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BT Winter 2013
As the snow accumulates outside in the midst of a fairly big storm blowing through Saint Louis, I’m reminded that winter knitting is still in full swing. Putting my current projects aside, I thought it was time to brush away the cobwebs here and say hello.
I should mention, there’s a little pattern/yarn giveaway at the end of this post.
Earlier this month, our Brooklyn Tweed in-house design team published 18 new patterns – all of which we are very exited about. It’s always fun to see people debating which one they will knit first.
As our next collection deadline approaches (just wait until you see what we’ve been up to!), it’s fun to look back on the pieces I designed for the Winter Collection, remembering the inspiration behind them as well as the techniques I worked through to perfect each one. Each time I see one of my patterns published, I’m somewhat amazed it came out of me!
When seeking inspiration, I sometimes look in my own closet and find a favorite shirt or pant and ask myself what would go great with it. That is exactly how Hudson took shape. I love turtlenecks but for Hudson, I wanted one that had a more updated and flattering shape and more interesting texture. When it came to working through the waist and raglan shoulder shaping, I tried over and over until I was happy that I had created the perfect double decreases that blend with the twisted rib pattern. I’m going to make another one soon, maybe in a bright color (gasp).
I. Love. This. Scarf. With gorgeous texture and a simple cable repeat, it’s knitted extra wide and long for a really amazing accessory. During our initial concept meeting, I declared that I preferred the WS of the textured stitch pattern, while Jared voted for the RS as his favorite (shown above). For the pattern, we happily provided instructions for both. My design aesthetic leans well into the unisex category, so I made sure Kirkwood works equally well for a man or woman. Good luck fighting over it :) Head over here to see the WS version in Fossil (off-white) that the lovely and talented Nicole sample-knitted for me.
Over the past year I have played around in Illustrator working on a few ideas for potential colorwork. When we decided that we would feature colorwork in this collection, I came back to those ideas with new energy. The result was Kimmswick which quite honestly took on a life of its own as I worked through putting different charts together, building a cohesive balance of traditional and modern and putting some diagonal “white space” in the mix. Yes, I did plenty of ripping back to get it right. While there were moments when I thought it would never end, who knew that I would enjoy colorwork so much.
Last week, we were at Madrona for a fun meet and greet with knitters in the Rotunda. Our samples from this collection were featured in the Churchmouse Yarns & Teas booth in the market area, and every time I would stop by, people were trying Clayton on. Of course, it gave me great satisfaction to see that and it really worked for so many different ages and body types. I’m exited to explore more tailored garments in the future.
Thanks to my gorgeous friend Karen for modeling the sample garments before I shipped them off.
The names for these patterns are all neighborhoods in Saint Louis (paying homage to my current host city) with the exception of Hudson, which is the fantastic location of Hudson, NY where we shot the photos for this collection.
I’ve talked about myself long enough, but if you’re still reading, you can pop over to whitknits.com to read more about me in this month’s designer interview. (Psst, there’s a generous pattern collection and pattern/yarn giveaway as an incentive.)
Mostly, I am really interested in your thoughts. Please don’t be shy and leave a comment below!