Knitting Yarn Steps Back in Time with Batwing Sweaters
There was a time when I never would have believed that the oversized, exaggerated fashions of the 1980’s would ever come back in style. It did and for a while I was a little shocked but then I got used to the idea and actually started to enjoy some of the styles. While I may never get into shoulder pads and boxy power suits, I do like the idea of batwing sweaters. If the sleeves aren’t exaggerated too much and the overall style is something reasonable, I can really get into batwings. I especially like the way they seem to knit up so easily.
The seams on a batwing sweater are done a little differently than they are on other sweaters. Instead of having traditional seams for the sleeves, a batwing sweater will have a seamless transition from the body to the sleeve. Sometimes they are knit in the round and sometimes they are knit up in four nearly identical pieces that are then sewn together. I’ve scoured the net and found some interesting batwing sweaters that should add some variation to your wardrobe and allow you to try something new with your knitting.
The first sweater is from Rowan. As you probably know, I’ve got a bit of a crush on Rowan. I’m drawn in by the classic styles and the amazing landscapes of their magazines. Rowan 42 does not fail to deliver on amazing knit styles. The fabulous Iceland by Stephanie White is a great example of a batwing sweater done right. The simple leaf like pattern that stretches from sleeve to sleeve looks great and keeps the sweater from looking too old fashioned.
Photo Credit: Rowan
If you aren’t worried about looking retro, you might want to try Batwing by the Fiber Republic. The chevron stripes are reminiscent of a different era in fashion but this simple sweater can be quickly updated with the right accessories. The sweater is knit in four parts, which are seamed together at the end. The stripes and unique design keep this sweater interesting.
Photo Credit: Fiber Republic
For a batwing cardigan, you can try the Cabled Batwing from Debbie Bliss. This pattern can be found in her book, Fez. It is a stylish alternative to a traditional cardigan. It looks like just the sort of thing that would be perfect for sitting around a bonfire in on a cool summer evening, so you should get started now to have it ready in time.
Photo Credit: muu
Finally, for a pattern that still keeps the tradition of the batwing alive but maintains a much more modern silhouette, I would suggest Hannah Fettig’s Flugel. This sweater is knit in the round from the bottom up and only divided when you get to the sleeves. It seems like it would be an interesting experiment in knitting and a great chance to try something new with your circular needles.
Photo Credit: Hannah Fettig
Whatever style you choose, batwings are a great way to bring a little excitement to your wardrobe. It takes a bold woman to wear an exaggerated batwing, so be bold and take a chance. You’re sure to make a statement.
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