THE SNUG­GLE IS REAL

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It has re­cently been brought to my at­ten­tion that jazzy knits are my ‘thing’. I hon­estly had no idea, un­til I ex­am­ined the ev­i­dence – it’s true, my win­ter wardrobe spans striped lurex jumpers to neon braided cardi­gans. So based on the fact that a great sweater or cardie is the eas­i­est thing in the world to wear ( just add jeans), here are some re­cent dis­cov­er­ies that I think are worth try­ing at home now that the cold is really set­ting in…

LALO

Tbil­isi-based sis­ters Lalo and Nina Dolidze be­gan hand­mak­ing their bright, braided cardi­gans in 2012 us­ing tra­di­tional Ge­or­gian knit­ting tech­niques, and em­ploy­ing lo­cal crafts­men. As their la­bel grew, so did their prod­uct of­fer­ing, but the cardies – whether patch­worked, braided or cov­ered in shaggy fring­ing – are still at the cen­tre of it all. From £335, lalo­cardi­gans.com.

I LOVE MR MIT­TENS

I can’t pre­tend I un­der­stand the name. But this brand, founded by An­twerp-based de­signer Stéphanie Caulier, does some of the hefti­est jumpers I’ve ever seen. Each is hand­made by com­mu­nity of in­de­pen­dent knit­ters.

COVE CASH­MERE

Friends Sarah Kocher and Jac­que­line Ber­glund launched Bishop’sstort­ford brand Cove in 2011. Its range is small and formed of clas­sics, but the colours are vivid and seem to with­stand a cold wash in the ma­chine if, like me, you’re too lazy to treat cash­mere prop­erly. From £99, cov­ecash­mere.co.uk.

AL­LUDE

Chic over­sized hood­ies are a spe­cial­ism for An­drea Karg, founder of Mu­nich la­bel Al­lude. Wear yours loose with leg­gings to pad around the house, or half-tuck it into black jeans and add heels to go out for drinks. Cash­mere hoodie, £525, net-a-porter.com.

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