Style Glossary: Marled Knits
Marled knits are typically always in style, but have been particularly popular this holiday and S/S seasons. Marled sweaters and cotton garments are made with marled yarn. Marling is the process of twisting strands of different colored yarn together, forming a thicker, multi-colored strand of yarn. There is no specific maximum or minimum number of yarns to use.
The result can be either a gradated effect, high contrast, or just enough to give the knit some texture. You can buy marled yarn pre-spun, or spin it yourself. You can also buy fabrics like marled cotton, which is just made from marled cotton yarn. I'd say if you're a serious knitter this might be more of an applicable hobby, but for those of us who'd rather just spend our hard earned bucks paying someone else to do these laborious tasks, marled knits are available everywhere. As with any other knit, they're a bit more prominent in the colder seasons, but it seems to be a trend that doesn't really go out of style.
Marled knits can be found on the runways of Michael Kors, Jason Wu and BCBG and in stores everywhere this spring. Not only does a nice marled piece add some texture to an outfit, it adds a bit of dimension and interest. It's an easy and reliable way to update a drab office outfit, or add some comfort to your party wear. Of course, it's always a great idea for lounging by a fire in pajamas all day eating ice cream and binge watching Netflix (no judgement here...). Here are some of my faves available now.
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