Year of Gifts

Year of Gifts: Sweet Pea Socks

Close up shot of the lower legs and heels of a model wearing the Sweet Pea Socks by Jennifer Burke in Kelbourne Woolens Perennial in neon coral.
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April’s Year of Gifts pattern is here, and its a great one! Designed by friend and fellow Philadelphian, Jennifer Burke, these socks are a twisty cabled delight worked in cherry, springy, neon coral Perennial. The Sweet Pea socks look complicated, but simple two stitch cables are all you need to work the design. As with all Kelbourne Woolens designs, special techniques are linked in the pattern to detailed and clear tutorials on our website. The Sweet Pea PDF includes links to: • Working from charts • Cabling without a cable needle • Working the two stitch cable crossKitchener stitch

As with previous months, we’ve assembled a kit for the Sweet Pea Socks, which includes:

• 1 skein of Perennial in neon coral • 1 custom sock stitch marker • 1 Soak wash packet • 1 printed postcard with a code to download the pattern on Ravelry All packaged in a custom printed project bag.

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

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Collection Feature

Pattern Suggestions for Beginner Knitters

Stack of hand knit scarves, hats, and mittens in Kelbourne Woolens Germantown in Persian Red, Honey, Navy, Jade, Pebble, and Natural on a wooden box with a light blue background
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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again - even in the midst of homeschooling, working from home, or picking up toys/clothes/shoes/ for the thousandth millionth time - knitting is a really great way to relax, use your brain, and feel accomplished! (I also have it on good authority that it pairs very well with an obscure documentary and beverage of choice at the end of a long day.)

We have heard from friends and family far and wide who have decided to pick up the needles for the first time, or revisit a languishing project, so I took a moment to go through our patterns to compile a short list of patterns perfect for new knitters or those of you looking for the “next step”!

Building Blocks Collection

By far the most simple pattern collection we have is the Building Blocks collection. Each pattern contains three different versions that increase in level of difficulty.

If you’re brand new to knitting, Scarves are the perfect place to start. Begin by knitting, but once you’ve mastered the garter stitch, you can move on to working ribbing, and then wow yourself with cables! Working in the round opens up a...

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Kelbourne Woolens Yarn

Perennial x Hand Dye = <3

Handknit shawl folded neatly in a square knit out of neon lime and blue speckled yarn
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One of the motivations behind the creation of Perennial was finding the perfect match to the proliferation of hand-dyed sock/fingering weight yarn on the market. It was our goal to create a highly functional and versatile yarn that serves the needs of a lot of knitters and crocheters at a good price without a lot of fuss.

Perennial is not only a wonderful yarn in its own right, but makes a great yarn to pair with a single skein of something special, so I thought I would showcase a few projects I’ve noticed recently that pair Perennial with the hand-dyes we all know and love!

Andrea Mowry’s designs are known for their use of mosaic knitting and excellent use of color change. Madeline knit not one, but three Shiftalong hats using a skein of dark navy, and made this one for her mom by pairing the Perennial with some Baah Yarn La Jolla in pink promise. Emma worked up a Montana Mountain Cowl using natural paired with Fully Spun Sock. Perennial also looks fabulous when marled! Jeanine loves to knit bright, colorful designs, and her Metropolis by Tanis Lavallee knit using Caribbean paired with...

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Free Patterns

Free Pattern: Gilda’s Hat

Gilda wearing a green tweed hat in BC Garn Loch Lomond.
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It’s been quite the week for all of us, hasn’t it? With people out of work, kids out of school, and a lot of uncertainty about the future we have been trying to maintain a sense of routine and calm at our house. We’ve quickly created new routines that allow both my partner and I to work from home, and make sure our children are keeping to some sort of a schedule. We have started going for a walk down our unusually quiet block each afternoon to make sure the kids get some exercise and fresh air each day. It’s been nice to see all of the projects our neighbors have taken on with their newfound free time and nervous energy. There have been saws and hammers going a few doors down, our neighbors in the back took a chainsaw to some overgrown cedar trees, the next-door neighbors cleaned out their garage, and the neighbors on the other side proudly told us - from 10 feet away - about the effort of finally weeding the lily bed in their front garden. I have been working on my own project of sorts - finally writing and sharing some long-knit...

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Year of Gifts

Year of Gifts: Shamrock Cowl

The Shamrock Cowl by Courtney Kelley knit in Kelbourne Woolens Lucky Tweed in pine green pictured on an astroturn ground surrounded by blocks, crayons, buttons, pinks, pencils, and paintbrushes neatly arranged in a "knolling" fashion
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I’m not sure if its the stress that is getting to me, but I’m hoping there is some sort of omen that we’re releasing a cowl in Lucky Tweed called Shamrock on St. Patrick’s day. (We try to steer clear of cliches around here, but I’m full on embracing any luck I can get these days!) The Shamrock Cowl is worked in the round from the bottom up. Designed with two sizes, you may either work a close fitting cowl perfect for staving off the winter chill, or a wider one that makes for a functional and cute accessory! As a bonus, the cowl is reversible and you can show it with the cables more subtle, and “inside out” with the knit columns popping – whichever side you prefer! As with all Kelbourne Woolens patterns, special techniques are linked in the pattern to detailed and clear tutorials on our website. The Shamrock Cowl PDF includes links to: • Working from charts • Measuring gauge in cable pattern

As with the other Year of Gifts patterns, we’ve assembled kits for the Shamrock Cowl, which include:

• 1 skein of Lucky Tweed in pine • Custom printed gridded notebook • 3 pencils •...

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Free Patterns

My First Scarf

This week has had a lot of uncertainty, but one thing is for sure: We are staying home and making the most of it. If you’re home with your family, roommates, or just trying not to go bananas from loneliness, remember that many many people have sought solace - and found it - in making something with their hands. Knitting is meditative, it feels productive, and it keeps the mind agile. Kate and I are plotting how we can create our own How-To video series while we’re in a work slow down, but there are many, many resources out there if you want to learn to knit, or learn any new craft!
Each of us has a story of the first thing they ever knit, and this is mine.
My grandmother, Mama, taught me to knit when I was probably 8 or 9. She gave me a skein of maroon Red Heart and a pair of yellow plastic (probably Boye brand) needles. She taught me how to do a backwards loop cast on and the basic knit stitch. I carried that yarn and needles around with me for years, but never knit more than a few rows before pulling it...

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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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