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Brooklyn Tweed Projects

December 1

Toward the end of November I found myself  home in California (finally!) long enough to take two classes from Jared Flood, also known in the knitting community as Brooklyn Tweed. Besides Thanksgiving, Jared was one of the reasons I came back from Ohio at all. (Don’t tell him that – he’ll think I’m stalking him or something.) Jared was hosted by the fabulous Santa Barbara yarn and tea shop called Loop & Leaf.

The first class I took included  colorwork instruction using the Beaumont Tam/Beanie as the project. This is a lovely stranded pattern from Jared’s book Made in Brooklyn. Using Classic Elite’s Fresco, it has a slightly fuzzy look thanks to the yarn’s bit-of-angora mix. All I can say is that I feel like “AudKnits, Home of the Wonky Stitches” every time I knit stranded patterns. Including my own. I have to have faith that blocking will work its usual magic on my tam. Despite this photo’s depiction, the hat pattern is gorgeous – you can check it out in the book or among the projects on Ravelry.

Beaumont-Cropped-2

The second class was based on Jared’s pattern Girasole. Described as “A traditional lace shawl”, the pattern is stunning and can be made up as a blanket, rather than a shawl, by using worsted yarn. I’m trying it in Cascade Pastaza. Jared explained that the llama content in Pastaza will make this a heavy blanket. (Sounds just right for Ohio winters.)  I’m making it in a rust color I never would have chosen except for a certain friend who (correctly) chastised me for being so predictable in always going for greens and blues. So there.

The coolest technique I learned in the Girasole class was the circular center cast on for Girasole. That and the various ways to put a lifeline into the work.

Girasole-Beginning-2

This thing is going to be huge when it grows up! It looks square now just because it hasn’t graduated to circular needles yet. Do you think I should aim for the next World Series as a completion date? Knitting blankets while my husband watches baseball seems to be a tradition now.

7 Comments to

“Brooklyn Tweed Projects”

  1. On December 11th, 2009 at 8:05 am Kathy Says:

    You’ll finish this way before baseball season! It knits up fast–until you get to the edging. :) That might take you all the way thru the season.

  2. On December 11th, 2009 at 9:59 am audknits Says:

    Thanks for the warning about that edging, Kathy. Your Green Girasole on Ravelry is gorgeous!

  3. On December 11th, 2009 at 1:18 pm Laurie (Moo!) Says:

    Thanks! I just bought the pattern for Girasole! I’m so easy. Can’t wait to see how yours turns out.

  4. On January 31st, 2010 at 6:06 pm mary Joyce Says:

    Ha Aud, I can’t wait to see more. It looks wonderful already.

  5. On July 13th, 2010 at 12:29 pm Girasole’s Seventh Inning Stretch | Free Knitting Patterns, Instructions, Projects & Designs. Learn How to Knit! Says:

    […] time you saw Girasole, it had just been […]

  6. On March 11th, 2014 at 1:18 pm Annette Ervin Says:

    How did you block this piece? I JUST finished and I was interested in some tips on blocking.

  7. On March 11th, 2014 at 4:21 pm AudKnits Says:

    Hi Annette. If I remember right, I soaked the hat and then put it on a hard plastic plate to dry. When it was only slightly damp, I removed it from the plate and let it dry flat. I hope you enjoyed making this hat as much as I did. Jared is a brilliant designer!

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