It’s all in the details. Whoever said that wasn’t wrong. Unexpected details can be a game-changer, often times taking a finished object from “did you knit that? to “how did you knit that?!” You can add unexpected detail to your project with a pop of color, a cool edging, or a subtle stitch pattern. Or you can follow the lead of these four designers who leveled-up their sweater designs with simple, yet stunning, yoke detail, sweet box pleat cuff detail, a delicate scalloped edge, and hidden pockets. Be inspired to cast on, or maybe even add a bit of unexpected detail to your current WIP.

KP Yoke Rasen by Ririko

This might be a simple pullover at first glance, but look closer to spy a unique burst of spiral texture around its yoke. Available in both English and Japanese, KP Yoke Rasen can be made with full or 3/4 length sleeves. But whatever you choose, pleats at the cuff offer polished finishing details. Knit this sweater with 919-1859 fingering weight yarn and size US 3 and 4 needles.

Syrah by Tricot Design MCL

This top-down, drop-sleeve pullover is anything but boring. The comfy fit of the sweater is complimented by puffed sleeves. But instead of a tapered sleeve, Syrah’s sleeves are tightened with a flattering box pleat at the cuff. Use fingering weight yarn and size US 6 and 2.5 needles to knit this sweater.

Sahra Sweater by Leeni Hoi

Sahra is an everyday raglan sweater that offers unexpected detailing along the extended ribbed hem: hidden pockets. Work this sweater from the top down, holding lace and fingering weight strands together, with your choice of a cozy turtleneck, crew neck, or funnel neck. Whatever you choose, we have a feeling this will be a favorite sweater for years to come.

Lana Pullover by EweKnit Toronto

This versatile sweater is a bit of a ‘choose your own adventure’ pattern. With fingering weight yarn (or two lace weight strands) knit this sweater to loose or fitted or with or without eyelet detailing around the yoke. You can also choose to add delicate scalloped edge detailing to the neckline, cuffs and hem.