Sheer Spring

‘Sheer’ as in ‘nearly.’

‘Sheer’ as in ‘diaphanous’ (no one tell me I do not make an effort with the English language) also.

Diaphanous is big this year – especially for Spring and Summer. It is not new, the sheer, see through fabrics usually turn up around this time of year, yet I find some or other new idea that I feel drawn to.

Pictures courtesy of

These two sweaters are just an example – there are so many possibilities for us knitters to get inspired.

I will admit that knitting a sweater like that is usually a bit of work, since you want to use a fairly thin yarn on slightly larger needles than you would use normally – but the effect is worth the effort.

Lets face it: There is rarely a summer knit I feel comfortable wearing without a tee or a cami underneath, this way I make at least the most of it.

You might be surprised how much pops up by just entering ‘sheer’ into the pattern search on ravelry. However, you can just look at all the designs and imagine them in a thinner yarn that would make them light, airy and summery.  Here are some of my front runners:

The Silken Straw Summer Sweater by Purl Soho. Picture form here. Think Habu Tsumugi Silk, for a special kick Silk Stainless held together with the Fine Merino or Handmaiden Lino (which is available in store, and we just got new stock!).

Yes, I know, this one (Sweet Jane) does not look diaphanous. It is knit up at a gauge of 25 sts with a fingering weight. Now imagine this knit up with Handmaiden Lino, a fantastic linen/silk mix in a lace weight and there you go! Picture from here.


Yes, indeed. This is one of our newer store samples, the Taiyo Linier Top in Shibui Linen and Silk Cloud. I tried it on and quite like it! Imagine it also in Quince Sparrow, Shibui Twig or Classic Elite Firefly. At a gauge of 18 stitches this one knits up in almost a flash!

One designer who has this look down to a tee is one of our all time favourites: Cocoknits. Check it out and pick your shoo-ins!

Now, wasn’t this inspiring and ‘sheer entertainment’?

Happy knitting, as ever!

– Mona


2 thoughts on “Sheer Spring

  1. ech258 says:

    Hi Mona, I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog posts. It’s clear that you put a lot of effort into finding relevant and interesting things to discuss. When I get an email alert about a new blog post, I stop what I’m doing and read it right away (sssh! Don’t tell my boss.).

    I was planning on knitting the Double Take T with 2 colours of Habu but have changed my mind and now, I think I’d prefer making something like the Taiyo Linier Top or the Veronika-2 with it. Do you think that would work? I’d have to figure out how to work it in 2 colours though…

    Anyway, thanks so much for blogging and stimulating our imaginations!

    Erica Hebel

    Date: Thu, 2 Apr 2015 18:10:41 +0000 To:

    • Mona says:

      Hello Erica,

      Thank you! I do appreciate your comments and love to hear from my readers.’

      If you are talking about the Habu Wrapped Merino, that is indeed suitable for the Veronika (we have a store sample in this exact yarn) – however, are you sure you have enough? The Linier Top is knit at a much looser gauge, I encourage you to swatch the yarn in the adequate gauge to see if you like it!


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