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!


Announcing the Kelbourne Woolens Crochet Collection!

We love crochet. It’s our favorite for summer crafty fun.

We’re in our 5th year of Crochet Summer (a crochet-anything-this-summer-CAL), and thought this milestone anniversary was the perfect time to premiere our first crochet collection. So please welcome the first two pieces in the Kelbourne Woolens Crochet Collection, Sub Rosa and Summer Sunset!

Our ready-for-crochet Mojave is the starring yarn of the collection; the cotton/linen blend is both soft and durable making it ideal for summer crochet projects. The tropical palette served well as color inspiration, ranging from pleasingly cool neutrals to nearly neon hues.

Sub Rosa by Lana Jois

It was difficult to choose the final colors for Sub Rosa; there are so many beautiful options in the Mojave palette, but we decided that cool neutrals were the way to go for this charming little tee. It’s the 50th anniversary of Woodstock next weekend and what a great time to release a granny square motif top! The best part of Sub Rosa is the customization possibilities. Make it wild and psychedelic or cool and calm like the sample—either way it’s summer of (crochet) love chic.

Summer Sunset by Betsey Sennott

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Our crochet-vibe is clearly late-60s and 70s inspired and what is more 70s than a wall hanging? Just adjacent of macramé, Summer Sunset by Betsey Sennott utilizes the bright colors of Mojave, a simple ripple stitch, and some fluffy fringe for a groovy wall hanging. We’re already noodling around with other color combinations from ocean cool to even brighter than this bright sample!

Stay tuned for more Kelbourne Woolens Crochet Collection over the next three weeks! There are FOUR more pieces coming!

All images by Linette Kielinski