The Lodge Vest + Chunky Knitwear
We’re closing in on yet another turn around the sun, which can mean only one thing in the northern hemisphere: it’s time to cast on for chunky knits. The winter solstice is just two weeks away, and we can already feel it in New York City. The days are short, the shadows are long, and the nip in the air is developing into quite a bite. Cozy, comfort knitting takes precedence now more than ever—it’s every knitter’s greatest weapon against the approaching winter freeze.
There are several reasons why high fashion designers, String Yarns, and knitters in general love chunky knits. Aside from scratching the itch for instant gratification, get-off-my-needles-and-into-my-closet garments, chunky knits are often inherently timeless. Stitches of Brobdingnagian (ie, large!) proportions are often best left to speak for themselves, without the noise of fancy or complicated stitch work. An oversized stitch benefits from clean, simple lines. Minute details, by virtue of their effortless air, nicely juxtapose large, architectonic stitch work. We love all the chunky knits we’ve seen from Brunello Cucinelli, All Saints, Acne Studios, and more—they perfectly employ the elegant restraint that best serves a chunky gauge knit.
(Clockwise starting from top left) HunkyDory, Brunello Cucinelli, Stella McCartney, Acne Studios, All Saints
This season, chunky-knit inspiration struck after String Yarns’ in-house designer Lidia Karabinech browsed the gorgeous fashions in the windows on Madison Avenue. Armed with String Yarns Classica Bulky, a buttery soft, bulky weight cashmere, Lidia designed the Lodge Vest. The Lodge Vest embodies the classic silhouette and understated details of an immaculate chunky knit. It’s the kind of garment you can cuddle up in while knitting by the fire in, say… a relaxing mountain ski lodge!
Worked in easygoing garter stitch and thoughtfully detailed with slimming slip stitches, the Lodge Vest is a warm and on trend winter layer. Deep, generous pockets and an oversized fit up the cozy factor and extend the Lodge Vest’s utility. It’s still warm enough now to wear it alone over a long sleeve shirt, but as the winter progresses it will prove useful over a boiled wool coat or as an extra layer. A tidy garter stitch back nicely rounds out the vest and looks especially striking against the garter stitch in the collar and sleeves.
String Yarns Classica Bulky ensures the Lodge Vest is a fast, luxurious knit with flawless stitches and beautiful drape. The 100% cashmere content means that while you’ll be thrilled to wear the Lodge Vest all season long, you’ll be equally sad once you’re finished knitting it. To the question of whether you’re a product or a process knitter, the Lodge Vest unequivocally answers: both!
What color Lodge Vest do you crave? Do you have a favorite chunky knit you wear during the winter? Are you a product or a process knitter? Let us know in the comments!