Cozy Sweaters and Sentimental Moods
Above, Clockwise: The Harvey Pullover & the Rodin Cardigan from Interweave Knits Fall 2016, the Sullivan Street Cardigan from Swans Island Co., the Diné Cardigan from Berroco, and the El Greco Pullover from Interweave Knits Fall 2016, .
My friends, this is a blog post about sweaters. Sweaters come in endless varieties, suitable for endless moods, personalities, seasons, and eras. They keep us preoccupied as knitters, and enrich our lives and those of the lucky recipients of our hand-made gifts. Completing a sweater is a major accomplishment, and wearing a hand-made sweater is cause for pride and celebration. But sweaters may also inspire quiet reflection.
It’s still warm outside in Maine, but as knitters we have to think ahead, and we have good reason to favor the cooler months. Lately I’ve been thinking of cozy sweaters in autumn hues. This season’s issue of Interweave Knits, which I’ve been gazing at daily on our front counter in the shop, is full of them. The soft neutral-toned cover is dreamy and suggestive of all the best warm and fuzzy things that I associate with knitting: soft fabrics that comfort like a hug, autumn leaves, a cup of tea, peace and contentment, time to sit and think. The photo styling reminds me that knitting is a luxury and a meditation. Wearing a cozy sweater, or better yet– knitting one, makes me feel awash with gratitude for the comforts my life affords me. It puts me at ease. It’s an opportunity to be relished. Even after awaiting the summer so eagerly, I find myself looking forward to fall. Everyone should have a cozy sweater.
What makes a sweater particularly cozy, though? There are some common themes: a little oversized rather than fitted, a somewhat heavy yarn in a soft fiber that feels good right against the skin, traditional shapes and textures with nostalgic suggestions, muted colors. But it’s up to you, of course. It might also be the stories that you knit into your work, or whatever style makes you feel good about yourself.
Above, see a few of my latest favorite autumn-themed cozy sweaters for women. Below, a few of my favorites for men and children.
Below, Clockwise: The Alec Pullover & the Daron Cardigan from Berroco, the Bear Lake Pullover from Interweave Knits Fall 2016, the Grove Pullover by Kate Oates, the Ana Sweater & the Wist Cardigan from Berroco.