Celebrate Wool Week with some natty new knitwear...
As the weather takes a turn, wrap up without a qualm...
Chunky knits are not just sensible, they’re the height of fashion.
The stores are filling up fast with heavy-duty sweaters and cardies. And so are our TV screens... As fans of hit series The Killing will know, main character Sarah Lund has become just as famous for her iconic jumper as her detective skills.
In the wake of the drama’s popularity, sales of patterned knitwear soared last winter. and with the third and final series airing in November, it would be wise to shop for your very own trademark knit now.
It would be a timely purchase, too; UK Wool Week starts on October 15.
One of its highlights is The Campaign For Wool’s ‘Wool School’, which will see strikingly different wool jumpers designed by fashion, textiles and design students across the country on sale in big name stores like Marks & Spencer, Hobbs and Topshop as well as online.
Here’s our pick of winter’s woolly wonders...
Baa Baa Brilliant
Slogans are big news this season. What better way to celebrate Wool Week than with Topshop’s Sheep Thrills statement sweater for The Campaign For Wool? Designed by Kingston University’s Henrietta Jerram and priced £48, it’s available from October 15 in Topshop stores and at www.campaignforwool.org
Inject some block colour into your cosy look with British fashion brand Jaeger’s bright blue beauty.
The cobalt cable-knit in pure wool, right, is a real head turner, thought it is also a pricy £199 (0845 521 0495/www.jaeger.co.uk).
Channel Sarah Lund in The Killing with Plumo’s take on her iconic original jumper. Hand-knitted in the remote Faroe Islands from organic, soft alpaca mix wool, it’s £329 (0844 557 3590/www.plumo.com).
Sometimes you just need a no-fuss, classic knit in a neutral colour which will complement just about any winter ensemble. Jigsaw’s offering for The Campaign For Wool does just that. Designed by Buckinghamshire University’s Hannah Simpson, it’s £195 and is available from October 15 (www.campaignforwool.org).
Fair Isle Fun
Nothing says winter like a Fair Isle with an uplifting print. Crew Clothing’s Bridford jumper is in a lambswool and angora mix, priced £70 at www.crewclothing.co.uk
Dote London’s boyfriend cardi is slouchy perfection. Made with merino wool and a touch of cashmere, it’s got cable designs and bobble detail and is and cosiness personified. It’s £175 (0208 743 8383/www.dotelondon.com).
Taking the countryside trend to another level, you’re sure to look foxy in Hobbs’ jumper for The Campaign For Wool. Designed by Ravensbourne’s Emma De Vries, £89, available from October 15 (www.campaignforwool.org).
Red alert! Knitwear doesn’t have to be shapeless. Inspired by traditional Aran cables, try Boden’s fitted cable jumper, also available in blue, green or white, from £34.50 (0844 873 0000/www.boden.co.uk).
Feeling indecisive? Marks & Spencer’s Limited Collection for The Campaign For Wool is like three jumpers in one comprising of different knit techniques and colour combos. Designed by The University of Leeds’ Natalie Mason, £39.50, available from October 15 (www.campaignforwool.org).
Play the sex kitten in the purr-fect big cat knit. Olsen’s leopard head print dress is a wool blend but lightweight enough to still look slinky, £129 (www.olsenfashion.com).
UK Wool Week is October 15-21. For more information about The Campaign For Wool visit www.campaignforwool.org