A simple, endless circle inspired by the moon, ouroboros and archeological finds. This penannular brooch is based on an Anglo Saxon design discovered in North Yorkshire. My version is cold-forged in bronze. The bronze I use has the mellow warmth of rose gold and resembles this precious metal beautifully. Bronze is one of the first metals used by humans-- so important it shaped an Age. I love wearing and working with bronze as I feel it connects me to the past in a very immediate way.
I make this pin in a standard 2mm size, suitable for dk, worsted weight or aran knits.
Cold-forging means no heat is used to form the metal-- just hammering and sheer force of will! The bottom edge of the ring has been hammer-finished, the small facets giving the piece an ancient, earthy feel. The circle portion of the pin is about 2 inches in diameter. The pin is great for bulkier knitting.
Your piece will be made to order, with slight variations, making it unique. It will be tumble polished for many hours to make it strong, smooth and glowing. Please allow about 5 business days for me to forge the piece and finish it for you before shipping.
The penannular brooch is an elegant and practical design. Once the fabric has been secured on the pin, the circular frame can be turned around the pin, securing the brooch in place. I wear mine with my hand-knitted cardigans and coats, as I prefer this type of closure to buttons or clasps that come undone. This works very well with chunky or bulky knits.
This pin is featured in Staci Perry's Easy Knit Sweater Jacket Tutorial at Very Pink Knits. You can learn about the pattern (and get a how-to on how to fasten these brooches) here.
For other pennanular brooches, go to the Feral Knitting collection in my shop.