One thing that has been drummed into my head in my few days of vegging out in front of the hotel TV is how the nature of American seasons and the 'coming of fall' is really emphasised in seasonal advertising.  "We have great denim offers for fall."  "Fall is coming, better stock up on school supplies." etc. 

Not that we don't have 'Back to School' offers thrown at us in the UK but autumn as a season isn't really emphasised in the same way.  Like the sucker that I am for TV-brain washing, all this 'Fall' talk has me subliminally reaching out for knits, capes, boots and layers – all the things that I normally adopt for leaf crunching, most people's favourite thing to do during autumn/fall – even if the temperatures outside suggest otherwise.  I think I may have seen more than 50ml of sweat coming off a jogger's forehead the other day as he was trudling by.

This may explain why I picked out the chunkiest Jil Sander knitted top yesterday at the Barney's Warehouse sale and why I'm posting about this debut collection of knitwear by Amy HallYokoo does somewhat own the chunky knitwear game though I have a feeling she may be heading in a slightly unexpected direction as her hugely successful Etsy label probably starts becoming a bit of a mini empire.  Amy Hall is a self-taught knitwear designer who interned at Clare Tough for a bit and as now launched her mini collection of seven pieces that are made in the heart of Dalston and ready to buy straight away.  She's a slightly more expensive prospect that Yokoo's knits though her mix of yarns errs towards the use of silk and mohair and merino wool and her pieces are larger scale too featuring capes, schrugs that can be worn both ways that are heavily built up in texture. 

The names of the pieces – squirrel, possum, fox, mink, beaver, monkey and bunny – are of course animal references without going anyway near the actual animal.  I love that the faux take on animal fur which I saw as a bit of a mini-trend at the LCF BA shows has been taken up as a commercial prospect through Hall's collection.  It will be interesting to see whether Hall builds on top of these initial core designs or where she does seasonal collections like other London-based knitwear designers.  I'd like to see badger, stoat, hare and vole get added to the mix… anthing to recreate Animals of Farthing Wood of course…

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Comments (31)

  1. Ooohhh me likey a lot – hey you getting a lot for your dollars to pounds?

  2. Joy D. says:

    I think that these knots are much softer than Yokoo’s. Like the knit guides created in the 60s and 70s with pictures of what you can make.

  3. Cynthia says:

    I’m not a hat girl, but that one is adorable!
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  4. KD says:

    That hat! Is unbelievably perfect for crisp autumn nights spent around a campfire or when out walking the dog or pretty much anything.

  5. wasparty says:

    That hat is so gorgeous! And I am sure it will keep a girl’s head warm during winter as well :)

  6. Adelythe says:

    Knitwear is just great ! It’s all my childhood memories (yes, I wasn’t actually happy to wear knitwear, but now I am !)
    Love,
    Adelythe
    http://hummingbird-cocoon.blogspot.com

  7. Very gorgeous and so loved the Animals of Farthing Wood!!

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  9. miss scarlet says:

    the hat is amazing!!!! so cozy….i want one!!!
    miss scarlet
    http://www.cluecult.com

  10. Angelique says:

    this just got me really excited for fall!
    <3

  11. Gorgeous pieces, I love the chunkiness. The shrug is particularly lovely.

  12. Melissa says:

    I love the chunky knit. It’s a bit hard to wear without looking super top heavy =/
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  13. margief says:

    the arm warmers are gorgeous….its getting pretty cold here at night so those would be a welcome addition to my outfits
    margief
    x
    http://www.margieheartsclothes.blogspot.com

  14. pony says:

    the hat is too too too cute! i’m a fiend for chunky knits.

  15. domo. says:

    I see my dream poncho!

  16. I love the up-coming trend for autumn/winter with chunky knit structures and edgy woolen styles. I would like to share a trend-related blogpost with you guys:
    http://www.fashionlifecoach.com/forecast/faux-bodycon-knitwear/

  17. renee says:

    thats one hell of a designer to look out for…!!!!!love those knit wears..!!!

  18. Chelsey says:

    I die for chunky knits, nothing is better… so cozy, so transitional. I just did an inspiration post so relevant to this. Bambi for RUSSH anyone? ^.~
    http://www.bobachi.blogspot.com/

  19. snappy says:

    These knits are fantastic. The details on the shoulder of the first are really great and I really like the cape. Colors on all are perfect for this upcoming season must have’s. Very snappy.
    snappy x
    http://www.snappylifestyle.blogspot.com

  20. Charlotte says:

    Mmm, wooly knitty knobbly bobbly goodness!
    I am currently obsessed with jumpers! I have never appreciated them so much – I used to see them as annoying things that cover up my meticulously chosen outfit, never seeing them as a potential cornerstone of an outfit themselves. I love to belt my white cable knit with Dad’s old brown leather belts… countryside ahoy!
    Charlotte xx
    http://stylerail.blogspot.com
    http://twitter.com/thestylerail

  21. I’m currently dying over knits. I have seen a lot recently with great hem-lines and such. Really making me wanna go there this fall!
    http://quenchfab.blogspot.com

  22. kiss.mequick says:

    I love this. so inspiring.
    xxx kissmequick

  23. She’s very pretty and I like her outfit.

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  25. tudza says:

    Hey, you with the hat, button up! It’s cold outside you nit.

  26. Valentine says:

    That is so cool!
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    -diary of a fashion stylist-

  27. I love these looks, so cozy. I haven’t found a good chunky knit for fall yet… thank you for sharing this!
    xoxo,
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/rebelbellevintage

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