Get Ready for Sweater Weather with 450 Sweater Patterns to Knit

Ahh, fall. That time of pumpkin spice lattes and boots and changing leaves. You know, if you live in one of those places where those things happen. Fall is late to Colorado this year and I am cranky about it.

One of the best things about fall, though, is the ensuing sweater weather. As I mentioned in my editor’s note for Knitscene Winter, I am a sweater knitting enthusiast. (“Enthusiast” might be taking it lightly.) And one of the reasons I look forward to sweater weather with great excitement is fall fiber festival time. Specifically, I’m super stoked for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, also known as Rhinebeck (from the town in which the festival is held). Every third Saturday and Sunday of October, knitters from around North America descend on this small town along the Hudson River to delight in (and buy en masse) wooly wares. Some buy fleece; some stick to single skeins; some giddily purchase enough yarn from smaller, local vendors to knit future Rhinebeck sweaters. I fall into the latter two categories—that I haven’t yet knit either of the sweaters for which I purchased yarn last year is a minor detail.

 


Knitters and donuts and goats, oh my! (Thanks to Bristol Ivy and Amy Christoffers for letting me use this photo!)

 

In some circles, the ritual known as “knitting your Rhinebeck Sweater” is a time honored gauntlet, thrown down at the beginning of September (or whenever you remember that October is fast approaching). The definition of the Rhinebeck Sweater varies from knitting circle to knitting circle—in some regions, it’s simply a knitted sweater produced in that year that hasn’t really had its debut; in others, the Rhinebeck Sweater is a sweater knit specifically for the event and kept under wraps until its official unveiling at the festival. Personally, I fall into the “I’m wearing a sweater I knit sometime this year” camp. I’ve got two options: my Nevelson Pullover from New American Knits, or my East Neuk Hoodie from Knitscene Fall (…okay I may still have to knit the front edging and elbow pads but I’ve got plenty of time, or so I keep telling myself).

No matter the school of thought, or the festival in which one attends, the same underlying thought pervades the hours leading up to the day of the festival—OMG AM I GOING TO FINISH THIS SWEATER IN TIME?

(Sewing buttons onto one’s knitting at the last minute, in the parking lot, is not unheard of, and indeed, considered a badge of honor in some parts.)

Whether you’re going to Rhinebeck, or another fall fiber festival, or just looking to knit your first sweater, we’ve created the perfect sweater pattern bundle for you.

Ann Budd’s Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns (in eBook form) is a must-have resource for sweater knitting. You can literally knit any kind of sweater with this book. Drop-shoulder sweater patterns? Check. Set-in sleeve patterns? Check. Raglan and seamless yoke sweater patterns? Check. Oh and did I mention Ann’s written instructions for both kid’s sweaters and adult sweaters? The book is laid out in a “recipe” style, meaning whatever your gauge might be (because you totally swatched and know your gauge, right? Right.), you can knit a sweater for that gauge. It even tells you the approximate yardage! Three stitches to the inch in a super bulky yarn? For a modified drop shoulder child’s sweater, you’ll need about 270–550 yards. And if you can’t be bothered to follow the knitting pattern recipe at this time, don’t worry—there are “copy cat” patterns listed in every chapter that are in the familiar Interweave pattern style, so you can just choose one of those and go.
The Handy Book of Knitting Patterns is a one-stop resource for all things sweater knitting pattern, but if you’re looking for quick and easy seamless knitting patterns, look no further than the Knitscene Easy Seamless Sweaters to Knit with 5 Favorite Raglan Patterns eBook. I chose five sweater patterns to knit that are the easiest of easy—perfect for beginning knitters to take their first steps and knit their first sweater. The beauty of seamless knitting patterns is that you don’t have to worry about the knitting finishing techniques that sometimes overwhelm knitters—especially when we’re under a deadline. Featuring five popular knitted sweater patterns in heavier yarns, this eBook is great for those of us who are maybe in denial about how quickly fall is approaching. (It’s been in the 80s in Colorado this week, fall must be ages away!)
While you’re working up a seamless sweater, why not pick up some extra knitting techniques for seamless sweaters with Kristen TenDyke’s Finish-Free Knitting Techniques video? Kristen shows you how to make your sweaters without worrying about your mattress stitch skills—even if they’re sweater patterns with set-in sleeves! In sixty-five minutes, you’ll learn invaluable tips to make your sweaters with as little sewing as possible. Included in the download is the pattern for the Blooming Forest Pullover designed by Kristen.

There are literally more than 450 sweater patterns to knit in this bundle. Four. Hundred. Fifty. Even if you’re a knitter who can turn out a sweater a month, even at a finer gauge, that’s thirty-seven years’ worth of sweater patterns in this one bundle. What are you waiting for? Buy your Fall Sweater Pattern Bundle now! These sweaters do not knit themselves! Believe me. I’ve asked.

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