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BT Men: Volume 1

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...

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WP5 Spotlight: Hitch

  Hitch was designed by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark in Alabama and has a great casual elegance about it. The dolman shape means that the garment is made with two pieces (front and back, with sleeves integrated). If you look closely at the direction of the garter stitch on the cuffs, you'll see that the sleeves are worked sideways as a result. While swatching at the beginning of the design process, Mercedes fell hard for this cable – which she said reminded her of thick links of chain (our inspiration for naming the design) – and built the rest of the sweater...

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Wool People 5

Is it May already? This time of year always seems to fly right by – before you know it winter has slipped through the cracks and summer is right around the corner. The past few weeks have been positively delightful weather-wise; a late spring, but one that was definitely worth the wait! Today I'm happy to announce our newest collaborative effort – the fifth (!) installment in our ongoing Wool People series is all polished up and ready for spring and summer knitting! Back in August when I began mapping out the concepts and art direction for this collection, I...

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BT Winter 13

2013 has been quite a hectic year around here so far! On top of the regular day-to-day operations that make BT tick, we spent January moving into a fresh new space – a much needed move, but definitely disruptive! – as well as putting the finishing touches on our design team's new winter collection. This release feels particularly timely today, as we endure another week of below-freezing temps here in the Northeast. An assortment of cozy wool knits sounds like just the ticket, to me! The four of us (Véronik Avery, Julie Hoover, Michele Wang, and myself) had an absolute...

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Wool People 4

We've been dropping teasers for a few days over on our Facebook page, and this morning our newest creation is all ready to leave the nest! Today I'm very happy to introduce the fourth installment in our ongoing Wool People series! This issue features 15 new patterns from some of our favorite independent designers in the industry and offers a satisfying variety of sweaters, shawls and accessories. Since the weeks and months leading up to the holidays tend to be consumed by (sometimes stressful) gift knitting, we thought launching in late December would offer some much needed incentive for getting those...

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