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Top Trend Fall 2017: Cable Knits

(L-R) Ryan Roche, Lanvin, Max Mara, Saint Laurent

The story goes that fishermen’s wives deliberately crafted their husband’s sweaters with unique cable designs. Should anything happen while at sea, the distinctive motifs would help identify them.

Cables are steeped in tradition. Most knitters remember the first time they attempted cables, as it seemed a daunting task. Non-knitters are equally amazed at the intricacies of a cabled hand knit garment or accessory—it always looks so complicated. But after that first cabled project, we learned the secrets of the simple combinations of knit and purl held forward and backward on a cable needle, how deceptively easy it is. A cabled hand knit is a calling card among knitters—like our forebears, we can spot a knit that has been cabled by hand while traveling on the seas of life. It’s unmistakable.

High fashion designers understand the potency of cabled knitwear, especially for the fall season. Every year they return to runways and style blogs. Cabling creates a dense, warm fabric that traps heat—perfect for when temperatures drop. This season, cables appeared in the collections of Ryan Roche, Lanvin, Max Mara, Saint Laurent (all above), and more.

Tahki Stacy Charles always has an eye on cabled knitwear. Our yarns are designed to define intricate stitchwork. Yarns like Tahki Yarns Tucson, used in the Lady Liberty Mock Turtleneck (below), create bold, beautiful stitches that pop against a backdrop of stockinette stitch.

Boss Fall 2017 RTW, Lady Liberty Mock Turtleneck in Tucson

The Castle Clinton Capelet in Tahki Yarns Tucson employs a mixture of cabling, mock and seed stitch, and ribbing. All require a crispness and clarity, which Tucson’s mix of cotton and wool easily provides.

Castle Clinton Capelet in Tucson

Cable sweaters are a classic look for fall, and incredibly easy to accessorize. Paired with a pencil skirt, layered neatly over a collared button-up and slacks, or worn comfy-casual with cuffed jeans, it’s hard to get the look wrong. Hermés even layered their cable sweater underneath high-waisted overalls!

The Beacon Moss and Cable Pullover has asymmetrical off-center cabling for a unique interpretation of the trend. Stacy Charles Fine Yarns/S Line Nordica, our new, super high-quality extrafine merino wool, has the perfect twist to produce sharply delineated cables.

(L-R) Beacon Moss & Cable Pullover in Nordica, Trussardi, Hermes, street style look from Pinterest

The Hayden Capelet, also in Nordica, features the same cabling as Beacon. It’s simply worn horizontally, proving how versatile a cable can be.

The Hayden Capelet in Nordica, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini FW 2017

The Doulton Diamond Cabled Pullover is, like Beacon, a sweater that can be accessorized dozens of ways. Knit in Stacy Charles Fine Yarns merino-silk blend Julie, its trim silhouette and all-over patterning pays homage to the classic cabled sweater we see everywhere during the fall and winter seasons.

Doulton Diamond Cable Pullover

Finally, we return to a look that has been pulling double duty in the trends department. Or shall we say, now triple duty. As we outlined in our previous blog post, the Grey Birch Capelet in Tahki Yarns Arctic is firing on all cylinders. It’s an example of the bouclé trend, the chunky knits trend, and the cable trend. Loosely inspired by a capelet from Brunello Cucinelli, we toned down some of the more high-fashion details, focusing instead on the beguiling cable hem and textured body. A deeply ribbed neckline feels more wearable for everyday life, and the richly textured, wavy cabled hem ensures a warm midsection.

The Grey Birch Capelet in Arctic, Brunello Cucinelli FW 2017

Are you cabling this season? In the coming weeks, we’ll explore some more cabled looks from Tahki Stacy Charles’ fall/winter collections, as well as release our upcoming Trend Watch Fall 2017: Cables & Texture Pinterest board. Stay tuned!