Interweave Knits Fall 2015: Agrotera Pullover + Giveaway!

With temperatures in the 90s this past week all I can think about is the cool, crisp air of fall. So, when the Fall issue of Interweave Knits went live yesterday my dreams about fall seemed validated. Plus, this issue features the Agrotera Pullover from Amanda Bell with a sneak preview of our new yarn for fall, Cumbria

This issue of Interweave knits was inspired by timeless knitting techniques. From guernseys and cables to shetland inspired shawls, this issue earns a spot on every knitter's bookshelf. The classic theme lent itself nicely to Cumbria, a blend of 60% merino wool, 30% natural brown Masham wool + 10% mohair, inspired by the British countryside. We have more to share with you about Cumbria, but we'll save that for a later date! 

The detailed yoke on Agrotera is the main attraction to this elegant pullover. My favorite part, hands down, is the twisted knit stitch rays that transition into the neckline. Add to that the reverse stockinette lace pattern and you have a timeless piece, ready for those crisp fall mornings.

We loved this pullover so much we're hosting a giveaway! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to be entered for a chance to win enough Cumbria in the color as shown to knit your very own Agrotera Pullover! But don't delay - this contest ends Sunday August 2nd at 11:59 pm and the winner will be chosen at random. So what are you waiting for?! Click here to enter and we'll announce the winner on Monday. Good luck!

#crochetsummer2015 finished project: crochet / sewn top

Last year as part of Crochet Summer 2014, Cal Patch shared a tutorial with us on making a knit tee with a crocheted yoke. I wanted to take the idea one step further, so I created a box top with a the main body sewn out of cotton fabric and crocheted yoke. 

KW #CrochetSummer2015 crochet / sewn top

I came up with the idea while on our way to vacation in Acadia, and wanted the sewing portion to be as simple as possible, as I was planning on doing most of it by hand while on our trip. The shape of a box top was perfect for the yoke treatment I wanted, so cutting the woven fabric into simple rectangles was a no-brainer. 

KW #CrochetSummer2015 crochet / sewn top

In contrast to Cal's top, The woven fabric required an additional step in order to connect the crochet yoke, so I worked a blanket stitch on the top edge that was then treated like a foundation chain. It made for both a decorative and functional edge treatment. The crochet portion itself is basically two rectangles worked straight up in double crochet clusters, with slight shaping at the neck. I also worked a few rounds of single crochet around the neck for a more finished look. 

KW #CrochetSummer2015 crochet / sewn top

I actually liked the process and end result so much, I made two of these (you can see an in-progress shot of the first one, a double gauze fabric with bright flowers and pink crochet, here), and took the opportunity when working up this blue version to create a tutorial for anyone interested in making one themselves - stay tuned for that on Wednesday!

KW #CrochetSummer2015 crochet / sewn top

I was recently playing around with some lab dips of Terra, and it was suggested I turn my swatch into handwarmers - genius! I know fall is just around the corner, and my hands are first to freeze when cold weather hits, so that is most definitely my next project. What is on your hook these days? - KGO

Knitscene Fall 2015: Argentan Pullover by Leah McGlone

The latest issue of Knitscene just arrived on our doorstep and it features my first editorial design, the Argentan Pullover!

 I've always been drawn to simple yet effective, design elements and Argentan is one of my favorite designs thus far! 

The lines of brioche and baby cables create a vertical stripe to emphasize the split hem and drop shoulder seam line. It's a great sweater project for those interested in brioche but may be intimidated by the technique. To accentuate the brioche side seams the main body is worked in reverse Stockinette stitch and finished with a shallow scoop neck. 

For Argentan I knew the sheen and drape of The Fibre Co. Organik was the perfect choice for this sweater. Add the subtle duotone of Majestic and I was sold! However, if I were to knit Argentan for myself, I would chose one of the four colors below. 

The latest issue of Knitscene is on newstands now (unless my mom hasn't bought every copy)! Click here for more information on the latest issue of Knitscene and here to view the projects on Ravelry. -LM

#CrochetSummer2015 Instagram Highlights (so far)

Crochet Summer 2015 is going strong, and we couldn't be more delighted! I thought it would be fun to feature some highlights I've seen on Instagram so far. 

You may click on individual images to be taken to the crafter's Instagram profile. 
Keep up the great work, everyone! We can't wait to see what you create through the rest of the summer! - KGO

Hydrangea Mystery, Revealed!

Our 2015 Mystery Knit Along (MKAL) is over, and the results are stunning. We are overwhelmed by the positive response we received this year, with over 500 participants, and over 130 projects currently on Ravelry. As always, our Ravelry group was lively and fun, and we have lots of lovely finished Hydrangea Shawls to share with you! 

The MKALs are a lot of fun, and a lot of work, so it's always a thrill at the end to be able to admire everyone's hard work. This year's design has over 30 pages of content - the pattern itself, both written and charted, and an in-depth study on knitting technique and the design process. While the pattern itself is fairly straightforward, we delve deep into the how's and why's of each element of the shawl. The goal of our MKAL is always to advance one's knitting skill and create better lace knitters. 

So, without further ado, here are some of our favorites!

This year's MKAL is influenced by Faroese Shawls, which have a decorative center panel, as well as unique shoulder shaping which helps keep the shawl in place. This was crucial, as I wanted to design a small shawl using less than one skein of The Fibre Co. Meadow, and I knew it would be difficult to make a small shawlette stay put! The butterfly wing shaping of these shawls allows it to stay draped around the wearer as they move. 

Even though the mystery is over, we hope you will be inspired to make a Hydrangea Shawl for yourself. The pattern is now available for pdf download here on Ravelry. 

