Brooklyn Tweed Winter 2018 Review

A new year, and a gorgeous new Brooklyn Tweed Collection! Brooklyn Tweed just launched their Winter 2018 collection, full of fascinating new textures and designs – 5 pullovers, two cardigans, one jacket, one hat, one scarf, one wrap, and one cowl.  There is a lot of diversity in the collection, not just in the items, but in the techniques and textures offered. The photography is dark and moody, which is amazing, but we knitters do love some good detail shots – it’s worth checking out the patterns beyond the look book. The individual pattern pages have a lot more photos, and often show them in different colours, which helps give a better perspective on some of the darker knits.

Out of the 12 patterns, this pattern review will focus on my favourite five. If there is a different one you’d like more info on, let me know in the comments and I can respond to your questions there and offer as much info as you’d like! And if you’d like to look at the patterns on Ravelry (I always do, so much easier to add to my queue), the link is here. My top 5 picks:

Bevel, by Jared Flood 

Bevel is a squishy, garter-filled scarf with all sorts of fun color combination possibilities. It is knit in a modular style, meaning that the chevrons are worked first, then the outer borders are picked up around the edges.  The pattern comes in both a DK and fingering weight version, and there are even kits available for the fingering weight version with 6 different colour combinations- I can’t wait to see knitted up versions of the Toboggan combination, and Snowfall. Check out the kits here, and the colour combos are all the way down in the 7th photo.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love garter stitch, knits that are more than one colour, and want to try modular knitting without it being a gigantic log cabin blanket.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You are not into garter stitch as a fabric, and the very idea of picking up all those outer border edges makes you cringe.

Geiger, by Norah Gaughan

A beautiful cabled button up cardigan in a classic shape, full of tailored details and set in sleeves. This DK weight pattern is knit in pieces from the bottom up  and seamed together, with thick cables accenting details on the back fronts, and sleeves. The cables are not for the cabling novice: 8 different charts and 20 – yes, TWENTY – different types of cable crosses in the legend. Chart reading skills and total sobriety are a must – if you want to have a glass of wine and put on Netflix then you are living dangerously, my friend.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You read the above and thought – ‘Challenge accepted!’ because CABLES ARE LIFE, Y’ALL.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You half choked on your tea or coffee when I told you there were 20 different cable crosses and haven’t even finished reading this sentence, because you’ve already scrolled down to the next.

Etna, by Veronik Avery

A laceweight dolman pullover knit flat from the bottom up and seams. The second I saw the drapey cowl neck, I loved it. Looks so pretty, and if you are a slow knitter, start now and you will have the perfect spring pullover just when you need it. Lace is charted, but the charts are fairly simple and repetitive, and the most complicated stitch would be sometimes knitting or purling into the front and back of a stitch. Also, no short rows.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love knitting lace and mesh, love a good drapey neckline, and got a little happy when I mentioned there were no short rows.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You winced a bit seeing that it is laceweight, and dolman sleeves make you feels a little weird (no, you don’t look like a fruit bat).

Freja, by Jared Flood

This bulky knit cardigan is one of the easiest and likely fastest of the garments to knit from the collection. Knit from the bottom up and seamed, there are no charts and all simple, straightforward stitches. The sleeve length could easily be adjusted, but i like the elbow length- it is a chic contrast to the open shape of the body of the cardigan.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You love wearing open front cardigans, haven’t tried a Brooklyn Tweed pattern before, and want something that you can enjoy knitting while you watch some TV, and maybe have a glass of wine.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You don’t love easy-to-wear cardigans, stockinette, or are not sure about a more voluminous cardigan.

Kirigami, by Gudrun Johnston 

A DK weight pullover knit in the round from the bottom up, Kirigami is a straightforward knit. The yoke is fully charted, and the body has some waist shaping and some short rows at the bust.

You Should Totally Knit This If: You adore round yokes, knitting in the round, and the texture intrigues you.

You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You are not into round yokes at all. Hey, they aren’t for everyone, no judgement.

And those are my top picks in my Brooklyn Tweed Winter 2018 Review! What are your favourites from the new collection? Let me know!

24 comments

  1. Barbara   •  

    Thanks for this review. I’m totally in love with Kirigami!

  2. Susan   •  

    Always love your thought out reviews! Your synopsis of Geiger cracked me up, especially wine and netflix. I may have spit out my coffee 🙂 Kind regards, Susan aka Buttonband

  3. Sarah   •  

    Love the review, as usual. The short descriptions and ‘to knit or not to knit’ summaries are perfect! The scarf kits are gorgeous (I followed the link), wish they were available in heavier weight yarn too.

  4. Brenda N.   •  

    Geiger. Wowza. I might have to say, “Challenge accepted!”

  5. Christine   •  

    So many beautiful patterns! I agree with your top choices.

