Smart Knits for Fall: Collegiate-Level Cables

Although I graduated from college over a decade ago this time of year always makes me nostalgic for back-to-school time. With that shift in season and mindset comes sharp new pencils, ruled notebooks, the smell of textbooks and erasers, and a blank chalkboard for a fresh start. That sense of nostalgia inspired our Harvard Square story in the new issue of Interweave Knits Fall 2018, full of designs inspired by the old Ivy League campuses, and historic liberal arts and women’s colleges of the Northeast.

Much like the start of a new school year the fall issue of Interweave Knits represents the beginning of a new knitting year. It’s the time when our knitting needles come out of hibernation after the summer and the thought of casting-on a new cabled sweater project becomes an obsession. Luckily, this issue of Knits is all about knitted cables and widely appealing wardrobe staples. There is something in this issue for every woman and man, so let’s take a look at some of these smart knitted cables to bring out your inner collegiate or professor.


The Oxford Street Pullover by Anne Jones

There’s nothing like a good tweed and cables sweater to kickoff sweater season, and there is no yarn I can personally think of more appropriate than Brooklyn Tweed’s Shelter. I’m a sucker for woolen-spun yarn, and there are very few woolen-spun mills left in the States, so I cherish any project made in this soft and unique wool. This bright, sophisticated green turtleneck will keep you or your undergrad warm reading late into the night.

Mt. Auburn Cardigan by Irina Anikeeva

She’s done it again! Irina Anikeeva menswear continues to stun; the Mt. Auburn Cardigan’s cabled-filled appeal has this at the top of my “must knit” list this fall. Again, my personal love of woolen-spun yarn strikes again; Harrisville Designs WATERshed comes in a range of New England inspired colors and gives a lovely loft to the fabric. Don’t forget the leather buttons (and a pair of sharp glasses) to complete this professorial look.

Massachusetts Ave Pullover by Hanna Maciejewska

Cascading, argyle-esque cables, simple and precise finishing had me smitten for the Massachusetts Ave Pullover. This pullover is the perfect balance between fun cables and simple knitting making it an ideal advanced-beginner project. What else had me smitten? Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok. And NO, this isn’t a woolen-spun yarn, but it’s really close. I learned something new today about spinning and it turns out there is a Middle Earth in fiber drafting that exists between worsted and woolen spun and it’s called semi-spun. My colleague over in Interweave spinning world sent me a helpful link, after I spent fifteen minutes staring at the fibers in confusion.

And those are just the first three cable-filled sweater gracing the pages of Interweave Knits Fall 2018. Pick up your issue and find the cable project you’ve been pining for all summer. It’s sweater season!

With love,
Meghan Babin


Find more cables for fall in Interweave Knits Fall 2018