Knits Winter is Coming: Sweater Pattern Sneak Peak

We at Interweave Knits are getting ready to roll out the Winter issue preview for you all next week. I personally think this issue will be a memorable one, with stories that focus on updated Aran and gansey sweater patterns as well as colorwork projects.

There is a sweater from Knits Winter that I totally fell in love with, and I am so excited about it I am not waiting for the preview to be up and running to show you! The cowichan-style Hawkherst Sweater is a part of the colorwork story, and it is the stuff that cozy winter dreams are made of.

Amanda Bell Hawkerst Sweater

Hawkherst Sweater, Amanda Bell

I haven’t done many colorwork projects in my knitting career, and have very minimal experience with stranded colorwork knitting. Since this sweater has a main color with just two accent colors, and just a few chunks of colorwork, I thought it would be a good starting point for me. Hawkerst is knit in Cascade Ecological Wool and Eco+, a bulky 100% wool with amazing yardage (478/skein) that comes in 19 natural colorways and 59 colorfully dyed choices.

I am missing a classic gray sweater from my wardrobe, so I decided on Tarnish for my main color (the one shown above is Mocha). Green is my favorite color—all types of greens, to (not) be precise—but I haven’t knit any green sweaters because I want to expand my color horizons. This sweater is a great chance for my love of green to shine as an accent color. So I selected Pineneedle to replace the Merlot, and Beige for the other neutral accent.


Would you just look at those yards?! (And Louisa’s pretty rug.)

Notice the giant cake with the baby cake on top—these skeins are so big I had to wind one skein into multiple cakes.

This yarn works up so quickly, I have made ten inches of progress in just a few days.



A closer look

I am so excited to get to wear this sweater this winter. I plan on updating you on my progress as the sweater comes along, and I’ve been posting photos on Instagram under @bakeybunz. If you are looking for a sweater pattern that has some colorwork, but not an overwhelming amount, join me! Use the hashtag #Hawkherst on social media so we can easily look at everyone’s projects!

Stay tuned next week for the unveiling of the full Knits Winter preview, which you will be able to find here when it is live.

Happy colorwork sweater knitting,
Hannah Signature

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