Being forced to wear an itchy fair isle sweater every year during the holiday season as a child is enough to put anyone off knitwear for life. But there's so much out there to explore that you're doing yourself a disservice by not cuddling up in the coziest of knits for the coldest of seasons.

While hoodies and other typical cotton-blend sweaters are a classic go-to choice, knitted sweaters are the undisputed king during fall and the colder months. The knitting process itself stretches back thousands of years, with origins across Egypt and the Middle East — making it a tried and tested way to keep warm.

There’s no better time than now to begin stepping up your winter wardrobe with stand-out pieces from the best knitwear brands available. We’ve gathered some of our favorite knits from trustworthy staples to standout investment items from new collections.

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Patta Loves You Cable Knitted Sweater

PattaLoves You Cable Knitted Sweater
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We love Patta and, according to this sweater, it loves us too. The cable-knit design sees the Dutch brand spreading a message of love through its embroidered graphic.

Jacquemus Vega Sweater

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JacquemusVega Sweater
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Jacquemus has got a thing for asymmetry and it's once again experimenting with it for the neckline on this sweater. The button-down neckline is the defining feature of this boxy-fitting, rib-knit design.

A.P.C. x J.W. Anderson Pull Ange

A.P.C. x J.W. AndersonPull Ange
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This reversible design from A.P.C and J.W. Anderson's collaboration has one minimal, relatively conservative side and another side that's everything but conservative. A loose-gauge, cashmere-wool yarn that wraps around the sweater turning the latter side into a statement piece of knitwear.

Stüssy Tie Dye Fisherman Sweater

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StussyTie Dye Fisherman Sweater
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A far cry from the fisherman sweaters you're used to seeing on senior citizens, this design from Stüssy comes with a loose-gauge knit and is finished with a tie-dye print.

and wander Shetland Wool Cardigan

and wanderShetland Wool Cardigan
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Japanese outdoorwear label and wander couldn't help but add some technical nylon to this classic knit cardigan. The button-down piece comes crafted from Shetland wool which is known for its warmth and durability.

Bonsai Oversized Knit Cardigan

BonsaiOversized Knit Cardigan
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If you think this knit is a bit out there, you should the rest of Bonsai's winter collection. The brand isn't afraid to employ unconventional knitting techniques and this cardigan comes with a 3D knit in various textures.

Carhartt WIP Baru Jacquard Cardigan

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Carhartt WIPBaru Jacquard Cardigan
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Inspired by the Bloomsbury Group — a set of English writers, artists, and philosophers from the early 20th century — Carhartt WIP's FW23 collection comes with many paisley prints like the one decorating this cardigan.

Wales Bonner Calm Polo Chestnut

Wales BonnerCalm Polo Chestnut
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The winterized alternative to a classic polo shirt, this knit design is crafted entirely from wool for added warmth.

A-COLD-WALL* Fisherman Sweater

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A-COLD-WALL*Fisherman Sweater
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A-COLD-WALL* has brought its function-focused design to the classic fisherman sweater. This piece has a button-down closure on either side of the hem to adjust the fit and a logo patch at the chest.

Highsnobiety HS05 Alpaca Static Sweater

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Highsnobiety HS05Alpaca Static Sweater
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Fall has arrived and that means that we're reaching for big, fuzzy sweaters more than ever. This one from HS05 is produced in soft, textured alpaca-blend fabric and decorated with a gradient print.

Jil Sander Zipped Wool Cardigan

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Jil SanderZipped Wool Cardigan
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This minimal, all-black cardigan from Jil Sander comes with a double zip for extra styling options and is rib-knitted in Italy. Overall, it makes for a quietly luxurious piece of knitwear.

_J.L-A.L_ Liquid Alpaca Sweater

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_J.L-A.L_Liquid Alpaca Sweater
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One of the most exciting new brands to come out of London recently, _J.L - A.L_ is elevating outdoor gear with finesse. This sweater comes in a fuzzy, lightweight alpaca and synthetic yarn with the brand's "liquid" motif found all over.

Acne Studios Wool Blend Jumper

Acne StudiosWool Blend Jumper
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This soft sweater from Scandinavian label Acne Studios comes with a wide, boxy fit and soft texture. It's the type of simple, expertly-made staple piece that Acne excels in.

BODE Pony Lasso Sweater

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BODEPony Lasso Sweater
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BODE continues to find inspiration in historic fabrics and for this sweater, it has used a rendition of a motif found on 1970s children’s knitwear as decoration.

Brain Dead Spray Can Sweater

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Brain DeadSpray Can Sweater
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Streetwear and graffiti are two worlds that often overlap and this sweater from Brain Dead pays homage to street artists with a spray can-themed graphic.

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