Knitting for colder weather

Fall is just around the corner and that means sweater weather is here! But what’s going to keep you warm this winter? All Strung Out is here to provide you tips on what fibres you need for your projects to keep you warm as well as some pattern suggestions that will be a perfect easy knit you can finish in time for fall!

Sheep Wool

Wool – Any sweaters best friend

Wool is always a first choice for warm knitting. Wool is known for being versatile, lightweight and durable. Both sheep or merino wool is also water resistant, keeping you dry and warm all season! For wool we suggest Berroco’s Ultra wool collection that also comes in DK, Chunky and Fine weights! Their 100% superwash wool makes it easy for washing care and comes in over 80 colours!

Berroco Ultra Wool

Free Knitting Patterns

Anthony Pattern


Designer: Berroco Design Team

Anthony is an easy men’s sweater knit with Berroco Ultra Wool. The body is knit in pieces and seamed (though it would be very easy to modify for knitting in the round if that’s your preferred method), and the sleeves set-in. It’s the perfect simple sweater that can go in the washer and dyer! 

Ava Pattern


Designer: Berroco Design Team

Ava is a super-cozy, one-size-fits-all (really—it’s 70″!) cardigan to knit with Berroco Ultra Wool. Like a poncho with sleeves, Ava is easy to wear and easy to knit. The hard part will be choosing which colour of Ultra Wool you want to use!

Lining Mittens Photo Credit: Interweave

Make a lining for your Mittens

To make your mittens immune from the cold, sometimes it requires an extra lining for comfort! You can knit, sow or buy your own mitten lining. We suggest using a lighter weighted yarn for the lining and a DK or worsted yarn for the outer mitt. For the lining we suggest Rico’s Super Kid Mohair Silk for it’s soft and silky texture perfect for a light inner lining. Rico’s Super Kid Mohair Loves Silk range is a combination of the finest kid mohair and silk. Few yarns beat its fuzzy delicacy; its gossamer weight will create beautiful, scarves. It looks spectacular used in textured pieces with other yarns, or on its own, for simpler knits.

Rico Super Kid Mohair and Silk

Free Knitting Patterns

Katie's mittens Photo Cred: Kristin Lamm
Katie’s mittens Photo Cred: Kristin Lamm

Katie’s Mittens

Designer: Kristin Lamm

“I made these mittens for my friend Katie, and because they turned out so nicely, I decided to write up a pattern and share it. It includes charts for the floral pattern and palm motif, as well as complete written directions.”

Kristen Lamm
Daisy Mittens Photo Credit: String Theory 2.0
Daisy Mittens Designed by String Theory 2.0

Daisy Mittens

Designer: String Theory 2.0

“In this pattern I have included directions for both lined and more traditional versions of cuffs. The lining of the cuffs is part silk for softness and I made the mittens long enough so you can tuck them up under your coat sleeves.”

String Theory 2.0

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