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Fall 19 Knitalong: Swatching and Casting On

  Welcome back, knitters! Today we'll be talking all about swatching and casting on your Cilfor sweater.  Once you've got your yarn and needles in hand, fight the urge to immediately cast on - to ensure that your sweater will fit just right, you've got to start with a swatch. Making a swatch isn't just an arbitrary step in the process of knitting - it informs you of your gauge. Gauge is defined as the amount of stitches and rows/rounds that occur over a certain number of inches; for Cilfor, the gauge is 19 stitches & 28 rounds over 4" of stockinette stitch....

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Fall 19 Knitalong: My First Sweater

Fall 19 Knitalong: My First Sweater

 One of the great joys of knitting is creating bespoke items for yourself that will last from season to season. Surprisingly enough though, we've heard from many a knitter that while they knit endless shawls, scarves, and mittens for themselves and those they love, they've never made a sweater! Sweater knitting can seem daunting, but the simple truth is that if you've knit a shawl — which more often than not includes knits, purls and maybe even some increases and decreases — you're more than ready to knit a sweater! You may be thinking that this all sounds fine and good in theory, but...

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Fall 19 Launch

Fall 19 Launch

Yan tan tethera…sethera lethera hovera dovera… This traditional counting rhyme has been used for generations by British Shepards in the North of England when counting their flocks at dawn and dusk. You’ll recognize some of the names in our newest collection of patterns for Fall 19 from this ancient rhyme, while others come from the flora and fauna of the rich lands of eastern Washington State where we photographed the collection. Offering heirloom style through a modern lens, each stitch represented in Fall 19 reflects the timelessness of wool as tastes and fashions evolve.  Designed especially for Brooklyn Tweed’s breed-specific wool yarns, these...

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Wool Talks: A Year in the Life of a Brooklyn Tweed Pattern, Pre-Publication

Wool Talks: A Year in the Life of a Brooklyn Tweed Pattern, Pre-Publication

Dear Friends, Last month you heard Stephanie, Brooklyn Tweed’s Yarn Production Director, speak to the intricacies and challenges of working within a completely domestic (American) textile supply chain. Just as Brooklyn Tweed takes a conscientious route in its yarn development, we employ equal care in how we develop our knitting patterns, with multiple team players involved along our patterns’ path to publication. While the designers are rightfully recognized as the star talent behind Brooklyn Tweed’s patterns, I’d like to take time to recognize our technical editing team — the unsung heroes — involved in the creation of a Brooklyn Tweed-published...

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Wool Talks: Supply Chain Challenges and Silver Fleece Linings

Wool Talks: Supply Chain Challenges and Silver Fleece Linings
Here at Brooklyn Tweed there is no shortage of topics when we talk about wool but with this letter I would like to share a bit about working within a domestic (American) textile supply chain...

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