Euston and Dover from the Lucky Tweed Collection

Textural knits? We love them. We also love Lucky Tweed, a woolen spun yarn, which are not known for their stitch definition. We considered this a challenge to overcome, and I think we succeeded! Euston and Dover are our textural knits in the Lucky Tweed Collection, and both designs make those nubbly stitches pop!

Euston by Meghan Babin

Meghan has a thing for tunic sweaters, and Euston is an ode to the silhouette she loves best. Tunics are cozy, inviting, and chic all at the same time. Pair them with leggings and boots and you’re 100% ready for fall. The key to a good tunic design is simplicity, but, as a knitter, one has to keep the stitch interesting so the large fabric expanse remains engaging.

Barbara Walker to the rescue! The Shadow Rib and Reverse Shadow Rib are from one of Meghan’s handy Barbara Walker stitch dictionaries. The subtle ribbing stands out, and repetitive vacillating between Shadow Rib and Reverse Shadow Rib at the borders of the lower body keeps the mind and fingers just engaged enough to keep things interest, but simple enough for podcast listening or binge watching.

This is the first ever Kelbourne Woolens design to feature full-fashioned shoulder shaping. It’s a tailoring technique seen in ready to wear, but not often in hand knitting. Basically the back shoulder slope begins several inches below the top of the shoulder, and the front shoulders are worked even and longer than a traditional shoulder to make up for the lower shoulder in the back. The result is a beautiful looking shoulder that fits better than traditional shoulder shaping.

Dover by Courtney Kelley

Here’s the thing about Courtney, she can roll with it, and that’s how she designs, too. She knits what makes her happy and, in turn, her designs are imbued with her carefree spirit. Dover is no exception. She was all about an undulating, textured wave stitch using just simple knits and purls. The points of the “waves” create natural increase lines that make this a really satisfying knit.

Dover is completely reversible, and Coutrney intentionally flipped it inside out during our photoshoot to capture the interesting crown details from the inside. It’s cool, right?

Dover has a little secret. It started from the crown with an invisible cast on and worked from the top down! Another win for this sweet little hat!

Find the tutorial for the Invisible Cast On here.

Stay tuned for our deep dive on Olde City and York next!

Find all the colors and stockist of Lucky Tweed here and the entire Lucky Tweed Collection on Ravelry.

Esme, Kelby, and Wyatt from the Lucky Tweed Collection

Cables, cables, and more cables! We love cables here at Kelbourne Woolens, and Esme, Kelby, and Wyatt from the Lucky Tweed Collection feature cables in three different forms to meet all your tweedy-cable needs!

Esme by Meghan Kelly

Meghan is known for her modern take on classic designs (Bibbe continues to be a favorite), and Esme is no exception. Knit in pieces from the bottom up, Esme features stockinette body and sleeves, fronts with wide reversible ribbed cables, a dramatic collar, and a feminine, slightly cropped shape.

The sleeves on Esme are set-in, and the sides and sleeve caps are seamed using mattress stitch. This structure - even though the yarn is quite light - is universally flattering, provides stability, allows the back and sleeves to keep their shape, and the tailored finish balances the drama of the large collar.

The cables, while large and bold, are actually quite simple and the pattern is easy to memorize. Bonus, as they are worked in a knit/purl ribbing, they are reversible and look amazing with the collar folded over!

Kelby by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Kelby by Kate Gagnon Osborn is a cosy turtleneck pullover made for winter evenings. Like Esme, Kelby is knit in pieces from the bottom up, but the drop shoulder construction, positive ease, and turtleneck make for a more casual look and fit. Also, like Esme, the seamed construction makes for ease of knitting, as you don’t have to manage large pieces of the garment that weigh down your knitting, and the seams ensure you will have a well-fitting and structurally sound garment for years to come.

The oversized body of Kelby is balanced by the more fitted sleeves that are slimming and comfortable to wear. Knit flat from the bottom up, they are set in before the body is seamed, ensuring a smooth, clean edge at the shoulder.

Lucky Tweed is the first - but definitely won’t be the last - woolen spun yarn in the Kelbourne Woolens lineup. Even though woolen spun yarns tend to be a little squishier and softer than worsted spun yarns, Lucky still has lovely stitch definition and the cables, stockinette, and ribbing all create really beautiful fabrics.

Wyatt by Meghan Babin

Wyatt by Meghan Babin

Wyatt is a slouchy and simple cabled hat appealing to all; it's worked from the bottom up, starting with an optional tubular cast on for a polished look. The deep knit 2, purl 2 ribbed brim naturally flows into the sweet rope cable and column motif, which stands out against a background of reverse stockinette stitch.

This hat is ready for any modification necessary to suit your needs. Shorten the brim and reduce the length of the body cables for a snug fitting beanie, or add an extra cable section and a pom pom for an adorable winter hat.

You can find Esme, Kelby, Wyatt, and the entire Lucky Tweed Collection on Ravelry!

All images by Linette Kielinski