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Brooklyn Tweed Interview

I thought it would be fun to hear occasionally from famous designers or knitters who have been influenced and inspired by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I just thought it might give us a bit of inspiration ourselves as we continue this journey of knitting through Knitting Around.

A few months back I asked Brooklyn Tweed (Jared Flood) if he wouldn’t mind doing an email interview about Elizabeth Zimmermann and the influence she has had on his knitting and designing. Graciously, he said, “Yes.”

So here we are with a few thoughts from Jared Flood:

Q: How did you first come across Elizabeth Zimmermann and her work?

Jared: A yarn shop owner actually introduced me to her through Knitter’s Almanac, which I must say I wasn’t prepared for.  Good things come in small packages, I guess!  I began reading before I even knit anything by her and was hooked before I knew it.

Q: What was your first Elizabeth Zimmermann knitting project?

Jared: I think the first project I ever knit by EZ was a big woolly Maltese Fisherman hat from Knitter’s Almanac.  It’s more like a wool helmet, but I love it.

Q: What is your favorite Elizabeth Zimmermann knitting project and why?

Jared: The Baby Surprise is probably the thing that I enjoy knitting the most — It’s a pattern you can always come back to from time to time when you need a nice break and some fun knitting.  The pattern that has gotten the most everyday use in my life, however, would probably be the garter stitch blanket from The Opinionated Knitter.  I knit a giant one and it is the go-to blanket during winter in our house.

Q: Which Elizabeth Zimmermann book most inspires you?

Jared: An impossible question — they are all indispensable!  I think as inspiration goes, I really love The Opinionated Knitter.  I love seeing the classic garments and projects with the updated photography and styling.  I also love the ‘tribute’ quality the book has and that it was a true family affair (all the models are EZ’s family members or friends)

Q: Describe Elizabeth Zimmermann’s current influence on your knitting/and or designing.

Jared: I continue to love designing garments seamlessly — I think it is the most knitterly way to construct a sweater.  That, and the general confidence and willingness to experiment she has inspired over the years are probably the things that stay constant in my knitting and designing.

So there you have it, my friends. And I couldn’t agree more with Jared’s last comments. A seamless sweater is the most knitterly way to construct a sweater. Are you having fun with the Seamless Yoke Sweater? I’ve just about finished a sleeve (I decided to start with the sleeves). I’ll update you with the progress later this week!

Meanwhile, Knit On!