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Fall Fashion: Key Items for 2017

Posted By TNNA HQ, Thursday, September 14, 2017
Updated: Monday, September 11, 2017

Fall Fashion: Key Items for 2017

 By Joy Macdonell

Fall is arriving and with it are fall fashions that focus on comfort and versatility. Sweater and dress silhouettes are slouchy and oversized, which means our knitting does not need to be perfect in fit. There is a minimalist fashion trend that focuses on monochromatic and ombre color transitions that feature texture achieved by stitch definition or cabling. In addition, roll-neck sweaters and the cropped top remain key layering pieces.

The Boxy Sweater

The boxy crew or cardigan is a versatile item that can be decorated with hand stitching, a textured pattern, garter stitch, or mismatched stripping. Bristol Ivy’s Newsom and Waits cardigans capture the season’s look in a boxy shape with a touch of perfectly placed detail.


The Cozy Wrap

Fall wraps with cozy warmth are the best for a chilly fall evening. Necklines are higher for the fall a cowl or scarf can add the decorative look of a higher neckline while keeping with the casual look of the season. Warm wools, alpaca, and mohair can create a cozy enveloping feel.

The Trifecta cowl by designer Angela Juergens made from Blue Sky Fibers Woolstock is a perfect example of a high neckline created by a shoulder cover that is perfect for the beginner and uses the fall fashion of hombre color. 


A Refined Cape

A refined cape is a transitional seasonal piece moving from a cool morning to a warm fall day. With an elongated shape and handkerchief hem, it is a wonderful garment for a minimalist look. This piece benefits from clean detailing in a plain fine wool, merino, cashmere, or cotton cashmere blend for a classic look.

Bernat’s Chill in the Air cape with cables is made from a drapey alpaca with clean long cable lines.

Cape Rodney by designer Ann Dewey is a soft, lightweight cape with a flattering front and a dramatic back. Made in the round with 12-ply Mohair by Bendigo Wollen Mills it is a beautiful piece that can be worn day or night. 


A Relaxed Cardigan

Oversized sweaters are key for the fall with relaxed and unstructured construction. Cardigans can do more than button: they can wrap, tie, snap, zip, pin, and belt. Make your cardigan fall boho with drop sleeves, fringing, embroidery, or fair Isle patterning for a colorful fall fashion.

Georgie by Kim Hargreaves features long lines with a little sleeve detail that can be pinned, belted, tied, or left open.


The Mock Crop

New for Fall 2017 is an alternative to the shrug. The cropped mock-neck or mini cape create excellent layers for the fall. These flexible pieces can be worn as shrugs or scarves. Designer Julie Turbide made this shrug/scarf garment from a Bernat Chunky fiber using a moss stitch and a large gauge in a seasonal green. 


The Mountain Caplelet by Purl Soho is another great example of a simple fall knit that covers the shoulders and features a high neckline. Made from Purl Soho’s Gentle Giant on size 19 needles, this would be a quick knit that would get tons of wear in the transitional fall season.


About the Author

Joy Macdonell ( is a Creative Blogger and Fiber Consultant. Her job has provided her with lots of great opportunities to teach, including as the host of a television show on the DIY network (Greetings, from DIY) and one on PBS (Crafting at The Spotted Canary). She has also been the guest representative for Martha Stewart Crafts on the Home Shopping Network and has been the education director for the Martha Stewart Crafts brand since it launched in 2007. Prior to starting her career with EK Success Brands in 2001, she and her sister owned the very popular scrapbook store in Fairfax, VA, My Scrapbook Store.

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