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!

Modification Monday: Hybrid Reindeer/Thereafter

Original Patterns: Reindeer and Thereafter

Knitter Extraordinaire: Lesley (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Lesley combined two patterns, using Reindeer for most of the sweater, and adding the back panel from Thereafter. Details and plenty more great photos can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome:  Lesley notes that she had both of these patterns in her library, and then decided to combine them.  What a brilliant idea! I love how instead of the original cable design on the back of Reindeer, Lesley chose something in the opposite direction, and went with an airy, lacy center panel over the spine that featured in the Thereafter pattern.  Such a simple but wonderful idea – how many of us have a library full of knitting patterns, and the realization that you probably aren’t going to get to each and every one of them? Combining two patterns that you really like is a great way to get the joy of knitting the details that attracted you to each of the two patterns, but combined in one beautiful knit. Look how lovely the results can be!

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Apparently a hot bath burns as many calories as a 30 minute walk. So if you need me, I’ll be in the tub.

What I learned from a week with no technology.

These tiny works of art are incredible!

How to do more of what’s meaningful, and less of what’s not.

7 fitness resolutions that are better than losing weight.

My Favourite Pins This Week

I’m all about the easy, quick dinners, and this buttery, garlicky chicken and zucchini doesn’t disappoint (assuming you like chicken and zucchini, that is). You could also substitute the zucchini for another veggie, but don’t skimp on the fresh herbs. Fresh herbs in winter cooking makes everything taste so much more amazing! Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe is here.

I can’t be the only one who goes to Costco, buys a bag of avocados, a massive pile of bananas, and then 6 days later is in a race against tie trying to use them both up before they become overripe and unusable. Behold – chocolate avocado banana bread! In truth this recipe doesn’t use a heck of a lot of avocado, but it does add a certain creaminess to it, that’s for sure. Pinterest link is here, and the full recipe can be found here.

I know this isn’t the first time I’ve featured a link to DIY wool dryer balls, but I’m a HUGE fan of wool dryer balls- I haven’t used dryer sheets in about a decade, and wool dryer balls are amazing – not only are you using up scrapes of yarn, but they speed up the drying time of your clothes and get out wrinkles. Once you try them, I doubt you will ever go back to the waxy, chemical-filled dryer sheets you have to buy in the grocery store. Pinterest link is here, and the original DIY is here.

Those colours! This tutorial for making your own faux stained glass from a sheet of glass is such a fantastic idea – you could coordinate the colours to match your decor, and would look so great anywhere you want a splash of colour and a bit of privacy from the outside world. Pinterest link is here, and the full tutorial can be found here.

I don’t make new year’s resolutions, but I would definitely like to get more greenery in my place. If you are also feeling the urge to get some houseplants, this is a great round up of attractive plants that are fine with low light, awkward window placements, and other challenges. I already have two of these (the snake plant and dragon tree)and can attest to their ability to thrive on neglect. Pinterest link is here, and the original post is here.

Have an amazing weekend, everyone! I hope you are staying cozy- It’s bitterly cold here in Toronto, and I’ve heard so many weather reports from all over about how snow people are getting!

Modification Monday: Traveler’s Hat for James

Original Pattern: Traveller’s Hat

Knitter Extraordinaire: Megan (Ravelry ID, YouTube Channel)

Mods: Adjusted the gauge, added a row of eyelets after the ribbing, and added length. Details can be found on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: I love it when knitter’s adjust gauge, because if you know you have the perfect yarn but it isn’t the right gauge, it’s worth making adjustments. I love the addition of the eyelets after the ribbing, and that Megan customized the length for a slouchier hat. If you know the style of hat that best suits you, absolutely go ahead and adjust a hat pattern to suit your style- make it shorter if you prefer a beanie style, longer if you prefer a slouchier fit.  I love how Megan’s turned out!

Pin Ups and Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

I am woefully behind on my blogging for 2017- I could use another month of this year just to play catch up! But oh well, such is life. I guess I’ll just have to work extra hard in January! I have lots of big things in store for Knitted Bliss in 2018, and I hope that you will love it all.

My Favourite Articles and Links This Week

Getting uncomfortable to make big strides in 2018.

17 tiny changes that will make life more interesting.

The courage to be yourself: e.e. cummings on art, life, and being unafraid to feel.

Questions to reflect on 2017, and questions to ask yourself to get pumped up for 2018.

My Favourite Pins This Week

This year we will be spending New Year’s Eve at a friend’s party, and I’ll be bringing these- drunken strawberries. Soaked in rosé, rolled in sugar and frozen, it’s hard to get much easier than this, or more festive. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe post is here.

If you would prefer something savoury to make to celebrate at home or bring to a gathering, what about this bacon cheddar cheese dip? Brilliant with chips, crackers, chunks of bread… anything, really. Pinterest link is here, and the original recipe can be found here.

Planning a small new year’s day brunch? How about keeping it simple and only serving one sweet and one savory, and providing lots of fresh fruit? This brunch idea is pretty inspiring. Plus, tiny pancakes on a stick is always going to get my vote. Pinterest link is here, and the lovely brunch (with recipes!) can be found here.

Feel like getting your craft on this weekend? If you are packing up the holiday decorations and things are feeling a little blah, why not craft some of these stunning felt flowers? Great links to tutorials for each, and felt is so much fun to work with. Pinterest link is here, and the original post with links to all the flower tutorials can be found here.

 

And if you are looking for  the perfect new phone wallpaper to remind yourself how awesome you already are –  here it is. Pinterest link is here, download it for free here.

I hope that this weekend is a wonderful one for all of you. I’m not sad to see 2017, I’m looking forward to 2018. I feel like it’s going to be an incredible year – for all of us. Big hugs, friends. See you in 2018!