Have you seen the just-launched Brooklyn Tweed Wool People 10? It contains 15 amazing patterns: four pullovers, four shawls, three rectangular wraps/scarves, and four cardigans. It’s not a particularly summer-y collection as you can probably tell, the exception being most of the accessories. Lots of classic Aran detailing, with beautiful cables used in both classic and innovative ways, and fantastic texture. The shawls and wraps are lacy and light, all are for laceweight yarns and are geared to a variety of styles- some are graphic and more modern, others classic with botanical touches.
I’ll review 5 of my favourites in depth here, but if there was one you’d like more info on any others, let me know in the comments and I can respond to your questions there. If you’d like to look at the patterns on Ravelry, the link is here.
Oda, by Yoko Hatta
You don’t often see a Brooklyn Tweed/Wool People pattern that is suitable for a beginner, but this actually very doable, even for a first cable project. This worsted weight sweater is knitted flat from the bottom up, and seamed. Classic fit makes this great for layering or wearing alone- I could easily see this being a cool-weather wardrobe staple. If you are well experienced with cables, this would be a straightforward, almost zen sort of knit.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You are looking for a beginner-friendly cabled sweater design, or just want a simple, classic pullover that you will wear for a long time to come. Oh, and if you don’t mind seaming.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You are looking for more complex cables, or a more adventurous knit.
Marylebone, by Bristol Ivy
This is my favourite cardigan of the collection. A bulky weight, saddle shouldered cardigan worked from the bottom up in one piece. I love the antler cables that line both the fronts, and the shoulders and sleeves, and even are worked up the back. Plus, pockets! Who doesn’t love pockets on a cardigan?
You Should Totally Knit This If: If you like saddle shoulder construction, and you love cables, deeply. Because this is antler cables ahoy. You will be working cables on every single right side row.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: If you are unsure of your feelings towards cables. Because this sort of sweater is really looking for a serious relationship, not just casual dating. If you aren’t feeling the love, then don’t lead this sweater on.
Amarilli, by Amy van de Laar
A triangular laceweight shawl worked with classic garter-tab construction. The charts are also fully written out as well, if that is more your style. Charts are not too intimidating (wrong sides are worked with knit and purl stitches), and the repeat fluctuates between 18-22 stitches.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You love a good triangular shawl and think this would look awesome on you. Because if you don’t like triangular shawls, then I have no idea why you would try to knit one.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: Well, if you don’t like triangular shawls. But otherwise, this is a stunner.
Bronwyn, by Melissa Wehrle
This is my absolute favourite of the whole collection. The worsted weight sweater is knit from the bottom up and has a split hem; raglan sleeve construction. Cables are fully charted, but is simpler than you would think. Repetition is the key ot making each cabled section so high impact.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You love cables and feel like it was love at first sight. This isn’t the easiest sweater, but it’s easier than you’d think.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You aren’t prepared to print off the charts and bring them with you everywhere. Or if you aren’t good with tracking your rows (highlighter tape is good for this, though!)
Saiph, by Irena Dmitrieva
This laceweight rectangular shawl uses a provisional cast on to ensure that both end of the shawl look exactly the same. You could also work this design in a fingering weight for a little extra warmth, if you like. The design is fully charted and doesn’t have any challenging stitches- it really is all knit, purl, k2otg, ssk, and yarn overs. It does has a lot of charts, though- 5 in total. You will want to print this one out.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You love knitting lace, and rectangular scarves. There are a lot of charts, but they are pretty straightforward, you just need to keep working through them.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: If you are a beginner with lace, or hate double yarn overs. Double yarn overs come up frequently in this design.
And those are my top pics! What do you guys think of the new collection? Anything you are absolutely loving?