Non-Knitters Unite! or Winter Wool Pullover

It’s a well documented fact that I am insanely jealous of knitters. I love love love wool sweaters. I think cotton sweaters are useless for keeping you warm. And, they fade. They fade badly. But, wool sweaters have moved out of my price range in the last ten years. For real. I can remember buying 100 percent wool sweaters at lower to mid price stores as a matter of course. But, now they are a blend and are not the same quality I used to find.

wool knit pull over

So, I was super excited to find several wool sweater knits at Mood when I visited back in October. I took some samples home with me and started digging through my Burda magazines for an ideal match in the September 2012 #106 pattern. At $18 a yard and needing less than two yards for a sweater, I knew I’d be hard pressed to buy anything for less.

wool knit pullover

My first sweater is a orange/ brown sweater knit that feels as soft as my friend’s J.Crew cashmere. The color just about blends in with my skin in real life 🙂

wool knit pullover

It rocks under my suits — including this denim ‘washable suit’, heh. The denim adds to a 70s vibe the color gives off.

 wool knit pullover

The sweater knit doesn’t have the highest recovery. So, my sleeves stretched a bit into a bell shape. Noting this, I took about three – four inches out of the neck binding.

wool knit pullover

The French darts provide great shaping. Thanks for my Facebook friends I was able to alter the bust for a one-inch FBA.

 wool knit pullover

If you’ll notice, I did the binding on the bias, the bottom band on the crossgrain. It helps provide some visual interest.

Overall, a winner of a pattern and a sweet warm sweater to boot. I’ve already gotten loads of wear and compliments on my sweater. And, best of all, I was *warm* 🙂 I have a few more sweaters planned for this winter from Mood’s sweater knits. I feel toasty already!

Editor’s note: We do have some sweater knits online here. Or you can visit the NYC store where we have a really great collection of sweater knits. Plus we just got a fantastic shipment of Missoni wool knits at Mood NYC that would make beautiful capes and ponchos.



  • Diana
    December 14, 2012

    I love your sweater that looks just great on you, great job! I find the good sweater knit fabric is increasingly hard to find, maybe its going to make a comeback and with better quality

  • Carolyn
    December 14, 2012

    I’m loving the sweater! Can’t wait to see what other versions you come up with!

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 14, 2012

    It’s a lovely sweater. Thank you for proving that you don’t have to know how to knit to make a sweater!

  • Erica B
    December 14, 2012

    That’s a great pullover. I can knit, even though I’m too lazy to do it. This is a great substitute.

  • Carrie
    December 15, 2012

    Very nice! Now I’m inspired to use the sweater knit I purchased!

  • Ginger
    December 15, 2012

    This looks great! I love it!

  • oonaballoona
    December 17, 2012

    oh, that suit. that fabulous suit. (the sweater too, for realz.)

  • Amanda S.
    December 18, 2012

    Very fun! Looks great with the suit!

  • Laura in Asheville, NC
    December 22, 2012

    Great job! I also made my first “sweater” from yardage about a month ago….my turned out well too! Love your blog.

  • Amy
    January 1, 2013

    I wish I were close enough to visit Mood’s New York store. I want a sweater like this!!