Celebrate Sweater Season: 7 Timeless Fall Knitting Patterns
Interweave Knits has always strived to publish knitting patterns that defy the fleeting styles of the moment, that become timeless classics to be knitted and worn for years, even decades, and that never go out of style. As the weather cools this season, we revisit a handful of classic fall knitting patterns we’ve published over the years that fit within this paradigm. Four women’s garments, a men’s sweater, and two shawls create this curated pattern collection; seven perfect fall projects to choose from. Which one will you finally knit this fall?
1. Carrot Cardigan by Hannah Fettig
Since renamed the Autumnal Cardigan by the designer on Ravelry, this cardigan was first published in an early issue of knitscene, and has withstood the test of time and trend. The designer profile on Hannah Fettig in this issue highlighted the simple stitches, fiber choices, and construction of her design aesthetic, which shows through in this cardigan. The pattern’s basic stitches paired with an angora-blend yarn are what make it simple yet luxurious, doable for a beginner and enjoyable for an expert.
2. Cobblestone Pullover by Jared Flood
A true classic from one of the greats of this industry, the Cobblestone Pullover is an iconic men’s sweater designed by the creator of Brooklyn Tweed yarn. Publishing was prior to the creation of his first yarn line, Shelter, yet Flood chose a tweedy wool yarn typical of his designs. Were you to sub with Shelter today (the original pattern yarn has since been discontinued), you’d have a plethora of beautiful colors to choose from, and the fabric is so velvety, there’d be no complaints of itchiness.
3. Cornhusk Pullover by Ágnes Kutas-Keresztes
This sweater reminds me of my first month working at Interweave, in the fall of 2013, after this particular issue had come out. I was still new to garment-knitting, and my knowledge of the types of patterns that existed was limited. Seeing this sweater awakened an awareness of what is possible to create with the skill of knitting. The pattern combines a two-color gradient yarn with an eyelet-and-cable stitch pattern to create a striped piece with a classic, wearable silhouette and an interesting, beautiful fabric.
4. Every Way Wrap by Okmin Park
Wait. . . is that a vest or a sweater? Y’all, it’s both! This rectangle becomes whatever you need it to, thanks to the placement of the buttons. Wrap it like a scarf or shawl, or button it up to wear as a cozy shawl-collar vest. The traditional cable pattern never tires, and creates a thick fabric perfect for cooler weather. You can wear this project as a garment or accessory in a number of different settings, such as a dressy event, or cozied up in your living room.
5. Merging Ripples Shawl by Kyoko Nakayoshi
Shawls and short-rows are always in, no doubt about it. The Merging Ripples Shawl is an exploration in color and short-rows, with alternating colors “rippling” back and forth across the shawl. The half-circular shape makes it possible to style over-the-shoulders or around the neck with ease. Adjust this to your personal style with color: use bright, contrasting colors for a pop, or more subtle, matched tones you can wear with everything you own.
6. Nora’s Sweater by Pamela Powers
As we approach the release of the Interweave Knits Winter 2019 issue, we can look back ten years to Winter 2009 and find classic sweaters that could easily be in one of today’s issues. The cover project, Nora’s Sweater, is a higher-level project that delights again and again. If you like cables, lace, pleats, and a drapey, flowy fabric, this is your project. The silhouette leans on the feminine side, and is perfect to wear to special events.
7. Strafford Tee by Amy Christoffers
No fall collection would be complete without a lighter-weight top, as the beginning of the season always seems a bit confused, temperature-wise. The Strafford Tee by the brilliant Amy Christoffers is a great fall (or spring!) layering piece. The lack of sleeves, upper body-panel lace, and hemp and cotton-blend yarn, allows you to wear this under an open cardigan or jacket, and keeps you a little cooler on warm days.
Fall is always a wonderful time to be reinvigorated by the craft of knitting. As the temperatures cool and the days get shorter, we naturally find ourselves reaching for our WIPs and casting on more often. What are you going to knit this fall?
Happy fall knitting,