Ready-To-Knit: hessnatur's Winter Sweaters

Originally, the title of this post was “Knit the Look” and then I was like, wait, where have I read that? I went over to Fringe Association, and yes, I was right: Karen Templer’s category of ready-to-wear garments that you could easily knit yourself is called like that.

So, meet “Ready-To-Knit” (To cheesy? I don’t care.) - a loose instalment of RTW clothes that catch my eye that you could also knit yourself.

Starting with hessnatur’s winter catalogue and these four fabulous sweaters!

For everyone who’s not familiar with them: hessnatur is one of Germany’s leading fair fashion brands. They’ve been around since 1976 and while their start was with children’s clothes, they now produce garment and accessory collections for the entirely family alongside shoes, bags and homeware. They’re incredibly transparent about their production processes and one of the brands I always feel good about buying from. Meaning: If you love any of these sweaters and don’t have the time to knit them, you can be confident and comfortable in ordering them directly from them.

The Colorwork Pullover

I love the color combination on this gorgeous yoked sweater: I’d never thought to combine a warm beige with this dark berry tone and a heathered dusty pink, but it looks amazing!

While it’s not the exact same colorwork motif, I think you could easily take the zig-zag chart from the bottom and cuff of the Whinfell Sweater by Jennifer Steingass and apply it to the yoke - or even just leave out the middle part of the yoke and replace it with another row of double zig-zags!

I would want to make this in a yarn that’s a little less rustic than what you’d normally use for colorwork - something like Ulysse from De Rerum Natura, possibly with Poivre et Sel as the main color along with Confiture or Bois de Rose and Argile as the contrast colors.

The Turtleneck Pullover

I’m normally not a fan of turtlenecks, but something about the combination of a close-fitting turtleneck, the subtle elegant slip stitch lines down the yoke and the reverse stockinette body has me swooning.

Combining the stitch pattern of the Carvia cardigan by Marie Amelie with the fit and neckline of the Mélanie pullover by Marzena Kolaczek would be super doable and yield a very similar result to the RTW sweater if you work everything in reverse stockinette.

Blacker Yarns’ Jacob in either Graphite or Basalt would lead to the subtle (or not so subtle, in the case of Graphite) marl of the original.

The Cardigan

Two things I love about this cardigan: The body is knit sideways which gives the fabric just enough interest, and the collar. I’m thinking the collar must have been knit to twice the width and then sewn down on the inside (similar to Karen Templer’s favorite neckband technique) which makes the fit perfect and gives a normally floppy collar just enough stability.

So - I have to admit, I almost broke Ravelry when I was looking for a pattern to pair this with. Is it possible that such a simple shape, knit sideways, with a shawl collar does not exist? The closest I could come to was the Dandelion Meadow cardigan by Andrea Sanchez which sadly doesn’t seem to be available anymore.

If any of you has a clue as to a similar pattern, I’d love to get to know about it in the comments below!

I think this would look beautiful knit with two strands - a fingering or sportweight, paired with a bit of mohair. Moel View Yarn’s Veld base in Hibiscus & Cutch possibly paired with their undyed Welsh Mule?

The Hiking Pullover

Now, I named this “The Hiking Pullover” because it’s exactly what I would want to wear during an adventure out in the mountains, but really, what it is is a colorwork sweater with the colorwork extending beyond the yoke to just under the bust. I’ve never seen it done this way and I think it looks SO cool!

The Eldfell pullover by Bridget Pupillo has a similar vibe to it - you’d just need to extend the colorwork a bit lower and possible knit a few more rows on the neckband, and you’d have a similar look.

And what better yarn to use for a hiking pullover than Lett Lopi? They have the most beautiful shades of greys and blacks and whites, so you wouldn’t go wrong with any of your color choices.