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Top Trend Fall 2017: Chunky Knits

This Friday marks the autumnal equinox, which means fall will have officially begun. Another fashion week just ended in New York City, reminding us of some of the fall trend predictions from New York Fashion Week at the beginning of this year. Among the style hit list, which included pantsuits, fringe, and the colors burgundy and gold, was a forecast for cozy, oversized knits.

(L-R) All FW2017: Isabel Marant, Lalo Tbilisi, Les Copains, Pringle of Scotland, Hermes

Chunky knits have been popular for the last few years. It makes sense, given that “self care” has also been a marketable theme. As notes in the above linked article, coziness and self-care share a bond. There is an intrinsic relationship between cuddling up in plush, lush knitwear and caring for oneself. The theory is encapsulated in the recent obsession with the Danish “hygge,” which quite literally means “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.”

To the notions of coziness, hygge, and self-care, we must say: hello, fashion, and the rest of the world! Welcome to the club! Knitters have been here for years. In fact, you might say we founded this club with miles of wool and alpaca, our favorite pointy sticks, and the comfiest spot on our couch.

It is of no surprise to us that billowy soft knits of grandiose proportions should be “trendy” for the fall season. For knitters, it’s hard to justify chunky knits as a trend when we steadfastly return to bulky and super bulky yarn year after year.

Tahki Stacy Charles keeps a dedicated eye on the runway when designing garments and accessories each season. It’s a continual pleasure to see high fashion treasuring something knitters have enjoyed for decades. This season we noticed a renewed appreciation for the architectural quality of simple stitches in stockinette, garter, and rib. When worked at 1-3 stitches to the inch, those elementary stitches take on an undeniably sophisticated quality. The Elm Ribbed Cowl, worked in the neutral, natural colors of Tahki Yarns Montana, exudes a chic elegance.

Elm Ribbed Cowl in Tahki Yarns Montana

Labels like Laura Biagiotti (below) showed chunky bouclé sweaters this season, which gave us the opportunity to explore innately textural yarns like our new Tahki Yarns Arctic, a bulky weight blend of organic virgin wool and alpaca. Boxy silhouettes (another fall 2017 trend) and bouclé sweaters helped inform the Acacia Reversible Pullover (below).

(L-R) Dries Van Noten FW2017, Acacia Pullover in Tahki Yarns Arctic, Laura Biagiotti FW2017

Deeply textured pullovers expertly trap warmth, especially when paired with particularly warm fibers like Tahki Yarns Montana, a 100% unprocessed pure new wool. The Chestnut Pullover (below) is knit in a broken rib pattern and trimmed with Glacier in the cuffs.

(L-R) Chestnut Pullover in Tahki Yarns Montana + Glacier, Guess sweater from W Magazine

Dramatic fur looks accompanied many chunky knits this year, and we channeled the style via our guilt-free, animal-friendly Glacier, as seen above and below, in the additional Tupelo Cowl. The contrast of crisp, defined stitches and fuzzy, soft fur feels both classic and fresh for fall.

(L-R) Chestnut Pullover in Tahki Yarns Montana + Glacier with Tupelo Cowl in Glacier, Laura Biagiotti FW 2017

All of the above garments and accessories can be found in the knit.wear WOOL STUDIO presents Tahki Yarns Terra Collection, Tahki Yarns latest collaboration with the editors at Interweave Publications. The Terra Collection features 11 quick-knit, on-trend chunky garments and accessories in the Tahki Yarns Terra brand of all natural, eco-friendly yarns. You can also browse and repin the collection on the Terra Collection Pinterest board, which features hi-resolution images and links to the collection on Interweave.

WOOL STUDIO Terra Collection

In addition to the Terra Collection, Tahki Yarns also followed up last year’s popular Oh, Natural! Collection with this year’s Oh, Natural! 2.

Oh, Natural! 2

The 9 garments and accessories of Oh, Natural! 2 Collection embrace the hygge concept. Soft, rustic knits work up quickly, with an eye on the cozy and comfortable. You can browse and repin Oh, Natural! 2 on Pinterest as well.

In the coming weeks we’ll look at some of the chunky knits in Stacy Charles Fine Yarns fall 2017 collection. Stay tuned!