Knitter Projects: Summer Dawn

With summer right around the corner (yes, really!), we're gearing up for Crochet Summer 2015. Today, we're featuring a finished Summer Dawn cowl, designed for Crochet Summer 2014 by Courtney. The pattern uses one skein of The Fibre Co Savannah and a partial skein of The Fibre Co Meadow

This version of Summer Dawn was crocheted by Jodie using Savannah in Hickory and Meadow in Alfalfa.

Summer Dawn in Fibre Company yarns

We love this color combo, and think it is the perfect spring and summer accessory.

Great job, Jodie! Do you have a finished project knit in Fibre Company yarns? You can share your projects with us in the I Heart The Fibre Company Ravelry group

Color Stories and Inspiration Boards

Sometimes deciding on which project to cast on can be difficult. More often than not, we crafters have a running list of things we want to knit or crochet "next", but because of time, yarn budgets, or because we were only blessed with one set of arms, we have to choose just one project. And at other, rarer, times we can feel uninspired or uncertain of what we want. At times like either of these, I find that making an inspiration or mood board can really help clear the path towards a rewarding project. Making inspiration boards is fun and freeing as there are really aren't any rules. Some inspiration boards tell a story by color and some by theme or atmosphere. They can be made digitally on your computer or by cutting out magazine clippings and pasting them to a bit of cardboard. Putting together mood boards is an exercise in designing and can really help focus our creative desires and point us toward our next great project.

Here is a mood board I made recently.  I was thinking about summer and drawn to the saturated colors so lacking in the winter. 

This board is inspiring me to make something fun and relaxing. Something I can knit while I hang out on the porch after work or on vacation at the beach.  

Color Affection by Veera Valimaki fits the bill perfectly.

©Veera Valimaki

©Veera Valimaki

For this shawl I would use The Fibre Co Road to China Lace in riverstone, blue tourmaline, and sapphire. 

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Or for a warmer weather shawl, I would use The Fibre Co Meadow in queen anne's lace, pennyroyal, and larkspur. 

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The best mood boards are the ones you enjoy making, using images and colors that are pleasing to you. You may find that the same color preferences are found throughout your home and wardrobe or you might surprise yourself and find yourself making a color story you didn't expect.  The point is to have fun and be free and you'll be lead directly to your next project! - Meghan

Fringe Hatalong Series: Join Us!

It's no secret that we're slightly obsessed with the Fringe Association blog and shop and Karen as an all-around great person. After Kate's participation in the #fringeandfriendsknitalong, we were ecstatic when Karen asked us to join in with her in the Fringe Hatalong Series

© 2015 Fringe Association

This morning Karen announced Hatalong No.2 featuring one of the most luxurious Fibre Co yarns, Road to China Worsted. A blend of 65% baby alpaca, 15% silk, 10% camel + 10% cashmere, this yarn is as nice in the skein as it is on the needles.

We've been sworn to hat secrecy about the pattern for the second Hatalong, but I can say that it's a lovely design, and utilizes the drape and warmth of Road to China Worsted to its advantage. As stated in the post this morning, 140 yards (2 skeins) of Road to China Worsted should fit the bill. 

To celebrate the second Hatalong we're offering a 25% off discount on all Road to China Worsted skeins available in our online store using the code, "FRINGE25", until April 23rd at 11:59 PM EST*. (That way, if you're holding out on buying yarn until the pattern is revealed, you have an extra week to take advantage of the coupon code!) I'll be participating in the #fringehatalong, so make sure to follow my progress on the Kelbourne Woolens instagram page!

Now, what color to choose...
-LM

*Offer applies to domestic orders only - sorry international friends!

Independent Designer Feature: Avana by Annie Rowden

Yesterday was glorious. As soon as I got home from the office, I ran around the house and opened every window I could. Of course, this also required I wrestle with the storm windows and make sure all the screens were down as not to loose our sweet but not-very-bright cat, Peggy. It was well worth it, though - the air smelled lovely, and the warm breeze inside was amazing.

Avana by Annie Rowden

I always look forward to spring. Like autumn, it provides ample layering opportunities and even more chances to wear a variety of handknits.

Avana by Annie Rowden

Avana, a shrug/wrap by Annie Rowden, is the perfect layering piece for this time of year. Designed with Savannah, one of my favorite Fibre Co yarns for garments with its season-spanning protein/cellulose blend, the garment melds the best of two worlds: the light extra layer of a shawl or wrap paired with the wearability of a cardigan. 

