Swatching

Swatching: Get to know Lucky Tweed

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It is a new year, and high time for a new swatching series! Over the next few months, we'll individually go over each Kelbourne Woolens yarn, discuss the characteristics, gauges, and go over a few different swatches and stitch patterns. Enjoy! I thought it would be fun to start with Lucky Tweed, our cosy, wooly, tweedy authentic Donegal yarn.
Yarn Label
Yarn labels tell you a lot about the yarn, and ours are no exception. When designing the labels for our yarns, we wanted to create something that contained all of the relevant information, and was clean, modern, and aesthetically pleasing. We designed the labels with the team who helped us with our new branding in 2017, and absolutely love the final result! A few notes: Recommended needle and hook sizes: We've said it before, and we'll say it again: needle size doesn't matter, gauge matters. That said, our labels provide a recommended range to help you determine where to begin. The needle size recommended on the label is based on 1) an average of the sizes used when creating the swatches that produced the best fabric and 2) the yarn weight. In the case of Lucky, the yarn is an aran...

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Knit-A-Long

Olive Knits January Workshop KAL – Fiadh

I'm typically not one to go all out at the New Year, but I will be wide awake and toasting the end of 2020 for sure. I am also delighted for the year to end because it means the newest Olive Knits KAL is about to begin - and Marie's design, Fiadh, featuring Lucky Tweed, is stunning! Like her previous January Workshops, Marie has created an educational component to the knit along, ensuring a quality, wearable garment for years to come. From the website: "This year we will explore the history of traditional Irish Aran knitting, combined with Marie’s modern tutorials and new techniques. This workshop-style knitalong includes the pattern and 8 weeks of lessons and tutorials to go along with your making journey." Marie has elected to use our Lucky Tweed for Fiadh, the perfect yarn for an Aran sweater! Lucky Tweed is a woolen spun aran weight authentic Donegal yarn made in Donegal, Ireland. The nature of the woolen-spun yarn means there is ample yardage - 210 yards! - in a 100 gram skein, and the airy yarn has a lofty hand, tweedy texture, and soft feel. Check out the full Workshop listing on...

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Finished Projects

Finished Project: Lucy’s Fabel Sweater

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Back in March, we planned on attending VK Live in Seattle and organized joint freight with our buddy Theresa of Ewe-Nited States of Fiber. Theresa dropped her bags of yarn off at our warehouse in preparation for shipment, which gave me the opportunity to pour over all of the lovely hand dyed colors. Knowing how well hand dyed yarn works with Perennial, I pulled out a skein of her Fingering Weight in dragonfruit to pair it with Perennial in raspberry. Not sure exactly what the skeins would become, I did know Lucy would love the combination! Pouring over patterns, I found the Fabel Sweater by Danish designer Vaskavullaknit. Ridiculous intarsia unicorn? Check. Gold embellishment? Check. Rainbow mane? Check. It is basically the garment of Lucy's dreams. The only issue was the gauge: the pattern calls for 16 stitches to 4", while Perennial is best for garments at 28-30 stitches to 4". Holding the yarn doubled on US 5 needles produced a gauge of 20 stitches to 4". Still not a match, but it was closer, and the schematic in the pattern and measurements provided me with enough information to make the proper length and size...

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#GivingTuesday

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Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving back. We, like so many have been stretched very thin in 2020, but we are also aware of how incredibly lucky we are. This in not the first year we have participated in #GivingTuesday, but it is more important than ever to give back to our community. On #GivingTuesday, 25% of sales from kelbournewoolens.com will be donated to the city of Philadelphia COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program provides direct assistance to city residents who need additional support in paying their rent - a need that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. Looking to get involved in Giving Tuesday locally? visit the Giving Tuesday site here.

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Year of Gifts

Year of Gifts – Chrysanthemum Bottle Cover

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Let's face it, it's 2020. It's cold outside. The wolves are after you. All you need to do is cozy up with a hot water bottle, some knitting, and a cup of tea and wait for 2021 to come! But, in all seriousness, hot water bottles are guaranteed to bring the cozy times, and nothing could be better than hot water bottle all dressed up in a little tweed sweater. It's the cutest, really. Designed by Courtney Kelley, the Chrysanthemum Bottle Cover will cure all your winter blues. In conjunction with the release of the design, we’re offering limited kits that include: Kit Contents: • 1 skein of Lucky Tweed in Golden • a bag of chamomile tea • KW Pencil • KW Year of Gifts notebook • Postcard with code to download the pattern (Chrysanthemum Bottle Cover) for free • Screen printed project bag Find the kit on our site here or ask for it at your favorite LYS!

