How to Survive Women’s Winter

Ah summer, the season where everywhere is slightly uncomfortable. Without a body of water or some breezy shade to sit in, outside is just a tad too warm and every building has somehow turned into a meat locker. This special time is often referred to as Women’s Winter.

Us at the office this summer. via GIPHY

Don’t get me wrong; I love summer, the greenery, picnics, camping, and sunshine. And it’s objectively the best season for my wardrobe, but when I dress for the heat it spells trouble for the office.


If you work at a place kind enough to allow personal space heaters, I salute you with my half-frozen fingers. Sadly, the majority of us are not allowed such luxuries. So I’ve come to a simple solution, I’ll knit my way out of this problem.

An office warmer is a beloved and special item that comes in many forms. But I’m very picky about what makes my perfect office warmer.

The Necessities for a Women’s Winter Project

– Easy to take on-and-off (for that rogue heat pocket that travels around)
– Won’t restrict my arms (for comfortable computer work)
– Stylish (I don’t want to look unprofessional at work)
– Won’t take forever to knit (I needed this weeks ago)

With these guidelines set, I’ve compiled a short list of great projects that are quick, stylish, and comfortable so we can finally work comfortably, Elsa style.



Be prepared for Women's Winter!

1. Rodin Cardigan by Michele Wang

I’m such a sucker for a bulky-yarn sweater. Perfect for layering, the Rodin Cardigan makes a stunning office accessory and it’s quick to knit.

DIFFICULTY Intermediate
FINISHED SIZE 20 (22, 23¼, 24¾, 26)” back width. Cardigan shown measures 22″ on model with 34½” bust.
YARN Brooklyn Tweed Quarry (100% wool; 200 yd [183 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): moonstone, 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) skeins.
NEEDLES Size 11 (8 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); cable needle (cn); stitch holders; tapestry needle.
GAUGE 12 sts and 19 rows = 4″ in garter st.


The Indigo Trader Cardigan is the perfect armor against Women's Winter.

2. Indigo Trader Cardigan by Vanessa Ewing

I love this cardigan; it’s beautiful, unique, and inspired by the colors and weavings of the Southwest.

DIFFICULTY Intermediate
FINISHED SIZE 39 (43¼, 47½, 51¾, 56)” bust circumference, buttoned. Cardigan shown measures 39″; modeled with 7″ of positive ease.
YARN Harrisville Designs Turbine (100% pure virgin wool; 110 yd [101 m]/3½ oz
[100 g]): #901 birch bark (light gray; MC), 8 (9, 10, 11, 13) skeins; #919 canal (dark blue; CC1) and #951 gatehouse (dark brown; CC2), 1 skein each.
NEEDLES Size 11 (8 mm): 32″ circular (cir) and set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); waste yarn for provisional CO; size J/10 (6 mm) crochet hook; stitch holders; tapestry needle; five 2″ x ¾” toggle buttons.
GAUGE 9 sts and 15 rows = 4″ in rev St st.


3. Logan Mitts by Rachel Leggett

I made these originally to keep my fingers warm while knitting and watching hockey but they are also great for the office.

FINISHED SIZE 6¾ (7, 7½, 8)” palm circumference and 6¾ (6¾, 7½, 7½)” tall. Mitts shown measure 7″.
YARN Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Merino (100% superwash merino wool; 220 yd [201 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #27 charcoal, 1 ball.
NEEDLES Size 5 (3.75 mm): set of double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); waste yarn to be used as a stitch holder; tapestry needle.
GAUGE 18 sts and 44 rnds = 4″ in Honeycomb Brioche st.


4. Yukon River Stockings by Cheryl Toy

I know what you’re thinking, STOCKINGS?! But hear me out, what better way to warm you legs when you’re wearing shorts or a dress?

DIFFICULTY Intermediate
FINISHED SIZE 8 (8½, 9¼)” foot circumference; 8¾ (9½, 10½)” long from back of heel to tip of toe; 11½ (12, 12½)” leg circumference at top, relaxed; 26½ (28½, 30½)” leg height. Stockings shown measure 8½ “.
YARN Wendy Traditional Aran (100% British wool; 159 yd [145 m]/3½ oz [100 g]): #180 cream, 6 (6, 7) skeins. Yarn distributed by Thomas B. Ramsden & Co.
NEEDLES Sizes 6 (4 mm) and 7 (4.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); removable m; cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.
GAUGE 20 sts and 28 rnds = 4″ in St st on larger needles.


5. Flette Blanket by Lisa Jacobs

A list like this wouldn’t be complete without a sweet little blanket like this. It’s the perfect project to knit at work because it can keep you warm while you make it!

FINISHED SIZE 39″ wide and 60″ long.
YARN Bernat Roving (80% acrylic, 20% wool; 120 yd [110 m]/3.5 oz [100 g]): putty, 12 skeins.
NEEDLES Size 15 (10 mm): 40″ circular (cir). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); cable needle (cn); tapestry needle.
GAUGE 15.5 sts and 14 rows = 4″ in patt; 13 sts of Braid chart = 3.5″ wide.

Now let’s get to knitting so we can finally work comfortably. We’ve got work to do and important deadlines to meet!


Happy knitting,


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One Comment

  1. Anonymous at 8:36 pm July 24, 2018

    I suffer from Raynaud’s Syndrome, so my fingers don’t just get cold, they hurt like frost bite and I’ve lost feeling in my nerves. Those suffering from Diabetic neuropathy will understand. I work in a hospital lab, so it’s usually 65-70 degrees, year round. We can’t have space heaters – against regulations. So, I have started wearing fingerless mitts. Synthetic yarn doesn’t work. Has to be wool, wool mix, or some other natural fiber, like silk, alpaca, yak, etc. I’ve taken to buying undyed yarn and dyeing it myself. I find great satisfaction in that. Then knit some quick mitts and I’m so much more comfortable!

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