Abra Hat

by Craig on September 29, 2015


Craig wearing the Abra Hat.

When Brooklyn Tweed’s new chunky yarn Quarry arrived, Laura took a skein home to swatch. She came back with a hat we’ve named Abra.

Abra uses seed stitch for a warm, lightweight, and textural piece. You only need 1 skein of Quarry and the pattern is free below. It’s the perfect way to try this fabulous new yarn!


One size; to fit 20-23 inch head.

Brooklyn Tweed Quarry [100% American wool; 200 yds / 100g]: 1 skein, shown in flint.

US10 16-inch circular and double pointed needles.

3.25 sts = 1 inch in seed stitch

CO 64 sts; place marker and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Work K1, P1 ribbing for 2 inches.

Round 1: M1 *p1, k1, rep from * to end of round. (65 sts.)
Round 2: *P1, K1 rep from * to end of round.
Round 3: *K1, P1 rep from * to end of round.

Repeat rounds 2 & 3 until hat measures 8 inches from cast on edge.

Switch to double pointed needles on next round.

Decrease round 1: *Work 2 sts in pattern, k2tog rep from * to end of round, K1. (49 sts)
Decrease round 2: *Work 1 st in pattern, k2tog rep from * to end of round, K1. (33 sts)
Decrease rounds 3, 4, 5: *K2tog rep from* to last st, k1. (5 sts)

Break yarn and use a tapestry needle to draw through remaining stitches.

Bring yarn to the inside of the hat and pull tight. Weave in ends.

Papal Visit Weekend Hours

by Laura on September 24, 2015


We will be open our regular hours this weekend during the Pope’s visit: Monday-Friday, 11-6 and Saturday & Sunday 10-5!

Take a walk and see the Brooklyn Tweed Fall 15 Trunk Show and shop our just opened Madelinetosh shipment. See you soon!


by Laura on September 4, 2015


selection of Hikoo Yarns

We are super excited that Chuck Wilmesher from Skacel yarns will be joining us the weekend of September 12th! Chuck is the Director of Product Research and Development for Skacel and played a key role in creating Hikoo yarns. He also happens to be one of the nicest, most creative guys around! He will be hosting a Hikoo Yarn Tasting and Artfelt Class– there’s still a few spots left!

To celebrate Chuck’s visit, we’ll be giving away amazing Skacel products all weekend long! Come see the new yarns and garments and get inspiration for your fall knitting!

How to enter: Come to the shop on September 12th or 13th (or both) and receive 1 entry for a chance to win- no purchase necessary. If you make a purchase of any Hikoo, Skacel or Addi products, you will receive a 2nd entry!

We’ll be drawing winners on the hour for a total of 9 prizes over the weekend! The drawing schedule will be as follows. Winners, if you weren’t present for the drawing, please bring your ticket to the shop to claim your prize.


12PM: 2 hanks HiKoo SimpliWorsted for Cushy Cable Reversible Scarf.

1PM: 1 Addi Art Diamond needle.

2PM: 2 hanks of HiKoo Rub-a-Dub for bath mat or kids hooded towel.

3PM: 3 balls of HiKoo SimpliCria for a cabled cowl.

4PM: HiKoo Kenzie small blanket kit (blues).


12PM: 2 balls of Schoppel Ambiente for an entrelac hat.

1PM: 1 Artfelt scarf kit.

2PM: 2 hanks of HiKoo Abracadabra.

3PM: GRAND PRIZE! Addi Click Needle Set!

Please note that this is an in-store only event, so we won’t be able to take entries via phone or email. Thank you for your understanding!

Labor Day Hours

by Craig on August 27, 2015


We’ll be closed on Sunday and Monday, September 6 and 7, 2015 for Labor Day. Have a great end-of-summer weekend!

Beyond Stockinette Hat Knitalong

by Craig on August 26, 2015


Every winter I want a hat knit in a fine weight yarn. By the time I think of it, it’s cold and I’ve got a few projects on the needles, so I reach for something heavier, usually worsted weight, and whip up a hat for myself. And, because time is of the essence, I tend to knit myself the same hat – ribbed brim and stockinette crown.

