Brooklyn Tweed Wool People 9 features 14 stunning patterns: five pullovers, five shawls, two rectangular wraps/scarves, one dress and one cardigan. Some knits are very architectural and structured, others are earthy and botanical; some are lots of stockinette, and others are full of new stitches and techniques. I did find that all the garments (5 pullovers, one dress and the one cardigan) were decidedly structural with very bold shapes, which is on trend. For those looking for a brave new frontier of knitting patterns, they might be just the thing you are looking for! For others, don’t worry, there are shawls and wraps ahoy, all with interesting techniques and lots of details to help flex those knitting muscles. I highly recommend you look at the skill level ratings on each pattern page, but don’t forget that patterns a little bit outside your comfort zone are a great way to grow your skills and make an amazing knit.
For 14 patterns, I’ll review 5 of them in depth here, but if there was one you’d like more info on, let me know in the comments and I can respond to your questions there. And if you’d like to look at the patterns on Ravelry, the link is here.
If I was casting on this second, Gyre is the one I’d pick first. It looks so wearable, and features a sunburst diagonal ray pattern that spreads out across the eyelet scarf. It looks instantly wearable with everything, and yet unlike anything else you’ve knit. The design does have resting rows on the wrong side rows, meaning you’ll knit the knits and purl the purls.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You love summer scarves, eyelet anything, modern designs that wink at vintage appeal, and charted knitting that keeps you paying attention.
You should definitely not knit this if: you are not comfortable with charts. The entire thing is charted, literally 6 different charts (that print out nicely at one chart per page). Or if your idea of a ‘resting row’ is nothing but stockinette, not having to count and add in a purl stitch at regular intervals.
A swingy A-line pullover with a classic v neck and great ribbing details on the shoulders and dramatic side vents. The sweater is worked from the bottom up, and front and back are knit separately.
You Should totally knit this if: You love classic-but-with-a-plot-twist sweaters, cheeky military styles, stockinette for days and big side vents.
You Should definitely not knit this if: you are steadfast in your refusal to seam your knits, you like being a wall flower, or if you find that whenever you knit stockinette for more than an hour, you put your knitting down and leave it languishing in the WIP pile for weeks.
This deceptively simple looking pullover is anything but- interesting construction details and a classic casual sort of vibe make this incredibly easy to wear. This is the sort of knit that really stretches your knitting skills, as it’s anything but typical in its construction. It’s a bottom up sweater in the round, with short rows in the lace detail at the hem and German short rows at the shoulders (yes, two different types of short rows!).
You Should totally knit this if: If you want to try a couple different short row techniques, and you enjoy knitting in the round, and i-cord edging (it’s at the hem and cuffs, and then the i-cord drawstring).
You Should definitely not knit this if: short rows terrify you, or you want to just veg out in front of a movie or a show while knitting, or i-cord is your enemy.
This is a triangular shawl that is knit from the outer border in, entirely charted with additional notes for each chart (6 charts in total). Every wrong side rows is a full resting row, meaning you’ll just purl the entire row. I’m predisposed to love this shawl because that leaf stitch has been something I’ve always wanted to use in a pattern of my own design, I think it’s so pretty. Lots of great texture in this shawl, and would also look lovely in a tonal or hand painted yarn, as well.
You Should totally knit this if: you love classic triangular shawls, botanical motifs, lace in all its forms, and resting rows.
You Should definitely not knit this if: you don’t wear triangular shawls, or smocked stitches- that’s when you pass stitches back and forth between your needles to wrap the yarn around them for the banded technique you can see in the photo above. If you’ve never worked smocked stitches, I can assure you they are easy, they just take time.
Rakke is a crescent shaped shawl/wrap that comes in two different variations, and has four size options for both of the variations. Definitely click the pattern link above and check out the other photos, which include a photo comparing the two variations so you can see how they are different. Both are knit from the top (the garter portion) down. The wrong side rows do have some parts where they are charted, and some parts where they are full resting rows. There are 3 charts for this shawl.
You Should totally knit this if: you love Estonian lace, garter stitch, and crescent shaped shawls.
You Should definitely not knit this if: you hate knupps, and having to read charts on the wrong side rows.
Those are my favourite 5 from the collection! If you have any questions about these or any of the others, let me know.