Knitwear to stockpile
The best thing about autumn? The return of knitwear. From chunky knits to sleek polos and simple V-necks, there’s a knit for every winter occasion. Not sure where to start? Follow our guide to weaves, weight and shapes, and start building your winter wardrobe immediately.
IT'S ALL IN THE MATERIAL
The great thing about knitwear is its versatility - even on warmer days there’s a fabric or thickness to suit. Cotton is ideal for mild autumnal weather as it’s super breathable; merino wool regulates temperature as air pockets in the fibres store heat - making it insulating - but the breathable fabric also disperses heat; and lambswool is soft, smooth and hypoallergenic. But by far the greatest knit of them all is cashmere, loved for its luxuriously soft, silky feel.
Just when you thought you’d got things figured out, along come the weaves. Basketweave stitch, intarsia, jacquard, bouclé, and crochet… the options are plentiful (and confusing) but among our current favourites are the cable knit – a pattern that looks like seafaring ropes, originating from 19th century fisherman – and waffle knit, a textured, grid-like stitch.
A FINE LINE
A fine knit is a smart-casual stalwart. Layer a roll neck under a blazer for instant autumnal panache; a V-neck over a shirt to master that preppy vibe or pair a simple crew neck with tapered chinos for office-appropriate wear.
From fluro knits at Hermès to bold designs at AMI and Liam Hodge’s re-imagined Mr Blobby number, designers amped up the knitwear stakes for A/W18. The golden rule? The chunkier the better. Match heavy cable knits with shearling or aviator jackets, super soft pullovers with textured trousers in neutral hues and this season’s biggest knitwear trend the cardigan with a great fitting white tee.