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Wee Levenwick

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Every once in a while, a design comes along that becomes an instant classic. It’s the perfect combination of wearability and knit-ability: both effortlessly flattering and at the same time so engaging to knit that you can’t put your needles down. Long-time Brooklyn Tweed collaborator Gudrun Johnston truly has a knack for this fine-tuned balance, and we knew the second we saw Levenwick – her sweater design for our very first Wool People collection – that it was a perfect example.

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We love the combination of classic Old Shale lace with clean, simple reverse stockinette in this sweater, and we’ve loved seeing the more than a thousand projects on Ravelry (!!) come off the needles over the last few years.  So when Gudrun approached us about adding a version for the wee ones in your life, we thought it was a brilliant idea!

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We’re happy to announce that Wee Levenwick, sized for children (ages 2-10 years), is now available through for download at Brooklyn Tweed as well as on Ravelry. We can’t wait to see all the adorable, pint-sized variations to come!

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Resources:

The Wee Levenwick pattern can be found on BrooklynTweed.com or Ravelry.com. Shelter yarn for this project is available for purchase online here.

Photos of Wee Levenwick in this post have been graciously provided by Gudrun Johnston/The Shetland Trader.

I’m very excited to announce a new job opportunity at Brooklyn Tweed for which we are now accepting applications.

We always look forward to adding new members to the BT family and are excited about this new position!

Comprehensive information about the position is available below – including the downloadable application form. We look forward to getting to know the applicants!

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Now Hiring: Studio & Administrative Assistant; Part-time

We are looking for a qualified Studio & Administrative Assistant in the NYC/NJ metro area. The Assistant’s primary duties
include daily customer relations tasks (e-mail & phone relations), social media maintenance, and comprehensive secretarial/administrative support in our office. This person will work closely with the company owner and operations manager to assist on a wide range of day-to-day tasks in both administrative and creative areas.

The position is currently part-time (approx. 20 hours per week; 9AM to 1PM weekdays) in our Jersey City, NJ office/studio – a short subway ride from downtown Manhattan and easily accessible from all boroughs as well as the NJ metro area. We are a growing business and it is likely that this will progress into a full-time position over the next 12 months. This is an ideal position for people just out of school who are looking for an entry-level position in the fashion, design, and/or handknitting industries.

If you are a self-motivated person interested in knitting, yarn manufacturing and design, and like working in a focused, creative and collaborative atmosphere, this job will be a good fit for you. 

Application Due Date: July 9, 2013

Click below to download the full job description and the application form now.

 

Download the application here

Please submit all necessary materials via e-mail to jobs@brooklyntweed.net by the listed deadline in order to be considered for the position. Thank you!

Brooklyn Tweed has gotten a face lift!  Welcome and thanks for trekking over.  The blog will now be updating from this address — please update your bookmarks and feed readers!

Lots of exciting things will be happening here in the next few months… I hope you’ll keep coming by!

Well welcome back for another year of knitting fun! The holiday period always seems like a huge hurricane of so many wonderful things, not the least of which is a whole lot of knitting. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about The Tweed and where I want to go this year with knitting. I have some new plans and interesting twists to introduce this year, so I hope you’ll stick around. And if I don’t say it enough – THANK YOU – for visiting, reading, commenting, e-mailing, and general good-vibe sending. This website has been a wonderfully unexpected project in my life and I am excited to see where it will go this year.

Now – January. The month in which we get to blab all about our secretive holiday projects. They’ve been knit, given, well received and hopefully well worn. Now the only thing left to do is dish out the good stuff – so that’s what I plan on doing this month.

I thought I’d start the holiday knitting spew with a really fun EZ project that took me a mere couple of days and was very enjoyable. These were knit for a dear friend who is weathering the winter in rural Minnesota – she needs all the woolies she can get!

Mitered Mittens

Pattern: Mitered Mittens by Elizabeth Zimmermann [on ravelry]
Source: Knitter’s Almanac (May Pattern)
Materials: Noro Silk Garden in #226; 2 skeins
Needles: US8/5.0mm Addi Turbo Circulars

Start Date: 5 December 2007
Finish Date: 8 December 2007


Modifications: I was making these for tiny little lady hands so I nipped them down a bit from what the pattern suggests. Rather than casting on 48 stitches at the base, I did 44 and decreased down to 40 after about a 2.5″ cuff. It’s a great pattern because you can virtually knit it at any gauge as long as your stitch counts are divisible by 4. Very easy to custom fit. I chose garter stitch for the cuff, rather than ribbing, because I like it better. Thumb placement is also simple – just check out the receiver’s hands and see where their thumb is located. Since it’s done as an afterthought, you don’t have to worry about thumb placement while knitting the body of the mitten. Another reason this project is super quick.

