and hip hop, this popular festival has influenced fashion with a true bohemian style that remains timeless.
Star Anise is the headlining act for this all-new collection by Louisa Harding. Anise features a medley of tempting designs knit in an airy cotton blend ribbon including this well-contoured marvel, entirely worked in the round, its a combo shawl-vest that takes shape gracefully mirroring the effect of butterfly wings. Cardamom and Pomegranate (shown above).
Two circular motifs knit from the center out create the back and front of this swingy boho chic top, Pilton, an encore version to the style above. Lovage (shown above).
Echoing the colour intensity of the deep blue sea, Acoustic begins with Louisa’s signature picot cast on and transitions from a wide scalloped panel to the laidback texture of reverse stocking stitch. Available in a three-quarter or sleeveless silhouette. Scallion (shown above).
This summery vest knits up at record speed on 7 mm needles and offers maximum versatility, as a cover up over tank tops, sundresses, or your most cherished concert t shirts. Simple panels of openwork break up the colour repitition. Also available in a lace-up cardigan style. Lovage (shown above).
As light as a summer breeze across an open meadow, Silver Hays takes centre stage and may just hang around for more than one outdoor music event to become your NFA (New Favorite Accessory). Choose between the full-size version or Louisa’s smaller two-ball project that knits into a trendy neck kerchief. Myrtle (shown above).
You may recall Ivy, Louisa’s leaf-edged poncho that caused quite a stir amongst knitters over this past winter. Bandstand is the summer equivalent, knit from side-to-side, with a flattering oversized fit in either a cropped length (as above) or a longer tunic length. Pomegranate (shown above).