Winter Wardrobe Staple: Intarsia sweaters

intarsia sweaters roundup

Just in case you haven’t noticed yet, it’s winter here in the Northern hemisphere. So what better to wear than a snuggly, fluffy sweater? With, you know, a giant animal emblazoned across the front. What do you mean, you don’t have a giant animal on the front of your fluffy sweater? Well, allow us to fix that for you by rounding some up for you and herding them into the Fashion Police courtroom, where you can judge them to your heart’s content.

Intarsia sweaters are very much a winter staple for some people. From that first one your granny knitted you when you were a toddler, through all of the ones you got for Christmas, right up to the present day, when they’re available in every high street store, we’re willing to bet that the vast majority of you have owned at least ONE piece of knitwear with a pattern of some kind knitted into it, are we right? Would you wear one now, though? Well, there are so many of them available this month that at least SOME of you must be…

Of course, the pattern doesn’t necessarily HAVE to include an animal. Swans, cats and swallows are popular right now, but so are hearts, slogans and the classic “holiday” prints like snowmen, reindeer and Christmas trees, so really, anything goes. The ugly holiday sweater has been well and truly reborn: but what do you think of them? Will you be snuggling up in one of these this December?

13 Comments

  • December 1, 2011

    Daisy

    My God no.

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  • December 1, 2011

    cora

    Honestly? I kind of like them. The cat and snowman sweaters are hideous beyond belief, but I wouldn’t be opposed to wearing that fox cardigan on a casual Sunday…

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  • December 1, 2011

    HJ

    Love ’em.

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  • December 1, 2011

    Rachel Gray

    I’d these to holiday parties with my nieces & nephews. Not for audiences age 12 and over.

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  • December 1, 2011

    naiadknight

    *Hurk* After being forced to wear these almost every day, all winter, even on unseasonably warm days, throughout my entire childhood, because Gramma bought/ Granny made it, has put me off to those for the rest of my life. I’m even leery of most prints because of that scarring. The closest to one of those that you’ll see me come is a plain sweater and snowflake earrings.

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  • December 2, 2011

    diana

    I would wear teh black one with birds/seagulls print, that looks like it is Miu Miu

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  • December 3, 2011

    Shannly

    I actually like some of them, like the bunny 🙂

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  • December 3, 2011

    annet

    i have to admit i saved the one with the big swallow, i’m experiencing a knitting frenzy at the moment and that might be cute!

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  • December 4, 2011

    corina

    not a fan. I wouldn’t wear any of the items depicted here, or any other similar…

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  • December 7, 2011

    Rock Hyrax

    There’s only kind of animal I’d like to wear on a jumper – but I’ve never seen one. 🙁

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  • December 8, 2011

    Kate

    Okay… the bunny sweater is kind of cute.

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