Brooklyn Tweed

Brooklyn Tweed founder Jared Flood is passionate about wool, knitting and design. The company develop and manufacture breed-specific wool yarns that support domestic textile production—designing, sourcing, dyeing and spinning their yarns within the USA. Dyed and spun in the USA from sheep raised in the American West.

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Arbor -

$13.25
Fibers: 100% Montana & South Dakota grown Targhee Wool Weight: DK Yardage: 145 yards (133 meters) Unit weight: 50 grams (1.76 ounces) Wraps per inch: 11 wpi Needle size: US 5 - 7 (3.75 - 4.5mm) Gauge: 5.25 - 6.0 sts = 1 inches Care: Hand wash Arbor represents an exciting expansion for Brooklyn Tweed: working with new American partners, we’ve developed a DK-weight workhorse yarn, spun worsted for superior strength and stitch definition and dyed in a nuanced palette of 30 solid colors. Purebred Targhee sheep from Montana and South Dakota lend us their distinctive fleece, a finewool with the softness of merino enhanced by longwool genetics for added durability. Jagger Brothers, an historic mill in southern Maine, spins the fiber into a round and springy 3-ply that loves to cable and shows textural stitchwork to maximum advantage. Saco River Dyehouse, an organically certified dyeworks operating nearby, provides our custom skein-dyed palette with minimal impact on the planet. Thanks to its worsted construction, Arbor produces a denser, sturdier fabric than our woolen-spun yarns. The fibers have been combed straight and carefully aligned before spinning, rather than jumbled to trap air. Garments knit from Arbor will weigh more and drape more heavily than those knit from Loft or Shelter. Learn More

Loft -

$14.75
Loft is the second member of our US-grown yarn family! Fibers: 100% Wyoming- Targhee-Columbia Wool Weight: Fingering/2 Ply Yardage: 275 yards (251 meters) Unit weight: 50 grams (1.76 ounces) Wraps per inch: 14 wpi Needle size: US 0 - 6 (2.0 - 3.25mm) Gauge: 24-32 sts = 4 inches Care: Hand wash Fingering-weight Loft channels Targhee-Columbia wool’s airy bounce into feather-light lace, accessories, and garments. Like Shelter, Loft is a woolen-spun 2-ply yarn with delicate twist, specially designed for unique lightness of hand. It’s not a sock yarn, so treat it a little more gently when it’s on the winder and the needles. Once your garment is blocked, the stitches will cohere in a beautifully even and sturdy fabric. Lace garments should open up to reveal stitch motifs with relatively mild blocking. Loft has great flexibility of gauge; it can be knit on 2mm (US 0) needles for a dense and durable fabric or on 4mm (US 6) needles for ethereal open work. Two strands of Loft held together can substitute for Shelter in patterns where you’d like greater stitch definition or a marled fabric of two colors. Learn More

Shelter -

$13.25
Fibers: 100% Wyoming-Grown Targhee-Columbia Wool Weight: Worsted Yardage: 140 yards (128 meters) Unit weight: 50 grams (1.76 ounces) Wraps per inch: 9 wpi Needle size: US 6 - 9 (4 - 5.5mm) Gauge: 17 - 22 sts = 4 inches Care: Hand wash SHELTER began humbly as the answer to a simple question: With our abundance of natural & industrial resources, why is there such a tangible absence of American yarns commercially available to handknitters? We sought to find an American fleece whose fiber would bring both softness and durability to the table. The Targhee-Columbia cross mixes a high-crimp Targhee Finewool (21-25 microns) for softness and elasticity with an all-purpose Columbia Mediumwool (24-30 microns) that provides warmth, structure and strength. The result? A distinctive wool with a story to tell -- designed, sourced and produced completely on American soil. The distinctive character of Targhee-Columbia wool shines in our versatile medium-weight yarn. Shelter is woolen spun, meaning the fibers remain in a lofty jumble that traps air and offers remarkable warmth and lightness. Its two plies are gently twisted to preserve that buoyant quality, so Shelter is a little more delicate than most commercial yarns. Woolen-spun yarns are also more adaptable in gauge, as they can compress to a dense sport weight or bloom to cohere as a gauzy fabric when worked on large needles. Shelter has a dry, soft hand and a faintly rustic nature; woolen spinning sometimes results in slightly thinner or thicker sections, and you’ll find the occasional fleck of vegetable matter that proves our wool is never treated with harsh chemicals. Garments knit from Shelter achieve their full beauty after a wet blocking, as each stitch relaxes and bonds with its neighbors to produce an even, light, plush fabric with a halo. You shouldn’t notice any change in gauge. Shelter is designed to be a workhorse yarn that invites cables, ribbing, textured stitch motifs, open work, plain stockinette and garter stitch. We think it’s ideal for sweaters of every variety, winter accessories, and blankets. SHELTER is spun in Harrisville, NH -- an historic mill town where woolen-spun yarns have been produced for weavers and knitters since 1794. Globally speaking, we think that knitters should be able to procure wools of high-quality that directly support farmers, mills, and designers from our own back yard, which has been our goal from day one. Hope you enjoy! Learn More

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