Happy Hour with Jared Flood

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Brooklyn Tweed was one of the first knitting blogs I ever read, back when it was on Blogspot and Jared Flood was knitting with superwash and spending most of his writing time praising Elizabeth Zimmermann. Who can forget his fabulous mods to the Shibui baby leggings?

 

If you started knitting in the late 2000s, it’s probably safe to say that Jared’s patterns played a part in your growth as a knitter. The Koolhaas hat, for example, teaches the importance of learning to cable without a cable needle, while the simple, understated Brownstone pullover teaches your short rows as well as the importance of fitting the sweater to the recipient with appropriate ease – don’t forget that Brooklyn Tweed patterns were among the first to include recommended ease as well as finished garment measurements.

 

For myself, I fully acknowledge that Jared’s patterns taught me how to think about knitting, while his blog and the development of Brooklyn Tweed as a yarn company taught me what knitting community can mean. Each new iteration of Wool People (and we’re at #11 now) catches some of this excitement, juxtaposing tried and true favorite designers such as Olga Buraya-Kefelian and Andrea Mowry with relative newcomers like Emily Greene, fostering careers at every stage.

 

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Jared will be talking about the latest Wool People collection, as well as BT’s newest yarn, Vale, at the July meet and greet here at Knit Purl. Vale and Arbor seem to be taking the Brooklyn Tweed lineup in a new direction, and it will be interesting to hear what factors – including sustainability, durability, artisanry, and “roundness” – went into the decision to add these worsted spun yarns to the woolen-spun trio of Loft, Shelter, and Quarry.

 

Following Jared’s development as a knitter and, ultimately, as a pattern designer and yarn developer is deeply inspiring, and enriches one’s own experience as a knitter. It will be a treat to have a chat with him at Knit Purl. Who are your knitting role models? What have they taught you – and what questions do you have for them?

 

--Meaghan

June 26, 2017 by Guest Blogger

CAPSULE | Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed

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Brooklyn Tweed has a new capsule collection designed by Michele Wang. If you are a fan of Brooklyn Tweed, you are most likely familiar with Michele Wang’s designs. Michele’s aesthetic is a mix of sophistication, texture, architectural cabling and chic coziness.


In the introduction letter of the book, Michele likens wearing her favorite handknits to being in the comfort of old friends. I love that sentiment and I think it really comes through in the patterns and the styling of the book.


The collection is mostly garments, there are two pullovers, five cardigans and a hat. These patterns are well written and they keep the knitter engaged, with a repertoire of techniques. My two favorite patterns are Ilia and Bingham.

 

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Ilia is a boxy fit, fingering weight cardigan that juxtaposes lattice and rope cables with ribbed hems. Like all of the garments in the collection, it is that is knit from the bottom up, in pieces that are then seamed. The collar is knit from picking up stitches. Ilia looks like it would be a great layering piece and would look lovely with a shawl pin closure.

 

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Bingham is a chunky knit, shawl collared pullover that would knit up quickly, keeping you cozy and warm. I love the look of the vertical cabled panels on the front and back, which add interest to the ribbed collar and hem.


We are so excited to have Michele Wang visit us on February 18th, for a special event where she will talk about the new collection. She will discuss the inspiration behind the pieces, delving into each sample in more detail. This is a great opportunity to learn about the creative process, touch the samples and learn about how to design a collection. The discussion will be followed by a book signing. Reserve your spot now here.

 

 

February 13, 2017 by Kira Sassano

Brooklyn Tweed Arbor

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New, new, new. New yarn, new colors, and a new collection. This week, Brooklyn Tweed released their new yarn, Arbor. Keeping up with their Brooklyn Tweed tradition, Arbor is sourced, dyed, and spun within the USA. The purebred Targhee sheep come from beautiful Montana and South Dakota. These sheep have a distinctive fleece that resembles the softness of merino. Once the fleeces are collected they take a trip to Maine, where they get spun at the historic Jagger Brothers mill. Jagger Brothers have been producing high quality worsted spun yarns since the 1880’s. Lastly, the yarn takes a nice bath at the nearby organically certified, Saco River Dyehouse, where it’s transformed into a vibrant and lively custom color palette.


Arbor is a squishy, soft DK weight yarn that I was delighted to swatch with. Due to its worsted-spun construction, Arbor is denser and knits into a sturdier fabric. I didn’t have much yarn to experiment with so I made a super tiny swatch, and it was beyond pleasant to knit with. Unlike other Brooklyn Tweed yarn, it doesn’t have a rustic feel to it while you knit, and it has much more of a drape than Loft or Shelter. Arbor is a versatile yarn that will make great accessories and swoon-worthy sweaters.


The new color palette is probably my favorite out of the Brooklyn Tweed family. Usually, within a color palette, there are maybe a handful of colors I can imagine creating something with, but that is not the case here. I’m inspired by all 30 color choices. I love the fierceness of Firebrush and the tranquility of Sashiko. I swatched with Dorado, which is the most enticing, understated green that will make a gorgeous pullover. It won’t be hard to find a color for your project, but it will be near impossible to not try to take all of them home.


To go along with Arbor, Brooklyn Tweed also released a collection of patterns for this lovely yarn. Here are a few of my favorites:

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High Pines : A high textured cowl mirroring the shape of pine trees. This is a great project for an advanced-beginner knitter that wants to try something a little bit more difficult, but isn’t ready to take the dive into sweater making yet.

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Foundry: I love reversible pieces, and Foundry is beautiful from all sides. Foundry is a cabled scarf with three button closures that can be worn as a cowl or a wrap. I’m seeing mega scarves everywhere and I think I might have to add a bit more length to Foundry so I can have my own mega scarf.

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Hirombe: Hirombe is a reversible hat with a branching motif of half-twisted rib. The pattern reminds me of vines crawling up a wall that have been manicured for max wow factor.

