COLOURlovers Love Sweaters

COLOURlovers Love Sweaters

When it comes to matters of fashion here at COLOURlovers, member palettes and patterns are inspired by all sorts of items in a wardrobe--dresses, neckties, pants, handbags--the list goes on. But a few items see a little more love than the rest: suits, shirts, shoes and--as we'll see today--sweaters.

Whether called sweaters, jumpers, sweatshirts, pullovers, cardigans, jerseys or guernseys, sweaters have been an enduring aspect of popular fashion since the early 20th century. Of course, fishermen's sweaters--jerseys and guernseys--date to the 15th century, and athletes wore plenty of practical sweaters in the 19th century. But our idea of the everyday sweater had its start in American sportswear designs of the 1930s and 1940s. And since then, though its been given some new shapes (the recently ubiquitous open wrap cardigan, for one), the sweater has remained largely the same, both in commercial ideology and in popularity. A 1971 TIME magazine article on the sweater, at least, feels much like what a similar article would today:

[Neiman, photo by Chris Bergh; Abotanicity, photo by Melissa McClain]

sweater_and_pants sweaters

Sweater Cosby_Sweater

"There are many reasons for the new sweater enthusiasm," the article states. "Selections in both color and style are wider than ever. In both London and New York, a big seller is the dolman (or batwing) version, which has long, wide sleeves growing out of its wide waistband. There are snug, armless sweater tubes and long sweater dresses. Many sweaters now sport knitted-in portraits of people or animals. Betsey Johnson's 'ecology' line features trees and fish; Giorgio di Sant'Angelo portrays a plane taking off. Stan Herman's trompe 1'oeil sweater dresses have fake belts and scarves knitted into the material. Others contrast jazzy colors, stripes and polka dots in dazzling juxtaposition. 'Sweaters are completely different now,' says Sant'Angelo. 'We have these fabulous synthetic yarns and colors.' Says Herman: 'Sweaters are the only way to dress.'"

[Patch pocket raglan, photo by Nico Hotz; Revolution, photo by Brendan Marnell]

Sweater_Weather Sweater

icelandic_sweater Sweater

And sometimes, even nearly 40 years after that article, sweaters offer the best color inspiration. We've got 20 pages of palettes and patterns devoted to the sweater's varied existence; here, we're taking a look at some of those colorful interpretations alongside the sweater creations from contributors at, an online knitting magazine with an extensive archive of cool projects. Click on the photo credits to be taken to each sweater's free pattern.

[Belle epoch, photo by Lisa Fordyce; Candy, photo by Jackie Wong]

Sweater cardigan

deer_sweater Sweater

[Forecast, photo by Nathan Japel; Decimal, photo by Stephanie Gage, Snowden Becker, Anton Goldman]

sweater_season sweater_vest

Sweater Sweater_Vest

[Mangyle, photo by Monty Moncrief; Tubey, photo by Melissa McClain]

sweater_weather sweater

New_Sweater Sweater

What's your favorite sweater? How do you wear it?

Header photo by elizabetht.

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Showing 1 - 4 of 4 Comments
Great article
I love sweaters :)
I love it
oh I <3 sweaters too! I love to chop up old ones and re-invent them. great post.
i look like a rockstar o_O,anyway,cool sweaters

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