This was a nearly impossible task: winnowing down the thousands of beautiful pullover designs to these sixteen.
We didn’t give up, though, and have arrived at this smorgasbord, cornucopia, bountiful buffet of designs that made 2018 such a memorable year for knitwear design.
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Here, listed in alphabetical order by designer’s last name, are 16 pullovers that have won our hearts, and we know will win yours, too.
Huna by Neisha Abdulla. A roomy, drop-shouldered fit that is easy to wear, with playful asymmetry: the cable on the body is echoed on one sleeve.
Noten by Ankestrick. Bold stripes and a folklore “print” yoke, this is a handknit love letter to fashion designer Dries Van Noten. Pleats at the sides add a subtle fit and flare.
Widow’s Kiss by Thea Colman. The dimensional cabled fabric, elegant neckline and chic short hem, with the contrast of plain stockinette sleeves. Inspired by a specific rustic yarn, but a beautiful choice for many worsted weight wools.
For Fox Sake by Maxim Cyr. Foxes. In. Glasses. And somehow, the tail is there, too. Whimsy and graphic punch, dialed up to 11. What can a knitter do but cast on?
Karekare by Francoise Danoy. A sleek pullover with yoke based on a traditional geometric wave motif found in Maori weaving.
Rainy Drops by eri. An elegant answer to the puzzle of turning a few delicious speckled skeins into a sweater. Two sleeve options, and the possibility of using both in the same sweater!
Chaika by Midori Hirose. The magic lightness that comes from knitting a yarn looser than the label says. A flowy cropped-ish pullover with a dramatic contrasting neck (or not).
Sipila by Caitlin Hunter. Scrolling paisleys around the yoke that look good in monochrome or a rainbow, a choice between baroque long sleeves or a snappy short-sleeved tee. Cotton or wool: no wrong choices with this joyful pullover.
Pixham by Jimenez Joseph. A stylish box top that’s knit sideways with a braided detail that gives the knitter a fun moment of weaving. Neatly seamed and trimmed. Simple and beautifully detailed.
Olive—My Size by Pernille Larsen. Polished and delicate, the sample uses multiple strands of mohair/silk and merino to exquisite effect. It’s hard to believe this design was originally a baby sweater.
Tuileries by Julie Knits in Paris. A trim, body-skimming silhouette, with fine ribs and a funnel neck. This is a daily sweater that delivers on its promise of Parisienne joie de vivre.
Papa by Junko Okamoto. Instantly recognizable, with a bear-hug fit and bright splash of modern colorwork. To see it is to smile.
Rockefeller Center by Xandy Peters. Drop-stitch lace and you can wear it frontwards or backwards? People will talk. That’s OK.
Tulip by Ririko. Box top or tunic? Bell sleeve or fitted? It’s knitter’s choice and you can’t go wrong.
Sunburst by Yuko Shimizo. The wide cropped shape and color choices are everything here: cozy, relaxed, and totally fashion.
Sevrine by Vanessa Smith. The hourglass shape looks so fresh, plus: the reverse-stockinette background makes sinuous mirrored cables pop.