Football Season. Deer season. Many of our male (and some female!) counterparts have fond phrases to refer to the onset of autumn. Chilly, sunny days give way to sharp, clear nights. And one thing is certain: there’s no doubt this is the favorite time of year for knitters and crocheters alike. Here in Maine, we have another name for this beautiful time of year: Woodstove Season. A time when the logs are split in preparation for the crisp, chilly nights. Sticks are gathered. Fires are kindled. Cider is mulled. And yarn is brought out of its summer hiding places to be celebrated and enjoyed.
Woodstove Season is homage to this wonderful time of year. I chose Brooklyn Tweed Shelter for both its rustic appeal and ability to showcase structured patterns, though any Aran weight yarn would perform equally well. (But Quince and Co has a lovely Aran weight as well that is 100% US made)
I had chosen the Embers colorway to represent the warmth that emanates from the fire, but any warm-toned hue would personify that radiance.
Woodstove Season is worked from the top down, raglan style. While the Raglan is an extremely common method for creating a sweater, it’s also a method that many knitters of all skill levels can easily master. Therefore, it’s the perfect palette for the complexity that the back’s Deep Chevron motif brings to the table. Superlong arms can be folded back for cozy cuffs, or pulled down over the fingers on days mittens are forgotten. Add in waist shaping, thoughtful bust darts and quickly flared hips, and you have a recipe for a sweater that creates curves on straight-bodied women as well as flatters the full figured body (which I happen to think is grossly underrepresented in the fashion industry). Small, sewn-on chevron pockets adorn the front to add cohesiveness, and 3 closure options (toggle, button, or hidden snaps) provide knitters with the indidivual tweaks they crave to make it personal.
Brooklyn Tweed is a new favorite yarn of mine, and it comes in an amazing variety of colors! It’s woolen spun as well which is different from many of the typical worsted yarns we see on the market today. This makes for a warmer, yet lighter sweater. So go ahead and give it a try- buy a sweater’s quantity of it–you’re creating jobs!!!