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One of the perks of working here in the Brooklyn Tweed office is getting to see and try on samples for upcoming collections well in advance of their releases — though, for our queues, this can be as much a curse as it is a blessing! We know a pattern is special when we all flock to the same design. While we have a special spot in our hearts for every item in our upcoming Winter 19 collection, we were especially drawn to Gudrun Johnston’s Pascal Cardigan. Garter stitch, colorwork, and plush Quarry — surely few can beat it in feats of coziness! Plus, its woodsy three-color motif struck us as being enjoyable for stranded colorwork knitters of all levels, and just the right thing to get us out of the winter doldrums.

With all this in mind, we figured — two summers ago was our Summer of Lace; why not make this winter our Winter of Colorwork? Won’t you knitalong with us?

For our Winter of Colorwork KAL, we’ll be knitting the Pascal Cardigan and sharing our tips and techniques for working each part of the cardigan — choosing colors, swatching for stranded colorwork, sweater construction, and (yes!) steeking, to name a few. However, you’re also welcome to join us by knitting any colorwork pattern in our archive or any colorwork pattern using Brooklyn Tweed yarn.

The pattern for the Pascal Cardigan will be available on January 16 with the release of our Winter 19 collection, but if you’d like to start planning your project, you can download and print our Pascal Coloring Sheet to get started with choosing your colors. Many of our Retail Stockists will be joining in on the Pascal fun as well, so don’t forget to get connected with a BT stockist near you!

For those of you interested in purchasing yarn to knit Pascal ahead of the pattern launch, this is the yarn, yardage and sizing information:

34¾ (39½, 44, 48½, 53¼, 57¾)” [88 (100.5, 112, 123, 135, 147) cm] circumference at chest (buttoned)
The finished chest measurements are the same for both the Women’s and Men’s version.

Quarry Yarn:  (WOMEN’S) [MEN’S] (6, 6, 7, 7*, 8, 9) [6, 6, 7, 8, 9, 9] skeins of Main Color (MC); (1) [1] skein of Color 1 (C1); (1)[1] skein of Color 2 (C2)
*Note: Women’s fourth size uses almost all of seven skeins. You may wish to consider purchasing an extra skein

Chunky weight wool yarn: (1025, 1135, 1275, 1400, 1550, 1675) [1060, 1195, 1335, 1470, 1615, 1740] yards MC; (90, 100, 110, 115, 125, 130) [90, 100, 110, 115, 125, 130] yards C1; (105, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160) [105, 120, 130, 140, 150, 160] yards C2

How to Join the Winter of Colorwork KAL

First, choose your favorite yarn and knitting project that features stranded colorwork (yoke motif or allover motif — as long as it’s stranded, anything is fair game!). The project should be knit using BT yarn, worked from a BT pattern, or both. If you already have a WIP, feel free to join the KAL to finish your project or ask us questions if you’re stuck.

If you choose a stranded colorwork pattern that specifically involves steeking, you can also participate in the Fringe and Friends Steekalong, run by Karen Templer of Fringe Association. (Knit one, KAL two!)

Then, head over to the Winter of Colorwork KAL Chatter thread on Ravelry to introduce yourself and share your plan for what you’re going to knit. Feel free to include any questions or topics you’d like the KAL to address.

Blog Schedule

January 9 Selecting Colors for Stranded Colorwork Knitting
January 16 — Pattern Selection, Fit and Swatching with Your Colors
January 23 Cast-On and Knitting Pascal: Beginning the Sleeves
January 30 Knitting Pascal: Beginning the Body
February 6 Knitting Pascal: Joining the Sleeves to the Body
February 13 — Knitting Pascal: Steeking
February 20 — Knitting Pascal: Finishing
February 27 — Winter of Colorwork KAL Wrap-Up*

* We’ll be posting each week to the blog, but do know that you can continue working on your project after the last blog post. We’ll continue to respond to questions in the BT Fan Club Forum on Ravelry, as well as admire your shared projects and participate in group discussions!

In addition to joining us on Ravelry, please use the KAL hashtags listed below on any and all social media posts you make that share your project and progress. We’ll be re-posting images from participating knitters throughout the KAL.

The official cast on date for the KAL is January 23. We look forward to knitting, and learning, alongside you!

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Join us in welcoming the holiday season with childlike cheer and caroling color to weather the winter dark!

