Oh Chunky Sweaters, how we yearn for them on days like these. So satisfying to knit, so cosy to snuggle in to, but so often such a drag (literally). You see, there has traditionally been a trade off for these quick-knitting beauties: weight.
We have seen Super Chunky sweater patterns that call for upwards of 2kg of yarn. And while those all-over cabled tunic-length garments are beautiful creations, they often sag and grow with time, turning into shadows of their former selves.
But fret not - we have two solutions for you today! Both sweaters are still quick to knit, and warm to wear, yet they each took less than 400 g of yarn. So you can have the best of both worlds: warmth without the weight and without the wait...
The Coda Sweater
While this is technically a worsted weight pattern, it falls in to this quick-knitting-and-cosy category due both to the fitted finish (less knitting) and to the incredibly warm yarn we chose for our shop sample: the simply divine Woolfolk FÃ¥r. This sweater was worked up in less than 7 skeins (under 350g), so it's very lightweight to wear, but the "chainette" construction of the yarn lends extra insulation to the garment. Rather than being spun in the traditional sense, chainette yarns are very fine knitted tubes in themselves.Â These tubes or chains have lots of tiny air pockets that trap the wearer's own body heat proving that, when it comes to wool and warmth, bigger is not always better. Very clever stuff indeed.
The pattern from is from Brooklyn Tweed and it has all the signature style and smart detailing that you would expect from this respected design collective.Â We opted to stick with the three-quarter length sleeves as provided for in the pattern, but they could easily be lengthened for added warmth.
Il Grande Favorito
Aptly named, this pattern is a firm favourite among us all at This is Knit.Â "Il Grande Favorito" is a top-down sweater with optional short row shaping at the lower back to create a flattering dipped hem.Â The original pattern called for holding two strands of yarn together to get the correct tension, but we have happily discovered that Rico'sÂ Alpaca Blend Chunky is perfect for this design, just as it is.
While the chainette construction of FÃ¥r kept things light in our first example, this time around it is blended nature of the yarn creating a "best of both worlds" scenario.Â Alpaca Blend Chunky contains 50% natural fibres (alpaca & wool) and 50% acrylic, and this allows for a full sweater to be made with just 8 balls (400g for the 38 inch size).Â So we get all the cosiness of natural fleece fibres, with the dash of practicality from a lighter weight synthetic and it all adds up to a stylish winter "must-have".
Do you have a favourite Chunky Sweater pattern?Or have we inspired you to make one of these two?
Don't forget you can pop in to see these garments (and all our shop samples) any time!