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New Brooklyn Tweed: Shelter Marls!

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Brooklyn Tweed yarns are carefully considered and thoughtfully executed. Whenever they add something new, it’s always exciting. This fall, Shelter has an addition to it’s palette: marls! Three lovely neutrals, narwhal, newsprint and caribou, are now available to add more texture to your Brooklyn Tweed knits.

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When we got our advance shipment, the newsprint colorway won my heart in an instant! I cast on for a new Georgetown sweater that night, and I am now working my way through the back. The marl adds depth and interest to this simple stockinette cardigan. It will be perfect for layering on top of tees, tunics and dresses all winter long.

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Since one is never enough enough, especially when it comes to Shelter sweaters, I have a few ideas for the narwhal & caribou colors too! At left is Michele Wang’s Bedford, a pullover that would be so cozy in narwahl that you would wear it everyday. In the center is Fort by Jared Flood, a handsome sweater that I would love to see in the caribou color on my fella. On the right is Julie Hoover’s Hudson, which let’s face it would look amazing in any colorway. It looks like I may be headed for an all-marl fall!

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New Shop Sample: Westbourne [Kinu love]

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Westbourne [Kinu love] is a simple pullover that’s soft and light-as-air thanks to Ito’s beautiful Kinu yarn.

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Kinu is a light fingering weight yarn made of 100% silk noil (also called organic silk). Different colored fibers are combined for a melange effect that gives depth to the knitted fabric. For Westbourne, Kinu is knit at an open gauge of six stitches per inch to maximize its drape and airiness.

We made our version with snow gray for the main color and persimmon for the stripes.

Westbourne has a wide neck, three-quarter length sleeves, and a comfortable fit. Because it’s knit seamlessly from the top down, you can easily make the sleeves short or take them down to the wrist.

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For bust sizes: 34 (36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46) inches, you’ll need: 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4) cones of Ito Kinu in the main color and 1 cone of Ito Kinu in the contrast color.

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westbourne hem detail

Kinu is made in a beautiful range of colors. Here are a few other color combinations we like for Westbourne.

Kinu - cherry-blossom and sangriaIto Kinu in cherry blossom and sangria.

Kinu_denim_white-2Ito Kinu in denim and white.

Kinu_garnet_cayenne_red-2Ito Kinu in garnet and cayenne red.

Click here to pick your Kinu colors!

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Brooklyn Tweed Introduces 5 New Shades

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Brooklyn Tweed introduces five new colors to Shelter and Loft today: Cinnabar, Bale, Tartan, Flannel & Tallow. I hardly feel like I’ve exhausted the possibilities of the existing 32 shades, but who can resist more colors!

To give you a sense of the new shades in action, I grouped them with some of the existing ones.

Camper, Long Johns, and Cinnabar

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Plume, Wool Socks, and Cinnabar

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Almanac, Flannel, and Faded Quilt

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Fauna, Hayloft, and Bale

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Fauna, Hayloft, Bale, and Tartan

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All five new shades are in-store and online now – come plan your next project!

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NEW IN: Classic Elite Soft Linen

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Classic Elite Soft Linen, top row: deep red, bright rose, winter pear, antique white, and dove; bottom row: tropical sea, persian teal, deep cornflower, lupine, and deep twilight.

We recently brought in Classic Elite’s Soft Linen yarn for the Spring season. It’s blend of linen, wool, and baby alpaca makes it a wonderful choice for three-season knits.

The linen is crisp and cool; the wool adds elasticity and makes it comfortable to knit with, and the baby alpaca makes it soft. Soft Linen works well with lace and textured patterns, as well as colorwork, for beautiful accessories and garments.

Here are a few pieces made with Soft Linen!

WINONA by Laura Chau

Winona by Laura Chau

Made in one piece from the top down, Winona has a deep v-neck, a soft, flared silhouette, and deep ribbing at the cuffs and hem.

LUCRETIA by Meg Kealey

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Lucretia is a stockinette shawl with colorful feather-and-fan lace along the bottom edge. The pattern begins with the edging and uses short rows to shape the body.

JOYA by talitha kuomi

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With its deep v-neck and all-over lace pattern, Joya is a perfect layering piece. It’s constructed from the bottom up and finished at the shoulders.

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Ellery Poncho

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I love that beautiful drapey ponchos are in vogue right now! There’s no better way to look effortlessly stylish, stay warm and show off your favorite yarn all at the same time. The Ellery Poncho, the latest design from Loop staffer Erika Flory, does all these things, plus it’s fun to knit!

Knit with our beloved Hannah yarn, a luxe worsted blend of baby alpaca, fine merino and cashmere, Ellery is a piece that you will want to throw on as you’re running out the door every day – and you’ll look instantly polished once you do.

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Ellery is knit all in one piece – edging too – with a pretty antler cable running along one edge. The cable is a simple to learn and adds interest to your stockinette. Finished with minimal seaming at one shoulder and then quickly steamed, you’re ready to roll.

This is an ideal holiday project to make for your mother, daughter, or best friend. The worsted weight yarn will knit up more quickly than you think and there’s no worrying about fit. You just have to choose their favorite color!

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Ellery takes 5 skeins of Hannah – Erika knit hers in hunter – and a 32-inch US8 (5.0mm) circular needle. Which color will you choose to wrap up in this winter?

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Bronwyn Scarf

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Bronwyn is a big, beautiful scarf knit in Blue Sky Bulky! There is no doubt that you will be warm and cozy wearing this astonishingly soft 50/50 blend of wool and alpaca. Blue Sky’s clear, bright colors are a welcome antidote to a cold winter’s day.

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You will have so much fun knitting Bronwyn! One scarf took me about 2 episodes of Homeland (I love that show!) – so this scarf is perfect for checking off your holiday knit list.

The stitch pattern is a simple fisherman’s rib that creates a very fluffy, dimensional fabric. It’s very similar to brioche but it’s much less tricky. It uses a K1b, or K1 below, to make the extra puffy stitches.

K1b is exactly what it sounds like- instead of knitting the next stitch on your needle, you knit the one BELOW the next stitch on your needle and then slip both stitches off the left hand needle.

Here’s a video to give you a visual, if you need it!

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Bronwyn feels substantial, looks beautiful and knits quickly- making it ideal for gift knitting. Here’s our free pattern, enjoy!

BRONWYN SCARF

SIZE One size, 7.5″x 48″ inches

YARN Blue Sky Bulky (50% alpaca, 50% wool; 100g/45yds): 3 skeins

NEEDLES 1 set of US 17 needles

GAUGE 2 sts= 1 inch in Fisherman’s Rib.

PATTERN

CO 13 sts.

Set up row: K1, P1 to last st. K1.

Row 1 *P1, K1b rep from * to last st, P1.

Row 2 K1, *P1, K1b rep from * to last st. K1.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you have about 1 yard left. Cast off in K1, P1 pattern.

Weave in ends & get cozy!