Crochet lace makes summer comeback

Crochet lace makes summer comeback (Thinkstock)

While you probably won't want to be covering up in your woollen jumpers and scarves just yet, this doesn't mean you can't have fun with colourful yarns and make some summer clothing.

This season lace-look crochet details are proving particularly popular, as Brits return to classic styles and retro trends of decades gone by.

With the focus on all things royal, the original style icon of her age Queen Victoria was a fan of knitted and crocheted versions of lace.

This included both wearing these garments and making them too.

But you don't have to be a member of the aristocracy to try this look out for yourself.

Popular ways to wear crocheted lace include simple shift dresses with a cream cotton or silk slip sewn underneath, or layered high-necked vests for more of a chic, 60s feel.

Once you get the hang of it you could redesign simple strap tops and vests to feature capped or elbow-length crocheted sleeves or collars - giving your wardrobe a fantastic update for 2013.

A neat Peter Pan collar or placket edging can and new buttons can completely transform a standard blouse or top into something far more exciting and interesting - plus renovating your wardrobe could save you buying new clothes when you become bored with what's on your rails.

Stick to black and cream yarns for funky monochrome looks or choose brighter colours to liven up your look.

The summer months are an ideal time for layering - making designs like this beautiful slouch-style crochet shrug perfect.

Designed by Marie Wallin in Cotton Glace, this pattern is available now as a free project and looks fabulous in neutral colours such as beige, cream, sand, lemon yellow, charcoal or olive green.

Save it for yourself as a seasonal treat or make it as a gift for a loved one as a special present they are sure to value for years to come.

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