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Sweater Class

In Sweater Class we’ll help you plan a pullover, cardigan, or vest that’s designed to fit your gauge and your shape using Amy Herzog’s Custom Fit. We’ll guide you through the process from following your pattern to blocking the pieces, sewing them together, and working the neck and/or button bands.

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from L to R: Alight, Harbor Island, and Pilot House

Custom Fit is designed to create everything from a classic crew neck cardigan or a v-neck pullover to dozens of Amy’s beautiful designs. All of the sweaters have set-in sleeves and are knit in pieces. Beyond that, there are many, many options!

Before Sweater Class begins, you’ll select your yarn and knit a swatch. If it’s your first sweater, we recommend you choose a worsted weight yarn. It works up quickly and is easier to seam than finer weights. You can choose any yarn, however, just remember that the thinner the yarn, the longer your sweater will take to knit! We’ll give you specific instructions for knitting and blocking your swatch, and ask that you bring it back to us at least a few days before the first class.

At that time, we’ll take your measurements and ask you to pick your pattern. You can select one that Amy’s already designed, like the ones shown above, or you can choose each individual sweater element, like neck style, sleeve length and body length. We’ll create your pattern using your swatch and your measurements and have it for you at the first class.

Sweater Class meets 8 times, so you have plenty of time to knit and to get help. By the end, you’ll have a brand new, great fitting sweater you can enjoy wearing for years to come!

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Bristol Ivy Collection

Bristol Ivy's Hester Sweater

Hester in Cumbria color Grizedale Forest.

Bristol Ivy designed 6 sweaters with The Fibre Company’s Cumbria and Cumbria Fingering yarns. Both yarns are a wonderful blend of South American merino wool, British brown masham wool from rare breed sheep, and mohair. Hearty, yet soft, and with a palette of glowing shades, Bristol did a fantastic job of showing off Cumbria’s crisp stitch definition and gorgeous colors.

Cumbria is a worsted weight yarn. You’ll get 4.5 to 5 stitches per inch on a size US 6-8 needle. It’s used for Hester, shown above, and for the two following designs.

Hylda Pullover by Bristol Ivy

Hylda in Cumbria color Windermere.

Myrtle in Cumbria

Myrtle in Cumbria color Appleby Castle.

Cumbria Fingering is available in the same colors as Cumbria. It’s knits up at 6.5 to 7.5 stitches per inch on a size US 1-3 needle.

Lita

Lita in Cumbria Fingering color Buttermere.

Prue in Cumbria Fingering

Prue in Cumbria Fingering color Helvellyn.

Vera in Cumbria Fingering

Vera in Cumbria Fingering color Castlerigg.

Click here to see all 6 designs in the Bristol Ivy Collection. You can see Cumbria and Cumbria Fingering in our shop and online.

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Acadia Collection: A Springtime Knitalong

UPDATE: Kelbourne Woolens co-owner Courtney Kelley will be in the shop on Saturday, March 12 from 1-3pm. Come meet Courtney and talk with her about the yarn and the collection!

Beech Hill Poncho

Beech Hill Poncho by Leah McGlone.

The new Acadia Collection from Kelbourne Woolens features 6 gorgeous sweaters that are our pick for the next knitalong. There’s a cardigan vest, two short sleeved tops, two long sleeved pullovers, and a ruana – all with an elegant simplicity and all made with the natural, un-dyed shades of The Fibre Company’s Acadia yarn. Pick your favorite, cast on, and knit yourself a new spring sweater with us!

All six garments will be in the shop from Saturday, March 12 to Sunday, March 20. Come in to see and feel them in person, and to make your pick. Acadia yarn will be 15% off (in-store and online with code ACKAL) while the trunk show is here.

Otter Creek

Otter Creek by Courtney Kelley.

We’ll start knitting on Sunday, March 20 and finish on Saturday, April 30. Post a photo of your sweater in our Ravelry group thread before the end date and you could win a $25 Loop gift card!

Fibre Company Acadia Yarn

Acadia in Mountain Ash, Driftwood, Sand, and Egret.

If you’ve never knit with Acadia before, you’re in for a real treat. It’s blend of merino wool, baby alpaca, and silk has colors that glow and is incredibly soft. If you’re already a fan of Acadia, here’s an excuse to knit with it again (that is, if you even needed one!).

Hope you’ll knit along with us!

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BT Winter 2016

Intersect

With 13 new designs for Shelter, Loft, and Quarry, Brooklyn Tweed’s Winter ’16 collection has plenty of beautiful options for your next – or next few – projects.

Intersect by Norah Gaughan, above, is a graceful open-front cardigan that flares at the hips for a flattering fit. The twisted-stitch cables are reversible and the piece is knit seamlessly – not in the round – but with each section picked up and knit from another. Knit with Brooklyn Tweed Loft.

Tallis

Tallis by Michele Wang is a simple, but feminine pullover. With an A-line torso and exaggerated drop shoulders accentuated by columns of twisted broken rib and the top of the sleeves and sides, it’s subtle beauty will make it a wardrobe staple. Knit with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.

Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie by Michele Wang is a cabled shawl-collar cardigan. The motifs appear complex but are easily memorized for an enjoyable knit. Perfect as a coat for cold weather hikes in the mountains or just across town! Knit with Brooklyn Tweed Quarry.

Cadence

Cadence by Michele Wang is the sweater you’ll wear all season. A modified raglan with a textured torso, the pattern includes options for v-neck, turtleneck, and crew neck, as well as varying sleeve and body lengths. Just knit and go! Knit with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter.

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New Shop Sample: Hiawatha

Tonia Barry's Hiawatha Vest Pattern

Laura recently finished knitting the Hiawatha Vest in Classic Elite’s Firefly yarn. It’s a wonderful, three-season layering piece – wear it with a tank dress for a little extra coverage at air conditioned summer events, or use it to dress up jeans and a long-sleeved tee in the fall and early spring.

The long draped fronts create a soft, flattering line and the reverse stockinette on the collar is a smart detail.

Classic Elite Yarn's Firefly

Firefly is blend of viscose and linen that makes a finished fabric with soft sheen and wonderful drape. It comes in warm and cool neutrals, soft mid-range tones, and rich shades.

Hiawatha Vest detail

This was a simple knit with clear directions – perfectly suited for poolside knitting! You can knit it with an open or closed back style. Laura knit the 36-inch size, closed back version with 6 balls of Firefly in silver.

Sized for 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52) inch busts, you’ll need 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9) balls of Firefly for the corresponding size and US 5 needles to knit your own.

Choose your shade of Firefly and get the pattern here!

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Classic Baby Cardigan in Studio

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Our new yarn Studio is 100% US made superwash merino. It is so soft and pretty and we have made some lovely women’s accessories with it (if I do say so myself!). Since it is machine washable, we wanted to show it’s versatility as a baby yarn. Enter the Classic Baby Cardigan by Lori Versaci- a sweet little sweater made for either boys or girls!

Knit all in one piece with the sleeves being picked up and worked towards the cuff, Classic Baby has minimal finishing. Erika knit this up after just a few afternoons in the shop, and it looks just darling!

Sized for babies from 3-24 mo, there’s plenty of options to knit for a baby now or to wear next fall. We knit the 12 month size- it took 2 skeins of Studio in Sketchbook and we had enough yarn left over to make a matching baby hat.

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The final touch to all that denimy blue merino goodness is our new alphabet buttons! Spell out a name- you can always add more buttonholes for more letters! These brightly colored characheters add some fun and pop to this classic cardigan!