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A Tale of Two Sweaters

Sep 3, 2012

It's September, and while not technically fall yet—that comes on September 22nd—I always consider it fall when kids go back to school.

Fall means knitting, too: new projects, new patterns, new yarn. I've picked two sweaters from our new book November Knits by Courtney Kelley and Kate Gagnon Osborn that really say "fall" to me.

According to Kate and Courtney, "Classic, comfortable, practical, elegant, and understated. These are just a few words that come to mind when we think of our favorite knitwear. The title November Knits evokes the essence of fall and early winter—a time for friends and family to come together and celebrate."

And now here are the sweaters!

Burdock Cardigan by Maura Kirk

This cardigan is inspired by the last green fields turn to fallow; those that are often home to a wide variety of wildflowers, brambles, and thistles that add to the kaleidoscope of colors.

The combination of simplicity and elegance-with careful attention to detail—make this sweater an easy layering piece. Hitting just at the hips, the fitted silhouette and open fronts flatter the figure.

A stylish alternative to a favorite sweatshirt, this sweater can also be dressed up with the addition of a wide belt at the waist.

  
Trefoil Cardigan by Gudrun Johnston

Trefoil is an updated version of the familiar yoked sweater of the 1970s. This design has waist shaping and a lower neckline, creating a more feminine and modern look.

The addition of pockets allows casual practicality; the contrast lining adds an unexpected pop of color. The Fair Isle patterning at the yoke is a subtler rendition of the typically large (and often garish) motifs of the past.

As this is knitted in 100% Shetland wool, steeks are easily incorporated that allow the body to be worked in the round and then cut without fear of raveling.

This cardigan is perfect to throw over a T-shirt and jeans on a crisp fall day!

Aren't these beautiful sweaters? I think they're both perfect for fall or winter—even early spring, which is when I would probably get one of them done.

Pre-order your copy of November Knits (or download the eBook now) to get these two knitted sweater patterns, plus much, much more!

Cheers,

P.S. Which of these sweaters do you like best and why? Leave a comment below and let me know!


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Ilehlia wrote
on Sep 8, 2012 9:41 AM

I like the Burdock Cardigan.  I like the lines, and the texture contrast.  I like the way the neckline sweeps up to the back of the neck - I find that flattering, feminine and slimming.  For my personal taste, the neckline of the fair isle cardigan is too low, and I would feel chilled and drafty around the top of my shoulders. (I don't have long hair like the model anymore.)  I think you could add closures to the front of the Burdock sweater, like those clasps that are like buckles.  I also agree with someone below who said it could substitute for a blazer, with more personality.  It would look classy with a dressy blouse and straight skirt.

Lyndel2 wrote
on Sep 8, 2012 8:46 AM

I Like the Trefoll cardi because I love fairisle, and I like pockets and buttons. Just more comfy to my taste.

MSueM wrote
on Sep 8, 2012 8:09 AM

'Like best'?  Well I like and admire the trefoil cardigan, but would be too intimidated to knit the yoke...and I'm not sure it's my style to wear.  I like the burdock cardigan as a definitely possible sweater to knit, but I generally prefer a front closure of some type.  I agree that the green is a lovely color.

janibrat wrote
on Sep 8, 2012 12:31 AM

Love the green sweater, it's simple, yet elegant and classic.  Lovely color, makes me smile!

Grandmad wrote
on Sep 6, 2012 5:18 PM

I love the Burdock.  I'm what used to be called "pleasingly plump" (In fact, more-so) thusly, the Burdock would be more flattering to my figure...

LindaHensens wrote
on Sep 6, 2012 3:40 PM

The Trefoil Cardigan, simply because it has Fair Isle in it. Just beautiful!  

kdlong wrote
on Sep 5, 2012 8:38 AM

I love the green of the Burdock Cardigan the most, but if the Trefoil was done in a different colorway I'd love to knit that one too : )

4Ruth wrote
on Sep 4, 2012 7:46 PM

I love the red sweater on the ad for the book at the bottom. It has a very interesting pattern and the latches are unique.

Maurorless wrote
on Sep 4, 2012 9:50 AM

If....I could knit with finesse I would prefer the Trefoil without the decorative yoke.  I like the shape of the cardigan, but prefer simpler clothing and I would love to wear the Trefoil (without decoration) in a rose color over blue jeans and a white blouse.  

