The New Knits:
Pare Down and Cozy Up
What separates the perfect sweater—the one you’re compelled to reach for first—from the rest? The accumulated sound decisions of its designer: the arbiter of shape and fit, tone and texture, gauge and trims. “Knitwear design is different from cut-and-sew—there are more parameters and limitations,” says Soyun Shin, founder of Los Angeles-based Soyer. “This is the part that I’m really attracted to.” For soft silhouettes sure to become enduring favorites, look to designers who share Shin’s meticulous approach to knits, including Lemaire, Khaite, Altuzarra, Protagonist, and Nehera.