To knitters everywhere else in the world, October 20th is just another day. But to those living in the United States, it’s the day that New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, lovingly known as Rhinebeck, kicks off. It’s a knitter’s mecca, where for two days the fiber obsessed descend upon Rhinebeck, NY. There, they scramble to get exclusive colorways from indie dyers, mingle with industry insiders, and, most importantly, show off their Rhinebeck Sweater. There is no official Rhinebeck sweater pattern; any sweater pattern will do. Though, the unofficial tradition is to knit a new sweater specifically for the event. And over the years the Rhinebeck sweater has become an event in and of itself.

With over a month until Rhinebeck there is plenty of time for your own Rhinebeck sweater. After all, it only takes 4-days to knit the Beekeeper Cardigan. Today we round up some newly released sweater patterns for your cast on consideration:

Journeyer by Bonnie Sennott

Knit with worsted weight yarn, this seamless sweater features a comfy, classic fit, 3/4 lengths, and paneled pattern work on the front and back of the sweater.


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Sized Women’s Small to 2XL, this patterns calls for 875 – 1425 yards of worsted weight yarn (the designer used Cascade 220).

Get The Journeyer Pattern from Ravelry:

Herbsaint by Thea Colman

An end of October date doesn’t guarantee sweater weather. Play it safe by knitting this short sleeved sweater so that if you do find yourself walking around in 85-degree heat you won’t have to tie your beautiful handiwork around your waist.


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Sized to fit most adult women, this sweater calls for 900-1300 yards of DK weight yarn.

Get the pattern:

The Throwback by Andrea Mowry

Cardigans are just as welcome at Rhinebeck as the traditional sweater, which is why we anticipate seeing many versions of Andrea Mowry’s newest cardi, The Throwback. The designer’s sample showcases the perfect fall color palette and it has us craving pumpkin spice flavored anything and researching cabin rentals in the mountains.


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The Throwback sweater is available in 7 sizes and calls for 1700 – 2150 yards of worsted weight yarn. The designer used Magpie Fibers and Spincycle Yarns.

Get the pattern:

Egg by Chantal Belisle

There will be egg on your face if you show up to Rhinebeck without a sweater. But there’s nothing wrong with showing up with egg on your sweater. A quirky sweater with an egg yoke (get it?!), this sweater is bound to turn heads, be a conversation starter, and nominate you the as the designated meet-up point. “Meet you on the hill next to the woman with the Egg Yoke sweater.”


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This sweater is available in 7 sizes and calls for 870 – 1853 yards of worsted weight yarn.

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