Sweater Knitting Patterns: Favorites from 20 Years of Knits
Interweave Knits is 20 years old! Can you believe it? Knits was the first knitting magazine I discovered, and I fell in love with it. I got a subscription immediately, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every issue. When I got my first issue, Pam Allen was the editor, and I loved her classic style. Eunny Jang followed Pam, and her approach was wonderful, too, bringing technical knitting know-how and high-fashion looks to the magazine. Lisa Shroyer added her touch after Eunny, with her fantastic colorwork and a lifetime of knitting knowledge to the magazine.
Now Meghan Babin is at the helm, and she’s steering Knits in a wonderful direction, full of cozy cables and classic silhouettes, always with a nod towards style.
I asked our team of editors to choose a project from Knits that really stood out to them. Here they are to share some of their favorite sweater knitting patterns.
Meghan’s Choice: Dickinson Pullover
My favorite design from Interweave Knits is the Dickinson Pullover by Kathy Zimmerman from Interweave Knits Fall 2007. This issue premiere at the dawn of my knitting life and pushed me to become a better knitter. I instantly fell in love with many patterns in the issue, including the Cobblestone Sweater by Jared Flood, the Tangled Yoke Cardigan by Eunny Jang, the Tyrolean Stockings by Ann Budd, but most of all, the gorgeous cables of the Dickinson Pullover.
Very soon after receiving the Fall 2007 issue, I went to my LYS and purchased yarn far out of my price range. I swatched carefully, cast-on gleefully, and began knitting my first real sweater. It was magical, and what made it so magical was that I was doing something I had never done before and doing it without fear.
Interweave Knits has made me the knitter I am today and I owe much to this publication that has fostered me from a fledgling knitter all the way to editor of Interweave Knits.
Spoked Cardigan by Carol Feller
Kathleen asked for one favorite pattern, which was a tall order for me. I’ve read Interweave Knits since its earliest days, and many designs stand out in my memory. I literally remember where I was when I saw the first issue—in a yarn shop in Santa Barbara, California, pretending I didn’t have a dissertation to write.
One project does stand out, however, because I’ve made it before and I’m about to make it again. Carol Feller’s Spoked Cardigan (from Weekend Knits, 2011) marked my first adventure with self-striping yarns. Since I wanted the color sequence to be consistent, this sweater gave me the chance to experience balls wound backwards, starting and stopping at the underarms and shoulders to keep the stripes lined up, and so on.
My first version turned out well—I still get compliments on it, five years later. But it’s pilled badly and the neckline has stretched out of shape. I plan to reknit it in a new colorway as a pullover. This endeavor will challenge me to match row gauge (which I usually fudge or skip completely) and to devise a new engineering plan. I expect to get even more compliments if I can pull this off.
—Deb Gerish, Editor, Love of Knitting
The Harding Cardigan by Linda Marveng
Picking only one favorite from 20 years of Interweave Knits sweater knitting patterns is no easy task. I took my first knitting class at a local yarn shop with my mom when I was about eight or nine—right about when Knits got its start! I’ve admired the magazine and the beautiful clothing you can make from it for most of my life; every issue gets better and better.
My favorite Knits pattern right now has to be the Harding Cardigan designed by Linda Marveng from Interweave Knits Summer 2016. I haven’t had the chance to make it yet, but come fall, it will be the first thing I cast on! It is perfect for wearing around the Interweave offices and it reminds me of the Colorado mountains.
I love the Harding Cardigan—cooler temperatures can’t come soon enough!
—Sara Dudek, Assistant Editor, knitscene
Verchères Pullover by Heather Zoppetti
It’s a tough question to answer, but one of my favorite Interweave Knits sweater knitting patterns HAS to be the Verchères Pullover by Heather Zoppetti, the cover project from Knits Winter 2014. It’s a henley-style sweater with a short column of buttons at the base of the neck, and it’s knit in a beautiful allover textured pattern.
This was my very first Interweave photo shoot, and I had so much fun watching the whole process come together. I love the sweater because it’s knit with Lorna’s Laces Sportmate, which is made with wool and Outlast, a viscose material with thermal properties that regulates temperature.
I also love the rust color of the sample in the issue. When the sample was still in the office, I tried it on and it fit so well and was so comfortable and soft. Naturally, I want to knit one for myself in green!
—Hannah Baker, Editor, knitscene
The Caftan Pullover by Norah Gaughan
I knit the Caftan Pullover several years ago, as part of a Knitting Daily knit-along, and the pattern remains one of my favorites. We all had so much fun making this gorgeous top together. It was really helpful to have others to bounce ideas off of, because a few of us made some modifications to the pattern.
I didn’t always want to have to wear a tee under my Caftan, so I sewed up the front almost all the way. I also left off the buttons on the points of the cables, and added an I-cord edging to the neckline.
I admire Norah Gaughan so much. She has such a knack for combining cables, stitch patterns, and construction methods to come up with gorgeous and unique garments.
I wear my Caftan Pullover all the time, and I get so many compliments on it. I’m so looking forward to taking it out of the cupboard this fall, steaming it to freshen it up, and then wearing it all season.
—Kathleen Cubley, Editor, Knitting Daily
Hirst Pullover by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud
My very first issue I worked on at Interweave was the 20th anniversary edition, which was an awe-inspiring start.
My favorite pattern from this issue is the Hirst Pullover by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud. Though I’ll never have the courage to don those leather pants, I just adore this sweater. It’s perfect for any season (depending on the yarn you use) and it’s so stunning; it will turn any pair of jeans you thrown on into what I call the ever-elusive concept of an “outfit.”
I know when my knitting skills (and confidence) improve to the point of colorwork and full garments, this will be the very first thing I make.I hope you enjoy the Hirst Pullover as much as I do.
—Sarah Rothberg, Assistant Editor, Interweave Knits
As you can see, there are so many beautiful patterns that have graced the pages of Interweave Knits.
As we kick off the 20th anniversary of Knits with the Fall 2016 issue, you’ll see more new and classic patterns featured here, and lots of how-to articles and skills for you to add to your knitter’s toolkit.
I hope you’ll download one of these great patterns today, and don’t forget to put the the 20th Anniversary Issue in your shopping cart! See below to get a peek at the patterns in this issue.
P.S. What’s your favorite sweater knitting pattern from the last 20 years of Knits? Leave a comment below and share it with us!