Kate Middleton gets to grips with cable knit

Kate Middleton gets to grip with cable knit

The Duchess of Cambridge might be able to afford her fair share of new designer clothes, however, with tried-and-tested classics she needn't splash out every time she leaves the house.

Last week Kate Middleton dug out one of her favourite looks, a cream cable knit Alexander McQueen dress, which she'd first worn a year ago.

With three-quarter sleeves and a pleated skirt, the sailor-style garment comes with a loose knotted tie down the front and navy edged detailing, giving it a cricket-esque vibe for the British monarch.

To give it a summery feel Kate paired it with her favourite nude heels, although a year earlier she drew attention to the blue edging with her stunning sapphire engagement ring and matching earrings.

As the Duchess has shown textured knits needn't be reserved for the winter months, as to create more seasonably appropriate clothing the choice of wool is easily the most important decision.

A lighter double knit yarn such as a soft cotton is comfortable when worn next to the skin and flexible enough to be made into an array of dresses and cardigans.

The Cotton Glace in Ecru is a wonderfully dry handle cotton yarn, which has been spun with a high twist, making it ideal for summer stitch textures.

Using this and the Nightshade blue tone, Kate Middleton's designer dress could act as the inspiration for your very own heritage knit summer dress, without the £1,100 price tag!

Originally from the 2006 collection, Kate has proved that the dress has a timeless appeal as she continues to crack it out for occasions ranging from a formal visit to North America to watching a spot of tennis with her husband, Prince William.

Alternatively, you can continue with the naval-themed look by changing the colour of the garment and instead taking inspiration from Sarah Jessica Parker who wore the dark blue version six years ago.

To give it that extra special hand-knit touch don't forget your cable needles as without them you're sure to come undone!

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