The other cardigan seems blocky and bulky and hitting at the hips makes ones' hips look bigger.  The lapels seem too wide and throw of the design somehow.  I like the knitting stitch used in the body of the sweater though.

on Sep 4, 2012 8:48 AM

I'm in denial that's it fall too...I milk summer all I can. As long it's hot and I can swim outside, it's summer.  Fall knitting be darn!

habet wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 9:23 PM

sorry, I ment to say the trefoil. The one with the pockets. It's classic

habet wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 9:16 PM

I really love the Burdock cardian. I like the pockets and the yoke. I also like to have a sweater that buttons. I would like to get just that pattern with out buying the whole book though.

JaniceT wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 7:16 PM

I like the Burdock cardigan best.  But I won't order this book until I know the range of sizes of the patterns. I wear plus sizes with a 52" bust, and I've had problems in the past with all the knitted projects in books being too small for me or my daughters.

on Sep 3, 2012 6:01 PM

I jus t love the fair isle cardigan, it brings back such good memories of my childhood and cardies knitted by Mum.  Judy G Australian

Lookin4ud wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 4:15 PM

I think my favorite is the Burdock Cardigan.  I really like the texture on this sweater.

VirgadeanR wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 3:46 PM

I prefer the Burdock hands down.  The lines are cleaner and the shape makes it much more flattering than a cardigan with ribbing at the bottom.  I also do not like pockets on knitted items.  I think they are too prone to stretch out of shape and add bulk where bulk is not wanted.

eilsaid wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 2:42 PM

I'm with MonkeysMom.  I find it extremely irritating when I want to check something there's a pop-up trying to sell me more.   I would infinitely prefer if we could buy the patterns individually;  each time I'm shown a slew, there are perhaps one or two patterns I like, the rest - waste of money!

As to these two sweaters - I like them both.  The Burdock, sans dandelions, is elegant, classic, just right for wearing over a dress when it may be slightly too cool for sleeveless.   The fair isle - ah, I've always loved it.   What I like especially is both sweaters look a reasonable size.  I'm SO sick and tired of great shapeless things that are little more than a waste of wool!

drbartal wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 2:38 PM

I like the Burdock cardigan the best.  I love the clean, classic, Chanel look and Burdock fits that description.

sudden wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 12:46 PM

I love the Fair Isle one :)

kethering wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 12:40 PM

While "Burdock" is lovely and knitted a beautiful green, I am flat-out tired of sweaters with shorter sleeves and no closures.  I actually wear sweaters to stay warm and don't like being cold-fronted when a breeze kicks in.  So I  much prefer "Trefoil", which is lovely in it's own right.

on Sep 3, 2012 11:18 AM

BURDOCK ----absolutely not the other.  Wendy Bernard's sexy laced V neck

Fair Isle cannot be surpassed---so I would never, ever start the Fair Isle.

BURDOCK is classy, timeless, a not so subtle take off on Chanel's Exemplar,

and infinitely wearable.  Also can be adjusted to easily as to length of sleeves,

length of sweater, etc, etc, to be lovely on many types of figures.

BURDOCK is a wardrobe classic. I  find Fair Isles in second hand stores----and

of great quality--and then I don't mind wearing them out with jeans. Too much

work!

on Sep 3, 2012 11:17 AM

BURDOCK ----absolutely not the other.  Wendy Bernard's sexy laced V neck

Fair Isle cannot be surpassed---so I would never, ever start the Fair Isle.

BURDOCK is classy, timeless, a not so subtle take off on Chanel's Exemplar,

and infinitely wearable.  Also can be adjusted to easily as to length of sleeves,

length of sweater, etc, etc, to be lovely on many types of figures.

BURDOCK is a wardrobe classic. I  find Fair Isles in second hand stores----and

of great quality--and then I don't mind wearing them out with jeans. Too much

work!

NancyH@5 wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 11:13 AM

My pick is the Burdock cardigan.  I'm always on the look out for timeless looking sweaters that have a godd looking pattern texture, that are slightly fitted and are about high hip lenght.

