Your 12 Favorite Winter Knitting Patterns from 2017
Interweave has released so many jam-packed issues this winter, it’s hard to even know where to start choosing a winter knitting pattern to cast on! If your knitting is in need of some inspiration this winter, check out these customer favorites from the pages of Interweave Knits, Wool Studio, knitscene, knit.wear, and Love of Knitting!
Based on your choices, knitters like you are craving elegant pullovers and playful accessories, meandering cables and intricate lace, and fun colorwork this season. Take a second to browse and savor these gorgeous designs. Which one will you be unable to resist?
Grand Forks Pullover by Cheryl Chow
The Grand Forks Pullover showcases a stranded colorwork circular yoke in neutral tones enlived by a pop of rich color. Corrugated ribbing at the hem and cuffs creates visual interest along with diamond motifs at the hip. Start this luxurious pullover this winter and treasure it for years to come!
Finished Size 30.25 (34.25, 37.75, 41.75, 45.25, 49.25, 53)” bust circumference.
Suggested Yarn Worsted-weight. Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair (40% Targhee wool, 30% wool, 30% mohair; 140 yd/2 oz).
Construction This pullover is worked in the round from the top down.
Ibex Valley Mittens by Cheryl Toy
These striking mittens feature pictorial stranded motifs of tiny plants under the snow that then “grow” above ground toward the sun. The knitted lining adds warmth and prevents fingers from snagging on colorwork strands. It’s worked in a rich red that calls to mind cozy flannel and glowing hearth fires.
Finished Size 7.5 (9.5)“ lining circumference and 10 (11)” long.
Suggested Yarn Fingering-weight. Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift (100% Shetland wool). Yarn distributed by Simply Shetland.
Construction These mittens are worked from the cuff up with stranded colorwork. The linings are worked separately, then joined to the mittens at the cuff with a Latvian braid.
Charles Pullover by Michele Wang
The Charles Pullover is a classic menswear-style sweater with a little twist—it features unconventional cables that run up the sleeves into a saddle shoulder. The intriguing, tweedy Arranmore yarn from The Fibre Co. is so soft that wearing this sweater next to the skin is a must.
Finished Size 34 (38.5, 42.5, 47, 51)“ bust circumference. Pullover shown measures 38.5”; modeled with 7.5” of positive ease.
Suggested Yarn The Fibre Co. Arranmore (80% merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% silk).
Construction This pullover is worked back and forth in pieces and seamed.
James Cardigan by Michele Wang
The James Cardigan is an unexpected, hip, and ultimately timeless winter knitting pattern suitable for all ages and body types. The luxurious tweed-blend yarn, unusual cables, and long silhouette allow for versatile and fun styling, while tailored construction keeps the oversized fit from swallowing you!
Finished Size 44 (47.5, 52, 56, 60.5)“ bust circumference. Cardigan shown measures 47.5”; modeled with 14.5” of positive ease.
Suggested Yarn Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed (85% wool, 10% silk, 5% cashmere).
Construction This cardigan is worked back and forth from the bottom up in pieces and seamed.
Tree Boughs & Trails Hat by Clare Lakewood
The Tree Boughs & Trails Hat is a modern take on traditional German twisted-stitch patterns. An unusual leaf pattern hints at branches and a clever cable variation suggests trails that meander through the woods. It’s the perfect hat to don for a day of winter play: warm, snug-fitting, and bright!
Finished Size 17 (18.5, 20)“ circumference and 9.25 (9.25, 10)” tall.
Suggested Yarn Worsted-weight. Stonehedge Fiber Mill Shepherd’s Wool Worsted (100% merino).
Construction This hat is worked in the round from the bottom up.
Woodland Lace Stole by Rebecca Blair
The Woodland Lace Stole is modeled after traditional Shetland-shawl schematics, including a provisional cast-on and a knitted-on edging all the way around, making for a satisfying finish. It’s a delightful challenge to occupy the mind this winter!
Finished Size 60.5” long and 27.5” wide.
Suggested Yarn Lace-weight. Jamieson’s Shetland Ultra (50% Shetland wool, 50% lambswool). Yarn distributed by Simply Shetland.
