Designer Crochet: Missoni’s Signature Zig-Zags and Beyond

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.

Today, Missoni can be found at many large retailers such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdales, as well as on their online retail shop

More About Missoni

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.

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! 

Hannah Ege

A life long crocheter and knitter, Hannah is a creative person who enjoys designing their own patterns while having deep appreciation and love for timeless designs. Hannah's first official job was in a yarn store as a teenager and even now they regularly knit and crochet for friends and commissioned pieces. When not busy with fiber, Hannah enjoys all things coffee, reading, hiking and spending time with their kid.

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