Winter Sweaters: A Taxonomy

Know your knitwear.

Words by Tavi and Anna; pictures by Cynthia.


  • cherrycola27 December 28th, 2011 11:39 PM

    I might especially love the bacon-esque (breakfasty?) Cosby sweater.

    • christinachristina December 29th, 2011 12:19 PM

      there’s definitely some eggs and bacon and doughnuts going on in this sweater.

  • Ruby B. December 29th, 2011 12:16 AM

    My favorite is the Christmas Sweater. The Cosby Sweater is cool, too, but it reminds me of bacon somehow.

  • MADZ. December 29th, 2011 12:18 AM

    If I could eat this post I would. And it would taste delicious.

  • December 29th, 2011 1:21 AM

    The Argyle: If only I’d been wearing something with an argyle pattern on it! I could be like, Prime Minister of Australia by now :-))

    The Cable Knit: grandpa fishes?

  • Gretchyn December 29th, 2011 3:24 AM

    Holy shit, nailed it!

  • Dakota December 29th, 2011 3:51 AM

    This reminds me of Taylor-Ruth,, when she judges people based on their shoes, backpacks, etc. But she doesn’t judge them in a negative way. If you know her you know what I mean! :)

  • Sonja December 29th, 2011 3:56 AM

    ahhhhck!!! I love this. I was just doing a massive un-pack from a six-week work sojourn and it was two suitcases of sweaters..adding to the..other sweaters. SWEATERS RULE. But i was shaking my head. Too many. I mostly have angora. the furrier, the better..and vintage cashmere cardigans..the ones from Scotland. Digressing. OH! but i did notice that ‘curling sweaters’ and Cowichan sweaters (always) are hugely popular right now. again. at least across Canada.

  • Olivia December 29th, 2011 4:09 AM


  • Afiqa December 29th, 2011 6:23 AM

    The Cosby sweater reminds me of breakfast. Bacons, eggs and baked beans :)

  • kittenmix December 29th, 2011 9:22 AM

    ‘girls who look like they probably never poop’

  • Marguerite December 29th, 2011 10:37 AM


  • Nomi December 29th, 2011 11:33 AM

    I guess I’m a grandma-librarian…(sobs quietly in corner)
    Oh well, now I have an excuse to get fifty seven cats and eat a tube of ice cream while watching reruns of All My Children.

    • Indica December 29th, 2011 6:43 PM

      And apparently I’m Mr. Rogers.

  • Bug December 29th, 2011 1:36 PM

    Where do they sell ballerina sweaters? They look so cute! …Although I occasionally poop so it might not be my thing.

  • Indica December 29th, 2011 6:43 PM

    Obnoxious sweaters were all my seventh-grade health teacher wore. :D Nailed it.

  • geekchic December 29th, 2011 6:57 PM

    as an actual ballerina, i can tell you for sure that wearing one of those things makes you look absolutely ridiculous. we prefer baggy sweatshirts, thank you very much. a true dancer looks just as graceful in sweats as a tutu.

  • Fortune_Goddess December 29th, 2011 6:57 PM

    …Mr Rogers died? And… ALL of my seventh grade health teachers have worn Christmas Sweaters. Or Easter Sweaters. Or Lent (?) Sweaters. Or some Christian-related sweater. Even the guys. I might have gotten the holidays wrong though, I’m Jewish.

  • VintageAddict December 29th, 2011 8:00 PM

    and im wearing a cable knit. And I am not a fishing grandfather, but aparently I look like one. great.

  • insteadofanelephant December 29th, 2011 11:29 PM

    so that’s why i’ve been wanting to go fishing so badly… and boy, i really need to invest in an argyle sweater. ANYTHING that will make me motivated, even a placebo sweater, is ok with me.

  • Lascelles December 30th, 2011 5:51 PM

    Cardigans. Also seen on a moody 90′s rock star.

  • Jamie December 30th, 2011 9:33 PM

    best rookie post ever

  • LesSavyTrav December 31st, 2011 2:15 AM

    On a related note:

  • RockHatesMiriam December 31st, 2011 8:27 AM

    This is pretty much spot on!
    Except in England, college jumpers are worn by pretentious 12yr olds who have seen too many episodes of Glee and PE teachers who studied at the ‘University Of Leeds’…

  • Flower December 31st, 2011 9:07 AM

    i have the best Christmas jumper ever; huge, red with a tree and cat on it and lots of ugly lurex details. My mum used to be a knitwear designer and every time she sees me in it she practicly vomits.
    And I love it all the more because of that.

  • MissKnowItAll January 1st, 2012 3:57 PM

    OMG those drawings are so good. I’m an art student and I wish I could draw for a website as cool as Rookie.

  • Emilyisananglophile January 2nd, 2012 4:11 AM

    Ah the ironic christmas sweater day at school… the very few non-Christian (and therefore, usually, non-christmas-sweater-owning) students at my high school all wear our everyday cardigans (as worn by Neville when he kills Nagini in the 8th Harry Potter movie) and college tshirts (we’ll spring for the sweatshirt when we get in). Aren’t we the ones being ironic at this point? Yes? Shhhhhh. I’m just going to go with yes.

  • Lascelles January 2nd, 2012 2:56 PM

    The best sweaters are ones made from a special material… love :D