Fall and winter in the Pacific Northwest are mild compared to the snow and ice of the Northeast. We do have our rainy skies, but they’re more likely to drizzle than to pour. In short, it’s often a perfect climate for an outerlayer of hearty wool. If you’re interested in adding a handknit coat to your closet this season, here’s a round-up of some possibilities from our pattern library. (Click on any of the images in the post to read full specs about each pattern.)   151016_NEWS_Bannock Take a closer look if you… love volume and all-over texture that’s easy to work. Norah Gaughan’s swing coat from BT Fall ‘15 features a circular yoke and a deeply textured original stitch motif. Worked with our new chunky wool, Quarry, this coat will knit up quickly despite the large amount of fabric. The lateral bands don’t require any tricky maneuvers; they’re formed by purling two stitches together and then purling the first of the pair again. Things to know before you cast on: We chose to model Bannock with 9” of ease, but this design has classic proportions and doesn’t adhere to the current trend for width in the body and narrow sleeves. If you want to wear it oversized, don’t expect a snug fit through the armhole. Skill level: 4 out of 5 (adventurous intermediate)   151016_NEWS_Trailhead Take a closer look if you… like tailored shapes with striking details. Véronik’s raglan cardigan/jacket is shaped for ease of movement, with an A-line back, while slim sleeves and fitted shoulders balance the silhouette. The back offers plenty of challenge, while the straight fronts and sleeves allow you to relax a bit. Love handsome, functional pockets with decorative decreases? Trailhead’s got them, as well as a warm collar to turn up if it’s windy at the top of the mountain. Things to know before you cast on: Trailhead is worked with two strands of Loft held together to create a dense fabric suitable for outerwear. Substituting Shelter will create a softer, suppler, slightly less weatherproof garment. This design requires close attention to keep track of short-row shaping and decreases while working from the large chart for the back. Skill level: 5 out of 5 (advanced)   151016_NEWS_Rowe Take a closer look if you… love intricate cables and comfortable but refined style. Michele’s tour de force from BT Fall ’14 has been a favorite with knitters for its odyssey of traffic-stopping cables—the word “masterpiece” comes up a lot in the project notes on Ravelry—and the many techniques the pattern teaches. If open-front cardigans aren’t your style, perusing Ravelry will show you many clever modifications to the fronts and collar to allow for fastening, too. Things to know before you cast on: Rowe is worked entirely from charts. Although the pattern directs you to start with the back, some knitters recommend beginning with the fronts and sleeves to familiarize yourself with the smaller cable motifs. This will allow you to concentrate on the complicated central motif when you knit the back. Skill level: 4 out of 5 (adventurous intermediate)   151016_NEWS_Landfall Take a closer look if you… want to wrap up in a snuggly long cardigan with rich texture. Véronik’s Landfall (BT Winter ’14) is pure oversized coziness. Lots of ease through the body means you can overlap the fronts and belt them closed if you wish, or allow them to hang open for casual style. Perfectly placed pockets warm your hands and hold your keys while you stroll on the beach. Things to know before you cast on: Landfall features traveling twisted stitches. Most knitters find these slow to work, but worth the effort for the beautifully defined motifs they produce. Skill level: 5 out of 5 (advanced)   151016_NEWS_Rockaway Take a closer look if you’ve… caught the Cowichan bug! This early pattern of Jared’s is begging to be knit in Quarry, and it’s right in line with the current craze for chunky Cowichan-inspired outerwear. Although it’s billed as a men’s pattern, plenty of women have knit it for themselves. The suggested ease is 6-7” and the smallest chest size is 39 ¼”, so even those with small frames should be able to knit Rockaway without adapting the pattern. Browse the many project pages on Ravelry to see clever substitutions like a shawl collar or a simple garter band in place of the hood. Things to know before you cast on: Rockaway is worked in the round and opened with a steek. If you’ve never tried this technique before, make this the season you go for it! We recommend reinforcing the cut edge with a sewing machine so as not to add more bulk to the facings when you’re working with a chunky yarn. Skill level: 4 out of 5 (adventurous intermediate)

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  • ALL your designs are so beautiful! Can’t wait to make one soon!

    Rochelle Sandberg on

  • Hello Deb! Thank you for your question. Just looking at our most recent pattern collection, Trailhead, Lander, Riverbend, Bannock, and Birch Bay all include sizes 56" and/or above (see the “Pattern Specs” tab for each pattern’s page on BT’s website). Several other patterns are written up to sizes just below 56" and could easily be adjusted (e.g. Deschutes, Fletching, and Cascades). If you ever need pattern support help for a BT pattern, please feel free to email support at brooklyntweed dot com. Hope this helps! All the best, Jen | BT Customer Service, info at brooklyntweed dot com

    Jen Hurley on

  • I love the designs you publish, but unfortunately, I’m a very full figured person (56" bust). Do you plan to ever do sizing that includes the fluffier of us?

    debinpa on

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