Finished Projects

Finished Project: Kate’s Newbold Turtleneck

Front view of Kate wearing her Black and light gray colorwork Newbold Sweater knit in Kelbourne Woolens Lucky. Sweater has been modified to be a turtleneck
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Hooray! Another F.O.! I actually finished this sweater back in October, and even tried to take pictures on the last morning of Camp Workroom Social, but I was looking a little haggard by the end of the weekend. (Sewing jeans in two days is no joke..also, I may have had a wee bit too much fun at the Gala our final evening!) I happened to be wearing it yesterday and the weather was glorious, so Courtney and I snuck out after lunch for a quick photoshoot.

It is rare that I knit something more than once, never mind in the exact same colors, but I cast on this sweater for myself as soon as I finished the Newbold sample for our Lucky Collection shoot because I loved it that much. Luckily (har de har), it knit up quickly and the colorwork portion is super fun to knit - and was even more enjoyable the 2nd time around when I didn’t have to fret about math and sizing!

I knit the 2nd size (40” finished bust) as written, except I shortened the body by 2” as I have basically no torso, and I added a...

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A Bow in the Sky – Now Available!

Half Circle Shawl in gray Perennial yarn with neon pink, coral, yellow, and green stripes on a cloth mannequin with a dark grey background
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A Bow in the Sky features one of our best selling yarns, Perennial. The pattern, and accompanying kits, were available exclusively through our retailers for Local Yarn Store Day 2019. With the next LYS Day right around the corner on April 25th, we are releasing last year’s pattern to the general public!

This shawl is constructed as a half circle, based on the half-pi shawl method. A garter stitch selvedge of four stitches is worked at the beginning and end of each row. Each eyelet row doubles the number of stitches between the garter selvedges, plus one additional eyelet increase for symmetry.

The lace edging is worked horizontally across the live stitches at the end.

Specifications

YARN Kelbourne Woolens Perennial: A / skittles (shown) silver 059 (MC), 1 skein + 20g; neon pink 675, neon coral 825, pineapple 734, Caribbean 350, 20g each. B / storm cloud latte 279, 1 skein + 20g; natural 105, silver 059, lead 032, black 005, 20g each. C / mixed berry natural 105, 1 skein + 20g; neon coral 825, neon pink 675, raspberry 520, purple 501, 20g each. D / spring thaw silver 059, 1 skein + 20g; natural 105, gold 714, sage 341, lead 032, 20g...

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Year of Gifts

Knitting Along and Giving Together

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Our next installment in our Year of Gifts knit along was released on Tuesday, and we’re so thrilled by the response we’ve received so far. Kate and I loved doing the Year of Hats last year, and when thinking about 2020 we really wanted to come up with a promotion that felt meaningful. We love knitting together, and I sometimes think - no, I know - that the act of knitting is more pleasurable than having the finished thing to wear. I think it’s why a lot of us knit!

We wanted each design to be thoughtful and fun to make, and something someone would want to knit (or crochet) again and again. The goal is that each pattern becomes your go-to hat, mittens, or whatever! Additionally, each design needed to be easy to complete within in a month, go beyond just hats (although you know we love a good hat), and use a maximum of 100 grams of yarn. If we could follow these guidelines, then we knew we would be able to create the kind of year long knit along we could be proud of.

But what to call it? Year of Great Things to Knit?...

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All Stitch Patterns, Charts, Special Stitches, Stitch Patterns, Techniques, Tips and Tricks, Tuck Stitch, Working From Charts

Primrose Mittens Tuck Stitches

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The stitch pattern on the Primrose Mittens from the Year of Gifts features a lovely tuck stitch that creates a waffle-like texture on the top of the hand. Working the stitch isn’t difficult by any means - anyone familiar with brioche will find it to be quite simple - but we thought a photo tutorial would be helpful to anyone new to the technique! The tuck stitch is worked over one knit stitch and picks up both of the three stitch wide floats from the rounds below. Step 1 / Using the right hand needle, grab the two floats from bottom to top so that they rest on the right hand needle. Step 2 / Knit 1. The floats are still on the right hand needle in between the 1st and 2nd knit stitches. Step 3 / Using the left hand needle, pass the tuck stitches over the 1st stitch on the right hand needle. The stitches are now tucked over that stitch. Prefer a video? Check out the tuck stitches in action here!

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Year of Gifts

Year of Gifts: Primrose Mittens

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The second design in the Year of Gifts, the Primrose Mittens, are here! A textural delight featuring broken ribbing and tuck stitches, these mittens are sure to keep the wearer cosy and warm.

The Primrose Mittens are worked in the round from the cuff to top of hand. The cuff is worked in a broken ribbing, and the hand is worked from a chart. The thumb is created using the afterthought (peasant) method and worked in stockinette stitch.

As with all Kelbourne Woolens patterns, special techniques are linked in the pattern to detailed and clear tutorials on our website. The Primrose Mittens PDF includes links to: • Picking up stitches from waste yarn • Working from charts • Tuck stitch featured in the pattern

As with the Snowdrop Hat, we’ve assembled a kit for the Primrose Mittens, which includes:

• 1 skein of Scout in mint heather • 1 KW tape measure • 1 package of stitch markers • 1 darning needle • 1 You Better Swatch sticker • 1 printed postcard with a code to download the pattern on Ravelry.

