We’re all about sweater weather right now at Cashmerette HQ, whether or not the actual weather wants to cooperate! But we know that getting your hands on quality sweater knits can be tricky. Local fabric shops may have limited selections, and shopping for fabric online can be intimidating. So we’re here to make it a little bit easier with a roundup of some of our favorite Tobin-worthy sweater knit fabric ideas.
When you’re shopping for fabric for your new Tobin Sweater, look for medium- to heavy-weight knits with at least 20% stretch. Good search terms to use include sweater knit, boiled wool knit, ponte, double knit and stretch terry.
Don’t see the exact color or print you want in our list? Many of the fabrics below are available in multiple colorways. And if you’re not sure whether a fabric has the feel or stretch you want, or whether two fabrics will pair nicely for a color-blocked look, we always recommend ordering a swatch first.
Alright, bring on the cozy fabrics!
A solid Tobin Sweater will turn into a cool-weather wardrobe workhorse. You can find stretch terry in a wide variety of solid colors.
Spice up your Tobin with a bit of texture! Just because you opt for a solid, doesn’t mean your sweater has to be plain. How glam would a metallic Tobin look? And that mustard textured ponte is a thing of wonder.
Stripes are made for sweaters, and stripey sweater knits come in a variety of colors, textures, and sizes, from ultra-thick stripes to pinstripes. And you can’t go wrong color blocking a stripe fabric with a solid.
Let your wild side out with an animal print! Whether subtle or bold, cute or fierce, an animal print is sure to make a statement.
How cute would a polka-dotted Tobin Sweater look? So. Cute.
The easiest, most foolproof way to ace color blocking is to get double faced or reversible fabric. The two sides are designed to pair perfectly, and you can guarantee that both colors will drape and wash the same way.
If you dig a little deeper, you can find some gorgeous floral sweater knits and pontes. We love these three options for cooler weather.
When color blocking, the possibilities are endless! Solids and stripes are a safe bet of course, but why not push the envelope a little with these fun combos?
Phew, that’s quite a few sweater knit fabric ideas, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg! There are so many amazing sweater fabrics out there, and we can’t wait to see what you find (and make with it)! Make sure to tag your photos on social media with the hashtag #TobinSweater so that we can ooh and aah at how stylish and cozy you look. And be sure to check out our roundup of ideas from ready-to-wear fashion to load up on even more Tobin Sweater inspiration.
4 thoughts on “Sweater Knit Fabric Ideas and Inspiration”
I have a lovely sweatshirt with matching ribbing. Could ribbing work for the cowl or split neck?
Hi Laura, you could use the ribbing for the cuffs and hem! Here’s a version where we did just that: https://blog.cashmerette.com/2019/10/tobin-variation-how-to-sew-a-workout-sweatshirt.html
That’s good to know, but I was hoping to make a less sporty version and still be able to use my matching ribbing. So I’m guessing that using the ribbing for the cowl neck or split neck pieces isn’t a good idea?
I’m not sure we’re necessarily recommend it–if it’s similar to 6″ wide ribbing like we used for the sporty Tobin, it wouldn’t have worked for the split neck and would be too chunky for the cowl neck. But it’s your Tobin, so if you have a vision for it, go for it! 🙂