Embrace Colorwork with Love of Knitting Winter

When I was a teenager, I had an amazing knitted colorwork sweater that I wore practically to rags. It had a white body with a wide band of bright Fair Isle colorwork across the chest, and it was warm, cozy, and perfect for cold winter days. It was also the first sweater I ever owned that made me wonder how it was made. How did they create that intricate Fair Isle pattern? How did they use so many colors, and how did they know which colors to use? It always amazed me.

Colorwork still amazes me, perhaps even more now that I’m a knitter. Creating those beautiful, complex-looking bands of color is a challenge my beginner skills aren’t quite up to, but I’m really looking forward to the day when they are. To me, colorwork patterns are some of the coolest things you can create with knitting, and I’m so glad that the technique never seems to go out of fashion—it will still be trendy when I’m ready to tackle it!

If you’re a colorwork lover like me, you definitely need to check out Love of Knitting Winter 2017—especially if you’re new to the technique. This issue features 4 simplified colorwork projects with varying amounts of colorwork, from a wide band across a whole cowl to small sections at the neckline, hem, and cuffs of a pullover. (It also includes some majorly adorable gingerbread people I really want to make.) Whether you just want to dip your toes into the colorwork pond or you’re ready to dive in head first, Love of Knitting has you covered. Read on to learn a little bit more about 3 of my favorite projects from the issue!

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Bohuslän Sweater

Take on big color with this oversized pullover! Bohus Stickning, a women’s cooperative from the Swedish province of Bohuslän, developed an iconic look for handknitted sweaters between 1939 and 1969. Their style included colorwork, sometimes with three or more colors in a row, dotted with purl bumps. The Bohuslän Sweater uses a chunky yarn and simplifies the knitting—you’ll only work with two colors at a time.


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Kattegatt Pullover

Colorwork bands at hem, cuffs, and collar set off this classic winter white pullover. This sweater, a feminine companion to the Sherwood Forest Pullover from Love of Knitting Fall 2017, offers a slimmer fit and wider neckband. Named for the shallow body of water between Denmark and southern Sweden that’s notoriously difficult to navigate (medieval sea captains called it “Cat Gate”), this pullover is a great way to try out colorwork if you’re new to the technique.


Spitsbergen Cowl

Norwegian stars twinkle around this cowl, changing from blue to green thanks to a variegated yarn. The cowl’s generous size will keep you warm even in the Arctic Circle.

I hope these projects have whet your colorwork appetite! If you need more of this classic-yet-trendy technique in your life, check out the issue for more projects.

Happy colorworking,

Feed Your Knitted Colorwork Jones

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