Introducing The Summer Sweater Collection

Some of you might recall our Kelbourne Woolens Summer Sweater Design Competition where we asked for design submissions from the knitting and crochet community. We were amazed by the amazing entries, and after narrowing down to the final 5, you voted for a winner to be included with the rest of the designs in the Summer Sweater Collection. We're proud to finally introduce the patters to you! 

Let's start with the winner of the KW Summer Sweater Contest, Melissa Drozdowski-Schoenwether

Knit out of Savannah in Natural, Laredo features an open back detail that immediately caught our eye. Paired with light wash jeans and earrings, Laredo is perfect for a simple day in the field. Although designed to be a shorter t-shirt, Laredo is easily customizable to a longer length due to its top down construction. 

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the KW Summer Sweater Challenge! To see the other submissions, click here.

Next up, Calexico by Maura Kirk.

Featuring Meadow in Queen Anne's Lace for the body and Savannah in Natural for the lace yoke, Calexico is the perfect summer sweater for a fancy night on the town. 

Copyright 2014 Amanda Stevenson Photography + Kelbourne Woolens

The lace yoke is a great balance to the bell shaped body of Calexico.

Continuing the lace + stockinette theme, Hidalgo by Meghan Kelly features a unique lace patterned back and stockinette front in a loose-fitting t-shirt.

Featuring a zig-zag lace pattern and split hem construction, Hidalgo is a modern take on the summer sweater. Pair it with a pair of patterned shorts or distressed boyfriend jeans and you're ready for a casual dinner beachside. 

Roma by Kate Gagnon Osborn, features a t-shirt hem created using short rows, a garter stripe body and contrast yoke.

Knit out of Savannah in Natural, Sycamore and Sage, Roma is a wonderful showcase for a wide variety of summery color combinations!

Garter stitch texture created with a wide ribbing pattern is the main feature of Courtney Kelley's Sonora

Pair it with a pair of dark wash jeans, oxfords, and simple earrings and you're ready for a night out on the town. 

To finish off Sonora, Courtney used a 3-needle bind off, a nice compliment to the garter stitch pattern throughout the sweater.

Last, but not least, is Caseta by Leah McGlone also featuring a Garter stitch stripe pattern and relaxed fit.

Knit out of Savannah in Hickory, Caseta features bold garter stitch striping and two different needle sizes to enhance the contrast between the Garter and stockinette stitch sections. Fully reversable, Caseta also showcases a low neckline for the back of the sweater. Throw Caseta on top of a lace panel dress and you're ready for a late lunch, early dinner. 

All six summer sweater patterns are en route to our warehouse from our printer, and are available for Ravelry downloads right now!

For more information about the Summer Sweater Collection, head on over to the pattern page here or view the patterns on Ravelry here. For more information about Savannah, click here

Many thanks to our awesome photographer, Amanda, and lovely model, who braved a particularly cold day in our summery garments!

{All images ©2014 Kelbourne Woolens + Amanda Stevenson Lupke}