Mitered Mittens

The Yarn: I had seen a couple of versions of these knit up in self striping yarns and thought they looked great. As for the striping, I just let the Noro do it’s thing – I like their asymmetry. The thumbs are put on as an afterthought as mentioned above, so I just did my best in matching color with my remaining yarn so there wouldn’t be a dramatic color shift between mitten and thumb.

I have reports that they fit perfectly – which is a relief, since I was going on memory about handsize. Whew.

Mitered Mittens

A Bit o’ Business: If you’ve had problems e-mailing me over the last month or two – please accept my sincere apologies. My mail forwarding was malfunctioning, unbeknownst to me and bouncing a huge amount of e-mails back to you. It’s all fixed now, so don’t fret at firing e-mails on over to me at jared [at] brooklyntweed [dot] net, or just click the “e-mail me” link in the sidebar.

Also, for all of you who have been searching high and low for a Cobblestone Pattern, there’s no need to look any further than your computer screen. The lovely folks at Interweave are now offering it for online purchase (details behind the link). Thanks for all of your e-mail requests after the issue sold out – it was killing me that I couldn’t get the pattern to you then, but now it looks like the problem is solved. Happy Knitting!

More small wooly projects should be popping up over here in the next couple of weeks. A happy new year to all!

I’m happy to finally share my most recent “real” sweater project with you. I’ve been knitting lace and other smaller woolies for so long that I’m getting pretty starved for sweater knitting. I’m devoting the rest of my vacation time to the Pi shawl but back in Brooklyn sweaters are gonna be back on center stage.

Big Blue

This sweater was a collaboration between knitter and recipient – we merged ideas and I imposed my Seamless tendencies on all possibilities that were presented. I knit the majority of this beast in the Fall but didn’t get around to choosing buttons (and sewing them on, my least favorite part of any cardigan) until a few weeks back. Brooklyn’s first snowfall prompted the photoshoot and the sweater has been in regular rotation for a few weeks already.

Big Blue

Pattern: My Own
Materials: Beaverslide McTaggart Tweed in “Big Sky Heather” (100% wool)
Amount: 8 skeins (1680 yards)
Needles: US9/5.5mm Addi Turbos
Gauge: 15 sts to 4 inches
Buttons: 7 Leather Cased Buttons from M & J Trimming

Started: July 2007
Finished: September 2007 (Knitting); December 2007 (Officially)


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About the Pattern: The sweater is a cardigan knit in the round, back and forth (yes, I purled) with a shirt yoke (one of two seamless hybrid variations) a la Elizabeth Zimmermann. The yoke is my favorite part of the sweater – I wasn’t sure how it would work out with a chunky yarn, but it turned out just right. I’ve yet to find a pair of shoulders that this style of yoke doesn’t suit wonderfully. My first one is a fit-superstar in my sweater collection. I still marvel at how those shoulder stitches travel horizontally across the body – amazing!

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The collar and button band were knit last, after body, sleeves and yoke. I picked up stitches around the collar opening and knitted straight for a few inches for the stand-up collar and the picked up and worked the buttonband in a 2×2 rib to finish everything off. For anyone thinking about a vertical ribbed buttonband, I love how it turned out – and don’t judge it until you block it, it will behave very nicely for you. I extended the 2×2 ribbing up the underarms to make the sweater a bit more fitted for the body type. It also adds a nice little design detail.

Big Blue

As for the yarn, I know I’ve said it before but this is one of my favorites – probably one of the best values out there. It’s the same stuff I knit my Tomten out of earlier this year and I’ll tell ya – it wears just as nice as it knits. Not only is there color palette unmatched for nature-tone lovers, but the yardage alone is unbelievable. For a thicker yarn, you won’t believe how light it feels. It blocks beautifully and can take some serious real-world wear and tear. Yes, Beaverslide has a big fat BT stamp of approval for anyone who is considering it.


