Fall 2017 Collection from Brooklyn Tweed
So many months go by between conception and release, it's always fun to see our work from the design team come to life. While congratulations go to my fellow design teammates Jared, Norah, Veronik and (newcomer) Gudrun; a huge thank you goes to the entire team (in and out of the Portland office) that makes it all happen smoothly!
Here's a brief introduction to each of my pieces in our Fall 2017 Collection.
The first time I felt Arbor in my hands, I knew it would create amazing textured stitches, and I was right. Equus evolved from falling in love with one of the first stitch patterns I tried—a 4-stitch and 4-row repeat of left and right cable crosses. Simple to work, but can be tiring for your hands (not to mention a total yarn hog), so I decided to use it judiciously as a front and back panel, only. The remaining fabric is worked in stockinette stitch and the seams are exposed to the outside just where the two fabrics meet to create a crisp visual detail. The result is a classic, minimally textured pullover with a flattering A-line shape and cozy turtleneck collar.
Having had so much fun designing Ludlow, I continue to play around with combining knits and purls to create modern Geurnsey inspired accessory designs. Wallace uses bold repeating diagonal lines that are slightly offset (and mirrored) and framed by columns of half-twisted rib and seed stitch. The overall effect is that of a big stylized chevron pattern. The original concept was meant for Quarry, but we decided it was too good not to include a version using Arbor.
If you'd asked me five years ago what my favorite knitting technique would be, I don't think stranded colorwork would have even made it to the top five. Not any more. Other than endless stockinette stitch, it's a close second.
The colorwork motif on Sommers came out of my preparation work for our Yokes Collection this past spring. I loved it but the scale was too small for use on the body of a garment (see my Townes pullover), and well, it was a no-brainer to use it for a hat. It requires five colors of Loft, but you'll need only a tiny bit of four, so it's a perfect project to use up bits of leftover stash.
As for the shape, it's intended to look like (and is worked like) a beret, but the fit is closer to a slouchy cap. I personally knitted three of these in different colors, and enjoyed every single stitch.
(Photo credits Brooklyn Tweed)