Armed with a few skeins of Terra, the set-up chart for the Springtime in Philadelphia beret and a plane flight to CA for TNNA in January, Kate started playing around with the idea of converting the circular beret into a triangle.
The combination of modern yarn that is butter soft but has a slightly rustic look due to the textural silk slubs, a traditionally inspired triangular shawl on large needles in a heavier weight yarn and gorgeous color creates a scarf that is perfect for the unpredictability of the changing seasons.
The Springtime Bandit
is knit at a gauge just slightly looser than recommended for Terra to give it drape and an airy feel. And even though it is squarely in the scarf category for size, the end result is airy and light.
Download the Free Pattern here
Today we bring you a trifecta of patterns: Two handwarmers and a scarf, perfect for the cold dreary months of late winter.
The Lychee Mittens
are a pair of cute simple striped mittens knit out of two complimentary colors of Terra. They were designed to showcase the beautiful depth of color, organic texture and softness of the yarn. Knit in stockinette stitch, we also think they would be a great jumping off point for any combination of patterns -- use your imagination!
, again out of Terra, is a great scarf inspired by crocheted afghans form the 1970's. Knit in a chevron striped pattern, it is a perfect combination of modern and vintage! The name comes from Kate's nickname for Courtney's pup, Queenie -- one of the 4 dog mascots who comes to work with us at the warehouse!
And last but not least the Tree of Life Wristlets
, knit out of the wonderful Road to China. This is a redux of a classic and loved Fibre Company pattern that needed a few tweaks and clarifications. We hope you will be excited to see the new, updated version!
We were delighted when Lisa Shroyer approached us about including an article in the Winter 2008/Spring 2009 Knitscene Magazine on Kelbourne Woolens and the Fibre Company distributorship.
It was a delight to work with Lisa and we are so happy with how the article came out! It is a wonderful insight into Kelbourne Woolens and exactly what we do, and does a really good job of explaining the distributorship in relationship to the Fibre Company and vice versa. The photo was taken at Kate's home in Philadelphia and is a nice little insight into how both we balance life and work. (And includes evidence of the horror that is her 50's shellacked kitchen cabinets - a rehab project that cannot begin soon enough!)
Not only does the issue have an article on Kelbourne Woolens, it also includes a pattern designed by Kate knit out of Organik.
The Tempest Beret was one of the first berets she knit, but is the last to appear on the scene this season.
The Winter 2008/Spring 2009 Knitscene is hitting stores all week this week -- go to your LYS and grab a copy!
Our holiday gift to you: Wesley
, a beret knit out of the amazingly soft Organik
! Continuing with knits inspired by woven textiles, (and hats!) Kate designed this beret in three colors to best showcase the stitch. True to her other designs, the decreases are incorporated into the stitch pattern to create a continuous crown.
As an extra bonus, the beret is designed in two sizes, a smaller less slouchy version and a larger, slouchier one depending on your desired end result.
Wesley is designed in the ever popular combination of Grey (Crater Lake), Yellow (Lichen) and White (Arctic Tundra) but we could easily see it in a subtle version of earthtones, such as Fjord, Loam and River Delta:
Opus Spicatum is a new free pattern is up on Ravelry!
Both Courtney and I have very strong backgrounds in weaving and I have always been intrigued by knitting stitches that resemble woven fabric. One of these stitches is the many permutations of the herringbone fair isle pattern.
I modified the pattern a bit to enable integrated decreases at the crown and used just one skein each of two colors of Road to China in the WW to create a luxurious, warm, incredibly soft, yet totally affordable hat for the winter.
It is designed to be a slightly slouchy beret, but I could just as easily see eliminating some of the increases and making a more fitted hat.
While we were at Stitches East in Baltimore at the beginning of November, we spotted Hannah Fettig (to be honest, we spotted her beautiful vest first) so we....well...we accosted her in the aisle.
Hannah has the delightful blog, Knitbot
, and author of a really great book Closely Knit: Handmade Gifts for the Ones You Love.
After we came home, Hannah requested an interview with us, and we were delighted to answer her questions!
You can check out the interview here
Kate's mom called her last weekend after reading the Daily Hampshire Gazette, the local newspaper in Western Massachusetts where she is from. Turns out, in a blurb on hats, the Springtime in Philadelphia
beret was one of the recommended features from Webs.
We all know Webs carries a ton
of yarn, so it was nice for them to give us a little shout-out!
*Well....not really....but it is still pretty neat!
Give A Hoot
is our newest free pattern download. Designed by Jocelyn Tunney, this pattern features a unique thumb gusset and the classic cable owl motif we all know and love.
The owls are worked on a reverse stockinette stitch background and feature 1/8" mother of pearl buttons as eyes.
The image on the back shows the thumb gusset detail. It is very easy to do and has a great fit, not to mention it just plain looks nifty!
Welcome to our blog! Here you will find links to our new free patterns (check out our newest pattern Lucille, a vintage inspired 2 piece baby set knit in Canopy Fingering here
), tutorials on knitting techniques found in our published designs or little tidbits we find interesting and want to share, design inspiration, yarn updates, images of finished projects and much much more.
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