knit the trend: the sleeve scarf

Tricot tendance: l’écharpe à manches

The design is quite simple really: a scarf that looks like a long sleeve sweater, minus the body,  has been wrapped around your neck. First seen in the Chanel Fall 2016 collection, there were tweedy variations with striped hems or embellished ones over a neutral background color. Michael Kors, for his Fall 2017 collection, has streamlined the look with simple ribbed versions in a cashmere and mohair blend. In pretty neutral colors, the style works for both men and women.
Le concept est très simple en fait : une écharpe qui ressemble à un pull manches longues, dont on aurait enlevé le corps, enroulé autour du cou. On les a d’abord aperçues dans la collection Chanel Automne 2016, avec des variations en tweed à bords rayés ou décorées de bijoux baroques sur une base neutre. Michael Kors, dans sa collection Automne 2017, nous offre une version minimaliste en côtes toutes simples dans un mélange de cachemire et mohair. Dans de jolies teintes neutres, le style convient aussi bien aux hommes qu’aux femmes.

Chanel Fall 2016 – Michael Kors Fall 2017 ©Vogue

Vogue Knitting clearly acknowledged the Chanel inspiration when they published the runway inspired pattern, in the Fall 2016 issue, of a Fair-Isle sleeve scarf. The Late Winter 2017 issue provides another version, a solid cabled one. Knit as shown, mimic the runway designers, or customize a pattern for a truly unique creation. It’s so easy to be trendy this fall. Unless you hate knitting sleeves.
Vogue Knitting a clairement fait référence à Chanel pour le patron de cette écharpe à manches en jacquard, publié dans le numéro Automne 2016. L’édition Fin Hiver 2017 nous proposait une version unie à torsades. Suivez les patrons tels quels,  imitez les créateurs, ou bien personnalisez entièrement votre version pour une création unique. Cet automne, c’est facile d’être tendance. A moins que vous ne détestiez tricoter les manches.

Rosemary Drysdale Fair Isle Tubular Scarf – Alexandra Davidoff Cabled Sleeve Scarf © Soho Publishing

My version? I really love the Michael Kors model, so I would use the first pattern above as a template and after the hem, switch to one of these two pattern stitches below, in a beautiful brown yarn. This merino and silk blend must feel so lovely on the skin. What would your version look like?
Ma version? J’aime beaucoup le modèle de Michael Kors, alors je prendrais comme base le premier patron Vogue plus haut, et après le bord en côtes, je continuerais en utilisant l’un ou l’autre des points ci-dessus, dans une belle laine couleur chocolat. Ce mélange de mérinos et de soie doit être très agréable sur la peau. Et vous, quelle version tricoteriez-vous ?

Brioche Scarf Mulberry Merino Mistake Rib Scarf  © Purl Soho


12 thoughts on “knit the trend: the sleeve scarf

  1. Hi Agnes! I just found you through Shirley’s blog–so nice to make your acquaintance and read about all of your knitting and fiber interests. I had not, as yet, seen this sleeve scarf trend, but it’s a great one with lots of fun potential 🙂


  2. Thank you for this fantastic post! Loved seeing the fashion trend paired with knitting patterns, and what an ingenious idea! I agree with you, the Michael Kors version is the most elegant. I can’t wait to see your sleeve scarf in real life!

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  3. These are very neat. 🙂 They must be doubly warm, too, for their doubled-up construction (I assume they are knit in the round). I think I’d hazard one in bright pink or royal blue for my usually bland winter wardrobe. Thank you for sharing this.

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