October 21, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin

Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2016 Collection

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Yesterday was the autumnal equinox, and what better way to celebrate the first day of fall than with another great collection? Last week the Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2016 collection came out, and it was a special one. The collection is filled with intricate cables and tantalizing textures, making me eager to grab my knitting needles and start swatching. What makes this Brooklyn Tweed collection stand out, is that it has nine base patterns that have been interpreted for both women and men. Meaning one sweater with two different styles, his and hers so to speak.

Here are some of my favorites from the Brooklyn Tweed Fall 2016 collection:

 

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Brighton (Hers): Let me just start off with the color of this sweater. After seeing a photo of this pattern, I want to knit everything in Cinnabar. I live for a bold fire orange/red. I think Cinnabar might be my new favorite color, and it might also be my new favorite yarn color name. Now that we establish that I’m obsessed with Cinnabar, I will chat about the pattern. Brighton is a slightly cropped sweater that hits at the waist. It has simple cables over the entire sweater, giving it a lively texture. The boat neck gives it a little extra feminine touch. Brighton would be a great layering piece over a dress or a tank. I already have an entire outfit picked out for this sweater. It might involve high-waisted jeans and a YSL silk scarf.

 

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Auster (His): Whenever I go shopping for sweaters I always end up in the men’s section, sadly pawing at the sweaters that will never fit me. Well, I say no more to that. I’m going to make the Auster in size Laura Oriana, which is size petite, extra-small. I need to start doing quite a bit of math... I can’t get enough of the Auster. It’s a handsome raglan with a branching cable motif on the front and back, and the sleeves are left in a simple reverse stockinette. I have a few button-downs that Auster would be perfect for layering over.
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Mohr (Hers): The ribbed collar was the first thing I noticed on the Mohr. The collar has this nice and cozy look to it. Then I noticed the dense woven fabric. I’m a huge fan of bulky knits and the choice of cables and ribbing give Mohr an extra cozy feel to it. The tailored shaping with the beautiful collar makes Mohr a beautiful little jacket for fall.

 

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Vika (for Adults): Vika reminds me of a handknit sweater I purchased while I was visiting Ireland a few years ago. It has a different cable motif, but the same cozy and warm look to it. Vika is the sweater you want to take to the coast with you during the winter. The cold mist will just roll off Vika while you walk along the beach. Vika is an oversized sweater with multiple cable motifs that twine up the body and sleeves. Vika will keep you warm all winter long and for years to come.
September 23, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin

Wool People Volume 10

Brooklyn Tweed released Wool People Volume 10 last month and it’s by far my favorite collection to date, from the series. There are plenty of beautiful cable sweaters for both fall and winter, and there are also a few shawls and wraps for the warmer months that I’m readying my needles for. My favorite part of the Wool People series is getting introduced to talented designers that I possibly wouldn’t have found on my own, like Nadia Crétin-Léchenne. I’m not sure how I’ve missed Nadia’s designs before now, but my knitting queue expanded significantly with all her shawls, wraps, and sweaters I must make.

Typically this is the point where I share my top picks of a collection, but this is quite possibly the first time I’ve seen a collection that I want to knit all 15 designs. I’m still going to share three projects that I really like, but keep in mind, I have 10 favorites I want to selfishly knit and 5 favorites I want to knit for others.

 

Loess: Delicate elegance. I love the look of this simple and chic scarf. I’ve never knit a scarf before, but that’s about to change. This scarf would work great as a wrap to throw over bare arms on a cool summer evening or during the fall to fancy up your outfit and keep your neck warm. An easy knitting project that can be picked up and worked on whenever you have a few minutes to spare, but will still keep you intrigued thanks to the openwork and crossed stitches.

 

Oda: Basic and cozy. There is something about this sweater that instantly warms me up. Oda is a simple raglan with large, lush cables, which makes this a great pattern for a beginner knitter that is starting to branch out and try something new. If you are ever looking for the definition of hygge in sweater form, Oda would be it.

 

Rigel: Chunky, dreamy, cables. I’ve repeated this multiple times, but here I go again. I love chunky knits. The grandiose cables on the Rigel coat remind me of a powerful waterfall and really adds to the elegant style of this oversized coat. The impeccable tailoring is front and center and shows how well thought out this statement piece was designed. Rigel will look great in a dark color like Lazulite, and will look equally chic in Gypsum.  

June 03, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin

Brooklyn Tweed: Winter 2016 Collection

The Brooklyn Tweed Winter 2016 collection came out last week, and I’m in cardigan heaven! I’m not sure if it’s because I’m really lacking a good cardigan in my life, but my top three favorites from the collection all happen to be cardigans. Leave it to all the talented designers that work with Brooklyn Tweed to make me want to stop all my other knitting projects and start on these.

Corvid: Two words: power cardigan. I want to stomp, pose, and twirl in this. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect cardigan for work, running around town, and lounging at home, and I found it, now I just need to make it. I would typically want to knit this in Cast Iron, but I’m seriously thinking about knitting Corvid in Homemade Jam.

Intersect: Hello there, classy. I will make you in every color of Loft and wear you when I want to feel sophisticated and chic—so, all the time.

Snoqualmie: Michele Wang outdid herself. The cable work on Snoqualmie is beyond dreamy. Ladies, it’s time to retire your grandpa sweaters and upgrade to the epitome of cozy cardigans.

Riptide: Yes, I know. Riptide is not a cardigan, but I had to mention it because of the amazing brioche cowl and because I love all chunky knits. Talk about turtleneck upgrade! I want to live in this sweater.

Which pattern is your favorite? I know it’s hard to pick one, I couldn’t even stick to three.

 

January 22, 2016 by Laura Oriana Konstin