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The BT Fall 13 Collection

Yesterday was the first time in several months that I reached for a scarf on my way out the door. As I was walking down my city block I noticed that several long-buzzing air conditioners on a neighboring building lay silent, with apartment windows thrown open instead. These subtle, almost imperceptible changes in my morning routine gave me a rush of deep satisfaction, knowing that the bewitching weather of autumn has finally begun creeping in. In just a few weeks, I'll be deliberating between sweaters in my closet rather than the tired short-sleeve shirts I've been dutifully pulling from the...

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BT Spotlight: Slade

Slade is for the guy who appreciates the coziness and charm of a deep shawl collar. The set-in sleeve cardigan is worked in pieces with a stockinette body and deep 2x2 ribbing at the hem and cuffs. The wide shawl collar, which creates a double-breasted front when buttoned, means that the stockinette fronts of the garment are rather skinny and can be knit quickly. After assembling the finished sweater pieces, the ribbed collar/fronts are picked up onto one long circular needle – beginning at the lower edge of right front, up one side of the cardigan opening, around the back...

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BT Men Spotlight: Hugo

The Hugo pullover is a modern take on the traditional fisherman's gansey – with its low-relief allover cable motifs paired with handsome moss stitch. The traditional layout of cables contrasts more modern elements like the slashed ribbed turtleneck and updated silhouette. Hugo's proportions sit closer to the body than a traditional pullover for a slimming effect; the long sleeves cover the full wrist while the body falls just below the belt line. This stylish silhouette creates an eye-catching update to the historic ganseys we all know and love. Véronik chose to work up her design in Shelter's "Stormcloud" colorway –...

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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: Reverb

This week I'll be spotlighting some of the patterns from the Wool People 5 release to better acquaint you with some of the details about the patterns that may not always be apparent from photos alone. Today – the Reverb Cardigan by Tanis Lavallée: Tanis hails from beautiful Montreal, Canada, and has a knack for garments that are stylish, smart, and fun to knit. Canadians really have a way with sweaters. Reverb is worked seamlessly as a top down raglan – which is a great way to make a sweater, especially for knitters who don't enjoy finishing. The obvious benefit...

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