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Knit Pickings

This winter, an aunt with knitting needles is your best fashion accessory. But if she's off skiing herself, try these alternate trails to snow-day chic.

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Your toes are freezing in fall's gold stiletto sandals, but there's hope for the rest of you -- at least from the shoulders up. Woolly, matching accessories are must-haves this winter -- and fashion's looking quite cozy. Knitting your own's the best deal; otherwise, try these.

Striped combos are the trendiest. Try Gap's candy-colored one (hat, $16.50; scarf, $22; at Gap stores); 525's pompom-ed version (hat, $36; scarf, $60; at Bloomingdale's); or a surprisingly affordable handmade set from Brooklyn Handknit (hat, $50; scarf, $60 at Spacial Etc.). We also like Old Navy's embroidered pair (hat, $10.50; scarf, $14.50; at Old Navy stores) and Express's simple red cable-knits (hat, $26; scarf, $48; at Express stores).

Spacial Etc., 199 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg (718-599-7962).

Picks of the Week
Calypso Christiane Celle is taking up to 80 percent off pretty coats (from $100), dresses (from $50), kids' stuff ($10-$25), and more. 424 Broome St.; A.E., M.C., V.; Thurs.-Sun. 9-7; 10/26-10/29.

Kazuyo Nakano's leather, denim, and python bags are half price, from $15 for a purse to $248 for a python-trimmed bag. 223 Mott St. (212-941-5728); A.E., M.C., V.; Thurs.-Sat. 12:30-7, Sun. till 6; 10/26-10/29.

Kenneth Jay Lane's knocking more than half off his sleek, modern costume jewelry. Prices are from $15 to $300. 20 W. 37th St., ninth floor (212-868-1780); M.C., V.; Tues.-Fri. 11-3; 10/24-10/27.

Bellora's taking up to 80 percent off Italian sheets and table linens ($150-$250). Parsons School of Design, 560 Seventh Ave., at 40th St.; A.E., M.C., V., Tues.-Thurs. 9-6:30, Fri. till 5; 10/24-10/27.

Nina and Delman's women's shoes are half off, $30 to $85. 730 Fifth Ave., near 57th St., eighth floor (212-399-2323); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Fri. 10-7; 10/25-11/1.

M+J Savitt's chic silver jewelry and Jennifer Tyler's cashmeres are more than half off -- most stuff's under $250. 24 W. 40th St., first floor (212-278-0121); A.E., M.C., V.; Tues.-Wed. 8-6:30, Thurs. till 7:30, Fri. 8-6, Sat. 10-3; 10/24-10/28.

Tote Le Monde's cute, trendy bags and weekenders (sold at stores like Barneys) are about 60 percent off ($60-$175). 50 W. 29th St., Suite 12E; cash only; Wed.-Thurs. 11-7, Fri. 9-3; 10/25-10/27.

Stark Carpet Corporation has 10,000 rugs of all kinds (kilims, dhurries, broadlooms, etc.) for 60 percent off. Lexington Avenue Armory, at 26th St. (212-752-9000); A.E., M.C., V.; Thurs. 3-8, Fri.-Sun. 9-7; 10/26-10/29.

Check out New York Shops, our guide to the city’s best stores, including a five-month roundup of "Sales & Bargains." On sale at newsstands now. To order a copy, call 800-496-7833 ($4.99 plus $2 shipping and handling).


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