28 Different types of sweaters

The main types of sweaters

According to how they are worn

 Pullover sweater

types of sweaters

This is your typical comfy cozy sweater with a rib-knit crewneck, cuffs and hem; the kind that you can wear over shirts, tops and blouses and stay warm all over.

 Cardigan (Open style) sweater

many types of sweaters

This is an open front sweater.

According to the neckline 

 Crew neck sweaters

This is a sweater with a round rib-knit neckline, sitting close to the neck. This is usually a pullover sweater.

 V-neck sweater

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As the name suggests this is a sweater with a V neckline.

 Turtle neck sweater

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This sweater will have a high close-fitting turn over collar. It is also known as a polo neck or roll-neck 

 Shawl collar sweater

This is usually a cardigan sweater with a flat collar combined with a continuous lapel on the front opening. It can be full front open ie open front with no closures or button up. These sweaters usually fall below the hip and is worn over t-shirts and blouses.

 Full zip sweater

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A cardigan sweater with a full front opening fastened with zipper.

 Half zip/ Quarter zip sweater

This sweater has a high neck opening with a short zipper closure, which extends only till the chest (a short opening)

 Cowl neck sweater

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This sweater has a hanging neck which is similar to a turtle neckline but with a more draping effect – this cowl can be narrow or very broad and hanging (chunky cowl) 

 Buttoned placket Sweater

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A sweater with a small placket opening in the front.

According to Patterns

 Cable sweater

types of sweater

This is a pullover crewneck sweater with pretty, detailed knitted patterns (cable knit ) that resemble twisted ropes /braids and other patterns. This sweater may have an all-over cable design or just on the front. Honeycomb pattern, Saxon braids, lattice and knots are the most popularly used cable knit patterns.

 Fisherman’s Sweater

This is a type of traditional cable-knit crewneck sweater. Also called Aran Jumpers/ Aran cable-knit sweater. This is an Irish origin sweater, with beautiful and specific patterns on its front. This sweater kind of denotes wealth and privilege unlike its name fisherman’s sweater. 

 Tennis sweater

A white coloured pullover sweater with V- neck and long sleeves and coloured narrow bands at the neck and wrists.

 Ski sweater

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A heavy pullover sweater made of thick jacuqard knit yarns with elaborate patterns.

According to styles 

 Fanny sweater

different types of sweaters

A long style of sweater whose hem will come under the hip level ( covering the fanny/buttocks)

 Sweater with a hoodie

A hoodie is built into the neckline.

 Boyfriend sweater

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This is a pullover sweater with a loose, slouchy fit – which makes it seem as if you are wearing your boyfriend’s sweater. 

 Aircrew sweater /Submariner’s sweater

Both refer to a pullover sweater with a roll neck and deep welt (hem) and cuffs. It is fashioned after the sweaters worn by the airforce crew/submariners crew. 

 Grandpa sweater

This is an oversized cardigan style sweater with a shawl collar and button opening which begins around half way of the sweater.

According to sleeves

 Sweater Vest

This is a sleeveless sweater that looks like a vest, that is worn over other clothes.

 Raglan Style sweaters

This sweater has raglan sleeves, not the typical set in sleeves. 

According to the fabric 

 Hand knitted sweater 

Hand knitted sweaters have a particular charm. Hand made sweaters will be chunkier and textured than machine knitted sweaters. You can buy wool fibers ( pure wool, acrylic, cotton) 

 Wool sweater

If you can buy pure merino wool or cashmere wool sweaters, nothing like them. Then there are special wools like the Teflon®-coated wool which gives complete water resistance.

Wool sweaters are the ultimate in softness and they are very durable. And very warm and breathable on your body. But wool sweaters are difficult to maintain and they may look bulky depending on its make. If you want to wash your sweaters every now and then, wool sweaters can be skipped. Though some wool sweaters may be itchy on the skin, if you buy good quality wool sweater you will be very comfortable and warm. Shetland wool is scratchier than merino wool. You can learn more about different types of wool here.

 Acrylic sweater

Acrylic sweaters are great alternatives to wool sweaters, as they are inexpensive. A disadvantage is that they can stretch out of proportion if they are not washed and dried with care. Inexpensive low-quality acrylic sweaters can pill like crazy and they may not last long and may even itch. If you can buy anti-pilling, colour-fast lightweight acrylic sweaters you can by-pass some of the disadvantages.

 Cotton Sweater

Cotton sweaters are made of lightweight cotton fibers which are breathable, comfortable, but not as warm as wool. Combed cotton sweaters are the most popular as they are super soft. Cotton fleece sweaters are also good.

 Blend fabric sweater

The sweater fabric may be a blend of different fibers like cotton, polyester and spandex or acrylic and wool. The advantage of these blends is that they combine the good qualities of the various fibers mixed into it. An acrylic-wool blend may be warmer than a thin wool sweater or acrylic sweater.

 Donegal sweater

Donegal Sweater is made of a wool tweed (100% wool) with colorful slubs knit (speckled wool) into the fabric – it has a traditional honeycomb Aran cable stitch. It is  very soft and very durable.

 Performance sweater

This sweater is made of branded performance fabrics that have special abilities like moisture-wicking, water resistance, anti-pilling, etc.

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