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Thank you all so much for joining us for our first official KAL! We hope you learned a lot this summer about the joy and satisfaction of lace knitting, while also adding a few tricks to your technical toolkit.

We’ve included a few highlights from your project shares below, though there’s so much more beautiful work to see on the #BTLaceKAL17 and #BrooklynTweedKAL tags, we hope you’ll go have a look. While our KAL is officially ending, if you haven’t finished your project yet, don’t fret! We’ll keep following along as more projects continue to flow from your needles throughout the rest of summer and into fall. Thanks again to everyone who participated and made this such a fun summer of knitting!

From left to right, top to bottom: Bohochicfiberco, Websterstreetknittery, Mllemichl, Natalieservant, Minib, The_other_emily

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And we’re off! Today’s the day to set those needles flying if you’re challenging yourself to start and finish a project during the 5 weeks of our knitalong… or keep forging ahead if you’re already at work on your lace. We’re thrilled so many of you are participating!

Remember to visit our Ravelry group KAL thread to post pictures and ask questions. We’ll do our very best to respond quickly to questions about knitting lace (others are welcome to chime in with answers!), and we’re also gathering material for a Q & A post next week that will cover a number of finer points. We’re excited to knit along with you and look forward to following your progress.

Share your progress on Ravelry, Facebook and Instagram with hashtags: #BTLaceKAL17 #BrooklynTweedKAL

Read our previous blog posts about the KAL here.

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At Brooklyn Tweed we are passionate about domestically sourced, dyed and spun breed-specific yarns as well as creating high-quality, wearable patterns for the handknitter. From sheep to skein, and beyond, we are committed to honoring the work of those who collaborate with us in their various roles. It is vitally important to us that all of our designers are compensated fairly for the life of their work in a way that acknowledges their time, creativity, and labor. By the same token, we hope to continually recognize all of the hard work put in by the Brooklyn Tweed team behind-the-scenes to make a pattern come to life.

To reaffirm our commitment to fair compensation for our pattern designers over the lifetime of their work, we have recently reassessed the 500 patterns currently in our pattern library and have made adjustments to some prices. We took many things into consideration when making these adjustments in an effort to reflect the ongoing work that goes into a pattern before and after its publication. In the spirit of transparency, we wish to use this opportunity to share with our knitting community the details behind our decision.

Pattern development includes the designer’s time as well as technical writing, editing, and proofing; sample knitting coordination and completion; styling and photography; graphic layout; and copywriting. Post-production, a pattern is continually tended to with ongoing efforts to improve layout, styling, re-gauging, and other technical elements. In essence, we approach the creation of a BT pattern with care and consideration and maintain our dedication to our patterns far beyond their debut.

Most importantly, we are here to support you through your project! Should you have any questions about BT yarns, patterns, or processes, feel free to reach out to our Customer Service Specialist. If you have cast-on and find yourself needing assistance with understanding directions or techniques in a BT pattern, our Pattern Support Specialist is also available to assist you via e-mail, free of charge. 

On behalf of our designers as well as the many people quietly working in the background to bring a pattern to your table, we are thankful for your continued support. Your ongoing validation of Brooklyn Tweed’s mission allows us to provide our shared knitting community with thoughtful and educational patterns that can be treasured for years to come.

Happy knitting!

 

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We are so very proud to welcome Gudrun Johnston to our design team! Gudrun has been an inspiring presence in the independent knitwear design community for many years and we are thrilled to be collaborating with her.

Gudrun was born in Shetland, where her mother ran a successful knitwear design company called The Shetland Trader. Gudrun revived the name to publish two collections kindled by love of her homeland. She now lives in the United States with her family, but returns frequently to Shetland to visit and lead knitting tours.

Gudrun’s heritage is prominent in her design work, whether she is creating lace-edged haps or Fair Isle-inspired colorwork. Her contemporary aesthetic and love of experimenting with new techniques make her designs both modern and timeless. She loves seamless construction and yoke patterning, whether in textured stitches or colorwork, and her designs are always eminently wearable and enduring.

We celebrate Gudrun’s arrival at BT with a special pattern release to launch our Summer of Lace knitalong. Brora is a distinctive shawl, printed all over with triangles of garter stitch and rimmed in an arrowhead lace motif that combines garter  and eyelets to achieve a flintknapped texture. The pattern includes directions for two weights: a breezy complement to summer dresses in Vale or a slightly larger triangle with comforting weight and warmth in Arbor. Brora uses a traditional Shetland construction, beginning at the base point of the main fabric with a single stitch and growing by means of yarnovers at each edge. These linked loops simplify the task of picking up stitches to begin the lace edging. The pattern teaches the Icelandic Bind Off technique to yield an elastic edge that partners effectively with garter stitch.

