The Brooklyn Tweed Winter 2017 Collection just launched 16 wonderful new patterns, earlier than they usually arrive@! In the past, Brooklyn Tweed has put out it’s winter collection in January. This collection is garment focused, This is a cardigan-heavy collection with seven cardigans (although some may be more of the ‘really big shrug’ variety), five pullovers, two scarves, and one hat. A big focus is on texture. Everything has lots of texture. Lots of moss stitch, cables, and all sorts of texture combos that stitch dictionary aficionados love. If I just described you, then you are going to want to take a close look at the collection.
Out of the 16 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 if you’d like to look at the patterns on Ravelry, the link is here.
Svenson, by Jared Flood
I think I swooned when I saw this, and it’s not just for the cutie modelling it. This DK weight design is an Aran sweater, but updated with well balanced textures, cables, and more moss stitch than you can shake a stick at. It’s knit from the bottom up in pieces, and seamed – not surprising, considering that a sweater of this scale needs seams to help provide structure to keep it from getting saggy and baggy around the middle. This pattern is listed as being for men, but I say go for that ‘boyfriend’ look and rock this stunning sweater yourself.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You love Aran textures, moss stitch, and don’t mind a good excuse to seam a knit.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You would rather die than seam, or if moss stitch makes you want to stick a knitting needle in your eye.
Shoji, by Norah Gaughan
This is the photo-finish runner up to my most fave of the collection. DK weight cardigan looks crazy but isn’t- it’s basically a really big rectangle, some fancy seaming, and the you pick up on different sides for the ribbing. AND you can wear it more than one way! You can wear it upside down, and the vent in the back because a totally new neckline.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You love knitting texture rectangles, think origami is cool, and feel like a cardigan that can be worn two ways is like two knits for the price of one.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You feel you might slip into a coma if knitting a repetitive stitch rectangle, no matter what the end result might be. Also, if you hate origami and your elbows …. then this isn’t for you.
Binary, by Michele Wang
Another DK wonder (because Arbor really is a lovely yarn, and has amazing stitch definition), and beginner friendly! Fabric is reversible (although not identical on both sides) both sides are definitely appealing. There is a scarf version, but go for the wrap- look at that great volume. The texture repeats two different sections – a ‘wave’ pattern and a ‘block’ pattern- and they are fairly easy to remember. Design is written and charted.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You are looking for a big, textured unisex scarf and a beginner-friendly Brooklyn Tweed pattern.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You already pledged yourself to the cowl gods, although you could do a provisional cast on and then make it cowl length. Just a thought.
Kirwin, by Julie Hoover
An easy, worsted-weight layering piece, Kirwin is ideal if you love wearing button ups and hate being cold. Knit flat from the bottom up and seamed, this shell is perfect for those that don’t see deep, snowy winters, but still need an extra layer.
You Should Totally Knit This If: You love knits for layering and you have short hair or love wearing your hair up- I have a feeling that this knit looks really good when you can see that great collar without anything blocking the view.
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: You are distracted knitter- keeping those stitches moving in their perfect diagonals is going to take a bit of focus.
Stonehaven, by Veronik Avery
A fluffy, oversized batwing cardigan that tells the world that no one is cozier than you right now. This Bulky weight cardigan is an adventurous knit and requires your knitting game to be on point. 5-at-a-time stitch decreases pop up in the chart, and there are short rows for shaping the shoulders. But just think of the cozy!
You Should Totally Knit This If: You love cozy sweaters that are built for weekends bulky knits, and love a good knitting challenge. Game on!
You Should Definitely Not Knit This If: Your eyes glazed over at the mention of 5-at-a-time decreases.
Those are my top picks! Do you have a favourite?