A Cozy Wrap Sweater in a Fresh New Color

Wrapped and bundled in a cozy wrap sweater in a new color for me — that’s how I ended 2022!

My final knit project of the year was Kim Hargreaves’ Devote sweater, a wrap style with bracelet sleeves and a very generous shawl collar. The drop-shoulder style gave it a slightly oversized feel along the neckline. The body was worked in stockinette stitch, with an eyelet ribbing pattern along the hems. Straightforward garter stitch created a voluminous and structured shawl collar and ties. I loved the detail of eyelets running along the sleeve edges, which were decorative and useful in keeping track of the increases need to shape the sleeves. Clever!

Wrap sweater
The Devote sweater using Arbor yarn in the Mesa colorway.

I used Brooklyn Tweed’s Arbor yarn, a 100% wool yarn in DK weight. According to the company, Arbor yarn is 100% developed, sourced, processed, spun, and dyed in the US. A detailed description of the process is on their website. The finished knit is soft, smooth, and slightly squishy.

I tried a new-to-me color — Mesa — a color that is reminiscent of terra cotta pots. In fact, Brooklyn Tweed’s color description for Mesa reads “the rosy pink of unfired terra cotta”. I would say it is definitely more of a darker terra cotta pot and less of a rosy pink. The color has a faded or muted quality that gives it a more down-to-earth vibe.

Detail view of the Devote sweater showing the ribbed eyelets and wrap style. Note the eyelets along the sleeves, which was a clever way to keep track of the increases.

This is a beautifully designed sweater. If I were to knit this design again, I would consider a few different options:

  • The knitted ties were stretchy and added a lot of bulk when wrapped. I wonder if using ribbons might be an interesting option. Or maybe making the ties narrower would cut down on the bulk without sacrificing the look.
  • Think about how much of a “blouson” look I want from the waist up. The style is meant to have volume, but it can end up looking messy. Given the large collar, I think less volume and a smoother look above the waist is more flattering.
  • I love the bracelet-length sleeves, but the sleeves could be more fitted. I think this may have been an issue with my gauge, so I’ll have to pay attention to that next time.
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