Preparing for Fall

For many fall is characterized by the changing colors of leaves, but for some knitters it is the Rhinebeck Sweater. When knitters start talking about starting their Rhinebeck Sweater you know fall is just around the corner!

Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival  is one of the largest fiber arts festival in the United States.  It is held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck New York in October. This 147 acre venue can hold a lot of vendors, animals and people. It has been known to attract as many as 30,000 attendees but it is now capped at around 10,000.

One of the traditions of Rhinebeck is to knit a special sweater for the occasion. Some influential knitters come up with a unique design and you will see a lot of those sweaters walking around the fairgrounds. One of those designers is Andrea Mowry. You may know her as Drea Renee Knits. This year’s sweater is Alpenglow.

This sport weight, top down, yoke sweater has a relatively simple construction. It is the color work that makes it spectacular. Here at the store, Madelitosh Pashmina would make a great base using Malabrigo’s Arroyo or Swans Island’s Sport for the color work part. Lots of colors to choose from, some of them variegated. For a really soft sweater in more muted colors, Woolfok’s Tynd would be great.


In other works. A big shout out to Diane for her latest FO, the Rock It Tee. This little top alternates stripes of mohair and fingering weight yarn.

Our Lichen and Lace Marsh Mohair and superwash merino fingering comes in like colors for a coordinated look or branch out with contrasting colors.

If you want any help picking yarn for these, or any other projects, do not hesitate to ask us at the store. We are always happy to recommend yarn for your projects!

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