What the Heck Is a Blanket Sweater?

What springs to mind when you hear the phrase “blanket sweater”? The first time I heard the term, I assumed it referred to something like a Snuggie. After a Google search, though, I found that it’s open to interpretation—especially in the knitting community. What I’ve happily discovered is a blanket sweater (pullover or cardigan) is just an oversized garment usually featuring extra fabric or exaggerated details to create an enveloping, uber-cozy cocoon.

If you take a peek into my closet, you’ll find several sweaters and cardigans that qualify as a “blanket sweater.” As it turns out, blanket sweaters are currently my preferred type of knitting, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. They have a few interesting design details to keep my mind engaged, but for the most part it’s a straightforward knit perfect for Netflix, audiobooks, and pub knitting with friends.

Let’s take a look at a few of my favorite “blanket sweater” designs from this past year. I’m eager to knit them for myself, and perhaps they will inspire a few of you to cast on, too!

Topanga Canyon Cardigan by Veronîk Avery

Source: Wool Studio Vol. II
Yarn: Jo Sharp Silkroad Tweed Aran, distributed by Kingfisher Yarn & Fibre

When I heard the term “blanket sweater,” the Topanga Canyon Cardigan by Veronik Avery was the first design I thought of—a waterfall style cardigan with long front panels that either float free or are wrapped up and held closed for warmth and comfort.

This cardigan is a standout from the Wool Studio Vol. II collection. It’s made in super soft but rustic-looking Jo Sharp Silkroad Tweed Aran, which mak it perfect for comfortable, all-day wear.

Straightaway Cardigan by Mone Dråger

Source: Interweave Knits Spring 2018
Yarn: The Fibre Co. Arranmore Light

The Straightaway Cardigan is at the top of my “must knit” queue—the moment I saw the sketch for this design, I knew it belonged in the pile of oversized sweaters on the top shelf of my closet.

This unisex cardigan qualifies as a blanket sweater for several reasons: its exaggerated length, its squishy Fisherman’s rib texture, and its no-buttons, no-fuss, open front. The Fibre Co’s Arranmore Light is a DK weight, springy tweed with a touch of cashmere for a luxurious feel.

White Mountain Ruana by Linda Marveng

Source: Interweave Knits Winter 2018
Yarn: Shibui Knits Maai

The White Mountain Ruana is my ultimate blanket sweater—it’s basically a blanket with sleeves with enough shaping and design detail to look chic. It’s the perfect trendy-but-actually-pajamas disguise for a comfort-seeker like me.

This ruana features Shibui Maai, a lofty, cushy baby alpaca chainette available in a wide array of colors. I plan to make mine in an expected but very wearable shade of gray or black. I’m leaning toward Tar. What do you think?

What’s your favorite Interweave blanket sweater? Do you like knitting and wearing them?

Or are you over the oversized trend?

I know I am not.

Wrap yourself in knitted love,

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