As a fan of woolly wool, I really like Brooklyn Tweed‘s yarns. I’ve noodled around with Shelter and Loft, and just love the light, spongy, cohesive fabric these woolen-spun yarns create, and the wide range of lovely, heathered colours are a colourwork fan’s dream. It pleases me that these beautiful yarns are made sheep to skein here in North America. (I love the house yarns by the mill they use, Harrisville Designs, for all the same reasons.) So when Brooklyn Tweed released Quarry late last year, just as I was finishing the next round of samples for photography, I had to try it. A bulky weight yarn at 200 yds/100g? I could get a hat out of that in no time at all, and have one more sample ready to go. When the skein arrived, I played around with stitch patterns to see what it could do, and it turned out that what Quarry does really well is texture. Ribs and cables turned out beautifully. I didn’t want to stop knitting with it: I wanted a big, generous scarf out of this stuff. Not the most practical thing for the South, but fie on that. Sometimes you just have to go where the inspiration takes you. I ordered more skeins, and knit. And knit. And very soon I had a scarf. And it was exactly what I’d pictured. It’s warm and cozy and the pattern reminded me of runnels of melting ice water, so I called it Meltwater.
At 8.5in/21.5cm wide x 78.5in/199cm long, the sample took 3 1/2 skeins of Quarry, or about 700 yds/640m. (I’m recommending 750 yds/686m in the pattern, because I like to provide a buffer for swatching, differences in gauge, and the vagaries of the knitting gods.) Worked on 6.5mm/US10.5 needles, it knits up very quickly: if you started now, you could probably have a scarf by Monday.
I always include an ‘About the yarn’ section in the pattern notes, so if you’re stash diving for the project, or if woolly wools aren’t your thing, here’s what that section says about substituting yarn for Meltwater:
About the yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Quarry is a woolen-spun chunky weight yarn that blocks into a spongy, woolly, cohesive fabric. It looks a bit like an unspun, Lopi-style yarn, though it’s actually a loosely-spun 3-ply. This structure gives Quarry surprisingly good stitch definition, making cables and textures pop beautifully. The woolen-style spinning creates a lofty yarn with good memory and great yardage for the weight. If you are using a different yarn for this project, look for a yarn with good stitch definition and memory that won’t stretch out or become too heavy in this size of project.
The Meltwater Scarf pattern is available for $5.50 USD on Ravelry. You can get your copy through the Ravelry pattern page—no Ravelry membership needed—or by clicking here to go straight to checkout:
The gorgeous photos are, once again, by the rather wonderful Gale Zucker, with Josephine Ankarah modeling. There will be more photos of this shoot in the next few months as the patterns are released, though it’s killing me not to show them all to you now. We wouldn’t want to overdo the thing, though, would we?
Photos ©Gale Zucker 2016