It occurred to me the other day that if I start now, I can have the hat I’ve been wanting when fall arrives. And instead of knitting another hat like all the others, I thought I’d challenge myself to go beyond stockinette.


Rather than picking just one design, I thought we’d have a knitalong where we all use fingering weight yarn for a hat that uses a stitch pattern, cables, or lace. I found a few that I like and posted pictures and links to the patterns below.

We’ll begin September 1 and end on September 27. I’ll be using one of two new yarns from Geilsk – Tweed or Wool Cotton. Both are 10% off for the knitalong. In-store, just let us know you’re buying yarn for the knitalong. Online, use code BSHK.

Everyone who posts a picture of their finished hat in the KAL thread of our Ravelry group by September 27, 2015 will be eligible to win a $20 gift card to Loop!


Here are a few hat patterns I found that I really like. You can pick any pattern you like, just remember it has to have a stitch pattern, cables, or lace to be eligible for the gift card drawing.


Ahull by Alicia Plummer


Bristol Hat by Amy Christoffers


Fish by Tora Froseth


Frick Frick BERET! by Pamela Wynne


Jaffrey by Michele Wang


Norby by Gudrun Johnston

Rustling Leaves Beret-by-Alana-Dakos

Rustling Leaves Beret by Alana Dakos

Join us on Ravelry and let us know your yarn and pattern choice (or let us know what you’re considering) and get ready to begin. And if you’re nearby, join us on Sundays from 2-4pm to work on your hat. I hope you’ll knit along with us!


Take a Class with Norah Gaughan!

by Craig on August 13, 2015


Norah Gaughan

We are thrilled to announce that knitwear designer Norah Gaughan will be teaching at Loop on Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, 2015.

Norah is one of the industry’s best. Her ground-breaking book Knitting Nature: 39 Designs Inspired by Patterns in Nature (or in paperback) is as fresh and relevant today as it was when it was released in 2006. In it, Norah combines her love of science and art (she majored in biology and art at Brown University) taking her inspiration from shapes found in nature.

Knitting Nature

Norah is also the author of Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans and Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & Toddlers.

She has designed for many yarn companies and was the design director at Berroco for nearly nine years, where she published fifteen eponymous booklets.

a few of Norah’s designs for Brooklyn Tweed, from L to R: Nomad, Marshal, and Denali; photos by Jared Flood

Last year, Norah joined the Brooklyn Tweed Design Team. Now we get designs from one of our favorite designers in two of our favorite yarns!

To make this most of Norah’s visit, we’re going to keep the classes small. They’ll fill quickly, so please call us at 215-893-9939 to register right away!

$150 – Saturday, October 3 from 10am-5pm (includes 1 hour lunch break)

Explore innovative cable crossings and “drawing” with cables. Norah will show you how, by using a few different types of cables as building blocks, you can design an infinite number of cables.

After practice putting cable symbols to paper, you’ll design your own Ogee shaped cable motif, further personalize it with the fill of your choice, then test it by knitting.

Skill level: intermediate/advanced, comfort with cable charts a must

Class Supplies: worsted weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) & range of needle sizes, cable needle, #2 pencil and a great eraser

$75 – Sunday, October 4 from 10am-1pm

From Knitting Nature and beyond, learn all the tricks to knitting garments made from hexagons and other polygons. Make modifications to make a new polygon and make your knitting unique.

Skill Level: advanced beginner, comfort with double pointed needles a plus

Class Supplies: Worsted-weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) and a range of appropriate needle sizes

$75 – Sunday, October 4 from 2-5pm

Explore Norah’s take on the artistic side of designing, from inspiration to stitches, swatches, and sketches. After an overview of the design process and Norah’s creative philosophy the class will divide into several teams to work on the planning of mini collections.

Skill Level: Ability to knit and purl, and a curiosity about knitwear design

Class Supplies: #2 pencil, eraser, graph paper, a few sheets of white paper, scissors and tape, worsted-weight wool (or substitute in case of allergies) and a range of appropriate needle sizes

Homework: Bring 4-6 garment inspirations from catalogs, fashion magazines or print from the web