Happy Knitting!
- Courtney

Color Stories: Crochet Summer: Shell Pink

Now that we are rolling into Summer, it's high time I put some serious thought into Crochet! For me (a beginner), Crochet is romantic and sweet and a bit mysterious. It reminds me of my grandmother's sweeping crocheted lace shawls that she would drape over the back of the davenport and of the lovely little airy tops you can find in a booth at the antique flea market. Another one of the reasons that I love crochet is that it reminds me of finely-rendered, geometric hand drawings because of the nature of crochet stitches and how they build onto one another; crochet seems to bloom, rather than stack row upon row like knitting.

Daydreaming of vintage lace tops, late afternoon drawing sessions, shore walks, wildflowers, and hazy sunsets made making this inspiration board a real treat.  

This mood board is inspiring me to use Savannah, a blend of wool, cotton, linen, and soya, in the color pink grapefruit.  This yarn has really nice stitch definition and has such a great hand after blocking.

Here's a little granny square swatch I made to practice for the project I'm working on this summer.

I'm going to make this sweater, 214ss-04 Sora Motif Sweater by Pierrot. It's free, easy, and a great pattern for beginners.

I've been incredibly inspired by the #crochetsummer2015 posts. Keep it up - we love seeing what you create!
- Meghan

Independent Designer Feature: Chilkat Cowl by Rosemary Hill

Rosemary Hill just released a new cowl pattern, Chilkat. Originally designed for an Alaska knitting cruise that she taught on in June, the cowl is now available for purchase!

Chilkat Cowl by Rosemary Hill featuring Road to China Light

In her words: "the Chilkat cowl is a lace skill builder with jogless stripes and a knitted on edging. Because it’s lacy, the cowl is extra long so that the folds of knitting will trap air and keep your neck warm." 

We love the little details, like the drawstring cording, gradation of stripes, and simple but beautiful lace.

The cowl is designed for 3 colors of The Fibre Co. Road to China Light. With the variety of jewel tones and stunning neutrals in the line, the color combinations are endless!

For more information and to purchase the pattern, visit the Ravelry page here
Gorgeous work, Romi! - KGO

{all images © Rosemary Hill}

 

color inspiration: Acadia

I recently just spent a week in Acadia with family and friends for our annual summer vacation. The cabin where we stay is in the woods overlooking Flanders Bay, and the landscape is a combination of rocky beaches and thick woods. I mainly worked on my Lucinda sweater while there (in the appropriately named Acadia), and couldn't help but be inspired by the gorgeous landscape that surrounded me.

After coming home, I took a few of my favorite images from the trip and created some color stories to share with you:

color inspiration: Acadia / asparagus, marsh, blueleaf birch, moraine

l to r:  asparagus, marsh, blueleaf birch, moraine 

color inspiration: Acadia / egret, mountain ash, sea lavender, blueberry

l to r: egret, mountain ash, sea lavender, blueberry

Acadia Color Inspiration / sand, amber, bur oak, juniper

l to r: sand, amber, bur oak, juniper

color inspiration: Acadia / summersweet, granite, cormorant, driftwood

l to r: summersweet, granite, cormorant, driftwood

I may be back home in the city, but at least now, I can look at my new color stories as inspiration for my next project when I want to be transported back to the gorgeous landscape of Maine!  - KGO

Free Pattern: Hewson by Leah McGlone

Someone recently asked me if I knit in the summer months and my immediate internal response was, "I'm sorry, have we met?" However, after thinking about it, I realized that I keep two projects in rotation at all times.

The first being a moderate to experienced project to keep my knitting brain active and the second being a simple project that's perfect for on-the-go social knitting. In the summer my knitting bag mostly consists of the latter - and I'm excited to share my recently completed summer project, Hewson

Hewson by Leah McGlone from Kelbourne Woolens featuring The Fibre Co. Road to China Lace in Blue Diamond

Knit out of The Fibre Co. Road to China Lace in blue diamond, Hewson is an asymmetrical shawl featuring an eyelet picot edging that's worked throughout the entire body of the shawl. This shawl only took 80 gm/525 yd of the 100 gm/656 yd skein and almost measures 4 ft in length, so really the sky's the limit with this one!

HEWSON

DESIGNER: Leah McGlone
YARN: The Fibre Co. Road to China Lace (65% baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel + 10% cashmere; 656 yards/ 100 gm skein): blue diamond, 1 skein.
GAUGE: 26 sts + 36 rows + 4" (10 cm) on US 5 (3.75 mm) needles. 
NEEDLES: 1 - 24" (60 cm) US 5 (3.75 mm) circular or pair straights.
SIZE:  32.5" (82.5 cm) at widest point + 44.5" (113 cm) length.
SKILLS: Knitting, purling, increasing, decreasing.
WORTHY OF NOTE: Hewson is worked back and forth on straight needles, if you prefer you may work back and forth on circular needles. 
ABBREVIAITONS:
yo2: double yarn over. 

BODY PATTERN:
ROW 1 (RS): (K, p, k) into first st, yo2, k until end. - 4 sts inc'd.
ROW 2 (WS): P to yo2, (p1, k1) into yo2, p3tog. - 2 sts dec'd.
Rep rows 1 + 2 for pattern.

DIRECTIONS: 
BODY: CO 2 sts and work body pattern until piece meas. 44.5" (113 cm) from CO edge, ending after working a Row 2. BO all sts and block to measurements. 

Happy knitting and don't forget to show us your WIP's on Instagram using the #kelbournewoolens tag! 
-LM