Who doesn’t like a sweater with a surprise in the back? Open back sweaters have been ‘in’ for a while now, but I reckon they’re good for another year or two… or indefinitely, given how cute they are! Practical, not so much, but pretty? Definitely! If you fancy knitting your own, I’ve tracked down a few gorgeous patterns for you to take a look at:
- Justine Sweater by FLCTYdesigns on Etsy – this snuggly sweater uses a chunky yarn, and is written in one size, which looks like it would fit up to a UK 16 comfortably. Perfect for lounging by the woodburner in my alternate-Pinterest-reality…
- Double Trouble Sweater by Wool & The Gang – this reverse stocking stitch chunky jumper (on my needles as we speak…) is available as a free download if you sign up to their mailing list. I’m actually dithering over whether to keep the open-back detail, as my yarn is VERY WOOLLY, and I think it might be too scratchy to wear without a layer underneath.
- Vintage V-and-Button-Back pattern reproduced by OhhhMama on Etsy – doesn’t this picture just scream ‘strolling through the French countryside’? And who wouldn’t want that? Using DK-weight yarn, this would make an easy, stylish summer top.
- No Purls Sweater by MYandGG on EtsyStudio – not sure what Etsy Studio is yet, but I’m sure I’ll find out when I get that spare 5 minutes… Made super-simple by being all in garter stitch, this would be perfect TV- or meditation-knitting, and would grow very quickly in this chunky yarn! You could replace the band across the shoulders with fabric or a ribbon bow for added interest.
- Back Yard Top by Pickles – a new one on me, this Oslo-based yarn and pattern company has loads of cute, modern patterns. Designed for their own Bamboo yarn, this is another cool summer option.
I’m halfway up the front of the WATG Double Trouble Sweater in a gorgeous Lopi wool, so I’ll let you know how that goes. Hopefully you’ve seen a pattern here that appeals, if the open-back thing is your jam! It’s certainly mine, and I think I might be trying out the other options once I’ve finished my current project. Or before. Whatever…
Do you knit your own sweaters? And how do you feel about this style – cute, or too impractical in reality?
Take care, and happy knitting!