Year of Hats: August Hat

We love hats—we love designing them, we love wearing them, we love giving them to our friends and family, but we also love our friends design hats, too! Fortunately, we know many talented designers, so for the second half of our Year of Hats series we’ve invited a few of our friends to share the hat love!

Meet the August Hat, a lovely, Latvian-inspired beauty by Sarah Solomon. This is the first stranded color work hat of the series, but she kept it simple, interesting, and fun using 2 colors of Germantown, a sweet motif, and Latvian braids.

Sarah’s August Hat is refreshingly different from the previous hats in our Year of Hats series. Her design aesthetic celebrates traditional knitting techniques applied to modern knitwear designs. The gentle color work motif body of this hat is framed with two Latvian braids, which serves both as a decorative and fabric stabilizing feature.

Latvian braids are fun to work and yield beautiful results; if you’re new to this technique, fear not! Find our Latvian braid tutorial here, which breaks them down in a row-by-row photo tutorial.

Latvian braids are a twisty little technique, which creates a horizontal braid on the “public side” of the work. They’re created by purling and carrying one strand of yarn over the other. Follow the tutorial to unlock the mystery!

As months past, we’ve put together a kit for the August Hat, which includes:

• 2 skeins of Germantown; one in myrtle and one in sage.
• 2 butterflies of Perennial in pineapple and sage.
• 1 Kelbourne Woolens custom leather tag.

Download the August Hat for free today, and purchase the August Hat Kit here or contact your favorite LYS to order one today!

Happy (Hat) Knitting!


Introducing Succulent and Canyon from the KW Crochet Collection

Crochet is made for summer craft fun. There’s no better time to pick up a hook to celebrate this made-for-summer craft. We’re in in our 5th year of Crochet Summer and to recognize this milestone we invited a few of our favorite crochet designers to hook up something special.

Last week we premiered the first two pieces in our new Crochet Collection, Sub Rosa by Lana Jois and Summer Sunset by Betsey Sennott. This week we’re unveiling two more beautiful designs, Succulent by Michele DuNaier and Canyon by Amy Gunderson.

It’s obvious our designers were inspired by the desert and the rich and brilliant color palette of Mojave. The linen/cotten blend, super soft and durable sport weight is the star of this collection. Being both light weight, durable, and drapey, it’s the ideal yarn for summer crochet projects.

Succulent by Michele DuNaier

Succulent is a homage to our favorite desert-dwelling houseplants. This feminine and breezy shawl looks complicated, but the easy double crochet clusters are repeated throughout, creating a lovely crescent shape in an easy to memorize pattern. The sweet leaf clusters in this breezy shawl remind us of little pots of jade, while the interconnected web and border reminds us of a delicate string of pearls plant.

Canyon by Amy Gunderson

Canyon by Amy Gunderson is a summer perfect, chic, festival-ready, desert hippie queen camisole that we’re all itching to make for ourselves. The upper body is worked from the bottom up, and the lovely lace edging is worked from the foundation row edge down. Amy used an i-cord crank machine to make the straps, but a knit i-cord (although slower) works up the same!

We hope you love these pieces as much as we do! Stay tuned for the last two pieces from our Crochet Collection next week.

All images by Linette Kielinski


Swatching: Riverside Pullover

Remember our post about Courtney’s Riverside Pullover from a couple of weeks ago? I think its bananas in all the right ways. Once I saw it, I couldn’t wait to cast on my own Riverside in my own colors.

©Harper Point Photography/Interweave

©Harper Point Photography/Interweave

As has been stated several times before, over the years, I like warm colors, especially pinks, oranges, and peaches. I just can’t get enough of them. So, when Courtney showed us her crazy fun colorwork pullover, I know I wanted to give it the Meghan K treatment. The whole team weighed in on choosing the palette and these are the colors we came up with: Salmon 667, Honey 708, Peacock 440, and Baby Pink 687 with Germantown natural 105 as the main color.

I’m not super experienced with colorwork, having finished my first colorwork yoked sweater just last winter, so I felt that it was important to practice a bit before diving in. This long swatch-in-the-round also gave me a chance to play around with some different color combinations. 

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After knitting the chart once, I went back and re-worked some of the chart in different color combinations to see what read better.

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What colors will you use? Use the hashtags #kwgermantown and #riversidepullover to show us!