Brooklyn Tweed Winter 2018… and then some
It’s taken me a while to get around to talking about the new collection of patterns that was just released from Brooklyn Tweed in January. I’m usually waiting in anticipation of these collections and bursting at the seams, ready to talk about favorites… and I was! I was just busy writing to all of you about simple sweaters. I hope you enjoyed those posts!
That said, I’m a little happy that I waited to talk too much about these new patterns. Please stay tuned to find out why. That said, let’s get started.
My first favorite from this collection is Mason, a cowl that can be warm and snuggly or VERY warm and snuggly. One version is knit with Shelter held single, while the second version is knit with it held double, making for a doubly snuggly and warm cowl. The weather has been so gross and cold, and this piece is the antidote for it. The funnel shape makes for a good fit, and something you can easily slip your face into and protect yourself from the biting cold and snow. Mason uses Shelter, and the simple color-work is achieved with a slip stitch pattern.
For more warm-neck snuggles, check out Bevel. This mitered stitch scarf gives us striking and reversible color work. A mitered stitch (ie the chevron shape in this pattern) is achieved by making increases and decreases through the center of the work. I love that you get to decide how dramatic to be with your color choices. One main color and three contrast colors allow for a huge number of combinations. Imagine everything from subtle to bright, there is something for everyone with this piece. Plus, Bevel is written for Loft (Brooklyn Tweed’s fingering weight yarn) and Arbor. Loft will give you a light and warm scarf, while Arbor will offer more heft and drape.
Freja was a highly anticipated part of this collection, appearing in Brooklyn Tweed’s January Outpost as a little teaser. This cardigan is the ultimate layer: quick to knit in Brooklyn Tweed’s chunky Quarry yarn, it can be knit with a short- or ¾-sleeve. A shawl collar and patch pockets make it relaxed and functional. This irresistible piece is effortless to throw on to add some style to your outfit.
Nolan is a seemingly simple pullover. It’s a lot like another favorite of mine, Hawser, in that it’s a boxy pullover with a drop sleeve. Nolan is worked up in Arbor, which is my new desert-island yarn (meaning, if I could only take one yarn with me to a desert island, it would be Arbor). A subtle texture texture of cabled chevrons adds a bit of interest, while details like the rolled collar are distinctive and finished. Nolan is another one of those sweaters that is easy to wear again and again.
There’s a lot more to see in this collection. Colburn is cool pullover that will transition beautifully into spring. Knit in Loft, this piece is worked sideways, so be sure to check your gauge (including your row gauge, and block it please!). Meanwhile, Peaks is the show stopper of the collection, bringing cool and graphic color-work and a generous shawl collar to the knit-worthy men (and awesome male knitters) out there.
Meanwhile, Breckenridge is a simple scarf that was released as a part of the Brooklyn Tweed Holiday collection. The soothing texture of this scarf is knit with a simple knit-purl stitch pattern, making it a perfect project for the new knitters out there. Knit up in Arbor, this will be a satisfying project from the moment you cast on until it’s worn.
Also, I just completed Larus, an underdog of a pattern that was a part of Ganseys collection released in 2016. This project was on my queue forever, and I’m just happy I kept it there. It is, quite possibly, the perfect sweater for me. A tunic length means you can wear it with your leggings and feel absolutely fabulous. The bracelet sleeves mean I can wear it while I cook dinner. It’s chevron pattern is knit up with a combination of Left and Right Twist stitches (meanining no cable needles involved). The neckline is to-die-for. It’s a v-neck without being too open, meaning I feel cozy and feminine all at once. Larus is knit up in Shelter, and I knit it up in the color Postcard, which is a pale lavender with hints of grey and pops of bright red throughout. Between the incredible depth of color to the soft, lightness of this sweater, I am in love. Don’t judge me if you see me wearing it every day for the next few weeks.
If I managed to amp up your excitement about these beautiful patterns, just wait – there’s more. We’ll have the entire range of Brooklyn Tweed yarns coming to Wool & Grace very soon! We are delighted to become a stockist of these special yarns, and to be able to bring them to you all the time! (You can be sure I’ll let you know when they arrive!)