Introducing Palms and Saguaro from the KW Crochet Collection!

Over the last two weeks we released the first four pieces in our six piece KW Crochet Collection, Sub Rosa, Summer Sunset, Succulent, and Canyon. Today we’re unveiling the last two pieces of our desert-inspired, laid back designs, Palms by Padma R and Saguaro by Natasha Robarge!

The final pieces include another first for us, Tunisian crochet!

Palms by Padma R

Palms is worked in a simple Tunisian crochet stitch, which creates a breezy modern fabric we love. If you’ve never worked Tunisian crochet before, it is deceptively simple and mimics knitting in both technique and look. This versatile stole is the perfect project to dip a toe in the world of Tunisian crochet. Our Mojave in turquoise keeps this stole lightweight, drapey, and tropical, but chose a different color to make it a a year-round anytime accessory!

Saguaro by Natasha Robarge

Saguaro is our tour-de-force piece in this collection; the stripes combined with the elegantly placed bow stitch makes for a groovy, throwback sweater in all the right ways. Worked in the round from the bottom up, Saguaro is worked in turned rows to the underarm and then back and forth in rows after the split. Lovely design details like neck and shoulder shaping create a lovely fit, and seaming ensures a finished piece with longevity. We went cool and neutral for the sample, but we hope to see many vibrant and unexpected color combos in Mojave! Stay tuned for our own swatching combos!

So what pieces are you smitten with in the KW Crochet Collection? Let us know!

All images by Linette Kielinski


Introducing Succulent and Canyon from the KW Crochet Collection

Crochet is made for summer craft fun. There’s no better time to pick up a hook to celebrate this made-for-summer craft. We’re in in our 5th year of Crochet Summer and to recognize this milestone we invited a few of our favorite crochet designers to hook up something special.

Last week we premiered the first two pieces in our new Crochet Collection, Sub Rosa by Lana Jois and Summer Sunset by Betsey Sennott. This week we’re unveiling two more beautiful designs, Succulent by Michele DuNaier and Canyon by Amy Gunderson.

It’s obvious our designers were inspired by the desert and the rich and brilliant color palette of Mojave. The linen/cotten blend, super soft and durable sport weight is the star of this collection. Being both light weight, durable, and drapey, it’s the ideal yarn for summer crochet projects.

Succulent by Michele DuNaier

Succulent is a homage to our favorite desert-dwelling houseplants. This feminine and breezy shawl looks complicated, but the easy double crochet clusters are repeated throughout, creating a lovely crescent shape in an easy to memorize pattern. The sweet leaf clusters in this breezy shawl remind us of little pots of jade, while the interconnected web and border reminds us of a delicate string of pearls plant.

Canyon by Amy Gunderson

Canyon by Amy Gunderson is a summer perfect, chic, festival-ready, desert hippie queen camisole that we’re all itching to make for ourselves. The upper body is worked from the bottom up, and the lovely lace edging is worked from the foundation row edge down. Amy used an i-cord crank machine to make the straps, but a knit i-cord (although slower) works up the same!

We hope you love these pieces as much as we do! Stay tuned for the last two pieces from our Crochet Collection next week.

All images by Linette Kielinski


Happy Granny Square Day!

It’s Granny Square Day!

In honor of Granny Square Day and #crochetsummer2019 we prepared a colorful little surprise—the Sub Rosa Earrings by Lana Jois!

While Lana was crocheting up her Sub Rosa for the Kelbourne Woolens Crochet Collection she also whipped up a petite version of her granny square motif into earrings with a note exclaiming, “I couldn’t help myself!”

We couldn’t help ourselves either, and Meghan Babin immediately dove into our Mojave stash when she was at the office and made a few colorful versions of the Sub Rosa Earrings of her very own!

The Sub Rosa Earrings are simple granny squares worked in the round using two colors of our ready-for-crochet Mojave.

Grab some dangly earring findings and a hook to follow our sweet and simple pattern for a pair (or many pairs) of your own!


Sub Rosa Earrings

by Lana Jois

Specifications

YARN
Kelbourne Woolens Mojave (60% cotton, 40% linen; 185 yds/50 gm skein): smoke gray 046 (MC), plum brown 213 (CC), appx. 10 yards each.
GAUGE
Motifs = 2” (5 cm) square.
HOOKS
US E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook.
Check your gauge and adjust hook size accordingly if necessary.
NOTIONS
French hooks, tapestry needle, iron or steamer (optional).
SIZE
2” (5 cm) square.
SKILLS
Chain, slip stitch, half double crochet, double crochet.

Directions

With CC, make an adjustable ring.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, [ch 2, 3 dc in ring] 3 times, ch 2, sl st to top of beg ch. Pull ring closed. Do not turn. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Join MC, ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, [dc in next 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, sl st to top of beg ch. Fasten off, leaving a tail. (28 dc)
Make 2 for set.

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Finishing:
Weave in CC. Lightly steam press. Using MC tail, attach earring findings. Weave in MC.


It’s that simple! Find all the colors and stockists of Mojave here and get crocheting.

Many thanks to Lana for the bonus surprise pattern. Happy Granny Square Day!