Rhinebeck 2019: Are You Ready?
It’s almost here: New York State Sheep and Wool Festival 2019, the most woolyful time of the year! Yarnies often refer to this simply as “Rhinebeck.” It is one of the largest wool and fiber events in the country. This mix of agricultural fair and yarn expo is a fun event for everyone. You can pet a sheep, check out indie dyers, learn how to crochet, and listen to a talk about various sheep breeds. And, of course, you can hang out with fiber folk from around the world. It’s a knitter’s dream come to life.
One of the great traditions of Rhinebeck is the Rhinebeck sweater. October can be a bit chilly, so knitters make sweaters to debut at the festival. Some people even coordinate and make the same pattern as a bunch of other people, making for fun group photos. Even those of us who can’t get to New York can make a “virtual Rhinebeck sweater”; I plan to make a new sweater for watching people’s videos and looking at photos from the event. It’s so great to see all the colorful and clever pullovers and cardigans that people have made!
If you haven’t started on your Rhinebeck sweater yet, there’s still time to cast on! Here are five bulky sweaters that you can finish before they open the fairground gates.
For some reason, cables evoke autumn more than any other technique. This pullover has a cable panel up the front and back that’s just interesting enough to keep you going, and the funnel neck has a drawstring to help keep you warm on those frosty October mornings.
Looking for something simple? This snuggly cardigan has an allover texture pattern for some quick knitting. The oversized pockets and cuffed sleeves will keep your hands warm as you wait in line for some hot apple cider.
Just because the weather is cooler doesn’t mean that lace season is over! With a bulky yarn, even lace will keep you toasty. In a soft alpaca yarn, this pullover is a dream for wandering the sheep barns and snacking on artichokes French.
Sometimes, all you want to knit is stockinette stitch in the round. This sweater is just that. Other than a little bit of corrugated ribbing at the neck and hems to add interest, this sweater is pure knitting-in-the-round goodness.
This cardigan has loads of intarsia to feed your need for colorwork, but the simple, geometric design is easy to memorize. This sweater also has a super-cozy cocoon shape; the back hem dips down to help keep your tushy warm.
Whichever sweater you make, be sure to post your photo to Instagram and tag it with #rhinebecksweater, so we can all admire your Rhinebeck sweater!