By Natalie Deem
It’s coming up on us faster than we think, shorter days, cool evenings, a little chill to the air. The kids will be back to school, and before you know it, the neighborhoods will be plastered with red foliage and pumpkins! Fall may seem like a long way off while we boil in this summer’s heat but, consider this; there are only 16 more weekends until Christmas (at the time this post was written; maybe there are less now)! It’s time to start thinking about those fall knitting projects now so, you can show them off when the air and the leaves are crisp! Here are the hot trends for knitting and crochet this fall…
As we’ve been seeing in previous seasons, sweaters are a necessity; they’re warm, cozy, can be easy to fit, and often take less time to make than expected. Sweaters are rarely monotonous projects as there is always shaping to be done or, some detail to knit up that keeps a knitter’s/crocheter’s interest. We’ve seen some beautiful sweater patterns in the fall issues of our favorite knitting and crochet magazines at the shop; these issues are flying off the shelves! It’s the right time to start your sweater.
The ‘Ashes’ cardigan, to the left, uses worsted weight, Woolstock yarn from Blue Sky Fibers. Natalie and Genevra can’t say enough good things about this yummy wool yarn! It feel the way a good wool should. This cardigan pattern incorporates a richly textured brioche stitch; great for those nights when you don’t want to think too much about your pattern, but don’t want to fall asleep, either!
The ‘Kimono-Style Cardigan’ is new from Vogue Knitting’s Early Fall 2017 issue. This cardigan is knitted using light fingering weight yarn although, a lace weight could work well, too… we have some lovely Manos Del Uruguay ‘Marina’ that would knit up beautifully…
‘Beach Hoodie’ is a crocheted pullover from Interweave Crochet’s Spring 2016 issue. The pattern is now available online through the Interweave website. Using a fingering weight yarn, this pullover crochets into a mid-weight garment that will take the edge off of those cool, fall evenings, but with its short sleeves, it won’t leave you feeling too warm and encumbered. https://www.interweave.com/store/beach-hoodie
Has this post piqued your interest in knitting a beautiful sweater for fall? Stop by the shop, and we’ll help you find all the yarn, needles and notions you’ll need to get knitting!