Construction This shawl is worked seamlessly in sections. The body of the shawl begins with a provisional cast-on, a central panel, and one border panel; the second border is worked in the opposite direction from the cast-on edge. The shawl is finished with a knitted-on edging.
Hansen Pullover by Cassie Castillo
An intriguing cable motif adorns the front of the Hansen Pullover like a necklace, with diamonds hanging from twisted strands. The cablework continues down the set-in sleeves. Topped with a cozy turtleneck, this pullover knitting pattern will make for a warm and stylish addition to your wardrobe.
Finished Size 36.25 (40.5, 43.75, 48, 52.25, 56.5)“ bust circumference.
Suggested Yarn Worsted-weight. Imperial Yarn Erin (100% wool).
Construction The body of this pullover is worked in the round from the bottom up, beginning with a back shirttail that is worked flat. Stitches for the bottom ribbing are picked up along the bottom edge and the ribbing is worked from the top down.
Janus Pullover by Irina Anikeeva
A stunning net of twisted cables lattice across front and back of the Janus Pullover. This pullover has a straight silhouette with substantial positive ease, making it the sweater you’ll reach for again and again, whether for the office, a night out, or simply sitting by the window with a good book.
Finished Size 36 (38.25, 40, 42.75, 45.25, 46.75)“ bust circumference.
Suggested Yarn Worsted-weight. Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok Worsted (100% fine highland wool).
Construction The body of this pullover is worked in the round to the underarm, then the upper front and back are worked separately back and forth. Stitches for the sleeves are picked up and the sleeves are worked in the round from the top down, with the sleeve cap shaped using short-rows.
Dejlig Sweater by Emily Ringelman
This youthful pullover is informed by the Scandinavian “hygge” lifestyle. External seams break up the stockinette fabric panels, providing visual interest and irresistible comfort against the skin. A cozy kanga pocket is perfect for warming the hands or keeping your phone nearby while you lounge.
Finished Size 33.5 (37, 41.5, 45.5, 49, 53)“ bust circumference.
Suggested Yarn Aran-weight. Woolfolk Tov (100% merino wool).
Construction This pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The back is worked from the top down. The front is worked from the bottom up, with a kangaroo pocket worked seamlessly with the front. The sleeves are worked from the top down in the round.
Bearly There Cap by Erica Schlueter
Great white bears and simple stranded colorwork snowflakes adorn the fun, trendy Bearly There Cap. The hat is worked in an alpaca/wool blend yarn, fitting closely to the head for maximum warmth. It’s the perfect winter knitting pattern to delight a teen or add a touch of whimsy to your own wardrobe.
Finished Size 21” circumference and 7.5” tall.
Suggested Yarn Bulky-weight. Classic Elite Yarns Blackthorn (50% superfine alpaca, 50% wool).
Construction This hat is worked in the round from the bottom up with stranded colorwork.
Yell Island Cowl by Sara Kucharik
An easy slip-stitch pattern highlights the colors and textures of two different Shibui Knits yarns in the Yell Island Cowl, allowing you to get the effect of colorwork without having to fuss with multiple colors at once. It’s a great quick knit you’ll be able to whip up and wear this winter!
Finished Size 48” circumference and 7” tall.
Suggested Yarn DK-weight. Shibui Knits Maai (70% super baby alpaca, 30% fine merino). Shibui Knits Rain (100% cotton).
Construction This cowl is worked in the round with slipped-stitch colorwork.
Tarfala Valley Shawl by Susanna IC
Even the simplest shawl can add style (and warmth) to an outfit. This crescent-shaped shawl features garter stitch in a variegated yarn and a dramatic lace border in a solid yarn. Muted tones ripple across this wrap just as they do across an alpine tundra or Swedish glacier, making this a great winter knitting pattern.
Finished Size 18” deep at the center and 70” long.
Suggested Yarn Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend (70% merino extrafine wool, 30% silk). Yarn distributed by Fairmount Fibers.
Construction This shawl is worked back and forth in rows from the top down.
There’s so much I want to knit this winter, and so little time! Which winter knitting pattern is your favorite this season? Let me know in the comments!
Yours in Stitches,