When retailers switch out heavy winter fabrics and dense colors for spring's lighter fashions and decor, many of this year's offerings will feature elements of see-through materials, including the classic look of crochet.
This traditional form of needlework is a big part of spring 2012. Looks include sheer overlays, eyelet accents and loose, floating knits.
This old-fashioned weave is made modern when used in new and interesting ways.
A sexy Jessica Simpson swimsuit gains texture and interest with the addition of crochet along the bandeau top and hipster bikini bottom. A Burberry Prorsum spring coat made of a futuristic shiny nylon-linen blend gets an exotic air from a colorful crochet trim accented with wood beads.
To accessorize spring wardrobes, look for shoes with a mix of materials. T-strap sandals from Hinge, for instance, are made a little more eye-catching with 5-inch chunky heels and a crochet overlay. And instead of the usual plain cotton scarf, think of adding a gossamer-thin crochet cover-up from Echo Design in a vibrant hue.
Design House Stockholm transforms the classic look of crochet by applying it to its thoroughly modern "Carrie" bicycle baskets and shoppers.
Made of plastic, these fun designs feature crochet-inspired cutouts, and a handy polyester strap for easy carrying. Colors include a fresh green in addition to black and white.