We are passionate about wool, knitting and design. We develop and manufacture yarns that support domestic textile production—designing, sourcing, dyeing and spinning our yarns within the USA. Our design team is committed to producing high-quality, sophisticated knitwear patterns for the modern handknitter, especially tailored for the wool yarns we create.
Brooklyn Tweed began in 2005 as a blog for knitters and wool-lovers, penned by Jared Flood after his recent relocation to New York City. Today, the company is home to a dedicated team of creative professionals committed to bringing hand knitters high-quality materials and knitwear design.
Our passion for wool is only second to our conviction to produce American yarns that preserve, support and sustain the tradition of U.S. textile production.
Our in-house design team values clean, contemporary design with an eye for superior craftsmanship and knitterly detail. We strive to bring our customers original patterns that are both intuitive and enjoyable to work. Our mission is to integrate history and tradition with new trends and modern techniques.
Brooklyn Tweed yarns are born in the shadow of the Bighorn Mountains of north central Wyoming, where ranchers have raised sheep for 150 years. Our wool comes from three Johnson County ranches that husband Targhee-Columbia sheep, a distinctly American cross of two breeds with their origins in the wide-open spaces of the West. Both are large, sturdy animals able to withstand the harsh winters and terrain of their rangeland homes. The Targhee produces a finewool with Merino-like softness; Columbia wool is stouter and lends durability and character. The combination is ideal for the lofty, warm, woolen-spun yarns Brooklyn Tweed set out to create, yarns that are soft enough to wear against the skin but also long wearing and imbued with distinctive personality on the needles. Each Targhee-Columbia sheep will yield about 43 skeins of Loft or Shelter from a single shearing.
The fleeces travel from Wyoming to the Bollman Company in San Angelo, Texas for scouring. Bollman is a proud old company with nearly 150 years’ experience in preparing wool for many purposes, including use in their signature Western hats. They handle our fleeces gently, cleaning them thoroughly but never subjecting them to the harsh chemical treatment called carbonization, which obliterates plant matter but can also damage the wool itself. As a result, our finished yarn still contains a few flecks of Wyoming flora—evidence that it comes from sheep that spend active lives in the great outdoors. We think it’s worth picking out the occasional speck of hay during the knitting to preserve the purest qualities of the Targhee-Columbia fiber.
The clean wool is shipped to Pennsylvania, where G. J. Littlewood & Sons—now in their fifth generation and one of the last American survivors in the commercial dye business—create the sixteen solid colors that form the base of the Brooklyn Tweed heathered palette. Once dyed in eye-searing colors—we start with very bright solids to retain purity of color once they’re blended—the wool is baled in six-foot cubes and shipped north to Harrisville, New Hampshire.
Harrisville Designs operates in a 200-year-old mill designated as an historic landmark. The design collective was established in 1971 as a bold move to preserve a dying American craft and educate the public about one of New England’s foundational industries. Here Brooklyn Tweed yarns are blended into their 32 custom heathered shades, carded, spun, plied, skeined, and finished.
The “woolen” process utilized by the mill means the yarn is spun immediately after carding rather than running the fibers through a comb or pin-drafter to smooth and straighten them. This creates a jumbly, airy cloud of wool, feather light and wonderfully warm because so much air is trapped between the fibers. We retain that loftiness by spinning the wool quite gently, adding a little less twist than you’ll find in most commercial yarns. The result is a quietly rustic, slightly thick-and-thin yarn that’s a bit more delicate than the high-twist, multi-ply structures to which many knitters are accustomed. Once the yarn is knit and wet blocked, the stitches relax and cozy up to their neighbors to form a light, soft, and cohesive fabric that wears beautifully. Any pills that form are easily removed without damage to the surrounding fibers, so you can keep a garment knit from Loft or Shelter looking handsome for many years.
Brooklyn Tweed is committed to producing 100% American wool yarns. We aim to offer our customers high quality knitting wools with distinctive characteristics. We find joy and inspiration in working with new partners to create new products, and we’re proud to do business with venerable companies in an historic American industry. It gives us great pleasure to share the story and the experience of Brooklyn Tweed yarns with knitters around the world.
Our yarns start here—on the sprawling plains of Johnson County, Wyoming
The Targhee-Columbia sheep grow a soft, full-bodied fleece with beautiful crimp and bounce
Each year, in the spring, the flocks receive their annual shearing
Newly shorn sheep leaving the shearing barn...
...and gathering together as a clean-cut group
Fresh fleeces are snugly baled, before they begin their journey to Texas for cleaning
Clean wool travels to Pennsylvania for fleece-dying. 16 bright, solid colors form as the base ingredients for our unique palette of heathers
Dyed bales travel to New Hampshire, and it's time for spinning
Woolen-spun yarns are created through a process of carding, twisting, plying, steaming and skeining the wool into a finished yarn
The results: soft heathered shades of 2-ply wool
And now, to knit
The northern-most member of our in-house Design Team, Véronik contributes beautiful knitwear patterns to our seasonal design collections and is based in chilly Montreal, Canada where wool is a way of life.
