Anyone else do that thing where you have this colossal list of knitting patterns? Like, you know you won’t be able to do all of them, even though you’ve convinced yourself that you have superpowers and you could “probably” finish 12 sweaters by Christmas. I swear, every year I tell myself I will not be that person and every year…I’m that person.
Anyway, I thought I’d share with you all some knitting patterns I’ve been loving recently for the cooler weather. I’m including patterns for all types of knitters (from beginner to advanced). So, even if this is your first go at knitting, you can find something to love this season!
- Whistler Cardigan: This is the one I’m working on right now! I’m using “spotted beige” (main color), “wine” (large angular block), and “light pink” (bottom stripe) as my colors. It’s knit up really beautifully and is a fast knit for anyone looking to quickly add something to their wardrobe this season! I’ll be doing a review very soon. Technically, this is “intermediate” level, but WAK writes out their instructions in a way for beginners to understand. Just take it slow if you’re new to color switches!
- Palmer Cardigan: This is another one I’m currently working on because I think I have 8 arms? I’m knitting using the Palette yarn from KnitPicks in “Finnley Heather”. This one is taking longer to knit than I anticipated, but I think that’s because of the gauge, not because it’s challenging. I’m really excited to wear this one around! It’s going to be great for those fall/winter days where it will be warmer during the day, especially when it nears spring and it starts to heat up a bit more in the mornings/evenings. This is definitely a piece that I would love to make in a ton of colors because it’s so versatile!
- Plaid Afghan: I mean, who can honestly resist plaid during the fall/winter months? This pattern is on my “want” list and has been for awhile. I’d definitely be making the bigger size. Since it’s made in bulky weight yarn, it’d probably knit up ridiculously fast. This would make an excellent Christmas gift for someone!
- Beanstalk Throw: I actually have the pattern for this, but I can’t decide the color. It’s meant to be Celtic-inspired, but I’m not completely sold on the green. I think if I were to make it, it’d be in a classic white. For those of you who haven’t worked with cables before, just be sure to really follow that chart. It’s a repeat pattern, so, once you get it down, you can cruise along.
- Laura Shawl/Scarf: I’ve already done a review on this one here. As I mentioned with throw above, this one is also a repeat pattern, so it’s pretty easy to cruise along with this one as well. I made it using the worsted wool from KnitPicks. It says “shawl”, but I actually like wearing it as an incredibly cozy scarf. If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, you’ll want to make this!
- Harry Potter Scarf: A little something everyone from beginners to advanced knitters can appreciate 🙂 I’ve made this pattern before and it goes really fast. Plus, it’s free! The only thing I would change is I think I would do 85-90 stitches across instead of 100, or if I did the full 100 stitches across, I’d make it a bit longer.
- Gesture Sweater: Vince actually has a sweater out that looks like this, but it’s 3x the price! Part of the reason I love knitting is that you can make so many great pieces that look very similar to the designer ones coming out for a fraction of the cost. This is another pattern that has been on my “want” list for awhile, but I haven’t had a chance to get to it!
- Zermatt Cardigan: Okay, since we did a cozy sweater, I feel like a big, cozy cardigan is a must. Honestly, I think this one can be substituted for a coat in some ways. Having worked with WAK designs, this would definitely be another pattern that you can get and knit up super fast for this season if you’re feeling a bit impatient!
- Woodsmoke Patterns: So, the “Beanstalk Throw” actually comes from this collection. I decided to buy the whole pattern book because I love cables and I think there are so many great patterns in here. Another pattern book I’d highly recommend is Celtic Journey. I think this “Woodsmoke” one is a fresh take on the “Celtic” one, but I’ve used both and think both are great!