5 Classic and Cozy Sweaters for Him (and Her Too!)
Menswear is my thing—I love the structure, the restraint, the tailoring, the little details. And it is quite a treat to see a handsome fella wearing a beautiful handknitted sweater. Several years ago, I started designing menswear as a new challenge and found myself becoming more obsessed. Luckily, I had several willing friends who tolerated trying on half-made sweaters and my odd questions.
After finishing several sweaters, I noticed a trend that told me a design was a slam dunk: the first words out of a guy’s mouth were “it doesn’t itch” or “it’s soft” or “it’s comfortable.” That first reaction was inevitably followed by “I’d wear this. Can I have it?” This trend has continued to this day. When a new menswear sample arrives, I poke my nose into the office of an unsuspecting guy and ask for a quick modeling session (they are usually flattered). I know we’ve got a winner when said guy pulls on a sweater and I hear the tried-and-true “it doesn’t itch!”
Over the last two years, menswear has become a keystone in Interweave Knits, which perhaps is a bit selfish on my part. But men want and need knitwear, and a lot of them like knitting too! Not to mention, menswear is unisex. It takes only a few (if any) adjustments to make a man’s sweater work for anybody. With that in mind, we’ve compiled 5 fan-favorite menswear designs from the last several years.
Sebastian’s Cardigan by Irina Anikeeva
Interweave Knits Summer 2017, in Plymouth Yarn Homestead
Westerly Pullover by Moira Engel
Interweave Knits Spring 2017, in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter
Limerick Henley by Mary Anne Benedetto
Interweave Knits Winter 2017, in Dale Garn Eco Wool
distributed by Mango Moon
Donegal Sweater by Moria Engel
Interweave Knits Winter 2017, in The Fibre Co. Arranmore,
distributed by Kelbourne Woolens
Cotswold Henley by Meghan Babin
Interweave Knits Fall 2015, in Briggs & Little Regal
What are your favorite menswear designs? We want to know!
Meghan Babin, Editor