Head over to our online shop to purchase, or ask for one at your favorite local LYS!

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Year of Gifts: Snowdrop Hat

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It’s here! The first pattern in the Year of Gifts! The Snowdrop Hat is a modern colorwork design in Andorra that features a provisionally cast on folded brim, bold graphic colorwork, and a large pom pom. A Kelbourne Woolens leather tag provides the perfect finishing touch! Although the design includes a few different colorwork patterns, the longest float length is five stitches, so it is the perfect pattern for honing your stranded knitting skills. As with the Year of Hats, we’ve assembled a kit for the Snowdrop Hat, which includes: • 1 skein of Andorra in ink black • 1 skein of Andorra in snow white • 2 butterflies of Perennial in natural and black • 1 Kelbourne Woolens custom leather label • 1 Year of Gifts sticker • 1 printed postcard with a code to download the pattern on Ravelry. Head over to our online shop to purchase, or ask for one at your favorite local LYS!

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2020 Make Nine: Courtney’s Picks!

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As promised, here are Courtney’s 2020 Make 9 picks! Top: L) Pattern: Fen Dress by Amber Corcoran. Fabric: Linen from stash. I have some grey/purple/brown linen I've been hoarding for about 15 years that would be awesome for this dress. M) Pattern: Pineapple Smoothie by Audrey Drysdale. Yarn: BC Garn Tussah Tweed in Royal Ocean. I have always really liked this sweater, and Tussah Tweed is the perfect yarn for it. The Royal Ocean is such a Courtney color - is it green? Is it blue? Is it black? No one knows! R) Pattern: Ripple Camisole by Jesse Mae Martinson. Yarn: TBD. I've been so into everyone's on Ravelry and Instagram pics of this design, I have to join the party. I'm going to knit it in a super secret yarn that no one knows about yet. Hopefully more on that soon, though! Middle: L) Pattern: Finley Baby Pants by yours truly. Yarn: Kelbourne Woolens Scout in…all of them! Because you can never have too many adorable baby pants. M) Pattern: Vivarium Pullover by Amber Corcoran. Yarn: Kelbourne Woolens Germantown. This one is just wild. I think I want it. I know I want it. I also love the recommended...

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Finished Projects

Finished Project: Charlotte’s Barnelopper

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I took advantage of the lovely weather this weekend to finally take some photos of Charlotte in her finished Barnelopper! I knit this sweater for her over the course of 2019, casting on as part of the Fringe and Friends Steekalong last January. The body knit up relatively quickly in between other projects, I sewed and cut it open in the spring, and worked on the button bands in vacation in Maine, but put it away after that since it was so unbearably hot. I finally finished the pockets and sewed the ribbon and buttons on in November once it was cold again, and she’s been wearing it non stop ever since! The pattern, Barnelopper / Baby Fleas by Pinneguri, was a delight to knit up, especially paired with the Navia Duo. I worked the pattern mostly as written, but did make a few minor adjustments: I provisionally cast on stitches for the neck to work the ribbing after steeking, added pockets, made the body longer so she could get a few season’s wear out of it - the kid never grows out, only up, so this will most likely fit her for at least two more...

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2020 Make Nine: Kate’s Picks!

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There is a heavy dose of “road to hell, good intentions” here at Kelbourne Woolens when it comes to making for ourselves and others. Deadline knitting and crocheting always takes precedent, and I am terrible at documenting finished objects once they’re complete - in fact I have a sweater for Charlotte, a sweater for myself, and two pair of jeans I finished this fall that have never made their way to the blog or Instagram! I definitely feel a little bit of FOMO when people share all their awesome makes, so with that in mind, Courtney and I decided to share our 2020 Make Nine picks in the hopes it would motivate us to do more finishing and sharing! You can read about my choices below! Top: L) Pattern: Thayer Jacket by Grainline Studio. Fabric: Olive canvas with white shearling lining. I’m still finalizing the fabric selection for this, but I had the luck of trying on Jen’s amazing loon jacket at Workroom Social this fall am confident to dive in (following her sewalong) once I get my hands on the perfect olive canvas! M) Pattern: September Sweater by Petite Knit. Yarn: Kelbourne Woolens Andorra in Ink Black...

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Year of Gifts

Announcing the Year of Gifts!

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It’s a new year and time for a new year-long-knit-along pattern series from Kelbourne Woolens!

Following up on the heels of the very successful Year of Hats, we wanted to find a way to incorporate more designs and yarns into the same format, and the Year of Gifts was born! Using the same formula - a new pattern each month - the designs for the year of gifts are bite-sized accessories and home goods featuring the full range of Kelbourne Woolens yarns. The patterns in the Year of Gifts are all designed with giving in mind, so each pattern uses 100g or less of one of our Kelbourne Woolens yarns. All patterns are designed by the Kelbourne Woolens Team and some guest designers. We’re excited to partner with a few of our favorite designers, but you’ll have to wait and see who they are - we don’t want to spoil the surprise! Each pattern PDF contains all the information you have come to expect from Kelbourne Woolens: Clear, concise instructions, quality photographs, and tutorials and tips throughout. Check out the first installment!

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