We’ve curated a collection of patterns both old and new, and traditional and modern to bundle up in celebration, whether warming up in the comfort of the indoors or adventuring hand in hand in the stillness of the outdoors.

Immerse yourself in deep, festively earthy hues — berry reds, butternut oranges, forest greens — and remember the brightness, light, and even play, that can come from times of regeneration and slowing down — that shines through togetherness, gratitude, and love.

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Well worn and worn well.

Our Deep Fall 18 release welcomes the crisp fall air with garments and accessories that merge classic, minimalist style with casual utility.

Crafted by our Design Team with a focus on purposeful fit, proportion, and shaping details, the pieces here invite easy styling. We curated fitted silhouettes (Blume and Svenson for Her) that make for polished, standalone pieces;

relaxed pullovers (Aldous, Solenn, and Berenice) that inspire fun layering;

and an exquisitely textured roomy cardigan and bold accessories (Haskell, High Pines Hat, and Leander) to throw on and tie a complete look together.

These pieces are happy to play with beloved closet staples, or to form a foundation for a capsule wardrobe intended to be well worn and worn well.

Here is understated sophistication to reach for through the seasons — we hope you find a piece that makes your eyes and hands sing!

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The demand for finewool is soaring both at home and internationally, as consumers worldwide rediscover the benefits of wearing, crafting, and living with wool. In order to meet this demand sustainably, the cost of domestic finewool has risen multiple times this past year, as have the labor costs at other stages of the supply chain in textile manufacturing (shearing, baling, and scouring).

This is good news for our wool growers, who are now benefiting from a market in which the labor and care they devote to preserving and furthering the traditions of the American sheep industry are reflected in and compensated fairly by the higher prices they are able to receive for their domestically grown wool.

This is also good news for our partners at other stages of the textile supply chain. It enables more skilled workers to be employed in the wool industry, ensures that their skills are fairly compensated, and, at a larger scale, supports the viability of our remaining domestic textile infrastructure.

Of course, the rise in domestic wool prices also has an impact on companies who choose to create products with American-grown, breed-specific finewool. For example, the price per pound of the Targhee-Columbia fleece we use for Shelter, Loft, and Quarry has increased by more than 40% since we sourced our last clip. The prices of the Targhee, Rambouillet, and Merino fleeces we use for Arbor, Vale, and Peerie have also increased by an average of over 20%.

Sourcing 100% American and breed-specific wool, developing and producing close to home, and supporting and reinvesting in our domestic textile industry has always been and continues to be important to us a company. In order to stay true to this commitment and keep up with our rising production costs, we have increased the prices of our core yarns — Shelter, Loft, Quarry, Arbor, Vale, and Peerie, as of September 10, 2018.

Thank you so very much for your support throughout these years — it is what allows us to do what we do: design and produce yarns that reflect our values in traceable, reproducible, and sustainable ways; support this industry of which we are a small part; and provide a meaningful experience to makers all over the world.

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This year we’re welcoming the highly-anticipated return of fall with two new pattern collections, the first of which is now ready for you to immerse yourself in today — Early Fall 18.

The conception of this collection began with a curious attraction to the quiet yet compelling colors, shapes, and textures found in the art of paper folding. Our Design Team took this inspiration to their drawing boards and created an exciting collection that embodies those first feelings of intrigue by challenging our perceptions of how a knitted garment can be constructed, assembled, and made.

In Early Fall 18, you’ll find garments that appear angular and sculptural, but maintain sinuous drape and fluidity. You’ll explore construction methods that coax you out of your comfort zone, all while remaining true to the intuitive joys of handmaking. You’ll also feel emboldened to follow paths that go sideways, perform maneuvers that tessellate, and traverse planes that fold.

Using our core worsted-spun yarns — Arbor, Peerie, and Vale — as your clay, you’ll sculpt beautifully clever pieces that will delight and serve you for years to come.

Join us in exploring and melding these two genres of handmaking — we’re so looking forward to seeing what you discover.

 

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The transition from spring to summer invites us to consider our knitting in new ways, and with this in mind we are elated to be releasing our Wool People 12 collection today with its array of easy to wear sweaters and accessories that are perfect for this seasonal shift.

Inspired by the organic subtleties of coastal formations, Wool People 12 elevates simplicity of shape with intricate details and engaging techniques. Each designer featured in this collection has made the most of our Loft, Peerie, Arbor, and Vale yarns — finding the sweet spot where lightness of hand meets structure and drape.

