There’s no better time to load up on knit fabric than in winter. Sure, knits make darling dresses for spring, but they’re also warm, cozy and perfect for layering. Now I’m not suggesting the time-consuming task of hand-knitting your wardrobe this season (though there’s nothing more timeless than a chunky cable-knit sweater). I’m talking about cut and sew knit fabric in rich textures or delicate solids. I’ve gathered some cool project inspiration from the latest trends on the market—each with its own style personality.

The Luxe Knit: Nothing is simpler or chicer than a cowl-neck poncho like this. You’d only need two pattern pieces to replicate this beauty. Simply sew a beautifully draped collar into a rectangle for a handkerchief finish. The best part of stretch fabrics? No fraying so no hem necessary.

The Girly Knit: Here’s another easy one for you. When making a skirt, nothing works better than a thick knit. It ensures a nice “tailored” fit while maintaining a wearable comfort. I loved the simplicity of this high-waist flared number. Can’t you just picture it with opaque tights and your favorite heels? I’ll definitely be making something similar for myself—stay tuned.

The Tough Knit: It’s easy to forget that knit fabric can also be used as an accent on one of your designs. This leather jacket was given an edgy twist with comfy contrast sleeves. Clever, huh?

The Relaxed Knit: In the mood for lounging as much as I am this winter? No need to rely on sweats. Try making a simple faux-wrap maxi-dress like this Tinley Road one. It’s kind of like wearing a blanket but way more fashionable. And fortunately, it would look just as great with boots as it does with sandals.

December 30, 2013 — Shopify API