Big Blue

All told, I’m very happy with how it turned out – and it always sweetens the deal when you see a non-knitter wearing a handknit on a regular basis. As I mentioned before, revisiting this project has sparked my interest in going back for round 2 on any one of my multiple half-knit sweaters. Unfortunately they’re all about 3000 miles away. I’ll have to settle for lace and colorwork for another week… nothing to complain about I suppose.

Hope everyone is warm and relaxed with knitting nearby. Don’t feel bad about wrapping up an unfinished knit tomorrow morning – it still means a lot! Merry Christmas to all.

Writing from Brooklyntweed HQ: Washington with a quick bit of news. Thanks to a whole lot of e-mails from you all, Interweave has released the Koolhaas pattern in their online store. If you’re in dire need of a last minute Christmas knit, or just want to knit something for yourself on Christmas – have at it!

Koolhaas Now Available Online

The pattern is available here and can be knit with any worsted weight yarn (wool is best). I want to say thanks again for all the support and requests for the pattern, it really means a lot!

Article in Spin-Off

In other news: Spin-Off readers, I wrote a feature article in this month’s issue profiling the Kromski family and their story. It was a great experience and also turned out to be a great issue. I saved it for the airplane – it kept me entertained while breaking from plane knitting.

Sweater tomorrow – hope you’re all settled in for the holidays!

Here’s a Christmas present that was given early to my mom when she was visiting after Thanksgiving. New York is colder than Washington state, so we both agreed it was a good choice for early gifting.

It’s another classic Elizabeth Zimmermann pattern to add to the ever-growing collection I’ve started.

Ribwarmer

Pattern: Ribwarmer by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Source: Knitting Workshop
Yarn: Rowan Scottish Tweed Chunky in “Lobster”; 3 skeins
Needles: US 10.5/6.5mm KnitPicks Options Circulars
Buttons: 2 black marbled toggles from M&J Trimming

Started and Finished: Late last summer (planning ahead is rare, but awesome)


Ribwarmer Collar Detail

Modifications: The original pattern is written for worsted weight but I really had my heart set on using this chunky red tweed that I had in my stash. I did some pretty simple calculations to change the counts for a thicker yarn although in retrospect I think the vest would be pretty nice as-written with a chunkier yarn. My mom is a tiny little woman so this fit her perfectly, but I don’t think the modifications made a huge difference for the intended size since the chunky yarn needs more ease than worsted anyway.

Ribwarmer Collar Detail

I trimmed the whole thing with I-cord and tried invisible I-cord buttonholes a la EZ which are really fun. The vest is knit in two pieces – the right side and left side (this was the predecessor of Elizabeth’s “Rorschach Sweater”) and seamed up the back after knitting (see picture below). All shaping is done using short-row-style mitered corners and as usual its all garter stitch, which means no purls allowed.

Ribwarmer Collar Detail

This is a quick knit – great for gifts if you’ve already exhausted someone with hats or scarves over the years. Also, this piece technically fits in the sweater category… so you’ll get extra brownie points for that. In true EZ fashion the pattern is so clever that it’s sure to keep you interested all the way through, even on a deadline.

Ribwarmer

I have three days of trials left and then we’re hopping on a plane and flying far far away from The Big Apple. Here’s wishing you minimal stress over the next 10 days. I’m shooting to have one more sweater for you before Christmas – stay tuned!

I’ve done a bit of Christmas knitting here and there between the Pi and waiting on more yarn for my Garter Stitch Blanket (that thing is a ravenous yarnivore). The first is an annual tradition – sweater ornaments.

Ornaments

I knit one each year – it’s a slow but steady way of sprucing up a knitter’s tree without them becoming a nuisance on your knitting list. My mom visited for a few days after Thanksgiving and knit one too, so this year we had a bonus alpaca ornament for tree-trimming (not pictured above).

These are knit top-down on double-pointed needles. I usually use a DK or worsted weight on US 3 or 4′s. I cast on 12 stitches, work two ridges of garter stitch and start increasing at four raglan points until it looks about big enough. Knit down on body and sleeves (I decreased a bit on the sleeve) and work the cuffs when it feels right. They’re very improvisational which is what makes them fun. They take under three hours to work and are perfect for all those little bits we compulsively save (knowing they’ll probably never be touched again). They’re great for a little hit of colorwork, lace, cables, stripes, handspun, or any other poison you might be craving at the moment but can’t justify in any other way.

I also finished the third installment of Koolhaas this week. I think this version wins the stitch-definition contest.

