Guide to Men’s Sweater Knits and Prints

A
good sweater is more effective than mistletoe

Written
by Janet Hu
Sweaters serve two main
functions:
1. They keep you warm.
2. They incite pheromones.
Seriously, though. There’s an
effortless, artful sexy that comes with knit garments, which makes you the
perfect candidate for cuddling up with.
More effective than mistletoe,
here are six sweater knits and prints you should try this winter.
Sweater
Knit: Cable

sweater knits and prints guide cable knit
The cable knit sweater is a
maritime and prep-style classic. The thick stitching resembles a two-ply cable
or a fisherman’s basket. Originally developed for fishermen, the heavy knit was
meant to keep boaters warm and dry on rocky waters.
sweater knits and prints guide cable knit
Now the sweater is a
sophisticated staple. There’s something very attractive about the ornate
stitching and its allusions to navigating an unpredictable sea.
Sweater
Pattern: Color Block

sweater knits and prints guide color block print
This minimalistic, high
contrast look serves a statement in aesthetics. It’s bold, simple, modern, and
artsy in a low-key way. Think: underground techno bar.

sweater knits and prints guide color block print
Fashion color blocking was
influenced by the works of modernist painter Piet Mondrian, so this look
literally originates from art.

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Sweater
Pattern: Argyle
sweater knits and prints guide argyle print
Argyle pattern consists of
variously colored diamonds that are layered to create a sense of
dimensionality. And it’s a time-honored pattern in formal and semi-formal
menswear.
sweater knits and prints guide argyle print
Scottish clans in the 1600s
created argyle for kilts and plaids. Then in the 1920s, the Duke of Scotland
started wearing argyle while golfing, on jerseys and long socks with plus-fours
trousers. Thus argyle as fashion was born.
Sweater
Knit: Fair Isle
sweater knits and prints guide fair isle knit
Fair Isle simply means
knitting with multiple colors to create patterns. The traditional Fair Isle
knit has a limited palette of five colors with no more than two colors per row.
Sweater knits and prints guide fair isle knit
The Prince of Wales
popularized this pattern in the ’20s by wearing Fair Isle sweaters in public.
So even with modern renditions of the knit, you’ll still look quite princely.
Sweater
Knit: Ribbed

sweater knits and prints guide ribbed knit
Ribbing is a stitch pattern of
ridged vertical stripes. It’s similar to pinstripes, but instead of alternating
colors, ribbing consists of alternating textures.
sweater knits and prints guide ribbed knit

The ribbed sweater is a
refined look because it is simple, body-slimming, and subtly detailed. It’s
perfect for academic and poetic settings.

sweater knit and print guide ribbed print
Sweater
Knit: Jacquard

sweater prints and knits guide jacquard print
Jacquard fabric has a raised
pattern that’s woven into the cloth, instead of printed on.
sweater knits and prints guide jacquard print
Popular jacquard designs are
damasks, florals, and geometrics, but today, “jacquard” describes almost any
knit fabric with a raised, stitched-in pattern.
Janet
Hu
SOURCE:
THE GENTLEMANUAL
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.