MonkeysMom wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 11:06 AM

Since I can't look at a close up of these sweaters, I have no idea which one I like the best.  But then, that is the way it is with Knitting Daily.  They are so focused on SELLING the pattern that when you click to enlarge and get a good look, instead you get the opportunity to purchase it.  Well, I fell for that a couple of times but then when I see what I was buying, I was disappointed.  If Knitting Daily would let their potential customers get a really good look at what the pattern is, I think they would make more sales.  On the other hand, maybe the don't WANT you to see what the details are because they are not really professionally done???

on Sep 3, 2012 10:52 AM

I like the Fair Isle yoke so much.  The solid color one looks like something you might be able to buy ready-made, whereas the Fair Isle definitely shows off one's handknitting skills.  It has good details.

on Sep 3, 2012 10:38 AM

I like both of these sweaters, for different reasons. My preference would be the green one, although I would need to make it longer, and maybe even put a zipper in it. I like the texture it appears to have. I have always loved complex over simple...a challenge to complete.

DonnaS@5 wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 10:37 AM

I like both of them--indeed, even though I am on a strict knitting book diet, I'm going to have to splurge for this one when it comes out. The patterns I saw are gorgeous, and I like that there are accessories too. I'm looking forward to it!

DonnaS@5 wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 10:37 AM

I like both of them--indeed, even though I am on a strict knitting book diet, I'm going to have to splurge for this one when it comes out. The patterns I saw are gorgeous, and I like that there are accessories too. I'm looking forward to it!

smsquires wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 9:49 AM

I find the Trefoil extremely dated - looks like '50s or early 60's even though with more ease. I think if I dug into my back closet I would find its grandmother.

Meanwhile I love the Burdock even if it weren't green I would love the style.

Suzanne in Tucson

Skoorhan wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 9:44 AM

I like the Burdock for several reasons.  First, the style is very fashion forward with the open front, no buttons, body shaping, and shorter sleeves.  Second, since it is all one color, it could be worn with anything.  Third, the loose styling makes it very comfortable looking to wear.  And fourth, the patterning makes it interesting to knit.  Almost any yarn could be used and most especially the tone on tone hand dyed yarns would enhance the form and patterning.

Dyoni wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 9:39 AM

I don't call them "dated" I call them classic with a twist. :)  Both are very nice but if I had to choose only one it would be the trefoil.  

It would be nice to see more than two patterns before committing to a purchase.

biscuitgirl wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 9:15 AM

Is there a preview available where we can see all the patterns?

djvickers1 wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 8:31 AM

I like the Burdock. It would be worn a lot more than the other and would go with a lot more things in your wardrobe. I like it a lot!

Jean from Wichita

KLSiegel320 wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 8:30 AM

I think I actually like the Burdock better, in terms of a sweater I think I could wear. Being a Rubenesque lady, I'm hoping the pattern goes up to a size that will fit - the open front makes that easier. And It is both simple and elegant, meaning I could wear it in a cool office, or outside in lieu of a coat on a mild fall day.

Patoharris wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 7:55 AM

I prefer the Burdock Cardigan.  It's the type of cardigan that  you can wear over a sleeveless dress that would be very attractived when wearing it out for the evening or to Church.

on Sep 3, 2012 7:54 AM

Both are lovely, however, the first one appeals to me more. It seems more versatile and can easily substitute for an expected blazer-a lot more personality and movement than said blazer.

on Sep 3, 2012 7:47 AM

I prefer the Trefoil Cardigan.  One could experiment with different textures to create a very unusual and beautiful cardigan.

brenda.g wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 7:45 AM

I have to agree that both styles are somewhat dated, but if I had to pick one, it would be the Burdock. Also, I find it dissapointing that you may only see pictures of 7 of the patterns. If I am going to spend $25.00 on an e-book (which I find to be overpriced), I would like to know what patterns I'm getting.

on Sep 3, 2012 7:09 AM

I like them both, but my favorite is the Trefoil Cardigan. I am interested(and terrified)in Steeking, and this is a good opportunity for me to give it a try!

kimmac56 wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 7:07 AM

Truly, I would not choose to knit either....While both are pretty, they are somewhat dated styles (even though updated), nor would I buy a book with these patterns featured. However,  I LOVE the tan long sweater and rust colored sweater with leather fasteners on the cover!

saitkin wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 6:52 AM

Both beautiful, but I like the Burdock above the other.

Have a nce Labor Day!

Mary-EllenV wrote
on Sep 3, 2012 6:50 AM

The Burdock Cardigan is great -- open front and trim proportions make it a perfect throw-on layering piece.