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Amy’s Thread: Back-to-School Cardigan

The beginning of August is the dog days of summer for most, but for me it’s time to start planning for my back-to-school fall wardrobe.

The back-to-school sweater is the staple sweater you wear everyday, with everything, like a uniform. These are relatively easy knits (or crochets!) – projects that make for good summer take-along knitting. Start them now and you’ll be ready with a new sweater when the first frost comes in the fall.

Watson, a recent free pattern from KnitBits pictured above,  is an all-seasons transitional sweater. Knit in Berroco Modern Cotton, it has a classic crew neck with a little gansey inspired texture for interest. Modern Cotton has a cool, crisp hand and a nice weight, so it will keep you comfortable without making you too warm.

Montgomery, from booklet #361 Berroco Briza, is a favorite from the fall collection. This one is knit in Briza, one of our new yarns for Fall 2015. It’s a simple crew-neck cardigan that weighs practically nothing due to the innovative construction of the yarn.

Alyssum, also from a recent KnitBits, is a great example of a not-so-basic basic cardigan. Knit in Folio, a lightweight trans-seasonal yarn, it is a good, wear-with-everyting, transitional piece. It’s a relaxing knit you can take along to the beach or picnic, and you’ll be done in no time since this one knits up at easy 5 stitches to the inch.

Mayflower, from booklet #367 Berroco Home, is a crochet cardi worked in Cosma. I’ve always struggled a little with finding the right balance of drape and body for crochet sweaters, but Cosma solves that problem for me. This is a comfortable everyday sweater, with a little sweet openwork at the cuffs and an incredibly versatile deep v-neck.

What will be your fall uniform?

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