 

Brora is available as a limited-edition kit in our webstore. Choose any color of Vale or Arbor and we’ll wind the yarn for you so you can cast on right away or be ready to gift the kit to your favorite knitter (we can even ship the kit directly to him or her). Your handsomely packaged kit will include a coupon code for digital download of the Brora pattern.

For domestic orders, place your kit order by Friday, June 30 in order to receive your yarn and pattern in time to cast on for our Summer of Lace KAL beginning July 7. Read more about the KAL here.

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We are seeking a qualified Creative Coordinator in Portland, Oregon
for a full-time position beginning in Summer 2017.

The Creative Coordinator works closely with Brooklyn Tweed’s roster of designers and sample knitters, as well as the company’s Creative Director on a variety of creative, organizational and branding projects throughout the year.

This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits. The Creative Coordinator will work Monday through Friday from Brooklyn Tweed’s headquarters in NE Portland.

We are seeking candidates with a high level of organizational skills and strong work ethic who are highly communicative team players and interested in working for a growing small business in the handknitting industry. A strong understanding of Brooklyn Tweed’s ethos and brand aesthetic is required for this position. If you are a self-motivated person with experience in project management and art production with an interest in knitting, design, and fashion, this position will be a good fit. Ideal candidates will exhibit a friendly spirit and enjoy working with a wide network of diverse collaborators as well as their fellow team members.

See the application form for a full list of essential job responsibilities and requirements. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you wish to apply, please click above to download the application form. Materials must be submitted via e-mail to jobs@brooklyntweed.com. Candidates who are being seriously considered for the position will be contacted by e-mail or telephone regarding an in-person interview. 

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As we rev our engines for Brooklyn Tweed’s first official knitalong, we’re happily anticipating the participation of seasoned lace veterans and knitters who are new to lace knitting. Laceweight garments and open-work patterns are a great way to keep your knitting needles in action once things begin to heat up at the start of summer. Along with the recent launch of our newest laceweight yarn, Vale, we thought this season to be the perfect time to jump into knitting lace feet (and hands) first!

In the spirit of sharing knowledge about this special facet of our craft and cheering everyone on to success, we want to use our blog to offer tips and techniques during the KAL and begin a conversation on how to successfully knit lace. Remember, we love questions and we welcome experienced folks chiming in to share what works for them, so please comment early and often during this series! Additionally, we will go into greater depth on the topic of knitting lace over the course of two blog posts (scheduled for July 14 and August 4), which will include answers to common questions asked throughout the KAL.

We’ll respond to questions in the BT Fan Club Forum on Ravelry, as well as admire your shared projects. 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 day for the KAL is July 7. We look forward to knitting, and learning, alongside you!

Hashtags#BTLaceKAL17 #BrooklynTweedKAL

How to Join the Summer of Lace KAL:
First, choose your favorite yarn and knitting project that has a lace stitch pattern. The project should be knit with BT yarn and/or a BT pattern. If you already have a WIP, feel free to join the KAL to finish your project or ask us questions if you’re stuck.

New to lace? We recommend knitting with a heavier weight yarn, such as Arbor or Shelter, for your first lace project.

Then, head over to the Summer of Lace KAL Pre-Chatter thread on Ravelry where you can 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:

June 28: Special Pattern Release
June 30: Project Planning, Part 1: Getting to know your pattern
July 2: Project Planning, Part 2: Tools and Swatching
July 7: Cast-On Day
July 14: Lace Knitting Q & A, Part 1
July 21: Heirloom Stitches
July 28: Lace Blocking
August 4: Lace Knitting Q & A, Part 2
August 11: KAL Wrap-Up

On Wednesday, we will reveal the newest member of the BT Design Team. In celebration of the lace KAL, this person has designed a new lace pattern which will be available as a limited-edition knitting kit on our webstore as well as a PDF download. Stay tuned!

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Today we’re excited to announce a new addition to Brooklyn Tweed’s permanent stable of yarns: an airy Rambouillet laceweight from the softest fleece we’ve ever offered. Vale has been in development since last year and it’s been hard to keep it under our hats! Like all its BT cousins, this breed-specific yarn is 100% American made, from sheep to dyepot. Vale will be available for purchase on May 17. Ready for a sneak peek?

The Fiber

Rambouillet sheep are also known as French Merinos; two hundred years of careful breeding developed a fleece with even more crimp and bounce than the merino that’s widely available today. In the United States, Rambouillets are a favorite finewool breed on the western plains. The growers we work with in Wyoming achieve wool with a micron count of 21.5, the softest fiber we’ve used to date.

