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Staff Favorites of 2015: Sweaters

This week we’re looking back on some of BT’s greatest garments of the year, polling our staff on their most-loved designs. Narrowing down our favorite sweaters to a Top 5 was incredibly difficult. From instant classics like Michele Wang’s Cordova (Winter ’15) to the big drama of Jared Flood’s Carpeaux (Winter ’15) to sharp modern shapes like Melissa Wehrle’s Truss (Wool People 9), there were so many more great designs we wanted to include. But the votes were finally tallied and five intriguingly different garments emerged. Few knitters can resist a classic gansey, and Jared’s feminine version was just what...

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Fall Round-Up: Outerwear

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.)   Take a closer look if you… love volume and all-over texture that’s easy to work. Norah Gaughan’s...

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Our Fall 2015 Collection

We’re tremendously excited to launch both a new design collection and a new yarn today! Quarry is a chunky brother to Shelter and Loft, made from the same Wyoming-grown Targhee-Columbia wool. Each plump 100-gram skein is 200 warm and lofty yards, and although it looks like a single ply, it’s actually three unspun strands nestled together and gently twisted. Our goal was to create a chunky-weight wool that marries the airy softness of a roving-style yarn with enough tensile strength and roundness to produce well-defined cables and textured knitwear. Quarry comes in ten fresh heathered hues. As we were developing...

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Take 5: Yoko Hatta

What’s your favorite detail about your WP9 design contribution? Decreasing and increasing give Imago an interesting hemline that scoops down over the hips. Any interesting techniques in the design you'd like to tell knitters about? It may not be obvious, but the increasing stitch is an eyelet stitch. Those tiny eyelets give a crisp edge that sets off the geometric shapes in this sweater. What's the most beloved (and well-worn) hand knit in your closet? My most well-worn knit is a navy blue chunky cardigan. I designed this garment 15 to 20 years ago for one of the knitting pattern...

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Take 5: Olga Buraya-Kefelian

What’s your favorite detail about your WP9 design contribution?  When working on something relatively simple in silhouette, I try to pay special attention to details; they become key attractions against the canvas and help to balance the entire look. In Koto's case the overall patterning is rather minimal, but I am particularly pleased by how the hem and neckline arches correlate without interrupting the general flow of the patterning. Any interesting techniques in the design you'd like to tell knitters about?  This design utilizes short rows, but since there are so many techniques for working them, I have chosen a...

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