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!


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. 
yo2: double yarn over. 

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.

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! 

New Colors of Road to China Light

This season, we added two new colors to The Fibre Co. Road to China Light line that really embody all of The Fibre Co. yarns:

The Fibre Co. Road to China Light Red Jasper

Red Jasper is a rich, saturated jeweltone with incredible depth of color and tone.

The Fibre Company Road to China Light Ametrine

Ametrine is an amazing duotone with bright blue, lilac purple, and hints of mint. 

Both new colors, as well as the full Road to China Light line, are in stock and ready to ship! 


Knitter Projects: Maritime Cowl

Although it's summer here in the northern hemisphere it's winter for our friends down under. Melissa, from Tasmania, Australia, recently finished this wonderful chevron cowl in the season-spanning The Fibre Co. Savannah

Chevron Cowl in Fibre Company Savannah

We love Melissa's mods to the Maritime Cowl pattern by Nice and Knit, the extra grey stripes break up the chevrons and add another level of complexity. 

Chevron Cowl in Savannah

Thanks for sharing your project, Melissa! 

All images © onecraftymumma, used with permission.


Introducing #crochetsummer2015!

It is that time of year again! Crochet Summer! Wahoo!

Crochet Summer 2014 came about on a bit of a whim, but we were so pleased with the success of the experiment, that we're excited to do it all over again. 

Like last year the one rule is very simple: 

1. Crochet something, anything, this summer.

That's it. Really. 

We'll be posting images on Instagram with the hashtag #CrochetSummer2015, but we also plan on sharing some tutorials, interviews, tips + tricks, and features on the blog as well. If you would like a recap, you can check out the Crochet Summer 2014 posts here, or search for the hashtag #crochetsummer2014 on Instagram. While the project is pretty open-ended, we'll stick with it through Labor Day. 

Stay tuned later in the week for a photo tutorial on working single crochet in rows. 

We can't wait see what you'll make! Have Fun!

Fancy Tiger / Kelbourne Woolens / Grainline Studio KAL

A few friends, a beautiful yarn, a gorgeous pattern, dreams of fall, a wonderful idea: a KAL is born!

In partnership with Jaime from  Fancy Tiger Crafts and Jen from Grainline Studio, our summer knitalong will be the Lucinda Sweater by Carrie Bostick Hoge featuring The Fibre Co. Acadia. I'm incredibly excited about this one, as Jaime and Amber are great friends/crafty heroes of mine, and I've admired Jen since first sewing up her Scout Tee a while back and realizing I could not only sew garments for myself that fit, but the end result was totally professional! 

The KAL will run from July 1st through August 15th and is meant to be a casual one. While there will be prizes (more on those on the 1st), the goal is to enjoy yourself without a lot of pressure, and have a lovely sweater perfect to wear once fall hits. I, along with Jaime and Jen, will be posting our progress using the hashtag #fancykelbournestudioKAL on Instagram. We hope you'll join us! 

As a little gift to participants, Fancy Tiger will also be offering a sweet treat on Acadia, so keep an eye out on their Instagram page later today for more info!

(Model Image by and © Carrie Bostick Hoge)

New Colors of Meadow

A large order (oh, so MANY boxes!) recently arrived at our warehouse, and besides restocking some of your favorite Fibre Co. yarns, we also received some new colors for fall. 

The Fibre Co. Meadow continues to be a fan favorite, so we wanted to add a little pizzaz to the palette and bring in some saturated brights.  

The Fibre Co. Meadow in Hydrangea
The Fibre Co. Meadow in Bellflower
The Fibre Co. Meadow in Red Clover
The Fibre Co. Meadow in Cosmos

You may recognize some of the colors from the other lines (Cosmos is a similar dye formula to the always-popular Rhodolite in the Road to China Light line), but the blend of merino, llama, linen, and silk in Meadow creates colors unique to the line. 

All four colors are in stock and ready to ship (as is the rest of the Meadow line). We can't wait to see what you make with them! 


Norah Gaughan for The Fibre Co.

Knitwear designer Norah Gaughan recently collaborated with Daphne Marinopoulos of The Fibre Co. to create a 12 piece collection featuring the Fibre Co. yarns. The end result is a modern collection with interesting construction and texture. 

Akita | Atomium | Crosstown
District | Gotham | Intrepid
Metropolis | Oporto | Parkview
Skyscraper | Tallinn | Times Square

From Norah: "My goal for this collection was to design interesting modern pieces that are easy and relaxing to knit. I reduced seaming, kept shaping easy to remember and placed pattern where it remains uninterrupted. A broad range of sizes coupled with novel shapes combine to make a collection meant to appeal to eclectic knitters of all ages. I look forward to seeing how each knitter makes the patterns their own."

The collection is currently available as individual PDFs and Ravelry in-store sales. We will also be selling hard copies, and expect them to arrive in our warehouse shortly!


Featured Projects: Meadow

I case you missed it, we're hosting our 3rd annual MKAL featuring The Fibre Co Meadow beginning June 1st. In celebration, I thought it would be nice to feature some finished projects knitters have made using Meadow to show just how lovely and versatile the yarn is!

1) NURSING SHAWL by Ginny Sheller

             Image © Ginny Sheller

             Image © Ginny Sheller

This stunning version of Antarktis by Janina Kallio was a gift from Ginny to her sister, Angie. Knit out of larkspur, the shawl is both utilitarian and lovely.

2) WEATHERED PULLOVER by Amber Corcoran

             Image © Amber Corcoran

             Image © Amber Corcoran

Amber from Fancy Tiger knit this amazing version of the Weathered Pullover by Ann Weaver out of black adder paired with Habu silk-stainless steel in brick. We love the contrast of the geometric shape and design knit using natural colors.

3) BACKUS PONCHO by Anneli

                                              Image © Anneli

                                              Image © Anneli

I have had Veronika by Julie Wisenberger on my "must-knit" list since trying it on at TNNA a few years ago. This version, knit by Anneli in bergamot, looks amazing. 

4) DEAD NETTLE by Liz Mathias

                                              Image © Liz Mathias

                                              Image © Liz Mathias

While she admits the project took a while and was a bit of a bear to get through, we can all agree this version of Allium by Grace Anna Farrow (from our Allium Collection), knit by Liz Mathias out of fennel and pennyroyal, is stunning. I especially love how this photo shows off the drape of meadow and how beautiful this stitch pattern looks after blocking. 

There is much more lovely work to be seen via the Meadow project page on Ravelry, including the finished shawls from our last two MKALs. If you still need to purchase your pattern for the 2015 MKAL, you can do so via our pattern page here