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Introducing three new Quarry colors, just in time for winter knitting. Garnet and Lapis add brightness to the existing mineral-based hues, and Granite rounds out our grey and black palette, complementing Moonstone, Slate, and Obsidian.

To see these new colors knit up, we’ve re-knit Burnaby, Lancet, and Halus (shown above from right to left). Each hat can be knit with just one skein of Quarry — pick your new favorite color and knit away!

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Bon tricot! Glückliches stricken! ハッピーニット! Счастливого вязания!

Over the years, Brooklyn Tweed has occasionally released translations of individual patterns in languages other than English. For the first time ever, we’re pleased to announce that as of today, the entire 12-piece Fall 17 collection is now available in French, German, Japanese and Russian. We cherish knitting traditions from around the world as well as support diversity within our collective knitting culture. For these reasons, we chose to work with native-speaking translators who are knitters themselves to bring a full Brooklyn Tweed pattern collection to more knitters of the world. May these additional pattern translations help bridge the barrier when it comes to sharing handwork options globally.

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 the Fall 17 collection, the translated versions are available to download in your BT account and/or Ravelry library. (If you’re 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 list of all the translations available for Brooklyn Tweed patterns. This list is frequently updated as we’re committed to continuing to offer this service and sharing Brooklyn Tweed patterns with the world’s knitters.

Are there particular patterns from the BT Archives that you wish to see translated into a particular language? If so, leave us a comment below with the pattern name and language and we will add it to our wishlist!

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Every year we find ourselves eagerly awaiting the end of summer and the transition to fall. We’re especially excited to share with you this year’s BT Fall collection because it reminds us of all the things we love about the season. We’re looking forward to settling down to work in earnest on our cold-weather wardrobes and for any excuse to wear our knitwear in the meantime.

Join us on Ravelry for our BT Fall 17 KAL to kickstart this transitional knitting season. Choose your favorite pattern (or two!) from the BT Fall 17 collection and join in the fun — the official cast-on day is September 29 so there’s plenty of time to mull over your ideas. We invite you to share what you’re planning to knit in the BT Fan Club forum as the kick-off approaches.

In celebration of the KAL, the Wallace wrap pattern is available to purchase as a limited-edition kit with Quarry yarn. This quick-to-knit and easy-to-memorize pattern will keep you busy throughout the KAL, and you’ll be sure to cross the KAL finish line with a wrap large enough for keeping warm through the rest of the season’s knitting. The Wallace kit ships for free domestically through September 22, just in time to reach you for cast-on day.

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September in the Pacific Northwest is for picking apples, walking the riverbanks under yellow alders, and gathering with friends to watch flocks of migrating swifts bed down for the night in the old school chimneys. Inspired by Oregon country living, our Fall 17 collection offers respite from the city grind. Whether you prefer to curl up in a handsome library with a view of the forest fringe or walk the pastures amongst horses and llamas, the lookbook we’ll release on Wednesday the 13th promises solace and spark for your autumn knitting plans.

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“There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

Knitting, like painting or sculpture, is a source of self-expression. What’s more, the fruits of knitting provide us beautiful and practical means to warm ourselves and those we love. It’s completely portable, ready to travel with us to our favorite solitary places in nature, and is just at home in social situations, being shared with those who understand the joy of it.

Knitting also supplies an antidote to the vexing velocity of our time. A few rows of friendly garter stitch can erase a day’s decision fatigue, calming our system and gently transitioning us into quiet time at home. The scent of wool, the bounce of each stitch as its woolen crimp responds to our touch, the sense of mastery as we make sense of new techniques and store them forever in our mental toolbox, are visceral satisfactions. Perhaps we are responding to something deep in our human wiring, a common memory for a different rhythm of life.

If thinking about all this makes your heart flutter a little, we’re right there with you. Our Outpost letter — traditionally an introduction to each of our collection lookbooks — is expanding into a monthly newsletter that allows us to share more stories and thoughts on knitting. Our journey in developing yarns from scratch has introduced us to unexpected and thought-provoking people, places and ideas — we want to share more of them with you.

We’ve also reimagined Outpost to serve as a resource for techniques we’ve learned along the way — details that elevate hand knit garments to timeless items you can fold into a classic, well-considered wardrobe. For this inaugural Outpost, we offer helpful advice on selecting a sweater size and calculating ease.

We support slow fashion and want to explore this inspiring movement with you in coming issues. We look forward to having an ongoing conversation about ideas of quality over quantity, of reclaiming calm from the sometimes frantic pace of daily life.

Select Outposts will include a new pattern that is designed for meditative, beginner-friendly knitting. The joy of knitting need not be complicated, and these patterns will allow for a reprieve from busy days and bigger projects throughout the month. (October’s Outpost will feature a new pattern from Emily Greene.)

We are excited to be kicking off our Outpost series — with every successive newsletter arriving the first Wednesday of each month (click here to sign-up if you’re not yet a subscriber) — and hope you’ll warm your favorite mug and sit with us a bit. We’re glad you’re here.

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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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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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