Kool III

The pattern is mine, available in the Holiday Gifts issue from Interweave if you’d like to knit it. For this one I used Malabrigo Pure Worsted Merino in “Continental Blue” on US 6 and US 7 needles.

The Malabrigo is, as always, uncannily soft and light. One thing I’ll note here is that it seems to be a bit less generous in the row gauge department, so if you’re trying to decide how many repeats to work for your head length, go with more rather than less if using this yarn. Number Three is a tad short but still fits the recipient. I might extend the ribbing a bit if it persists being bothersome.

Finally, since it’s Friday, I’ll leave you with a little handspun hit. This is a 2-ply merino heather from Copperpot Woolies, aptly named “Hot Rocks.” This was spun from a batt of deep reds, oranges and bright yellows. See the unspun fiber here.

Hot Rocks 2-Ply Merino

Unfortunately I won’t be doing much spinning over the next two weeks. The final stretch of the semester isn’t shaping up to be too kind to my knitting and spinning (The Minstrel is sitting in the corner, yarnless and pouting already). Good thing for you I’ve got two finished sweaters to write about (already photographed!) for which I’m very excited. We’re not going to let school choas ruin holiday-blog-fun-time. Not on my watch.

See you soon with a sweater or two.

Well I’ve been somewhat of a knitting schizophrenic lately, working on all sorts of little projects intermittently between my larger chunks of movie knitting, which have been religiously devoted to The Pi Shawl. It’s good though because now I’ll have at least a few small things to dole out from underneath my gigantic icelandic lace blanket come Christmas.

Ginormous

Concerning the Pi Shawl, there’s not a whole lot to say other than that I’m still enamoured and that it has already reached gigantic proportions – certainly much too large for photographs (there’s a lot of fabric not shown in the photo above). The most amazing news is that I’m only halfway through the yarn. Although the project couldn’t be more perfect for my lifestyle right now, it isn’t a superstar for blog material. Good thing for you I have a few other instant-gratification-types to share.

Compelled to Knit

Above we have the beginnings of an aviator hat with this handspun merino; Below a garter stitch scarf in one of my favorite handspuns yet. I swatched about 80 different stitch patterns in search for something perfect for this scarf and ended up *surprise surprise* with garter stitch. Such is my curse. I should just resign myself to the power of garter already and be done with this incessant wandering.

Espresso Knitting

And finally, Koolhaas III has made its way onto my needles. I’ve seen so many of you knitting the pattern in Malabrigo and I just had to try it myself. It’s a thick squishy poof of cables and I’m loving it.

The Third

I’m not usually one for knitting a pattern twice (and especially not thrice) but the request for this came with such sincere sweetness that I couldn’t resist. I’m also happy for opportunities to nip away at the cavernous yarn storage under the bed. Take it where you can get it.

I’m rather excited that it’s December in spite of the fact that the last month seems a blur. Good thing we have knitting to remind ourselves that good things do happen each month. I hope you are all doing well. Next time: knitted Christmas ornaments and more handspun creations. Stay warm!

When the temperature finally dropped, the spinning bug came back with a vengeance. I’ve only had time here and there to spin a little in the evenings, but after a month or so, I’ve accrued a few beautiful additions to my stash. Maybe you could use a little visual fiber pick-me-up this morning? I know I could.

Cool Hand 2-Ply
“Cool Hand”; 2-Ply Falkland wool from FatCatKnits; 4 oz. spun from this

Lazy Daisy 2-Ply
“Lazy Daisy”; 2-Ply Superwash Merino from Pigeonroof Studios; 4 oz. spun from this

Espresso Batch 2
“Espresso”; 2-Ply Superwash Merino from HelloYarn; 10 oz. spun from this

The palette turns out to be rather fitting for this time of year, eh? I’m scheming a handspun scarf with the “Espresso” batch, since I have about 10 oz. The others will probably be gift hats, although I haven’t made any decisions on holiday gifts this year. I’ll probably employ my regular policy: knit as usual until December 20th. Assess finished objects and assign gifts if they are available. No guilt allowed. (This has proven much more effective than trying to stick to an unreasonable regimen of deadlines – effectively ruining the joy of knitting during the best time of year)

Fall Spinning

Enjoy the rest of your week. I’ve got some heathered merino on the wheel to keep me busy if I can find a free minute aside from schoolwork and knitting time. Keep your sweaters on!