A Tale of Two Sweaters

It's September, and while not technically fall yet—that comes on September 22nd—I always consider it fall when kids go back to school.

Fall means knitting, too: new projects, new patterns, new yarn. I've picked two sweaters from our new book November Knits by Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn that really say "fall" to me.

According to Kate and Courtney, "Classic, comfortable, practical, elegant, and understated. These are just a few words that come to mind when we think of our favorite knitwear. The title November Knits evokes the essence of fall and early winter—a time for friends and family to come together and celebrate."

And now here are the sweaters!

Burdock Cardigan by Maura Kirk

This cardigan is inspired by the last green fields turn to fallow; those that are often home to a wide variety of wildflowers, brambles, and thistles that add to the kaleidoscope of colors.

The combination of simplicity and elegance-with careful attention to detail—make this sweater an easy layering piece. Hitting just at the hips, the fitted silhouette and open fronts flatter the figure.

A stylish alternative to a favorite sweatshirt, this sweater can also be dressed up with the addition of a wide belt at the waist.

Trefoil Cardigan by Gudrun Johnston

Trefoil is an updated version of the familiar yoked sweater of the 1970s. This design has waist shaping and a lower neckline, creating a more feminine and modern look.

The addition of pockets allows casual practicality; the contrast lining adds an unexpected pop of color. The Fair Isle patterning at the yoke is a subtler rendition of the typically large (and often garish) motifs of the past.

As this is knitted in 100% Shetland wool, steeks are easily incorporated that allow the body to be worked in the round and then cut without fear of raveling.

This cardigan is perfect to throw over a T-shirt and jeans on a crisp fall day!

Aren't these beautiful sweaters? I think they're both perfect for fall or winter—even early spring, which is when I would probably get one of them done.

Pre-order your copy of November Knits (or download the eBook now) to get these two knitted sweater patterns, plus much, much more!


P.S. Which of these sweaters do you like best and why? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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