Today feels like a very "full-circle" experience for me as we release our very first collection of knitting patterns exclusively for men.
It doesn't feel like so long ago that I was a new knitter, searching for male sweater patterns that suited my own tastes, needs, and abilities. Though the absence of such patterns was perhaps the single most influential factor in my path towards knitwear design, I've always remembered the frustration I felt as a result of my limited options.
Knitting has taken me on quite an unexpected and wonderful journey since then, and all along the way I've daydreamed about creating patterns for men that might help those knitters who find themselves in the same place that I was then – be you a male knitter yourself, or any knitter with a husband, brother, son, partner or friend who has at one time or another made that sacred request for a handknit sweater or accessory.
Last year, when I pitched the idea of a men's collection to the design team, an immediate excitement engulfed. That fervor stayed strong all throughout the process – we've had a great time putting all the puzzle pieces of this collection together. In designing, we set out to create knits that were understated and easy to wear, but maintained details that made them special (and enjoyable to make by hand). Selfishly, I loved having the excuse to design and create some of the pieces that I've been been wishing were in my own closet for quite some time!
The look book features the entire collection – 8 garments and 5 accessories - that cover a range of skill (and commitment) levels, from beginner to advanced.
We hope you enjoy our first small contribution to the genre of men's knits! _________________________ Resources: The BT Men look book can be viewed on our website here, or download the free PDF for viewing on your tablet or device. Each pattern is available for instant download here, or on Ravelry.com. Brooklyn Tweed yarns used in the collection are available for purchase online, or at one of our 16 flagship retail locations.