There are plenty of looks that lose favor with fashionistas, but stripes – even the horizontal variety – remain a wardrobe staple. Stripes can be bold, thin, vertical, horizontal, or colorful. The versatility of stripes allows them to be the hero of a trendy design or add a classic element to a timeless garment. Today we celebrate stripes in all of their subtle, bold, unexpected, and symmetrical glory.

Fernet Branca by Thea Coleman

This boxy sweater features incredible, allover texture with both vertical and horizontal lines. We love the sweater’s identical front and back and the classic feel that the added cable lends to the garment. Layer over a long shirt and pair with your favorite denim for a look that will take you through winter after winter.

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Fernat Branca is available in 9 sizes and calls for 1000 – 1800 yards of Aran Weight yarn. The designer suggests using Green Mountain Spinnery Weekend Wool.

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Sashiko by Bristol Ivy

This drapey sweater, a new one from designer Bristol Ivy, calls upon stripes to play to its unique construction. The horizontal lines along the sweater’s bust are flanked by vertical lines that follow the flow of the sweater’s body, reinforcing the sweater’s flattering drape. In a style that compliments many body types, you can wear this with a pair of leggings or denim for a comfy weekend look.

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This pattern is written for 8 sizes and calls for 1065 – 1765 yards of DK weight yarn. The designer suggests The Fibre Co’s Acadia or Magpie Fibers’ Solstice.

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Tamitik by Shannon Cook

In the subtle stripes category is the new Tamitik hat by Shannon Cook. Knit with repetitive slip stitches that resemble strip that run around the circumference of the hat. But if subtle isn’t your thing, take advantage of the designer’s instructions to knit it with more than one color.

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Written in three adult sizes, Tamitik calls for 116 – 132 yards of Bulky Weight Yarn. The designer suggests Hinterland Watershed.

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Stripe It To Me by Meghan Schmaltz

Bold stripes take center stage in these bright and playful socks. Pair two contrasting colors to knit the allover stripes, half of which are textured and half are smooth and straight. We love these to wear anywhere, with Mary Janes or peeking out of a boot.


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These socks are written in 4 adult sizes and calls for 350 – 700 yards Fingering Weight Yarn. The designer suggests new Ewe Ewe Yarns’ Fluffy Fingering.

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