Cables, tweed, and then more cables, I say! Wool Studio Vol. III: The Michele Wang Collection is full of beautiful, modern designs that toe the line between feminine and masculine—we call it the “menswear for her” collection. And what would a menswear-inspired collection be without cables, tweed, and a bit of playful styling?
We lucked out; turns out you all feel the same way. The Ravelry results are in for Wool Studio Vol. III, and the top 3 designs feature everything we love about knitting and Wool Studio: cables and tweed with a modern twist. Let’s take a look at the winners:
1. James Cardigan
Yarn Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed, distributed by Kingfisher Yarn & Fibre
I’ve written about the James Cardigan before, and I’ll write about again today. This long, cabled cardigan features unexpected, untraditional cables and is made in a sturdy-but-soft Aran-weight tweed. This cardigan is at the top of my knitting queue, and it has remained my personal favorite since I first opened Michele’s sketch and swatch. It goes with dresses, pants, casual and business attire, and looks comfortable enough to wear all weekend long. The James Cardigan needs to join my knitwear collection ASAP.
2. Charles Pullover
Yarn The Fibre Co. Arranmore, distributed by Kelbourne Woolens
Immediately after the release of Wool Studio Vol. III, Karen Templar blogged on Fringe Association about her love for the “mildly mannish cables” of the Charles Pullover and the James Cardigan. The Charles Pullover tops her list, and I understand why, as it’s also very close to the top of my knitting list as well. Everything about this pullover is appealing: the Aran-weight, soft tweed yarn, the easy stockinette stitch expanses, the oversized fit, the cozy cowl neck, and the stonework-look cables that run up the sleeves and saddle shoulder. As I am a tunic lover, I plan on making this pullover a bit longer for myself to cover my bum on cold days.
3. Frederick Cardigan
Yarn Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted
The professorial Frederick Cardigan is the only garment in our top three that doesn’t showcase a tweed yarn, but it makes up for it with ample, interlocking cables throughout the body. We styled this cardigan with menswear in mind, but I also imagine this cardigan over a dress or even a blouse with billowy pants to balance the feminine and masculine for a sleek, modern look.
What are your favorites from Wool Studio Vol. III: The Michele Wang Collection? Are they listed above, or did another piece catch your eye? Let me know!
With love, cables, and tweed,