Year of Hats: June Hat

Are we halfway through the Year of Hats already?! I guess we are because it’s the third Tuesday of June, and that means the June Hat is ready for you!

If this is your first time coming across our Year of Hats series, we are releasing a new, free hat pattern made in our Germantown yarn every month. Each month we feature a hat with a new technique and this month is no exception!

I love graphic colorwork knitwear and I wanted to make something along those lines but also really simple because summer is all about taking it easy.

My hat plays with contrast colors in both horizontal and vertical stripes using a classic black and white pairing. The crown decreases are integrated into the vertical stripe repeat and are virtually invisible.

Best of all, by using two different skeins of Germantown, you will have enough to make two hats in opposite colorways! One for you and one for your best friend.

June Hat by Meghan Kelley. Image © Linette Kielinski

My favorite part of any hat is the pompom. For this hat, with its stark black and white pattern, I thought it would be fun to use little bits of all the previous months colors to make multicolored pompoms for a literal pop of color at the top.

June Hat by Meghan Kelley. Image © Linette Kielinski

We have limited kits available for the June Hat and include:
• 2 skeins of Germantown; one in natural and one in black
• 4 Perennial butterflies in natural, sage, gold, and lead
• 2 custom leather labels

All Images by Linette Kielinski.

Mojave Summer KAL (and Giveaway)! ☀️

Join us this summer for a low-key Make-Anything-In-Mojave KAL!

We couldn’t settle on one design for our KAL, so we’re just making whatever we want together. We’ve been pulling together a list of our most coveted designs that’s we’d love to either make in Mojave.

We’re all taken with Ranunculus and LOVE The Happy Squash’s (aka Alli) version of Ranunculus in Mojave’s Dandelion. Courtney has already cast on her own Ranunculus in Slate Gray, while Kate is poking at a swatch, but is still torn on final KAL project decision.

Meghan Babin is going with Kate’s Bennett Creek, but hasn’t settled on a color choice yet. There are too many good choices!

We’ve also seen many beautiful Water Clover’s from Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 29. The itch to crochet in the summer is always a thing we enjoy and both Water Clover AND Davallia by Isa Catepillán are at the top of our list to crochet with Mojave. Our new in-house sales rep, Somer Jordan, has already picked up her crochet hook for Water Clover, while Meghan Kelly is eyeballing her project with envy.

The weather has been fairly, um, unpredictable this spring and expect it continue throughout the summer. Caitlin Hunter’s Soldotna Crop is perfect for transitional summer weather, and we think Wollhaus Artisan Yarn & Tools version in Mojave is inspirational! Now we all want one, too.

There are so many choices! What do you want to make in Mojave this summer?

Join us for a chance to win a summer top’s worth of Mojave and a Kelbourne Woolens Mojave design of your choice. All you have to do is post on Instagram and tag us @kelbournewoolens with the hashtags #MojaveSummerKAL and #KWMojave.

Stay tuned to track our progress and if we all stick to the projects we said we would make.

Happy Summer Knitting!

~The Kelbourne Woolens Gang

Light, Lovely Lino: Linen for Summer Knits!

Summer knitting—it’s a thing that people do, and we do a lot of it here at Kelbourne Woolens. We are all-seasons knit (and crochet) wearers, so when we come across timeless, simple summer basics we take note. Today we’re talking about BC Garn Lino and several gorgeous, wearable Eileen Fisher-esque tops that will have you reaching for your knitting needles.

Lone Kjeldsen released several summer tops in BC Garn Lino that we’re calling the “Hør Series” and we love them all!

Fun Fact: “Hør” means linen in Danish.

Hør No. 5 by Lone Kjeldsen

Hør No. 5 by Lone Kjeldsen

Hør No. 5 (shown above) is a stripy, nautical little top that is worked from the bottom up with visually compelling saddle shoulder shaping. We love the way the stripes line up along the shoulder. Pair it with your favorite shorts and a pair of top-siders and you’re ready to set sail.

Hør No. 2 (shown below) is a quick, bottom up knit worked in all-over nubbly texture stitch and has sweet finishing touches for the perfect summer tee. It’s so versatile, but we’d like to see it over a breezy summer dress or skirt with a long necklace.

Hør No. 2  by  Lone Kjeldsen

Hør No. 2 by Lone Kjeldsen

Find the rest of the Hør Series (and all of Lone’s excellent designs) over here on Ravelry!

Regina Moessmer is one of our favorite designers for BC Garn yarns, and her Lino designs are no exception!

Lido by Regina Moessmer

Lido by Regina Moessmer

The Lido top (shown above) is a top-down knitting extravaganza! If you are looking for a knit with interesting construction and a fun stitch pattern then this is the top for you. It’s got set-in sleeves worked from the top-down along with a twisted stitch, lace panel in the center front. This is one of those projects that will keep you engaged and racing to the finish line.

Looking for the mindless, top-down summer top of your dreams? Then check out Regina’s Lino-T! It’s a top-down raglan construction with no-frills. It’s a super wearable layer to pair with your favorite summer skirt or linen pants. It’s perfect for cool nights by the shore and summer woodland retreats.

Lino-T by Regina Moessmer

Lino-T by Regina Moessmer

There are so many great patterns made in BC Garn Lino. Check them all out on Ravelry, and if you’re ready to cast on for your next project you can find our BC Garn stockist list here. Give them a call today and get knitting.

Happy Stitching!