The Process

The same partners who help us produce Arbor bring our Rambouillet bales from raw fleece to finished skein. Chargeurs, based in South Carolina, scours it clean and combs it into the smooth and consistent top that’s required for worsted spinning. The fiber is shipped on to Maine for worsted spinning at the Jagger Brothers mill, and then travels a short distance to the Saco River Dyehouse for eco-friendly skein dyeing.

The Colors

Vale’s 14 custom shades augment some touchstone colors from the Arbor line with sophisticated softer tones. Dusty rose shades, glacial blues, and lichen yellows form a focused palette that offers both neutrals and brights.

The Knitting

We’ve handpicked a selection of favorite lace pieces designed by Jared Flood from the BT archives to re-knit in Vale. (Any guesses which they are?) We love the polished, even spin of this yarn, which shows off stitch motifs to maximum effect.

Mull over the palette and the pattern options and get ready to join us for a summer of lace! We’ll be hosting our first-ever knitalong starting in early July and posting our favorite tips and tricks for lace success. If you’re lace-curious but haven’t tried this beautiful form of knitting yet, it will be the perfect opportunity to get your feet wet.

Join us this week while we discuss Vale and all of its project possibilities on the BT Ravelry forum.

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Winter is lingering long in Portland this year, but we’re choosing to see these days of near-freezing drizzle as a prompt to make the most of our knitwear. Warm weather still feels so far away that we’re more than happy to contemplate casting on another sweater, especially with the lure of a just-right portion of decorative stitchwork. That’s what we love about yoke designs: their perfect balance of carefree stockinette seasoned with a dash of colorwork or textural patterning. They’re fun to knit, easy to integrate into any wardrobe, and endlessly inviting when we want to experiment with color or cables. To share our enthusiasm, we’re releasing our themed collection for 2017 today: BT Yokes.

We drew inspiration from the sweaters of Iceland, Shetland, and Scandinavia — a history we enjoyed researching for a feature in our lookbook. Jared Flood’s Atlas (now sized for the whole family) nods to the lopapeysa; Véronik Avery elevates her Frostpeak colorwork with cunningly placed purl stitches, an idea pioneered by the Bohus Stickning designers of Sweden; Michele Wang’s Morse cowl stacks bands of small geometric motifs common to Shetland and Norway.

The beauty of yokes has always been their versatility as a canvas for anything a designer can dream up, so we haven’t been too faithful in our interpretations of the form. Some garments apply inventive shaping principles (wait till you see Julie Hoover’s newest take on raglan decreases) and motifs that owe more to Charlie Brown than to anything ever knit in the North Atlantic regions. Norah Gaughan’s flights of cabled fancy are iconic in and of themselves, and her full powers are on display in Tundra and Pyry.

A surprise storm system meant we had to be creative about staging our photoshoot for BT Yokes, but is there a more perfect backdrop for a collection of cozy woolens than a fresh blanket of snow? We hope you’ll enjoy browsing the new lookbook and making the most of the knitting weather.

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The season of twinkly lights, eggnog, and snowball fights is the most wonderful time of the year — for woolens!  Some of us are trying to calculate how many hours of sleep we can exchange for crafting time to eke out a few more handmade gifts; others are blissfully escaping the chaos by casting on a long-term project that has nothing to do with the holidays and stresses of the wider world. If you’re in either of these camps, or simply dreaming of your next adventure in knitting, we have a surprise for you today: BT Winter 17, dropping early this year!

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Our house designers have decked the halls with twelve new garments and four accessories that use all four of Brooklyn Tweed’s core yarn lines. This collection includes our very first garment designs for Arbor, our worsted-spun DK Targhee wool. We’re so excited to show you what this new yarn can do on a larger canvas! Jared Flood’s masculine Svenson pullover, Norah Gaughan’s Shoji cocoon cardigan, and Véronik Avery’s Nila lap-front pullover were designed to make the most of Arbor’s vivid stitch definition and drape.

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If you need gift-knitting inspiration, Winter 17 offers up several unisex accessories. The Lancet hat can be worked in chunky Quarry for soft, tweedy, practically instant results or in Arbor for crisply defined chevrons and a full, nuanced palette. The Proof hat and Proof scarf can be paired for perfectly matched winter warmth.

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If your world needs a meditative still point, the soothing stockinette of Julie Hoover’s Rivage coat or the hypnotic shifting textures of Michele Wang’s Binary scarf may do the trick.

This collection is all about cozy comfort trimmed with distinctive details and innovative textures. We hope you’ll find something in the new lookbook to brighten the season for yourself and your loved ones. Happy knitting!

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