  6. Laura   •  

    Another great review, Julie! Geiger and Kirigami knock my socks off, although after your review of Geoger I’m not sure it is the knit for me! I’m not sure I can dedicate myself to the “no wine or Netflix” regimen for an entire sweater.

  7. Duni   •  

    You picked all my favorites! This is a stellar collection. Where do I start?! 🙂

  8. Stefanie   •  

    I will definitely check out the patterns. I like how there is diversity in their models.

  9. DWJ   •  

    I’ve already downloaded Freja and will use up a stash of some Berroco Vintage Chunky I’ve had for too long in my drawer. I’m trying my best to stash bust this year!

  10. florapie   •  

    I was completely turned off by the dark coloured garments photographed against a dark background. It’s bonkers that they did a sample of Geiger in black! So thank you for featuring the yellow version in this review. That said, my LYS has a trunk show of the garments this week, so I may wander over and check them out in person, because I think Jared has really done them an injustice with the photography in this collection.

  11. Carmela Biscuit   •  

    Yes, these were mostly my picks too, especially Geiger and Kirigami. Like the previous commenter I loved the collection, but totally disliked the photosession – what were they thinking photographing dark on dark! But they have some brilliant designs again, which is the important thing 🙂

  12. Vicki Jane   •  

    Whoo …. Just purchased Geiger. I am feeling the need for some brain challenge. Though it is summer here and it will be fun knitting in the heat we are having.

  13. Julia   •  

    Heh – with the exception of Freja, your top five align with my top, well, four – the only four patterns I “favorited” in Ravelry! And I loved the photography.

  14. miss agnes   •  

    Oh yes, indeed, what a magnificent collection ! I think your favorites are nearly all mine too. I totally fell in love with Geiger, and somehow I’m not deterred by the cables. I’m looking for the perfect pattern for a stock of TFA DK yarn, and this might be it. Then again, I might change my mind and go for Kirigami. So many choices, so little time to knit!
    I love the dark and moody vibe of these pictures, I think the lighting is superb and showcases the yarn and stitch details beautifully. Thanks for this post, I love you reviews.

  15. Snow   •  

    ‘Total sobriety is a must’ lol!!
    Love the comments as much as the descriptions!
    The cabled cardigan is so unique…worth taking time with.
    Thanks for the rundown.
    Would love to see the same with other publications…

  16. Sierra   •  

    Etna and Freya are my absolute favorites from the collection! I love the drape from of Etna, classic and not something you see too often in knit sweater patterns.

  17. Ramona   •  

    I do like Kirigami, but the two I think would fit best in my wardrobe are Colburn and Nolan.

  18. Claire   •  

    I adore the Belfast – I’d love to know your thoughts on it!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Claire,

      Belfast is lovely, isn’t it? It is a huge knit- even the smallest size is over two thousand yards of wool, so it is a commitment project. There are some short rows to help shape the cardigan, and every section is fully charted- that means there are 11 different charts, as each row is fully charted. You will need to be really comfy with following big charts, but the cables themselves are pretty straightforward, and there are only 6 different types of cable crosses – not bad at all. As far as a cabled knit, this one isn’t too difficult, an intermediate knitter would be just fine working through this pattern. Some highlighter tape would likely come in handy for all those charts, though- the back charts in particular are big -just because of the number of stitches, not because of the complexity – but it would be easy to loose your place if you weren’t doing anything to mark each row. I hope that helps!

      • Claire   •  

        Thanks for that Julie!
        I’ve never done cables before, so I think I’ll need some cable practice before tackling this massive project!
        Definitely on my favourite list though!

  19. Meredith MC   •  

    I always look at the BT look book before reading your review so I can compare ours favs. I’m intrigued by 4 our of the 5 on your list. Geiger made me swoon, and I will take on that challenge, but not in the BT yarn. I don’t want to weave in that many ends! Also, Freja seems like something that would fly off the needles and be something I could wear almost every day. That just jumped to the top of my queue. Etna is beautiful but maybe more lace than I want to knit. The stitch and shaping of Kirigami caught my eye right away, but living in the maritime PNW, wool pullovers are too warm for me most of the time. Thank you for your reviews. I especially like the “you should knit this if” advice.

  20. Melissa Littlefield   •  

    Geiger . . . challenge accepted, indeed! I have the pattern and the yarn, so watch out! Lol. Your description totally cracked me up, though!

  21. Brenda   •  

    I follow the BT blog, because I do like their aesthetic as something to look at, but it’s pretty rare that I actually want to wear any of their designs. There are a few in this collection that I really like, though, including Geiger and Etna. I have such a love-hate relationship with cables, though. I love the look of them — especially when they’re used in such intriguing ways, but I find actually knitting them to be kind of a slow-going pain in the ass. I’ve put Geiger in my queue anyway, though. We’ll see if I get around to it sometime…

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