5 Rhode Island Shops to Buy Cozy Winter Knits

On a cold winter day, the perfect knit sweater or blanket can feel like a warm hug.

Photo from Kiel James Patrick Facebook Page.

This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.

On a cold winter day, the perfect knit sweater or blanket can feel like a warm hug. These five local shops offer a variety of cozy knitwear, from trendy fingerless gloves to chunky oversized scarves. Whether you’re searching for something handmade or want to splurge on designer knits, these only-in-Rhode-Island shops have you covered.


Rhody Warm

Each spring, the Rhody Warm Blanket Project collects an average of 2,000 pounds of wool from local sheep farmers. The excess wool, which would otherwise end up in a landfill, is then used to knit wool blankets. Twenty-seven different farms throughout the state participate in the program and all proceeds are used to benefit 4-H programs, youth scholarships and donations to local nonprofit organizations. You can order Rhody Warm blankets on the Rhode Island Sheep Cooperative website or through local participating farms.

The Details: risheep.org


Kiel James Patrick

Check out the Rhode Island-based designer’s collection of limited edition New England Donegal sweaters. The lambs wool crew neck sweaters are a local take on the classic Irish cable knit. You can also find a fun variety of knit sweaters with festive winter prints, decorated with evergreen trees, snowflakes and moose motifs.

How to visit: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Details: 3 Bowens Wharf, Newport, 401-619-4647, kieljamespatrick.com


Tink Knit

Shop for a cause with handmade hats from Tink Knit. This nonprofit is run by students from Brown University and RISD and teaches single mothers how to knit, allowing them to earn a supplemental income through crafting. The collection of knit hats are sold online, in the Brown University bookstore and at pop-up events throughout Providence.

The Details: tink-knit.com


Simple Pleasures Providence

This neighborhood shop stocks a wide array of cozy knits with a global twist. Handmade wool scarves by French designer Sophie Digard are covered in bold patterns or topped with colorful pom poms. Knitted lambs wool hot water bottle covers from Scotland are designed to look like whimsical mermaids and fish. Fluffy alpaca wool hats and fingerless gloves knitted in Peru will keep you warm all winter long.

How to visit: Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Details: 6 Richmond Sq., Providence, 401-331-4120, simplepleasuresprovidence.com



The knits at this Newport boutique are the epitome of casual luxury. Shop cashmere cardigans, pullovers and turtlenecks from contemporary designers around the world. You can also find a sustainable luxury option with a recycled cashmere sweater, made from high quality recycled Italian cashmere.

How to visit: Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, 12-4 p.m.

The Details: 18 Franklin St., Newport, 401-848-9600, thisistoci.com