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 copper and comes in two sizes. 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. On the large pin, the circle portion of the pin is about 2 inches in diameter and on the small it's 1 1/4". The larger pin is great for bulkier knitting and the smaller pin is perfect for laceweight designs. The first four photos show the larger pin, and the rest show the smaller version.
I offer two styles of pins for this brooch-- one is filed sharper for woven fabrics, the other blunt for chunkier, hand knits (see last photo). The blunt point won't disturb the fibres of the wool, and the sharp pin will penetrate woven textiles more easily.
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 and then patina'ed and polished again to bring out the depth and warmth of the design and the finish will be sealed with museum-grade Renaissance Wax. 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 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:
Janel Rohrig of @frumpyknits wears her brooch in the 2" size. Check out her lovely ready to wear hand knits and patterns: