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To say I found myself victim to a serious cable-hunger this Fall would be an understatement. My design work is kinda littered with them – these gloves being no exception. My head has been filled with root-wrapped accessories and knot-riddled sweaters (what’s new, really?). When I think about it, I’m still kinda stunned by how amazing cables really are. I mean… who thought this up in the first place anyway? I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of playing with them.

[Oh, before I start talking shop about these and forget: this pattern can be found in Vogue Knitting Winter 2008/09, which I think hits the stands this week, if it hasn’t already. Ravelry link here.]

Almeara Gloves

When I got to thinking about super cabley gloves, visions of some root-like gauntlets came to mind – like some fancy armor cast-off from a lost and forgotten forest fantasy world. Leave it to my adolescent fantasy-novel-reading past. Again – cables just do that to me.

Almeara Gloves

With the fear of cable seduction and going overboard, I opted for something simple on the palm: enter garter stitch, my longtime companion. This wonderful yarn (Rowan Scottish Tweed DK) was kinda begging for something textural on the palmside. A DK woolen-spun two ply – this stuff is light and oh-so-woolly, with a touch of irregularity that makes it so beautiful. I wouldn’t at all mind knitting up a whole sweater out of this one. This is me making a mental note.

Almeara Gloves

The motifs on the hands are mirrored – same cables, just raying out in opposing directions. The choice of individual unique cables along each finger (a decision I may have cursed myself for while charting the pattern…) make this one a bit more involved than say, mittens of the same flavor, but I hope it’s worth the extra work, cause they are kinda fun in the end.

Almeara Gloves

There’s an I-cord cast-on for these which, if you haven’t tried it, you’re in or a treat! Definitely on my top 10 list of fun knitting tricks.

The pattern is accompanied with a fancy-pants article which always seems so very twilight zone, but is very flattering nonetheless and I’m absoluely grateful for it!

Almeara Gloves

I hope you enjoy these! And I’m also hoping for the wintry, wool-wearing weather to stick around for a good while so the sweater (glove/mitten/hat/fill in your own blank) drawer can keep its regular rotation.

Are you getting sick of me constantly worshiping Winter yet?

Almeara Gloves

It’s always a wonderful moment when magazine previews hit the Internet because then we designers finally get to share some of our little secrets from the past year. I designed and knit these mittens up in the spring and really grew quite attached to them, so I’m really happy to finally introduce the two of you.

Druid Mittens (by b r o o k l y n t w e e d)

This pattern will be available in the upcoming Fall/Winter issue of Vogue Knitting, along with many other wonderful mitten designs from a handful of great designers. A little mitten spread seems like just the ticket for Fall knitting, doesn’t it?

Druid Mittens (by b r o o k l y n t w e e d)

The concept for these was something intricate and beautiful with lots of detail. The mittens are knit in fingering weight Shetland wool (Jamieson’s Spindrift, one of my all-time faves, in the ‘Leprechaun colorway’) and covered with texture. Not the quickest knit, but really fun for us detail-oriented-types. Or those of us who just plain love bobbles (I’m not ashamed).

Druid Mittens (by b r o o k l y n t w e e d)

The pattern features knit-purl patterning on the cuff, shaped wrist, gusseted thumb, and garter stitch straps flanking the sides (I had to squeeze the garter in there somehow). The palm is worked in a textured tweed stitch and the thumb features its own little cable motif that grows out of the gusset.

Druid Mittens (by b r o o k l y n t w e e d)

The mitten is closed with a garter stitch saddle – a little detail that I really love. The garter stitch panels on either side come up and over the fingers, capping the top seamlessly, a la seamless saddle shoulder sweater construction, and are grafted together to finish up.

Druid Mittens (by b r o o k l y n t w e e d)

Being such a busy little pair of mittens, they require some acrobatic needle work and because of it look pretty lumpy after knitting. I highly recommend a warm wash in the sink – which will do wonders for this pattern and Shetland in general. They seemed a little limp and less-than-impressive before their bath, but afterwards bloomed wonderfully – the fabric becomes much more cohesive and the cables pop. If you aren’t an immersion-blocker, making an exception for these babies will really pay off.

Druid Mittens (by b r o o k l y n t w e e d)

I’ve listed the pattern over on Ravelry if you want to check up on all the specifics, see the other patterns featured in this issue, or queue the project for your Fall or Winter knitting.

Druid Mittens (by b r o o k l y n t w e e d)

And the honor of all honors: the folks at Vogue chose these for the cover of the issue! Talk about flattering!

Vogue Fall 2008 Cover (by b r o o k l y n t w e e d)

photo courtesy of Soho Publishing

Enjoy the issue!

Last week while riding the train early in the morning with my bare hands stuffed deep in the pockets of my winter jacket I decided I was sick of having cold hands in the morning. Last weekend I resolved to put my current knitting on hold and tend to my cold-hand problem post-haste.

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See, I’m a fidgety person who tends to keep busy at all times (a blessing and a curse), including in transit – so mittens aren’t great for me. I love knitting them but feel positively annoyed while wearing them in most situations. Too many times I’ve tried to answer the phone or scribble some notes in a notebook while mitten-clad, only to see my phone crash onto the sidewalk or my pen go flying under my neighbors subway seat. And lets not even talk about coffee spillage. Granted gloves also lend themselves to an obvious loss of dexterity but at this point in the winter, it’s all relative.

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Pattern: Ken (free from the Berroco design team) [*via Ravelry]

Materials: Noro Kureyon; #51

Amount: 160 grams (just over 1.5 skeins)

Needles: US8/5.0mm Double Pointed Needles

Started: 22 February 2008

Finished: 23 February 2008

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This was a total impulse knit. I didn’t even have a pattern in mind, just grabbed two balls of Kureyon from the stash and went pattern-huntin‘ on Ravelry. I found this free pattern, got gauge on the first try and went for it. There’s something really refreshing about spicing up your knitting with small, impulse-projects, especially when they work out – and I find that they often do. Maybe it’s the absence of obsessive planning and worrying that seems to surprise us time and again.

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I like this pattern – it’s fitted and detailed while remaining straightforward. Knitting ten fingers is always kind of a drag, but at this gauge they go mighty quick. I think that Kureyon is slightly heavier than the yarn called for in the pattern and makes for a semi-dense, very fitted glove. I really like it like this, but if you prefer a glove with a bit of ease on your hands, I’d recommend maybe using a different yarn or jumping up a needle size.

Green Fingers (by b r o o k l y n t w e e d)

I guess I should also mention that my hands are large-ish and the pattern specifies a men’s medium, so if you have average size manhands, you can probably disregard my previous warning.

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I was putting off knitting myself a pair of gloves, mostly because I continue to entertain the idea that spring is just around the corner. I know that this is wishful thinking here in the city, and winter is, after all, one of my favorite times of year. Although I think most of us knitters are perpetually wistful for Fall, winter is pretty great too (Sometimes I forget. Usually early in the morning).

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To sum up – this is a great *free* pattern that is definitely worthy of being squeezed into a weekend. Why not go spelunking in your stash and surprise someone you love with warm hands for the rest of the winter? Until next time – happy knitting.

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 always love to read about finished knits – when something is fresh off the needles and takes its final shape, it’s a great moment. You can get a full summary of the process, complete with frustrating details and lessons learned, with the knowledge that in the end everything turned out great (or at least good enough, I believe we always take something away from our process, even if its not a ‘wearable’ garment). Its unfortunate that after the big ‘show-and-tell’ is done, the piece falls out of our (readers) collective consciousness. That’s just the nature of knitblogging I guess. For the lucky knitter who finished something wonderful, though, they get to enjoy their garment for months (and if the wool is a quality one, years) to come.

I love seeing hints of past projects popping up in current blog photos – a piece of your knitted past cropping up in the background or someone wearing an old FO nonchalantly now that the excitement of the finish has past. I like to place old knits in the background of my photos from time to time (sometimes some of you notice). In this vein, I really love the idea of project re-visits, months or years after the item was knitted. This year I’d like to work a little bit to revisit some of my old favorites and update you on how they’ve been wearing. I think its a great way of reviewing pattern, yarn, and design – all being important factors in our future project decisions. So today we start the re-visit program with one of my favorite knits from 2006:

Komi Mittens

These are Komi Mittens by Charlene Schurch from her wonderful book Mostly Mittens: Traditional Knitting Patterns from Russia’s Komi People*, knit last winter. It was my first real stranded knitting project and the one that got me hooked. The detailed post is here.

These have seen a lot of wear, especially in the last couple of months – not by me (I’m not a huge mitten fan), but by another on-the-go-New-Yorker type, and I figured it was time to put them back under the magnifying glass. The yarn is ‘Palette‘ from KnitPicks. A fingering weight Peruvian wool that comes in a pretty basic palette (haha) and lends itself well to colorwork mittens, socks, hats, and if you have a crazy amount of time on your hands, sweaters. For the price, you can’t beat this one, especially if you’re searching for a basic color representation and relatively solid wool (the project cost was under $4.00 after all). I was mostly curious about how this yarn would hold up over time, and as I report at this point, its done pretty well. There is a bit of pilling, but its a rather “clean” pill that is easily shaved. You can see some of the pilly halo on the edges of the mittens in the above picture. These were shot last weekend and have had no shaving done to them whatsoever since their origin.

Komi In Your Face
This is what happens when the photographer’s patience outlasts the model’s

Pattern and designer I regard very highly, in fact, Ms. Schurch is the reason I would like to bring these mittens to your attention once again. Charlene has produced many wonderful books, Mostly Mittens and Hats On! being two of my favorites. Sock Knitters, I’m sure you’re familiar with Sensational Knitted Socks, another one of hers. If you like colorwork and have a veritable weakness for traditional knits (that you can surely spin for a more contemporary look) as I do, I think you would definitely benefit from having a look at these books. At least check your library, they seem to be well stocked, at least in the libraries I’ve checked.

I’ve had the itch to get some fingering-weight stranded gloves on my needles. I greatly enjoy colorwork in general, but there’s something ultra satisfying about working it in fingering weight on US1′s. Therefore, I loved knitting the mittens, but as I mentioned above, I can’t deal with actually wearing them. I’m too annoyed by the loss of finger mobility. It feels too much like a puppet show, and I don’t know about you, but puppets kinda freak me out.

Komi Surprise

*This book also masquerades by another name: Knitting Marvelous Mittens: Ethnic Knitting Designs from Russia. I believe this is the newer edition. From what I can tell, the contents (patterns) are exactly the same.

first and foremost let me start with this: to say i was overwhelmed by your insane response to the Urban Aran would be the understatement of the year. thank you! you really know how to make a knitter feel great. and it seems that interest in this pattern has exploded, so i’ll be looking forward to seeing all of your Urban Arans in the future. But really. Thank you. Really.

with the completion of my big project, i have been released once again on all of my WIP’s. Of course, after a month of knitting with only one color (boring!) i was hard up for some good ol’ Fair Isle Knitting. and since i had yet to overcome my bout with second-mitten-syndrome on my Komi Mittens from earlier this year… my hands quickly found their way back to the fair isle love.

Komi Mittens - Floats

Materials: KnitPicks Pallette in ‘Bark’ and ‘Yellow’
Pattern: #32 from “Mostly Mittens” by Charlene Schurch (newer edition of the book is entitled “Knitting Marvelous Mittens“… its the same book)
Needles: US 1′s for main body, US 0′s for cuff

Modifications: I squared off the tips of both the hand and thumb. Following the pattern makes for some very pointy tips… I’m not down with that.
Started: 2.24.06
Finished: 4.25.06

Komi Mittens - Fair Isle Detail
this is fierce.

this was my first real fair isle project, although i knit Ufserud during the same time period as well. i have to say, my detail-oriented side really loves working two-colors at a fine guage. its a lot of fun, and the product is really precious/priceless. and sturdy! these are light but warm, and while i definitely plan on making more warm things for my hands in this way, i’m probably gonna do gloves from here on out. because mittens? they’re kinda ridiculous. have you ever tried to take photos with them on? or listen to an mp3 player on the train while wearing them? its amusing … to watch. not to wear. but i feel fine about these because they’re such a great vehicle for patterning. so regardless of how much i wear them, i’ll sure stare at them a lot!

Komi Mittens - On HandsKomi Mittens - Laid Out
mittens on hands :: laid out to oggle

the bad news? no more fair isle currently on the needles. even worse news? i’m sticking to my oath of finishing all WIP’s before casting on for anything else. not funny. but i’m sure i’ll be happy with myself in the end blah blah blah…

have a great weekend and knit something great.

well thank you all for your input on my colors! I would love to say that there was a clear victor in the competition… but it seems that you all have varying tastes (thank god), or worse (like me) want to see multiple combinations knit up.

The three contenders came down to B, C and E, with B having the most votes. Here’s the thing… while I really like E, I really just can’t shake the whole high school mascot/letterman’s jacket vibe it puts out. that yellow. that green. its got that kitchy home-game feeling to it, which was originally why i found it interesting. but after more consideration, i like B better (surprise surprise!) i really like both B and C, and probably will use both color schemes on future projects (i have a fair-isle queue in my pattern bible)… but the winner for this one is…… B!

dont i always go back to these neutral green tones? and as Marq1 so astutely observed, they do complement the color scheme of my blog perfectly.

its been quiet around brooklyn t w e e d this week. Be warned, this silence should not be confused with a “silence” in my knitting. I’ve actually been obsessively knitting away on something that, alas, I cannot show you all yet. but look forward to a surprise FO in the future that is aaaaawe-some if I do say so myself.

don’t worry – when Ufserud comes, I’ll go picture crazy. its hard for me to sift through knitblogs that are pictureless, and for that I apologize. blocks of text, regardless of their wildly exciting content, are just hard to traverse sometimes.

and one last thing… i gotta give a shout out to craftoholic’s latest creation. if you haven’t already seen them… YES these are awesome. i’m gonna make some for k whenever i finish the pile-o-projects lurking in the corner. the glove-version of pomatomous, i feel, surpassess the original sock pattern in design and intrigue! (not to imply any negativity on the socks, they’re awesome too!) it got me excited… so obviously, i’m plugging it. well, i’ll see you soon – with more norwegian knitterly things to share!

just because i think the insides look as good as the outsides on fair isle….

Komi Guts

click to see it bigger

won’t have much time for updates or even knitting over the next week. hope to see you sooner than later! have a great weekend!

well, its clear i have a problem. i can’t stop fair isling. but after i post these pictures, i’m taking a break. i have to force myself to do at least something else before this weekend is over. i didn’t join the olympics, but the last three days have sort of felt like i had…..

Komi Progress 4Komi Progress 3

body is done, just finished kitchener-ing it to completion. now i just need to pump out the little thumb and pick up my provisional c.o. stitches and do some (non-corrugated!) ribbing………… and make another mitten.

can’t wait!

what did i spend my exciting friday night doing?
Komi Progress 2
oh and look what happened!
did i use the word “addicting” before?