Designer Crochet: Missoni’s Signature Zig-Zags and Beyond
by Hannah Ege
Missoni was founded in 1958 as a small knitwear shop based in Gallarate, Italy and run by Ottavio and Rosita Missoni. It wasn’t until 1958 that the label launched its first collection in Milan. Missoni has gone through numerous changes, both within the structure of the company and lead designers, and also on their retail practices across the decades.
It is very rare for a major fashion brand to be known specifically for knitting, but that’s exactly what Missoni managed to do. Rosita and Ottavio Missoni met at the London Olympics in 1948, married, and opened a small knitting workshop in 1953.
Five years after that, they sold their first collection. By the early 1980s, they added a men’s line and home decor collection. The label was taken over by their daughter Angela in 1998, while their granddaughter, Margherita, is a Missoni model and designer.
The signature Missoni style incorporates tons of color and pattern, frequently features chevron-style zig-zag designs, and is rooted in knitwear with some crochet.
Current Missoni Crochet Pieces
With many different retailers selling their collections, Missoni always has some knit and crochet wear out regardless of the season. Here are some of Missoni's crochet pieces that are currently available.
Missoni does many classic and timeless pieces as well, such as this beautiful black cardigain design. With the subtle zig-zag crocheted into the design, this cardigan is a great neutral layer of warmth to add to any look.
You can see crochet being used throughout the entirety of the Spring 2022 collection to create beautiful pieces that are all about showing off skin. From the crochet top that just covers the breasts to a full length sheet crochet coverup, the hook certainly had quite a feature in this collection.
Crochet Inspired By Missoni
Naturally, Missoni has inspired so many crochet and knitting patterns from creatives around the world. From the iconic zig-zag stripes to the intricate stitch work, there are so many beautiful Missoni inspired looks out there to pay tribute to this fashion icon.
We've gathered a few here to inspire your next project!
This stunning cardigain is not only intricately beautiful, but pays tribute to all the things that make Missoni so iconic. The pattern is still available for purchasing and is certainly worth the hefty price tag.