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Fall Fashion Knits to Buy or DIY

Aug 15, 2016

by Valerie Rains

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Once autumn arrives, our attention invariably turns to the cozy knitted and crocheted accessories that will see us through the seasonal transition. From stylish headwraps and drapey shawls to cable-knit booties and ombré wrist-warmers, these are the pieces we’ll be adding to our carts (and our DIY project piles) in the months to come.

Buy: Knitwear designer Leney (of A Girl Named Leney) makes each of her tasseled “Traveling Scarves” — available in five shades of 100% wool yarn — to order, from her studio in Richmond, VA. The name is fitting: You’ll want to take yours everywhere you go. (A Girl Named Leney, $190; buy it here)

Buy: The ultimate in feminine (around-the-house) footwear: handmade knitted slippers with contrasting floppy bows. (Nena Knit, $26; buy it here)

DIY: If you’re feeling crafty, why not tackle a creative DIY take on a mid-weight cowl? This tassel-accented pattern is suitable for knitters with beginner-level skills. (Knit Collage Yarns, $4; buy it here)

DIY: Manuosh’s kit contains everything you need to make a fab foldover merino wool clutch — including a pattern, needles, and tote you can use again and again. (Manuosh, $78; buy it here)

Buy: This super-chunky wool-blend cowl supplies double the warm fuzzies, since half of all profits benefit the Zimbabwe Orphans Fund. (IOCHIco, $39; buy it here)

Buy: Katty Huertas has a knack for taking typical winter accessories up a (really big) notch, as evidenced by this oversized, textured crimson cowl. (Katty’s Handcrafts, $60; buy it here)

Buy: The perfect poncho for a daring dresser, this colorful fringed creation was dreamed up by a Buenos Aires-based design duo who just happen to be sisters. (quirogaquiroga, $223; buy it here)

Buy: The must-have companion for a three-quarter-sleeve coat: cable-knit arm warmers that keep your wrists toasty and your fingers free. (Homelab, $39; buy it here)

Buy: We’re hooked on this ombré circle scarf that’s as versatile as a pair of blue jeans — and deserves just as much play in your wardrobe rotation. (Victory Garden Yarn, $100; buy it here)

Buy or DIY: The funkiest, fuzziest yarn coat we’ve seen, hands down. Buy a ready-made one from Alexandra Tavel of Two of Wands Shop, or download the pattern and whip up one of these boho beauties yourself. (Two of Wands Shop, $780 for finished coat or $5.50 for pattern; buy it here)

DIY: Canada maker Kerri Westlake parlayed a childhood affinity for pioneer handicrafts into a thoroughly modern line of hats, cowls, and headbands, which she sells as both finished products and in DIY kits. (Westlake Designs, $38.50 for kit; buy it here)

Buy: For those who never want to let go of fall colors, a vivid orange infinity scarf. (All Bundled, $40; buy it here)

Buy: Try crocheting up a surprisingly lightweight layering piece that transitions flawlessly through the seasons. (Ozetta, pattern $5.50; buy it here)

DIY: Sometimes we forget what we even did before boot cuffs were invented; these are available in pattern form, for those who want to customize their calf-covers. (Shanionie, $5; buy it here)

Buy: The classic aviator hat gets a handmade update in the form of this nubby number from Smiling Knitting. (Smiling Knitting, $35; buy it here)

Buy: These organic wool cable-knit booties from Knitted LT come complete with dots of non-slip latex on the bottom so you don’t go sliding unexpectedly across the floor en route to your midnight snack. (Knitted LT, $42; buy it here)

Buy: A color-blocked black and white scarf will look chic with just about anything. (Lydia in Stitches, $62; buy it here)

Buy or DIY: An adjustable buttoned beanie for a perfect fit — with just enough slouch; or make your own to measure with this $4.50 pattern. (Crochet Gallery, $25; buy it here)

Buy: The fuzzy pompom, the foldover top, the elflike pointed toe: There is just so much cuteness involved in these highly giftable slippers. (Fizz Accessory, $29; buy it here)

Buy: Behold, the vest/cowl/hood hybrid you never knew you needed — but will most likely live in for months on end, thanks to its endless potential layering variations. (Pleasantly Plump Knits, $150; buy it here)

Buy: This medium-weight, wool-blend crocheted cat-ear hat can be custom-made to fit feline fanatics of all ages. (The Seam Designs, $28; buy it here)

Buy: Adjustable tie-top mommy-and-me head wraps mean they won’t outgrow them immediately. (Max Olivia Knitwear, $25.50; buy it here)

Buy: Friendly little fox ears make this the one winter hat your wee ones will actually want to keep on for more than five minutes. (Bonus points for the built-in neck coverage!) (Frankly Made TN, $44; buy it here)

DIY: Calling all crocheters: Any undersea enthusiast would be head over heels — er, fins — for this crocheted mermaid tail blanket, which you’ll make from a DIY pattern. (Crochet by Jennifer, $5; buy it here)

DIY: Between the super-soft yarn and the little fold-over tops, these chunky knit baby booties are taking teensy toe-covers to the next level; kit includes pattern, wooden knitting needles, and cashmere, alpaca or merino yarn. (Castaway Knitting Scot, $24; buy it here)

DIY: Inspire impromptu reenactments of the Lion King or The Wizard of Oz with this hooded lion cowl pattern, complete with mane and ears. (Mon Petit Violon, $5; buy it here)

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