Designer Feature: Germantown Hats by Chiaki Hayashi

Our Germantown yarn is one of those go-to-for-anything yarns we keep reaching for over and over again. It’s ideal for plain, textured, and stranded knitting. While we’ve been busy knitting piles of textured swatches and sweaters, two new designs by Chiaki Hayashi popped up on Ravelry showcasing Germantown’s colorwork capabilities.

Germantown  Rolled Edge Hat  +  Ribbed Brim Hat  by Chiaki Hayashi | Image: Chiaki Hayashi

Germantown Rolled Edge Hat + Ribbed Brim Hat by Chiaki Hayashi | Image: Chiaki Hayashi

Chiaki Hayashi’s new Germantown Rolled Brim and Ribbed Brim Hats, feature a total of five beautiful shades of Germantown: Persian Red, Natural, Sage, Goldenrod, and Navy.

These adorable hats are ideal for the novice color work knitter - they teach knitting in the round with two colors, using straightforward motifs that are easy to follow.

Luckily, Germantown is as affordable as it is beautiful, and comes in skeins with ample yardage - enough to make several hats!

We hope to see colorful versions of Chiaki’s hats popping up on Instagram soon! #KWGermantown

Navia Duo Makes a Colorwork Knitter Out of Me

Now that the holidays are over, I can finally show you the hats I made for my best friends two daughters! (Full disclosure, I made them pose for me in the middle of Christmas Day festivities, so we were having fun!)

One of the frequent conversations we have in the office concerns the ability and, perhaps more importantly, the motivation to knit well and how we can continue to become better knitters. I’ve never done a lot of colorwork knitting and as a result, I’ve been really insecure about being able to do it well and then showing my work to the public. Kate and Courtney have been incredibly patient and supportive while they clue me into good colorwork knitting techniques, such as showing me better ways to carry the second yarn or how to handle a third color in the same row or why it’s important to keep those floats tidy.

I decided to make the Wolfie hat by Natasja Hornby in Navia Duo. It went swimmingly! In fact, the first hat just flew off the needles, so I immediately made a second version also in Navia Duo.

The pattern is great and there isn’t a mod in sight. But honestly, I have to say that my success lies in the yarn. Navia Duo is an absolute dream to knit with. It’s woolen spun so it’s soft and it has a great bloom. The heathered colors play nicely with the solids and make the decision to pick just two colors that much harder. (Yet another reason for a second hat!)

These two hats came out so nicely that shortly after their completion, I jumped right into my first colorwork yoked sweater. Details on that sweater to come later! Lastly, if you are wondering, I found the 100% alpaca fluff pompoms at Slip Knot in Newtown Square, PA.

We Want You!: Crochet Summer '19 Submissions Call

We’re in the frigid depths of winter in Philadelphia, so naturally, it got us thinking about warmer climates and crochet!

At Kelbourne Woolens, we think summer and crochet go together like peanut butter and jelly. Crochet works up quickly and beautifully using lighter weight yarns and natural fibers, is a versatile medium, invites color play, and is especially appealing for summer garments, accessories, and home decor.

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This year we are launching our first crochet collection just in time for the summer solstice. This collection is a platform for all crochet designers, but particularly for those from underrepresented communities. To be very clear, we are asking designers both new and established from the BIPOC community to contribute to this collection.

INSPIRATION

We’ve created a Pinterest mood board to spark and inspire your creativity. As you’ll see this collection should capture a care-free, feminine vibe. We’re looking for women’s wear tanks, vests, camisoles, dresses, skirt, and any light and breezy layer you think pairs well with summer living. For accessories, we’re always partial to shawls and stoles, but we’d also like to see bags of all shapes and sizes. Have some fun with home decor—pillows, wall hangings, rugs, trivets, and even a crocheted cactus or succulent are desired for this collection.

Which techniques excite you?  How does tapestry crochet work in a bag or pillow? Or does a funky and fun Tunisian crochet shawl tickle your fancy? Tell us! We want to know!

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When thinking about your design consider the following Kelbourne Woolens yarns and their color palettes:

Perennial (60% superwash Merino, 25% Suri alpaca, 15% nylon; 497 yds (454 meters) / 100 gram skein)
Recommended gauge: 28-36 sts = 4" (10 cm)
Recommended hook size: B-1 - D-3 (2.25-3.25 mm)

Mojave (60% cotton, 40% linen; 185 yds (169 meters) / 50 gram skein)
Recommend gauge: 22-24 sts = 4" (10 cm)
Recommended hook size: US 4-6 (3.5 - 4 mm)

For bags, home decor, or toys, please consider:

Germantown (100% N. American Wool , 4-ply ; 220 yds / 100 gram skein) Made in the U.S.A.
Recommended gauge: 16-20 sts = 4” (10 cm)
Recommended hook size: G-6 - I-9 (4-5.5 mm)

Swatching in KW yarn is not required for submissions.

We are accepting digital submissions for Crochet Summer ‘19 at meghan.babin@kelbournewoolens.com. All submissions should including the following for consideration:

  • A written description of the design, including all techniques, stitches, and construction details

  • A clear photograph or photographs of your swatch

  • A detailed sketch of your intended design

  • A schematic with all measurements and sizes (if applicable)

  • A recommended Kelbourne Woolens yarn

  • Your legal name, print name and preferred pronouns (if applicable or desired), mailing address, email address, and any applicable social accounts (i.e. Ravelry, Instagram)

FAQs

  • We pay a flat fee for commissioned designs determined by varying factors (i.e. complexity, size, gauge)

  • Kelbourne Woolens requires a one-year period of exclusive, first-publish rights after which the rights revert back to you

  • We will return your sample 1-year after publication

  • We tech edit all patterns, but we require designers to grade garments and accessories if the design is available in multiple sizes

  • To ensure our patterns encompass a broad range, we send all of our designers a style sheet that includes our sizing guidelines. We have always been committed to creating a size range that includes all women, and most of our designs range from as small as a 32” bust up to a 60” bust, depending on the garment 

  • We provide yarn support for all accepted designs

Submissions due: February 18, 2019

Samples and patterns due: April 9, 2019

If you have any questions please let us know here or email us at info@kelbournewoolens.com

We’re looking forward to your submissions!