A few months back I got an email from Brooklyn Tweed asking me to join their new preview knitter program. The program offered me a chance to pick one pattern from their upcoming Winter ’18 collection before its official launch date, but I couldn’t show anyone what I was knitting or give out any information about the pattern – I had to work on my project in secret.
Being a preview knitter is a bit like test knitting, but with a ready and edited pattern. At first I was only shown partial photos of the collection and having to pick what I wanted to knit without seeing the whole design was a bit of a challenge and a leap of faith in itself. As time went on we got to see the final styled photos, and I’m really happy I picked the sweater I did.
This design has a gorgeous circular yoke with dramatic, three-dimensional texture. Black is always a challenging color for knitting as it tends to obscure any details, but the features of this sweater were so strong that I was confident that the end result would be gorgeous. And I wasn’t disappointed! This was also my first time working with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor and I love its crisp stitch definition. Also the faded black shade of the Porter colorway is just absolutely beautiful. It is black but not the kind of pitch black that sucks all the light out of the room. On their website Brooklyn Tweed describes the color as that of faded black jeans and I think that description is very fitting.
As per Brooklyn Tweed standard, this pattern is a great source to learn new techniques. I really liked alternating the German twisted cast on with the standard Long-tail cast on method, it made the cast on edge look really neat. I think this will become my new defaul method for casting on for ribbing, kind of one of those things you didn’t even know you were missing before they are right there in front of you.
The other method, called the Sunday method for working short-rows didn’t become an instant favorite with me, though. I prefer the regular wrap-and-turn method as I found the use of all the locking stitch markers a bit clumsy. And I didn’t even have enough of those so for the last 4 short rows I attached little loops of waste yarn around the working yarn and cut them away with scissors after I was done with them. My biggest problem with knitting tends to be loose stitches when turning a stockinette stitch work from the wrong side to the right side, i. e. from purl side to knit side – somehow the edge stitches are always much looser than my normal gauge. Weirdly this never happens when I turn from the knit side to the purl side, it’s actually the opposite and the stitches are a bit too tight. (This is really annoying when trying to seam edges with mattress stitch and the other side of the work is much looser than the other!) This happened to me with this short-row technique as well when turning the work and the change in the tensions resulted with unfortunately visible stitches on the right side of the yoke. I hope I can get the tension to even out by stretching the neighbouring stitches.