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Chunky Knits For Winter 2016

Stating that “chunky knits are in” is slightly inaccurate. In order to be “in,” they would have to go “out,” and that simply isn’t the case. Warm weather forces chunky knits into wardrobe retirement, but they come roaring back every Fall and Winter.

Preceding each season, we look to the runways and designer collections for inspirations. It’s an interesting exercise. Over the years, we’ve noticed that chunky knitwear’s most prevailing and enduring feature is the simple, straightforward details.

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(L-R) Beech Raglan Cardigan in Tahki Yarns Montana, Motohiro Tanji Fall 2016, Valentino Pre-Fall 2016, Rhié Fall 016 RTW, Harithand Fall 2016 RTW

Bulky and super-bulky yarns like Tahki Yarns Montana and Big Montana encourage simple stitchwork details. A moss stitch edging (as in the  Beech Raglan Cardigan, above) or basic cable (as in the Silver Fir Capelet & Hat, below) becomes architectural and hyper-defined in a bulkier yarn.

(L-R) Silver Fir Capelet & Hat, Rhié FW 2015-16
(L-R) Silver Fir Capelet & Hat in Tahki Yarns Big Montana & Glacier, Rhié FW 2015-16

Ponchos, bold pullovers, and trendy accessories become statement centerpieces when knitted with super bulky yarn. We’ve witnessed the trapper hat trend repeat season after season, and for good reason. Beyond its utility as a warm, Winter accessory, trapper hats like the Coast Redwood Hat in Tahki Yarns Montana & Glacier are eternally stylish. They add the perfect polish to Winter outfits.

(L-R) Coast Redwood Hat in Tahki Yarns Montana & Glacier,
Coast Redwood Hat in Tahki Yarns Montana & Glacier with various street-styled trapper hats

For knitters, the beauty in chunky knits is how quickly they work up. Cast on for a chunky accessory on Friday and you’re likely to be wearing it on Monday morning. They quell the seasonal itch for knitting something fast and fun.

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