Year of Hats: August Hat

We love hats—we love designing them, we love wearing them, we love giving them to our friends and family, but we also love our friends design hats, too! Fortunately, we know many talented designers, so for the second half of our Year of Hats series we’ve invited a few of our friends to share the hat love!

Meet the August Hat, a lovely, Latvian-inspired beauty by Sarah Solomon. This is the first stranded color work hat of the series, but she kept it simple, interesting, and fun using 2 colors of Germantown, a sweet motif, and Latvian braids.

Sarah’s August Hat is refreshingly different from the previous hats in our Year of Hats series. Her design aesthetic celebrates traditional knitting techniques applied to modern knitwear designs. The gentle color work motif body of this hat is framed with two Latvian braids, which serves both as a decorative and fabric stabilizing feature.

Latvian braids are fun to work and yield beautiful results; if you’re new to this technique, fear not! Find our Latvian braid tutorial here, which breaks them down in a row-by-row photo tutorial.

Latvian braids are a twisty little technique, which creates a horizontal braid on the “public side” of the work. They’re created by purling and carrying one strand of yarn over the other. Follow the tutorial to unlock the mystery!

As months past, we’ve put together a kit for the August Hat, which includes:

• 2 skeins of Germantown; one in myrtle and one in sage.
• 2 butterflies of Perennial in pineapple and sage.
• 1 Kelbourne Woolens custom leather tag.

Download the August Hat for free today, and purchase the August Hat Kit here or contact your favorite LYS to order one today!

Happy (Hat) Knitting!


Swatching: Riverside Pullover

Remember our post about Courtney’s Riverside Pullover from a couple of weeks ago? I think its bananas in all the right ways. Once I saw it, I couldn’t wait to cast on my own Riverside in my own colors.

©Harper Point Photography/Interweave

©Harper Point Photography/Interweave

As has been stated several times before, over the years, I like warm colors, especially pinks, oranges, and peaches. I just can’t get enough of them. So, when Courtney showed us her crazy fun colorwork pullover, I know I wanted to give it the Meghan K treatment. The whole team weighed in on choosing the palette and these are the colors we came up with: Salmon 667, Honey 708, Peacock 440, and Baby Pink 687 with Germantown natural 105 as the main color.

I’m not super experienced with colorwork, having finished my first colorwork yoked sweater just last winter, so I felt that it was important to practice a bit before diving in. This long swatch-in-the-round also gave me a chance to play around with some different color combinations. 

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After knitting the chart once, I went back and re-worked some of the chart in different color combinations to see what read better.

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What colors will you use? Use the hashtags #kwgermantown and #riversidepullover to show us!

Crochet Somer: Fraternal Twins Swimsuit

Hi everyone, I’m Somer! I am the in-house sales manager at Kelbourne. I also love to crochet, and am having a blast playing around with all the new yarns since starting this past summer.

This crochet swimsuit top pattern is one of my original designs. I was tired of doing the same stitches, so I YouTubed cute and easy stitches that I could use for my crochet projects. The bathing suit top features Kelbourne Woolens Germantown, a yarn that happens to be named for the historic neighborhood in Philadelphia where I grew up. Historic Germantown is known for its cobblestone, and the popcorn stitch embodies the spirit of Historic Germantown’s cobblestone charm, so the yarn and pattern are a perfect match!

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This top sports alternating rows of neutrals with pops of color. When I first brought the top in to work, I showed Kate and explained to her that the order of the colors were different on each side because I was running out of yarn. The first thing she said was “They look like fraternal twins!” I have two sets of fraternal twins in my family, and know lots of associates and friends who are twins, so I have always been fascinated by twins. Unlike the fraternal twins on my suit, if I ever have a set, though, I’m praying for them to be identical like Tia and Tamera from the 90s sitcom Sister, Sister!

A matching pair of crocheted shorts have been adapted from an online pattern to compliment my original top. 

I chose Natural 105 because it meshes well with the accents of color. I am really into color therapy and looking at the neutral tone relaxes me. The other pops of color make it feel fun and lighthearted. I enjoyed making this set because it gave me the freedom to make something free of the pressures to be so serious - I can be pretty intense! The bright accents melt into the base color so well, allowing me to be playful and take it easy.

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Currently, the pattern for my top is unavailable to the public, but you can visit my Instagram page couturecrochet94 or on Facebook couture0407crochet to inquire about orders and see what’s new with my work!

Fun Fact: I wore a similar crochet top during the swimwear segment when I competed in the 49th annual Miss Black America Pageant in 2017!

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Teaching our intern Gabby how to crochet on our lunch break.