Back in the summer, the folks at Brooklyn Tweed asked if I’d be interesting in preview knitting one of their patterns for a fall collection. I don’t have a lot of time but it was August and the pattern wouldn’t launch until today so I could pick it up and put it back down. Plus, they didn’t mind if I wasn’t finished, they just wanted people to knit the pattern and give feedback so that people could see how they felt about it. Added bonus, I could try Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn at a discount if I wanted to use if for my project. So I said sure and today I’m going to talk about the Synthe sweater.
I wanted to try Shelter yarn because I’ve heard so many people rave about it. Here’s the thing about Shelter, I think you’ll either love it or it isn’t the yarn for you – that’s how all my friends describe it and I get it now. It is very sheepy and wooly, a little scratchy in the ball (and there are a few bits of twigs here and there) and it softens up a bit when you block it. BUT if you’re like me and you love yarn for the feel of it, this isn’t the yarn for you. I wouldn’t want to make Jellybean a sweater with this because her belly is pretty bald and it just wouldn’t be cozy enough. But I like it a lot as a layering piece for warmth. It’s light but still very warm and it knit it up beautifully. Would I knit with Shelter again? Probably not, but I’m glad I gave it a shot with this pattern.
Synthe is a top down, circular yoke sweater that is a really easy knit. It was easy to pick up or put down whenever I needed to and I knew I wouldn’t get lost. The pattern is easy to memorize and repeat and you can make it as long or short as you want. This hits me just at the hip and I decided to knit it with short sleeves (you can also do a 3/4 sleeve) because Maryland doesn’t require me to wear a sweater this warm with full sleeves all the time.
I like how it has a slightly a-line shape to it with increases you add about every twenty rows (I added mine at shorter intervals). Since I don’t wear vests, this is a great piece to throw over a long sleeve tee or a dress for added warmth. Although I didn’t love working with the yarn, I do love the color (I picked Long Johns) and the way the texture looks with this pullover. I definitely think I’d make this pattern again, just probably in a softer yarn.