Knitwear styles come and go as quick as lightning in this ever-changing market. When you factor in the countless hours spent on a project plus the cost of a good quality knitting yarn, the key word seems to be versatility. Enter the cocoon, perhaps the ultimate transformer when it comes to sweater design, with its oversized cape-like sleeves that curve along the shoulder line, a soft-draped collar that envelops like a shawl, the open front resembling a cardigan, it is a style that cloaks, wraps, and surrounds the wearer with a layer of warmth.
Take a look at this week’s selection of cosy cocoons-
Designed to knit in two easy pieces with side button closures, this cocoon jacket highlights the brushed allure of alpaca and the natural slub of cotton. Knit in Alpacotton by Katia. Col #58 (shown above).
Worked from side-to-side, this cocoon jacket begins with a provisional cast on at centre back and knits towards the sleeve cuff. After casting off, provisional sts are picked up and the opposite side is worked in reverse. The front features a flattering turnback collar in sturdy seed stitch and finishes off with button detail at the neckline. Knit in City by Katia, a brand new worsted wool blend available now in sixteen transitional colourways. Col. #905 (shown above).
Add awesome style to your wardrobe with this cocoon jacket featuring a fold back collar and fun textured stitch pattern. Knit in Country Style DK from Sirdar, a true classic yarn, easy care and lightweight with more than forty shades to choose from. Heather (shown above).
A cosy alternative to borrowing granddad’s favorite cardigan, this cocoon-shaped coat is knit in a classic rib with well-sculpted fronts. The yarn choice is a brushed bulky merino, alpaca and yak blend dyed in a subtle tonal drift. Yak Merino, new for Fall/Winter from Lana Grossa in Mink (shown above).
An oldie but a goodie, this Mirasol design carries over from a previous season but fits the knitwear theme exceptionally well for this time of year. Overflowing with comfort and warmth, this cocoon is created by knitting a single rectangular piece for back and front which is then folded in half, followed by picking up sts along the sides for sleeves. Knit in Api, a wispy blend of alpaca and highland wool. Ultra Violet (shown above). Pattern available online here.
Capturing the look of the moment, this style designed by the Katia team makes the ultimate go-to piece when the thermometer drops. Knit in two pieces beginning at the outer sleeve edge, stitches meet in the middle and are grafted together for a seamless finish. Look for Katia’s newest quality, Textura, a bulky wool blend that lets the knitter create the surface texture by following the colour veins in the yarn. Col. #107 (shown above).
A great deal of ingenuity and a slight wave of a magic wand (flip it over to create two different styles) goes into this cocoon vest designed by Nina Klecki. Featuring all the elements of a great design- no seams to sew, one-piece construction, loose fit with plenty of drape, and covering all the bases from vest-to-cape-to-cardigan-to-shawl. Knit in Mulberry Linen, a gorgeous natural mix of fibre with a silky handle. Taupe (shown above).