The Knit Parade

All hail sweater weather. Preferably bright, sunny days with the perfect degree of chill in the air, thank-you-very-much. In tribute to crisp, pink-cheeked days, we bring you a round-up of the best knits around. The greatest knits, if you will.


The Cable Knit

A cream cable knit makes me think of Katharine Hepburn on a windswept, out-of-season beach in The Hamptons. (She may or may not have hung out here. It is quite possible  I am drawing upon a mental image born of my own imagination.) Anyway, my point is, it’s a classic. Hence my suggestion of keeping your accessories classic, too – but it works equally as well with something entirely opposite: a sequin skirt, for instance. (If you’re up for an investment, this one is a beauty.)

Prefer a cardigan? Try this one. And if you want your cable knit with a side of ruffles – this has your name all over it.

1. Cream knit, £24.99, H&M; 2. Caramel knit, £35, M&S;  3. Beige cable knit, £35, M&S; 4.Oversized cable knit, £79.99, & Other Stories; 5. The Chestnut Bloomsbury, £260, Charlotte Elizabeth; 6. Mid blue organic cotton straight leg jeans, £40, Topshop; 7. Stan Smith trainers, £75, Net-a-Porter

The Fairisle Knit

Ah, the fairisle knit. Once the preserve of grannies and crofters in the Highlands, it has gone mainstream. I have a splendidly cosy version which I bought from Boden last year and it’s one of my seasonal favourites. There’s something very Christmassy about this jumper genre – it feels like the appropriate attire for collecting the tree and decking the halls. But even if you shrink from the concept of Christmas before December 20th (at the earliest), do not eschew the fairisle. Make it modern with (faux) leather joggers or try it with cords (I like these).

1. Beige cashmere, £139, M&S; 2. Navy, £80, Boden; 3. Christmas Fairisle, £35, M&S; 4. Donegal flecked, £116, The Croft House; 5. Leather look trousers, £23, New Look at Next; 6. Belted coat, £139.99, Mango

The Cocktail Knit

If ever a sweater warranted the epitath ‘darling’, this is it. A little (or a lot) glitzy; maybe a bit of a show off – but you really want her at your party.

You can, should you be so inclined, wear by day. The patterned mohair knit from Zara (below) would look fabulous over a white shirt and jeans. I have the ‘Fran’, designed by the lovely and very talented Fran Bacon aka The Fashion Lift) for Wyse – and wear it by day with dungarees and/or jeans – to the delight of my children (“Mummy! Make rainbows on the walls!” It’s a disco on my sleeves. But step up your cocktail knit with a skirt (I have an almost identical one to this black tiered number and it’s incredibly useful) and heels and it becomes a dream evening outfit: sparkly and warm.

Zara is the mothership for cocktail knits: see this fuzzy delight with it’s dashing bow; this cardigan with its retro gem brooch; and this organza-sleeved thrill. But by all means try one of these….

Embellished camel, £36, Next; 2. Pearl neck, £42, Warehouse; 3. Wool sweater, £95, & Other Stories; 4. Fran sequin cuff, £240, Wyse; 5. Mohair and wool sweater, £25.99, Zara; 6. Black tired skirt, £35, Topshop; 7. Strappy heels, £29, Topshop

The Colourful Knit

We get a lot of dark, gloomy, grey old days in this country. Which is why – if you need a reason – your wardrobe requires a bright, bold, cheering jumper. One to lift both your spirits and your complexion.

Clearly, this is not for you if you err towards Scandi minimalism. I adore those accounts on Instagram featuring ultra sleek and stylish women who dress only in black, white and camel. ‘So chic!’ I think, briefly contemplating what it would be to streamline my wardrobe. And then I see a pretty knit (it’s usually a knit) and my minimalist leanings dissipate immediately.

I really like the idea of wearing shades of one colour i.e. head-to-toe pink, but, admittedly, this might be a bit much for day-to-day attire. (Back in the magazine days, perhaps… I still have a splendid pair of red Maxmara trousers which would clash delightfully with a pink sweater.) Instead, pop your knit under a pair of dungarees for instant cheer.

For the ultimate in exquisite, colourful knits, make a beeline for Sezane (*dreamy-eyed gaze into the middle distance*). The “fancy” (their word, not mine) Gisele jumper in orange is pure joy, and if someone could send me Paulin in every colour, I’d be terribly grateful.

1. Diamond Jumper, £99, Hush; 2. Purple alpaca sweater, £85, & Other Stories; 3. Odell green knit, £85, Kitri; 4. Turquoise alpaca jumper, £49.99, H&M; 5. Red trousers, £90, Boden; 6. Dungarees, £55,  White Stuff at John Lewis; 7. Orange headband, £14, T.A.E. Boutique


All inspiration images via Pinterest.

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