Men’s knitwear.  A decade ago that phrase would only be used to describe v-neck, button down grey sweaters Grandpas all over the world wore.  (Which I still love to wear to this day.)  Though we have seen many sweater vests, beanies, scarves, sweatshirts, and crew-neck pullover sweaters knitwear has remained pretty bland in my opinion.  Solid colors are made to look interesting with layers, and I can only stand so much argyle.  There was need for a change.

Well someone must have heard my plea.  Today, I see men’s knit-wear has finally evolved to a place I can call home.  With a touch of edginess, these knitwear designs can add a touch of the unusual to any fall wardrobe.

One of my favorites is Sibling, the bold, progressive men’s knitwear label. Launched on May 29th 2008 was born out of a desire to give knit-wear for men a kick.  All their collections experiment with bright, neon colors and their association with strong patterns such as leopard print, or a skull pattern.  The contradiction between toughness and playfulness gives these classic styles new life.  Sibling is a collaboration between Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery. Between them they have served under the guidance of Alexander
McQueen, Giles Deacon, Gallliano, Lanvin, Jonathan Saunders and Bella Freud; and their influences show.

Then there is also another up-and-coming favorite.  Hailing from the Danish School of Design, Jeppe Hellemann Worning, has already begun to show great promise and talent in his designs.

Dear Intermediate Knitters: So you know how to knit and purl, make a hat, socks, scarves. How about moving on to the real deal — sweaters.  The Textile Arts Center is offering a class in Seamless Sweaters coming this November!