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Every year, String Yarns produces a flurry of new knit garments & accessories. A melting pot of inspirations fuels their designs, with elements pulled from sundry sources: tiny garment details spotted in Manhattan’s storefront windows; silhouettes that have sashayed in recent runway collections; prevailing trends in the knitwear community; the moods and seasons of New York City. All aspects coalesce to inform our design aesthetic—it’s a process of which we’re extremely proud.

Before the year 2016 officially fades into a brand new 2017, we thought we’d take a moment to look back at the year that was. Our fearless leader, Stacy, with the help of the rest of String Yarns’ staff, picked out the following designs. Some of these designs were fresh creations for 2016; others are long-standing String Yarns’ favorites whose popularity cannot be denied. We hope you’ll enjoy this list. May it inspire a bright new year of knitting!

Now, in no particular order, here are String Yarns Best Patterns of 2016! 

The Asbury Coat

The Asbury Coat in String Dolcetto

Stacy’s favorite for the year, The Asbury Coat in String Yarns cashmere-blend Dolcetto, is a popular garment for so many reasons. The cables on the chest and upper back create a swingy, A-line silhouette that flatters the figure. Corollary cables in the sleeve hems replace the standard ribbing that has become so commonplace in sleeves. As Stacy said, “it appears traditional, but the fit is anything but. The cabled bodice and the fuller body are flattering to most shapes and sizes. I think a coat like this is the perfect piece for in between fall and winter seasons.” 


Cabled Cashmere Hat

Cabled Cashmere Hat in String Classica

The Cabled Cashmere Hat in String Classica may not be new for 2016, but it has definitely been one of String’s most popular kits since its release. Stacy calls it “the quintessential NYC headgear.” A thick ribbed brim ensures warmth and a comfortable fit while wide cables traverse the body of the hat to its peak, where a perfectly matched fox fur pom pom tops it all off. As Stacy says, “Cables are always fashionable!”

PRO TIP:  Buy the Cabled Cashmere Hat kit for 15% OFF using the code HATSOFF and join us for our Hats Off Knit-A-Long for a chance to win some great String Yarns gifts! Full details can be found here.


Cookies & Cream Cardigan

Cookies & Cream Cardi in Spud & Chloe Sweater

The Cookies & Cream Cardi might be the cutest kids garment we’ve ever seen. Our customers really love it! Knit in fisherman’s rib in the soft, superwash Spud & Chloe Sweater, the C&C Cardi is a fast, unisex knit your little one can wear through the seasons.

Yin and Yang Pullover

Yin and Yang Pullover in String Classica DK or Filatura Di Crosa Zara

It’s no surprise to us that the Yin and Yang Pullover was popular this year. It’s so classically chic and timeless, it could very well wind up on our Best of list for 2017 too—we’ll just have to see! The center panel of Yin and Yang falls slightly askew for a modern take on a traditional stripe motif. With all the colors of String Classica DK and Filatura Di Crosa Zara available, it’s incredibly easy to make this top your own.  

Riviera Pullover

Riviera Pullover in Stacy Charles Fine Yarns Flora and Filatura Di Crosa Superior

Stacy Charles Fine Yarns’ sequin-studded Flora and Filatura Di Crosa’s cashmere/silk-blend Superior are held together in this beautiful, lightweight Riviera Pullover. Featuring a deep v-neck, flattering A-line silhouette, and generous front pockets, the Riviera Pullover shimmers with Flora’s sequins and is next-to-skin soft in a blend of cotton, cashmere, and silk. 


Her Fringe Shawl

Her Fringe Shawl in Loopy Mango Merino No. 5

The Her Fringe Shawl is a perfect knit for right now. Worked in 4 balls of Loopy Mango’s soft, squishy Merino No. 5 and finished with a thick, long curtain of fringe, the Her Fringe Shawl is a statement piece you’ll have off the needles in no time. Did we mention it’s worked on US size 35 needles?


String Opera Coat

String Opera Coat in String Breeze, Stacy Charles Fine Yarns Flora and Stella, and Tahki Yarns Tandem

Lidia Karabinech designed the String Opera Coat this past spring and we were instantly in love. Inspired by Missoni and immediately evocative of spring, the String Opera Coat features Tahki Yarns multicolor Tandem and Stacy Charles Fine Yarns Flora and Stella in the lacy, leaf-like lower body. The upper body is worked in String Breeze for a wholly lightweight and luxurious coat.


Cherry Blossom Tank

Cherry Blossom Tank in String Windsong

The Cherry Blossom Tank is the kind of top you can live in all spring and summer and layer over in the fall. Knit in String Windsong, a blend of linen and silk, it’s Cherry Blossom’s simple, straightforward details that give it charming appeal. Windsong creates drape that skims the figure perfectly, and small details like a deep v-neck and elongated-stitchwork hem keep it eternally stylish. 

Did your favorite String garment make our ‘best of’ list? What did we miss? What did you love? Let us know in the comments below!

December 19, 2016


Teresa DeSalvo:

Have a very merry Christmas and healthy Happy New Year. The sweaters are very beautiful. Thank you for all the wonderful email this year.

December 20 2016

Laraine Leadmon:

Thanks so much for all your Motivating e-mails..Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,,

December 20 2016

Nancy Spidell:

Where is the winter hat and scarf with the fur pom-pom???? I think that was one of your best and easiest to make! I have gotten a tremendous amount of compliments on it!!!

December 20 2016

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