Maintaining and developing the business end of Brooklyn Tweed is Luigi’s forte, from budgeting, to long-term planning and beyond. He also works closely with Jared to keep our friends and followers on social media informed about what's cooking at BT.
Our trusty bookkeeper keeps us on track with a brain for numbers. Jenny also maintains our designer commission program for the many talented creatives we work with to produce our ongoing Wool People design series.
Does one of our patterns have you stumped? Christine is our dedicated pattern support specialist and is always available by e-mail ([email protected]) to help with any pattern-related confusion that might crop up while you are knitting.
Jared started Brooklyn Tweed as a blog for knitters in 2005. Over the following decade, his interests in knitting, wool and design have led him to develop BT's line of US-sourced and spun wool yarns and build a pattern design house for knitters.
We welcomed Norah to our in-house Design Team with our Winter 15 collection. Her innovative use of cables, geometry and shape give her work a signature style that knitters have come to recognize from her nearly 30-years of design experience in our industry.
Our talented wardrobe stylist is active behind the scenes at each of our photoshoots. When samples begin arriving for upcoming design collections, Stephanie is the first one to start dreaming up outfits to complement each new design.
A member of our in-house design team since 2012, Julie is recognized for her minimal aesthetic and attention to fine detail. She focuses on designing knitwear that is simultaneously casual and elegant—a signature style she developed during her career as a visual merchandiser and art director.
Our skillful wholesale liaison works daily with our brick-and-mortar yarn and pattern retailers. Bristol is also involved in creative coordination for in-progress design collections, working closely with our tech editors, designers and sample knitters.
Sue joined our pattern production team in 2013 and adds another layer to our technical editing process. She works closely with our Senior Tech editor doing both primary and counter tech editing for each design collection we create.
Our senior tech editor has been overseeing the technical side of pattern production since we began creating design collections in 2011. Robin works alongside our design team to ensure that all patterns satisfy our meticulous technical and stylistic standards.
A true project organizer to the core, Jess is responsible for marshaling our photoshoots into order. This task often encompasses a wide variety of details, from transportation logistics and location research, scouting for models and props, and keeping on top of last-minute surprises on shoot day.
Allison is the friendly face of customer service at Brooklyn Tweed. Have a problem with your order, question about your account, or waffling over a pattern decision? Allison is here to help! She loves assisting our customers in whatever way she can.
Sarah is our resident wordsmith. She works closely with our creative team in composing written words for all manner of projects here, be they new knitting patterns, collection launches, social media or general announcements.
Keeping our yarn production cycle happy and healthy is Leila’s specialty. She works closely with spinning mills and dye houses to oversee the ins and outs of yarn making. Leila also leads operations at our warehouse in Portland, Maine.
An original member of our in-house design team, Michele channels her love for fashion knitwear, cables, and texture into her patterns. Calling NYC home, she’s been regularly contributing cozy, chic designs to our collections since 2011.
In 2013 we crossed the Hudson relocating BT headquarters from Greenpoint, Brooklyn to historic downtown Jersey City.
After our yarns are spun in New Hampshire, they travel a short distance to our warehouse in downtown Portland where we ship yarn directly to our customers. BT yarns are also available locally at Knit Wit (see Retail Stockists below).
Our yarns are spun in historic Harrisville, a picturesque 19th-century mill town with a rich textile history. BT yarns are also available locally at the Weaving Center in Harrisville Village.
Once sheared and scoured, our wool is fleece dyed at G.J. Littlewood, a 5th generation family-owned and operated commercial dye house. BT yarns are also available locally at Loop. (See Retail Stockists below.)
Freshly shorn fleece from Wyoming travels here to The Bollman Company, where wools have been scoured and processed for nearly 150 years.
Our domestic wool is sourced from three Johnson County ranches that husband Targhee-Columbia & Rambouillet sheep. After shearing season in the spring, fresh fleeces are shipped to Texas to be cleaned and readied for spinning.
Our yarns are available at Fibre Space (see Retail Stockists below).
Our yarns are available at Hill Country Weavers (see Retail Stockists below).
Our yarns are available at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas (see Retail Stockists below).
Our yarns are available at Fancy Tiger Crafts (see Retail Stockists below).
Our yarns are available at Purl Soho (Manhattan) and Gauge + Tension (Brooklyn). See Retail Stockists below
Our yarns are available at A Verb For Keeping Warm (see Retail Stockists below).
Our yarns are available at Knit Purl (see Retail Stockists below).
Our yarns are available at Blazing Needles (see Retail Stockists below).
Our yarns are available at Loop & Leaf (see Retail Stockists below).
Our yarns are available at The Yarnery (see Retail Stockists below).