Avana by Annie Rowden

Originally published as an exclusive pattern for Stitches West in conjunction with the designer and YARN in Eureka, CA, Avana is now available for download here

Yarn : 4 skeins Savannah DK by The Fibre Company; Sage.
Needles : US 10.5 [6.5mm] 24” circular; US 8 [5mm] 24” circular, set of DPNs; or sizes needed to obtain gauge.
A spare needle slightly smaller than largest circular for picking up provisionally cast on stitches
Gauge : 16.75 sts and 24 rows = 4”/10cm in St st on larger needles, after blocking.
Notions : Stitch marker, tapestry needle.

All images © Krista Blevin Photography

Tips + Tricks: Garter Tab Cast On

The Garter Tab Cast-On: You may wonder why shawls begin with this odd little bit of knitting. It’s fussy, it’s tricky, it’s annoying. It makes NO SENSE. Yes. All these things are true. But the Garter Tab Cast-On is an important element to a well made shawl, even if you aren’t a stickler for doing things properly. 

WHY DO IT? This Cast-On creates a beautiful seamless edge to your garter stitch border and eliminates the need for seaming at the base of your shawl. It will transform your knitting from looking “homemade” to “handmade,” and once you get the hang of it, you’ll want to incorporate it into all of your shawls.

STEP ONE: Using either DPNs or your shawl needles, CO 3 sts using the long-tail cast on. You may want to place a removable stitch marker in each CO loop to show where you'll be picking up stitches in the final step.

Many Garter Tab directions have you work this step as a provisional cast-on, but we have found that since this little tab is so small, you don't actually see the cast-on edge, and it is much simpler to work a long-tail cast on, rather than go through the fuss of provisionally casting on the 3 stitches.

STEP TWO: Rows 1-6: K all sts. This step is easy-peasy - just knit 6 rows. Once complete, you will have a long, thin piece of garter stitch - a "tab", if you will.

STEP THREE: Row 7: K3, p/u and k 1 st in each of 3 purl ridges along garter edge, p/u and k 3 sts in CO - 9 sts. 

This is where things get a little funky. For Row 7, you're actually working around the edge of the tab, converting it from a vertical piece of knitting, to the horizontal base of your shawl. First, you will knit 3 as if you're knitting a normal row. Then, rotate the piece 90 degrees, and put your needle into first purl bump at the edge of the tab, wrap your yarn around the needle, and pull through to create a knit stitch. Repeat this step for the other 2 bumps so you have 6 stitches on your needle. Next, turn the work again and pick up an knit 1 stitch in each of your original 3 cast on stitches, removing the markers (if you placed them) as you go. Once complete, you will have 9 stitches on your needle, and your garter tab cast on is complete!

Looking for more Tips + Tricks? Visit our page here.

Finished Knit: Courtney's Burren Pullover

Graphic Knits by Aexis Winslow is a collection of 20 garments that feature modern colorwork - stranded, stripes, color blocking, and slipped stitches - in bold motifs and geometric patterning.

When pouring through the book, I was immediately intrigued by Burren, a yoke pullover with short rows that creates an asymmetrically striped yoke. 

The short row striped are really striking, and fun to knit. It's one of the most fun and interesting top down yokes we've come across!

This pullover uses three NEW colors of Tundra which were released this winter - diablo beach, pinkberry, and silver fox, as well as using petrel, and old favorite. I am a 39" bust and knit the second size.

I made two alterations to the pattern: 
First was to knit it about an inch longer than the pattern called for so that it was not a cropped sweater. (Being short already, I didn't need to add too much length to get it to fit like a traditional pullover.) 
Second, I adjusted the neck width. After knitting the entire thing, from the top down, it fell off my shoulders more than I wanted. I pulled out the cast on at the neck, and picked out the ribbing, placing the first row back onto the needles. I then worked one round, decreasing the number of stitches by 1/3, then re-knit the ribbing and bound off.  

It's a perfect fit! Click here for more information about Alexis Winslow and her fantastic patterns and artwork! - CK

KW Style It: Fable Cardigan

The Fable Cardigan is a true wardrobe staple of mine. I find it to be pretty versatile in terms of styling options and it is perfect for seasonal transitions, so when I wore it to the office for the 70th time this winter, I knew it would be perfect for a style post. 

STYLE ONE: WEEKEND ERRANDS

The Fable Cardigan is designed to be a layering piece, so it is perfect for throwing over comfortable clothes when out and about. The feminine shirt is balanced by comfortable broken-in jeans, and the sneakers and large tote are weekend musts. 

STYLE TWO: AT THE OFFICE

While Fable is great for weekend wear, it is also a lovely layering piece for the Office when you want to take a step away from a blazer. Fable will look great paired with a fit-and-flare dress, cute flats, and work necessities such as a notebook, good fountain pen, and classic briefcase.

STYLE THREE: DINNER + DRINKS

 Worn over a shift dress and printed leggings with chelsea boots, a cute tote, and gold jewelry when out for dinner + drinks, Fable is a great outer layer if you don't want to lug a large coat around with you.
- KGO


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