The Rhinebeck Sweater: It’s a Thing

By Kay Gardiner
August 4, 2022

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  • I have only been to Rhinebeck a couple of times, unfortunately. But it was so warm that the sweaters made quick apparitions only. Maybe because Italy has been in a heat wave for 2 months straight, with no let up. But the old friend sweater makes me sweaty already.
    May the weather gods be with you and give you beautiful crisp NE fall this year

  • Yes! Rhinebeck sweater! Mine is on the needles now. Husband’s Rhinebeck sweater will hopefully be on the needles soon.

    • What pattern are you making?

  • Finally! I am actually knitting something a la mode of MDK’s post! Yup, am up to the armholes of the front panel of an Old Friend in teal, and loving working with Atlas. It’s for my younger, red-headed daughter and I’m trying to decide what colorway mine will be in.

  • I used a fortuitous Rhinebeck (what do you mean it’s the same weekend I’m driving through NY?!?!?) to finish a sweater that had been languishing. Got the sleeves done and ends woven in just in time to take it swanning at Sheep and Wool!

    • Fortuitous indeed! That is a true Cosmic Convergence!

  • I absolutely cannot decide what color to make a main squeeze pullover. Please post lots of photos of your progress!!!!

    • At the moment I’m in love with Peat, if that’s any help…

    • I love light colors to brighten up winter, so I made mine in tutu!

  • I love your style!

  • Great minds! This week I started my Old Friend pullover in Shale, a soothing respite after several lace cable colorwork projects. Must say, Atlas is a dream!!!! Love it, want to do many more projects with it. Divine knitting, and Erika Knight’s pattern is so straightforward. She is a favorite of mine, as is her dedicated Atlas field guide. Jen G’s Main Squeeze pullover is also in my queue, have to commit to a color, always a personal challenge. I’m trying to add more color as I tend towards neutrals mostly. Also I’m a bit wary of bottom up, sleeve up construction, concerned about sleeve length, yoke depth, etc. Maybe this would be a good topic for the Lounge…

  • But, really, it is not required to knit a Rhinebeck sweater—or even wear one if you choose not to!

    • That’s been my practice for 20 years for sure!

  • Kudos on seeing this through! I’ve all the pieces for my Taos Wool Festival sweater…2012… which will always bring wonderful memories to heart. Now it’s rebranded to Mountain and Valley Wool Fest in Santa Fe… maybe 2023??

  • We’ve been planning our Rhinebeck journey for 6 months now and am excited to go for my 2nd time. I won’t be knitting a specific sweater as I have several newish ones that I’m taking. Also, taking a newly finished shawl in case it’s too warm for a sweater or to wear with said sweater if it’s chilly. Thanks, Kay, for fessing up about what I call Knitting While Daydreaming Mistakes! I have certainly done it! Hope to see you at Rhinebeck!

  • I certainly want to join the swanning in a Rhinebeck sweater – but given the warm weather we have had in October in recent years, I may need to complete 2 Rhinebeck sweaters: one in wool and one in cotton and/or linen.

    • Wise move. Be prepared!

    • I knit the DRK (Andrea Mowry) sweater last year but didn’t attend. This year, I am hoping to get there. I am knitting her design Vellichor which will be great whether it s warm or cold since it is short sleeved but easily layered.

  • Lapis blue – Kay, that brings back the ’80s for sure. I preferred Electric blue myself, however, and neon pinks and chartreuse for summer wear . . . 😉

    • I had a favorite bat-wing sweater in that same lapis blue, circa 84/85, wore it for my HS grad pics and felt so chic.

  • I can’t read about The Rhinebeck Sweater without thinking of Kristy Glass and her fabulous Tell Me About Your Rhinebeck Sweater videos.

  • I don’t know when I’ll get to Rheinbeck, but I know how much fun it is to wear Shakerag tops at with everyone at Shakerag.

  • Already got my sweater knitted and a matching hat too!

  • I’m so glad you screw up. Makes me feel much better!

  • Wow!

  • You are so funny….love your posts (and Ann’s too!). Such down to earth, practical people. I feel like we could sit down for a nice, long chat and feel at home, instantly. You light up my day.

  • Electric blue raw silk dress, with bodacious shoulder pads— I loved that dress. I wore it to a peace rally concert in Reykjavik in 1986 during the Reagan-Gorbachev summit. Possibly more out of place than yours, Kay, in your 1980s law firm offices. 😉
    This year’s Rhinebeck dates are the pin in my grand road trip east from California, and I am excited to be there for the first time. I’ll wave my new dishcloth, and maybe a sweater, in greetings!

  • Do tiny ones count??? Hahah

  • This post is so inspiring! Kay, I love seeing your WIP Old Friend Sweater aka OFS coming to a beautiful finish. I hope the weather will be perfect for you to wear it and hopefully with other OFS’s for a group shot. I’m kinda jealous that I’m not going to Rhinebeck, it would be a dream come true. And one of these days I will attempt to knit my own sweater 😀

  • I can’t make it to R-beck, but will knit a sweater for NOT attending—a non-Rhinebeck sweater. Perhaps a winebeck sweater that I’ll wear pouring myself a glass to celebrate fall OR a whinebeck sweater if I’m feeling sorry for myself stuck in the Midwest. I better finish the sleeves on my Andrea Mowry Throwover —or cast on the Bract and get busy.

  • I will be at Rhinebeck in Fall 2023 after i retire. It always falls during midterms!

  • Rhinebeck is a nice day for a light sweater. Nice day to cardigan.