InStyle Magazine to Ravelry, Matchmaker Vol 3 – Sweaters

For this volume I went looking for sweaters with cables, and vintage inspired patterns that had more room than the 50’s sweater would have allowed. The combination of a sweater and skirt is very cute, and I love that the tops have more positive ease. I found what I could that matched, and will also venture a few patterns that combine or exemplify the menswear trend, looser fits, traditional cables, and modern shapes. There are lots of pattern ideas and suggestions here though. Vol 3 may be the longest.

SweaterGirls_1From left to right, a puffed sleeved cable sweater, a tunic length navy cabled sweater, a teal 50’s inspired sweater, an embellished basic raglan, and a barely cropped stockinette turtleneck.

Cables were featured in most of the editorials. I’ve grouped all my cable finds in one spot. These sweaters have cables, and either a longer looser tunic shape, puffed sleeves, or a turtleneck:

High Neck Cable by Kim Hamlin

Inisheer by Martin Storey

Fresh by Martin Storey

Clove sweater by Jo Storie

Blue Bird by Susan Crawford

#12 Texture Turtleneckby Lori Steinberg

#10 Cabled Turtleneck by Lang Yarns

Lattice Knit Sweater (W210) by Susie Bonell

These sweaters below don’t have the exact attributes as the InStyle images, but I think they hold the same look; the higher neck, the longer and looser shaping:

Through the Dales by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud © Practical Publishing

117-21 Tunic with raglan sleeves and rib in ”Eskimo” by DROPS design

The neutral turtleneck with a cropped feel is gorgeous (farthest right). I found a few designs that have some of those features: turtleneck, cropped to waist length, with stockinette stitching.

Cropped Turtleneck by Lion Brand Yarn

#15 Cropped Pullover by Lori Steinberg

Cropped Boatneck Sweater by Vi Bui at


From left to right we have, again, a cabled turtleneck sweater, a uniquely shaped bulky weight raglan sweater with exaggerated cuffs, a striped turtleneck, a mesh sweater, and a combination leather with high pile yarn. I didn’t include patterns for the leather and knit combo – there wasn’t alot there to be found truthfully. Stripe pattern ideas will be under the next editorial.

Since we covered cables, I’m add the Dad’s Thick Sweater pattern below. It’s menswear inspired, with an oversize fit, and matching yarn weight. There are no cables but the heavy rib gives it the same rustic feel. It’s very classic. One of my favourites for this post:

Dad’s Thick Sweater by Britt-Marie Christoffersson

This oversize t-shirt is exceptionally beautiful:

Oversized T-Shirt by Mari Lynn Patrick

The next sweater is the uniquely shaped raglan with extremely exaggerated sleeve cuffs. The sweater below has close resemblance to the more subtle raglan shaping in the editorial. I think this pattern, with elongated sleeves and body modification is probably the closest match:

Raglan Pullover by Bernat Design Studio

This pattern is runner-up, due to the cuff shaping that could be easily extended. The cowl neck would need to be omitted, but I also think it works as is:

Raglan Cowl Pullover by Patons

This simple raglan sweater does not have elongated cuffs, or unique shaping, but perhaps it’s a more wearable version of the pictured design. This seems very versatile, and something you would wear for years:

Simple Sweater by Kris Percival

Mesh sweaters are everywhere lately, and there are many to chose from in Ravlery. You have have your choice of neckline and construction really. Here is my pick to match the editorial:

1892 – Ladies Openwork Sweater by Christelle Ledoux

Runner-up list:

Prairie by Lisa Richardson

This mesh tunic has a longer fit, and would look amazing in linen, with skinny jeans:

#28 Oasis by Verena Design Team


From left to right: a fair isle sweater, houndstooth tunic, ombre stripes, heart flecked raglan, and fuzzy ribbed. The fuzzy ribbed sweater is more about the yarn choice, so I didn’t include it in my matches.

Fair isle is not hard to find on Ravelry, and at first thought posting anything might ruin the adventure of finding the fair isle of your dreams. There are so many beautiful versions! This is my absolute favourite:

Fair Isle Yoke by Susan Crawford

Houndstooth is the pattern du jour, non? I’ve already posted two houndstooth capes, and a houndstooth cap in Vol 1. There are also some beautiful coats for both knitters and crocheters on Ravelry too. I’ve posted a vest below, along with wrist-warmers, and a houndstooth sweater:

Marshmallow Houndstooth by Aileen Cahill

#10 Houndstooth Tank by Ann McDonald Kelly

Houndstooth Handwarmers by Ellen Gill

I was trying to find a roughly faded stripe effect in sweaters but didn’t quite hit that mark. The patterns listed below have either an ombre effect, or other elements that made them feel ‘now’ like garter stitching, a cropped turtleneck shape, and cables:

Beth by Marie Wallin

Gradient Pullover by Amy Miller

Flore by Julie Hoover

Kabler by Marianne Isager

Initially I thought the flecked sweater would be an easy match, but I came up with nothing. If you know of a project that uses these heart shaped colour flecks I would love to know about it. I also skipped over the embellished sweaters. These designs look quite basic, relatively, and there are so many choices in both yarn and sewn embellishments that you can add. In my local Montreal yarn store I noticed they featured a few yarns with interspersed fibres and weaved in pieces this season. I’ve stayed away from what I consider novelty yarns in the past, but seeing these sweaters has changed my mind.

I hope the matchmaking helped some one out there find a project that inspires them. I had so much fun trying to make the matches these last few days. Thanks for taking a look!


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