BT Fall 2012

Getting straight into to what I promised to do two months ago (ahem, very sorry), this is a little recap of the pieces I designed for the BT Fall 2012 Collection.

Early last spring, when it came time to conceptualize the Fall Collection, I was already in love with, but still relatively new to using Brooklyn Tweed yarn. There is something so calming and comforting about its unique woolen spun tweedy goodness. The resulting fabric from one stitch pattern or gauge to another is infinite and well, just special. So with such a range in front of me, I went crazy swatching for days.

Little by little a few of them kept finding their way into my hands and into my pockets and handbag as I went about the other parts of my busy life. Soon I was sketching the shapes I felt best suited each one and then our first design team meeting took place. (That is a story worth a whole other blog post, but simply put, it was magical how it all came together. Let’s just say, I am the luckiest woman to be part of the BT team, end of story!)

If there is one driving force that defines each of the pieces I contributed, it would be easy comfort without sacrificing style.

First is Bowen (shown above) ‐ a funky, unconventional, textured turtleneck. This began from a stitch pattern I used for my palette cowl, which I fell in love with for its supple, stretchy and reversible texture. After swatching in a couple different gauges using Loft, I knew it would work great for a modern, semi-tailored garment. This piece is fitted through the collar and shoulder area, then takes a decided turn and becomes loose and boxy through the body down to the offset hem. Worn alone it has a very casual, relaxed feel; but layered over something like a button-down shirt, it can easily smarten up for work or an afternoon on the town. Either way, it’s seriously easy to wear.

Next up (seen above, and actually the first piece I worked on) is Driftwood, which is the ultimate in comfort. When Jared saw the stitch pattern I chose for this long, oversized fit, the first thing he said was “Oooh, that’s going to be so squishy!” and he is so right. It’s a bit of a yarn hog, so Shelter is really the perfect choice to keep a good amount of loft in a pullover that might otherwise become very heavy. The wide turtleneck collar is the finishing touch I can never get enough of, so get used to seeing it from me!

Loose oversized tops are always on my list for the go-to wardrobe piece. Hayward (seen above) went into sketch phase immediately, as the idea for it had been floating around in my head for some time. Knitted at an even looser gauge than normal for Loft (which is a fingering weight yarn), it drapes perfectly and flatters most body types despite it’s boxy shape. The seams up the sides and deep raglan shoulder shaping helps the garment to hold together structurally (just in case you’re inclined to knit it in the round – think twice!) and gives you the opportunity to expose the seams during finishing for a more urban look. I love the unusual fit of this top. It’s hard to describe until you just put it on and it falls into place.

And then there’s the Turnagain cowl. Pure indulgence for my addiction to graphic stripe sequences. (You’ll see me do more of this, too!) The name for this accessory is a play on the endless nature of where you can turn the stripes to show (or not show) as the cowl is worn, but it also happens to be a location that I greatly admire and miss for it’s beauty, just outside Anchorage to the south as you drive toward Girdwood. The Turnagain Arm, for those who know it. For those who don’t, Google it.

I’d love to hear your opinion, especially if there is a piece you’re working on and want to link to your project by leaving a comment below.

We’re already jumping into a collection two beyond this one, so look forward to more amazing things from the BT design team, as well as the upcoming Wool People 4 collection, which is coming very soon.


  • Kim on Feb 24, 2013

    I made the Chaleur out of Eco Cloud but it ended up too long and I gave to my taller daughter. I want to knit again but shorter in length. I can’t take too much out of sleeves. Is there another place to decrease length?

    • julie on Feb 24, 2013

      Hi Kim! Yes, for rounds 5-20 (and the other repeat sections), repeat those rounds 3 instead of 4 times and that will remove some of the length through the body.

  • Judy Thompson on Dec 02, 2012

    Are you a transplanted Alaska Girl Julie? I was born and raised in Seward, but left Alaska in 1974. Love your Turnagain Cowl.

    • julie on Dec 03, 2012

      Thanks :) We recently moved to Saint Louis from Anchorage, but I’ve been transplanted many times before that!

  • Caroline on Nov 28, 2012

    How nice to hear your designer’s view on the patterns you created for BT fall 2012. I’d love to knit one of them (the dilemna is to chose one) and to try Brooklyn tweed yarns of course.
    If you ever want to write that post about you first working meeting with the BT team of designers, I’d love to translate it in french and publish it on

  • Lily on Nov 27, 2012

    Love! I want to make Hayward so badly. Love your work, and I too am addicted to Shelter and Loft.

    • julie on Nov 27, 2012

      Oh, I hope you do! Happy holidays and happy knitting :)

  • kirsten on Nov 27, 2012

    GORGEOUS, Julie.
    I particularly love the textural quality of your pieces – the knitted fabric created on the sticks. Beautiful. Of course. xx

    • julie on Nov 27, 2012

      Too kind, my dear friend. Thank you! xx