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We’re thrilled to unveil an all-new 100% American yarn today! It’s long been our goal to expand the range of Brooklyn Tweed offerings, but a great deal of planning, care, and time are required to build lasting partnerships, source everything domestically, and make sure our supply chain is robust enough to meet customer demand. Arbor has been in the works for more than a year — it’s entirely different from our woolen-spun core lines and its journey from sheep to skein is wholly new.

The fiber

Arbor comes from purebred Targhee sheep grazing the rangelands of Montana and South Dakota. The Targhee is an American breed, based on Rambouillet stock but augmented with Corriedale and Lincoln longwool for strength. Targhee yarn knits up as supple, long-wearing fabric that’s luxuriously soft but everyday durable.

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The Milling Process

We send our Targhee clip to the historic Jagger Brothers Spinning Mill in southern Maine for worsted processing. This yarn is not the rustic jumble of lightly twisted fibers you’ve come to expect from Brooklyn Tweed. Worsted spinning involves combing all the fibers into smooth alignment before spinning to produce a perfectly even roving. Arbor is a bouncy, round 3-ply yarn with a tight twist for superior stitch definition and strength.

The Palette

We wanted Arbor to be a celebration of color with a deep, nuanced range of hues. From the velvety depths of Nightfall and Dorado to the blaze of Firebrush and the tang of Tincture, our custom-dyed solids span the spectrum. The neutrals offer unexpected twists — the faded black denim of Porter, the subtle warm tones of Humpback, the lichen green of Gale, the barely-there blush of pink in Degas. A few of our favorites from the Plains palette — Morandi, Rainier, and Treehouse — now have a permanent home in the Arbor line. These colors are created with minimal impact on the environment by the master dyers at Saco River Dyehouse, the country’s only organically certified yarn dyeing operation.

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The Collection

To introduce this new yarn, Jared Flood has created a tasting menu of accessories that will let you sample Arbor in bite-size projects or wrap yourself in rich color at a larger scale. Some of the patterns are familiar favorites from the Brooklyn Tweed archives reworked for Arbor’s gauge and unique characteristics; others are fresh offerings. The Arbor Collection includes nine patterns for hats, scarves, shawls, and cowls that sing the yarn’s praises in cables, twisted stitches, and textural motifs. With gift knitting season upon us, we hope you’ll find inspiration in our new lookbook for treating your knitworthy loved ones.

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We’re so excited about our new partnerships in the U.S. textile industry that have allowed us to bring you Arbor, and we hope it will find a home in your workbasket. We can’t wait to hear what you think and to see what you’ll make.

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6 responses to “Welcome, Arbor”

  1. Dear Brooklyn Tweed,

    Congrats on another gorgeous yarn. The colors are so rich, beautiful — the entire palette is fab! And I am so happy that Arbor is DK weight. As always it is hard to know which to begin with, but what a delightful problem to have. Again, congrats to the BT team. You have another hit with Arbor. …And thank you!

  2. I am thrilled to see that Brooklyn Tweed finally has a DK yarn!! The colors are stunning and I am looking

    forward to knitting with it. My only problem is which pattern and color do I start with! Thank you for feeding

    my knitting obsession.

  3. Love the looks of the new Arbor yarn!! You have created a scrumptious color palette. I can’t wait to try it it out.

  4. I have the pattern “Strago.” The suggested yarn for it is a “Light DK” for the version I want. Would you recommended I use this new yarn for it, and would it change the overall intended feeling of the mittens?

  5. Exciting to see you with a dk yarn. Love the colour palette as well – so many of those colours are ‘me’. Congratulations on another successful launch!

  6. Hello Timothy, Arbor will work well with the Strago pattern. Be sure to double-check your gauge before you get started since the yarn is slightly heavier than a light DK weight and you might need to adjust your needle size. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email our Pattern Support Specialist at support@brooklyntweed.com. All the best, Christina | BT Customer Service

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