Is It Sweater Weather, Yet?!
Winter weather in Colorado is consistently inconsistent—my coworkers and I have been patiently waiting for true sweater weather to arrive, and so far we’ve had no luck. Over Thanksgiving weekend, daytime temperatures remained firmly in the 60s with clear blue sunny skies. Drat. I have yet to wear a handknitted sweater for an entire day without having to remove that top layer by late afternoon. Adding insult to injury, the Winter 2018 issue of Interweave Knits is chock-full of warm, chill-chasing, sweater-weather-worthy knits, and it’s taunting me. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again—I’m a selfish editor. Do I choose designs based on what I think people of different shapes, sizes, ages, and genders will want to knit? Yes. Do I also choose designs based on what I want in my own closet? Yes.
Now that December has finally brought sweater weather to Colorado (despite some aggravating anomalous days still in the 60s), my desire to knit a chic, cozy, classic has grown. As I look through the pages of Interweave Knits Winter 2018 one more time, I now unveil the designs I chose for my selfish self.
White Mountain Ruana by Linda Marveng, in Shibui Knits Maai
This is my ultimate “sweater weather” sweater for Winter 2018—it’s oversized, ridiculously soft (thank you, Shibui Maai!), and easy to knit with beautiful finishing details. Our lovely model Elle called this her airplane-travel sweater, and was reluctant to leave the sample behind at the end of the day. Perhaps one day soon I will have the White Mountain Ruana as an airplane sweater of my own.
Klondike Pullover by Mary Anne Benedetto, in Ístex Álafosslopi (distributed by Berroco)
You may already have noticed that I’m a little obsessed with cables. Although this issue of Interweave Knits focuses on colorwork and circular yokes, I had to sneak in a few cable-rich sweaters to round out the collection. This is a sweater-weather project that means business—it’s made in traditional Lopi yarn and features modern, twisted knot cables over wide ribbing. When I make this sweater, I’ll make it a little longer (tunic length) to wear with fleece leggings and my warmest boots.
Whitehorse Pullover by Danielle Chalson, in Cascade Yarns Boliviana Bulky
The Whitehorse Pullover is my après ski fantasy sweater. Too bad I don’t ski . . . yet. But I can sit in a ski chalet with a glass of whiskey and my knitting, looking mighty cute in this sweater. This sweater is a quick, simple knit with beautiful finishing details that give it a refined look. Another pipe-dream fantasy is making a white sweater, but knowing me, I’ll probably choose gray or black. I’m a creature of a habit. Luckily, Cascade Yarns has a wide range of neutrals and colors to choose from at an affordable price.
What are your favorite sweaters from this issue? Anything you’re pining to wear now that real winter sweater weather has finally arrived? Let me know in the comments.
Meghan Babin, editor