From budding talents to seasoned experts, we have been fortunate to collaborate with designers from around the world for our Wool People series, and treasure each opportunity to witness a melding of BT’s contemporary style with each individual designer’s aesthetic. 

Join us in celebrating the talents of our guest Wool People designers, and feel inspired by the serenity of the Oregon Coast while perusing the collection lookbook, where you’ll surely find your next summer knitting project.

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Today we welcome Ranch 01, the first in an exciting series of small batch, limited edition, ranch- and breed-specific yarns. The creation of Ranch 01 has marked a special moment in our journey to highlight breed-specific wools, a moment that began with a beautiful clip of Climate Beneficial Wool from The Bare Ranch’s Rambouillet sheep. From the rangeland of Surprise Valley to Jagger Brothers’s bobbins and then to Green Matters’s natural dye pots, Ranch 01 has been a true labor of love.

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Each skein of Ranch 01 holds within it a hope for a re-imagined fiber landscape — one where sheep, people, and the land are treated with respect and care. We hope you enjoy knitting with Ranch 01, and can’t wait to see what you make!

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Before the release of our first yarn, Shelter, we challenged ourselves to answer a few humble curiosities. With such a rich textile history and an exciting variety of wool resources amidst a booming U.S. community of knitters and makers, why was it challenging to source and develop traceable American yarns? Would it be possible to develop from scratch a 100% American-sourced, designed, and spun yarn in a way that reflects the values of an intentional maker? These questions, and our continued seeking for their answers, have come to shape the heart of our mission here at Brooklyn Tweed. We are proud to have grown our core yarn offerings over the years — five versatile, breed-specific yarns developed with an eye to traceability, reproducibility, supporting domestic mills, reinvesting in the textile industry, and more importantly, providing a meaningful experience to the handknitter.

Now, we are going a step further with our Ranch Project. In our desire to continue to explore the possibilities for domestic yarn production, for this series we are partnering with single ranches to source limited, single clips, quantities too limited to use in a core yarn line but for which we are able to highlight their unique and special qualities. Our aim is to also highlight the exceptional stories of these ranches and the noteworthy work they are doing in reimagining ranching practices in the U.S.

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For Ranch 01, our first offering in this ranch-specific, single-batch series, we sourced Climate Beneficial American Rambouillet wool from Bare Ranch in Surprise Valley, California. We are inspired by the work that Bare Ranch is doing, in partnership with Fibershed, to implement carbon farm planning to support hearty sheep, quality wool, and, ultimately, a healthier planet. To take the project a step further, we also worked with the Green Matters Natural Dye Company in Pennsylvania to achieve a naturally-dyed color palette that will further remind you of how close this yarn is to the earth.

Over the next few weeks leading up to launch day on April 20, we will dive deeper into the stories of the people whose dedicated work supported this very special yarn. We hope you will join us on the journey of Ranch 01’s story.

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We are pleased to announce that the entire 12-piece Winter 18 collection is now available in French, Japanese, German, and Russian.

We began our full-collection translations initiative in a concerted effort to continue supporting diversity within our collective knitting culture. We believe that our knitting community is a worldwide community — connecting with, sharing with, and learning from one another on a global scale is now easier and more instantaneous than ever before. However, language still remains a barrier for many. As such, we hope that with this translations release we can share the revelatory night music and poetry of Winter 18 with more knitters around the world.* We are also committed to offering collection and individual pattern translations in more languages in the future — let us know what languages are on your wishlist!

* Our sincerest thanks goes to Bianca French (German), Marina Melnikova (Russian), Sophie Oudry-Braillon (French), and our Japanese translator (who wishes to remain anonymous) for the dedicated work they have put into helping us realize Winter 18 Translations.

Accessing Translated Patterns

When you purchase a Brooklyn Tweed pattern through our webstore or on Ravelry.com, the pattern PDF will automatically be available in all of its translations. The file name of each PDF designates its language. If you have already purchased a pattern from Winter 18, the translated versions are available to download in your BT account and/or Ravelry library. (If you purchased patterns from our webstore, read how to transfer them to your Ravelry library here.)

Additionally, our Pattern Translations page serves as a resource where you can find a frequently updated list of all the translations available for individual Brooklyn Tweed patterns.

 

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