While we spend a fair amount of time oogling cables and colorwork, there is something about a cushy, comfy sweatshirt that is perfect for weekend wear. Joji applies our love of handknits to her simple new designs that are wonderful first sweater projects, while still being enjoyable knits for experienced knitters. The Easy Bulky One uses Brooklyn Tweed Quarry for a warm and simple sweater project. At just 3 stitches per inch, The Easy One is a quick knit; essentially just a giant square with sleeves.
We discussed ease in knitted garments this week in our blog, and these patterns are another great example. To get the oversized, sweatshirt-like shape of these sweaters, you will need to pick a size that is 14-16" larger than your actual bust measurement. Our kits will show you the actual garment size, as well as the recommended bust size.
A chunky sweater is warm and cozy... but not always practical for all climates. Joji's The Easy One uses Brooklyn Tweed Loft for a lighter touch on the same style. Loft is a fingering weight that is knit at a DK gauge of 5.25 stitches per inch, and blooms beautifully once washed into a light yet warm fabric.
Brooklyn Tweed Quarry and Loft are both woolen spun to maintain maximum warmth but with an airy texture. The wool is dyed before being carded and spun, which is how they create the rich depth of heathery colors that are unique to Brooklyn Tweed yarns.
Wool preparation often falls into one of two categories: woolen spun and worsted spun. The difference is in how the fiber is handled before it is actually spun. In a worsted-spun yarn, the fibers are first straightened and then oriented in the same direction, making the yarn smooth and shiny. This gives knitted fabric strength, as well as excellent stitch definition.
Berroco Yarns currently operates out of the old Lonsdale Cotton Mill in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. They have been a family owned fiber business under one name or another for six generations.
Woolen-spun fibers, on the other hand, are not straightened. The individual fibers lie in all directions, creating a yarn with lots of air pockets. This approach makes for a lofty, lightweight yarn that traps warmth. Woolen-spun yarns have a matte finish with a soft halo, and lend themselves well to extra-warm projects that won't weigh you down.