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All Skill Building, Casting On / Binding Off, Charts, Skill Building, Special Stitches, Techniques, Tips and Tricks

October Hat Provisional Cast On

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https://youtu.be/Jd4cnQmdvbQ The October Hat by Sloane Rosenthal for our Year of Hats features a provisional tubular cast on. This cast on creates a really lovely, stretchy edge that is reminiscent of a commercial or machine knit edge. I created a video showing how to work the cast on, as many people have had questions about the first few steps and exactly when to use the working yarn versus the main hat yarn. Although it requires a few extra steps, it is totally worth it! Enjoy!

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Year of Gifts

Year of Gifts: Delphinium Beret

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The October Year of Gifts is here! The Delphinium Beret is a jaunty little cap designed in Kelbourne Woolens Andorra. Worked in the round from the bottom up, it begins with a K1, P1 ribbing, then integrated increases shape the body of the hat. After working the body in a lace repeat, integrated decreases shape the crown. As with all of our designs, the body and crown of the hat are worked from a chart.

In conjunction with the release of the designs, we’re offering limited kits that include: • 1 skein of Andorra in Dark Navy • Woven "Made with Love" tag • Year of Gifts sticker • Postcard with a code to download the pattern for free.

Find the kit on our site here or ask for it at your favorite LYS!

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Swatching: Very V-Neck Raglan

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In case you missed it, we’re diving right into another KAL, this time we’re going to knit the Very V-Neck Raglan by Jessie Maed Designs.

The pattern specifications call for a DK weight yarn knit at a gauge of 20 stitches and 26 rows / 4 inches in stockinette stitch US 7 needles. In preparation for the KAL, Courtney and I set out to do what I love most - swatching! - in order to find the perfect yarn/needle combination.

Courtney’s Swatch

From the start, Courtney was pretty set on using Andorra for her sweater. Andorra’s blend of wool and mohair makes for a light, airy fabric when knit slightly loosely. (For reference, Andorra’s recommended gauge is 22-24 sts per 4” on US 2-4 needles.)

Prior to blocking, Courtney’s swatch knit on a US 6 measured 22 stitches and 28 rows / 4”. After blocking, the swatch measured 20 stitches and 30 rows - perfect stitch gauge but the row gauge is too dense (too many rows per inch).

What does this mean for her knitting? Since the sweater is...

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Join us for a fall KAL – the Very V-Neck Raglan by Jessie Maed Designs!

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Now that we have finished - and even managed to photograph! - our Rift Sweaters and fall is officially here, it is time for another KAL!

On the heels of our successful #mojavemarlalong, we're jumping right into another KAL, this time we’ll be using Andorra and Semilla Melange and knitting the lovely, simple, classic, flattering, size inclusive Very V-Neck Raglan by Jessie Maed Designs!

Kate knit a total of four swatches in order to pick a yarn (more on that via the blog next week), and is really excited to be using Semilla Melange in the color Moss. Courtney will be making her Very V-Neck in one of her favorites (dare we say it is a signature "Courtney" color), Andorra in Mushroom!

Pattern Specifications:

Finished measurement at bust

33.5 (37.5, 41.5, 45.5, 49.5){53.5, 57.5, 61.5, 65.5}"

Gauge

20 sts & 26 rows per 4x4” in stockinette, blocked

Skein Requirements (both Andorra and Semilla Melange)

4 (5, 5, 5, 6){7, 7, 8, 8} skeins

 

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Year of Gifts

Year of Gifts: Goldenrod Boot Socks

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The September Year of Gifts is here!

For September, we enlisted our friend, Grace Anna Farrow, to design us a pair of cosy boot socks. The Goldenrod Boot Socks use Germantown, and the end result is a perfect hard wearing wool layer for crisp autumn and winter days.

   

In conjunction with the release of the designs, we’re offering limited kits that include: • 1 skein of Germantown in Goldenrod • 1 - 9" US 6 circular needles • Year of Gifts sticker • Postcard with a code to download the pattern for free.

Find the kit on our site here or ask for it at your favorite LYS!

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