It’s February, a month that a lot of people think is all about love. I thought, how can I translate love into a sweater? I like to think about the details, and whether they give off a romantic feeling. Maybe it’s a ruffle, a pretty lace pattern, a sexy sleeve or even a little mohair. (I do believe that mohair makes everything better.) In previous columns, I’ve featured sweaters like the As If Tee and Paleta. They’d definitely fall into those categories, but I’ve got a few more lovely, loving sweaters for you this month.
The Lovable Sweater by Sylvia McFadden
One of the things I love about this sweater is that Sylvia designed it with the idea that everyone should value and love their bodies. It is meant to look good with negative or positive ease—no matter what size you make, it will look good on you.
If self-love isn’t romantic, and a wonderful concept to embrace this month, I don’t know what is.
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Kentia by Marie Amelie
Not up for a long-sleeved, full-length sweater? Love yourself enough to knit a short-sleeved top.
I love the lacy texture on the yoke of this sweater. I’m also always a fan of the possibility of using more than one color for a knit. Pick a blush pink for the top and a deeper berry tone for the bottom if you’re feeling the February love.
Alho by Anna Johanna
Mohair and a little lace pattern? I’m sold!
If you’re a fan of the Love Note sweater (of which I’ve knit three), this might be right up your alley. A single gossamer lace motif across the yoke and on the sleeve, knit with a strand of mohair and a strand of fingering weight yarn held together. It’s delicate, light and absolutely lovely.
Empress by Sari Nordlund
Inspired by Renaissance paintings, this sweater is the ultimate in romance.
The intricate lace work, with bobbles adding an embossed texture, would elevate any outfit from a pair of jeans to your favorite skirt.
Cherry by Midori Hirose
What I love the most about this sweater is that it gives you options: short, elbow length. or balloon sleeves, sheer body or full coverage. What’s better than a build-your-own-sweater adventure?
I see myself knitting one with mohair for the sheer body and with balloon sleeves, because I think a full sleeve is the best detail on a sweater.
If you love knitting, why not use this month to spoil yourself with a special knit? Maybe even make one of these patterns with a yarn you’ve been saving for a special project. And make that special project for yourself—you’re totally worth it.