As everyone knows, the best time to start knitting for colder temperatures is summer. Now that the days are growing shorter and we're in the midst of July, we've bundled up the dress forms and mannequins in the shop in woolens. (The air conditioning in the shop is lovely says the shop owner who does not have such luxuries in her own home and relishes the opportunity to throw on a cardigan while typing away blog posts and social media captions in the comfort of her air conditioned office.)
If you haven't had a chance to work with Hudson + West's Forge or Weld, these patterns are sure to inspire you to give them a try. Hudson + West is dedicated to bringing innovative American-made yarns to the handknitting market, along with modern and wearable designs that highlight those yarns’ best qualities. Forge and Weld are made from the same beautifully heathered blend of Corriedale and Merino fleece, sourced from the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico and New York’s Hudson Valley. The wool is then spun at Battenkill Valley Fibers in Greenwich, New York and dyed at Caledonian Dyeworks in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Kim Livingston and her family have been dyeing yarns and textiles since 1911.
The sweater above is the Amelia, knit in Forge, colorway Red Feather. This pullover is made from the bottom up in pieces, seamed, then the sleeves are picked up at the arm- holes and worked from the top down. The pattern is written for 41 1/2 - 71 3/4" finished chest circumference measurements.
Saven is an updated twist on the classic New England-style cabled Fisherman’s pullover. Drawing inspiration from the silver screen, this unisex design is based on the moth-eaten cabled sweater worn by Ransom Drysdale in the film Knives Out. Knit in Forge, colorway Fawn, the sweater is designed for 34 - 70" finished chest circumference measurements.
Prefer knitting in fingering weight yarn? The Ari turtleneck sweater may be the sweater for you. This top down, in the round raglan, worked seamlessly features gorgeous cabled sleeves. Knit in Weld, colorway Charcoal, this pullover is designed for 38 - 66 1/2" finished chest circumference measurements.
Not a sweater knitter but want to try out this beautiful yarn? The Archer blanket-scarf is cozy as all get out. Featuring a gorgeous openwork motif that creates a squishy, leaf-like allover pattern the sample is knit using 5 skeins of Forge in colorway Tobacco.