In over a decade of publishing knitwear patterns, certain designs stand out. These are the pieces that have become a part of our daily lives — the tried-and-true sweaters we wear with everything, favorite hats we always grab first, reliable go-to gifts and our coziest comfort knits.

In curating this selection of our very favorite designs, our team meticulously combed BT’s design archive, deliberating over our personal favorites and reviewing feedback from thousands of customers to distill a handful of designs that represent the essence of BT: knits that fit well, feel good, and look great on every body, whether dressed up, dressed down, or customized with your own personal flair.

Welcome to Essentials.


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At first glance, Svenson’s stitch patterns appear to incorporate traditional motifs, but its central honeycomb panels employ purl stitches to unusual effect, flanked by horseshoe cables that playfully experiment with scale for a modern take on the classic Aran-style pullover.

Knit our Classic version for a traditional tailored fit, or the Shaped version to comfortably fit smaller frames.


High-quality yarns thoughtfully designed from fiber to finish. Timeless patterns combining modern style and classic techniques. Design and material, working together.

Thorough pattern instructions and helpful tutorials that set you up for knitting success, backed up by our dedicated pattern support staff.

A supportive community of fiber fans for whom we’re forever grateful. We’re so glad you’re here.

Box Pullover


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This classic pattern is a perennial favorite with its engaging stitch patterns inspired by traditional fishermen's ganseys – a enjoyable introduction to charted knitting accessible to adventurous beginners.⁠

This practical piece serves equally well worn draped about the shoulders or tucked into a coat collar – knit it in a lofty woolen-spun yarn for understated elegance, or a smooth worsted-spun to highlight its textural patterning.

Kirigami in Arbor

An Icelandic-style colorwork yoke hand knit pullover lies on a wooden box.

Grettir in Shelter

A male model looking off to the left with  his head turns slightly toward the camera models a hand knit cabled watchcap hat in a powder blue colored wool heathered yarn.

Link Hat in Imbue

Dunaway in Loft & Shelter

A woman on the oregon coast looking off to the left models a hand knit gansey cap in a chunky heathered yarn.

Burnaby Hat in Quarry

Closeup shot of a woman modelling a hand knit sideways textured cardigan in wool yarn.

Ebbie in Re•Ply Rambouillet

We’re not done yet – our list is ever-evolving, as we publish new designs and revive classic patterns with more inclusive sizing, improved instructions, updated photography and additional yarn choices. Keep checking back for fresh inspiration!

Umaro in Arbor

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