Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tree Rings

I get pretty attached to all of my designs by the time publication rolls around, but I have to say, I feel especially proud of this one.  Partly that's because I worked hard to make it just right (and frogged oh-so-many times), but also because of the publication venue.  It's so exciting for me to be included in Brooklyn Tweed's Wool People Series.

Photo © Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood 2013
Tree Rings starts with Elizabeth Zimmermann's pi shawl concept, but takes in a slightly different direction than usual.  While most pi shawls employ lace patterns, I wanted something that would be rich in surface texture and show directional movement.  The edging has some lace included (my nod to tradition), but it's mostly intended to mirror the angular shapes in the rest of the piece.  A softer, somewhat floral motif is included in the center to add a gentler mood.

Photo © Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood 2013

I don't usually focus very much on pattern names, but I love what the Brooklyn Tweed team decided to call the pattern.  Tree Rings evokes just the right feeling of nature combined with geometry.  Thanks to whoever thought of such a perfect name!

Photo © Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood 2013
You can find Tree Rings and a dozen other incredible patterns from Wool People 6 over on the Brooklyn Tweed website:

I'm especially fond of Skydottir and Greenwood.


  1. I love your take on the Pi shawl construction. Yours is my favorite of all the designs in this collection. It's stunning!

  2. Tree rings is definitely my favourite of all the designs in Wool People 6! Congratulations on such a lovely piece! :)

  3. I have to say I had this on my list to buy (it is still in my cart) as when I first looked at it it said 'written-pattern' then I read the rest of it and it states...PLEASE NOTE: pattern stitches are charted only....How is that written??..I appreciate the fact that it mentioned as I have had that issue with Brooklyn Tweed before..I want to let you and other designers that some of us hate CHARTS...please don't give me a how to link or some such info as I do know to read Charted patterns after 40 + years I choose not to....All I am asking for is to Please note it on your info sheet. Nothing worse than spend $6 to $7 or more on a pattern I won't make.... Its a beautiful Pattern, its to bad ...Please make note of it on your future patterns and ask other designers to please make note....Thank for letting me complain....

    1. Thanks for your comment, Kimberly. I can definitely see how the "written" tag could be confusing. The Ravelry tags include everything about the pattern, so even though the stitch patterns are only charted, the rest of the pattern is written, so we'll include "written" as one of the tags. (That may seem to go without saying, but some Japanese patterns are schematics and numbers only.) I can mention this to the Brooklyn Tweed team for you though since they do the Ravelry listings.

    2. Thank you, I appreciate it and you're right that 'written' should be there along with the 'charted'. I am surprised how many people are looking for the Japanese patterns.They are very intricate and difficult to translate and I am too old for all that. I am trying to make my knitting easier not harder. Your Three Rings is beautiful and if I find a yarn that calls for me to make it. I will get it charts and all.....



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