Kelbourne Woolens: Sweet Summer Sweater Contest

We love designing with our yarns, and wanted to give you a chance to do so, too. As a result, we’re excited to announce a new project here in KW headquarters, the Kelbourne Woolens: Sweet Savannah Summer Sweater Contest!


What’s this contest about?

Have you thought about becoming a published knitwear designer? Do you have a few self-published designs under your belt and want to expand your portfolio? Great! Knit a beautiful sweater for yourself made with Fibre Company Savannah, and your pattern may become part of our Spring 2014 collection!

Sounds awesome, how do I sign up?

Fill out out the Entry Form / Informational Packet provided in the informational .pdf {downloadable below}. Our contact info is all provided in the .pdf so you can either mail it in, fax it or email it back to us. 

How long does the contest run? 

The contest opens today, August 3rd, and closes on Monday, September 30th. All photos of finished sweaters must be posted on either Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and marked using the hashtag #kwsummersweater by September 30th. 

We want to see your process, too! Post sneak peeks of your knitting as you go, images of your design inspiration, what you’re eating (or drinking!) while knitting, where you’re knitting – make it fun!

Wait. But I don’t think I’m the same size as a knitwear model. 

That’s cool! Neither are we. Design your sweater to fit you. If you’re picked as the winner, your original sweater will be returned to you after the contest is over. Our sample sizes for pattern photography fit a model with a 32” to 36” bust, and we size our sweaters to fit a 30″ through a 56” bust. All shapes and sizes will not only be considered, they are also encouraged! Design it to fit and flatter your body, keeping in mind that if you win, the sweater should be able to be universally worn. 

Alright. I’m in. Before I dive in, what’s the “fine print”?

 All entries must use The Fibre Company’s Savannah DK (and only Savannah DK) in an existing and available colorway. For up-to-date colorways please cross reference the Savannah page here.

Any style of sweater will be considered, but bear in mind this is a summer sweater competition. Short sleeves, tank tops, light cardigans, etc. are all great ideas. Only garments will be considered. No scarves, shawls or other accessories.

Five finalists will be chosen by us and featured on kelbournewoolens.com/blog. Once posted, the five finalists will be voted on by the public and we will announce the winner the following week!

For information on how to use Instagram please go here: http://help.instagram.com/. For information on how to create a Facebook page go here: https://www.facebook.com/

Sweet. What do I win? 

If you win, you will receive $200 for the design and written instructions for the winning sweater, reimbursement for the purchase price of all yarn used, an interview on kelbournewoolens.com/blog featuring you and your design and, last but not least, your pattern will be included, with your name listed as the designer, in Kelbourne Woolens’ Spring/Summer 2014 collection. The preview for the collection will be available April 15,  with a pattern release date of May 15.


We can’t wait to begin seeing all your beautiful sweaters! We’d love to see all your progress photos as you go, and your photos might be featured on the blog or on our other social media outlets! Just tag all your progress photos with #kwsummersweater.


Alright – enough messing around on the internet! Buuzzzzz off and get busy!


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