#mojavesummerKAL - Round Up!

Earlier this summer we started a super low-key #mojavesummerKAL on Instagram. Now that the hot breath of August is upon us it's time for a quick check-in on our hashtag! Let’s see what everyone has been up to this summer before we announce the winner of our #mojavesummerKAL giveaway!

1) Maggie Pascoe @thebrokencactus
Kalaloch Pullover by Kate Gagnon Osborn, Interweave Knits Summer 2019

Maggie’s Kalaloch Pullover in Mojave’s natural color way is a thing that makes us go, “OOOOOHHHH!” We followed her progress throughout the summer on this enveloping sweater designed by Kate for Interweave Knits Summer 2019. Her finished sweater is so beautiful we all want one.

2) Kandy White @yarnkandy
Ranunculus by Midori Hirose

Kandy’s Ranunculus, made in Mojave’s bright yellow, is just about the cutest Ranunculus we’ve ever seen! She’s right—it’s hard to make just one!

3) @yarnloop
Keane Wonder by Meghan Kelly

We always love to see a Keane Wonder by our Meghan Kelly! @yarnloop made her Keane Wonder in Mojave’s flamingo pink and it looks awesome! Way to beat the Texas heat!

4) Kate Gagnon Osborn @kelbournewoolens
Ranunculus by Midori Hirose

Look at this cutie! Kate finished her Ranunculus in Mojave’s natural just in time for her family vacation in Maine last month. Let’s all appreciate how Kate’s earrings artfully match the buoys hanging from the trees. Great pic, Kate!

5) Maggie Pascoe @thebrokencactus
Ranunculus by Midori Hirose

Maybe we should rename this KAL the #RanunculusMojaveSummerKAL? Maggie crushed it again! Her Ranunculus in Mojave’s cactus green is right on the nose. Indeed, it’s become our summer staple, too!

6) Alli @thehappysquash
Ranunculus by Midori Hirose

Last one! Alli’s adorable Ranunculus, made in Mojave’s dandelion yellow, is making us smile from ear-to-ear! This has become the summer of the Mojave Ranunculus and we love it!

Stay tuned for the winner of our #mojavesummerKAL giveaway!

Finished Project: Kate's #MojaveSummerKAL Ranunculus

About six weeks ago, we shared the idea for a quick and simple Mojave KAL. Conveniently, that very weekend Courtney and I were about to embark on a 16 hour round trip to Vermont to teach at a knitting retreat.

What is a more perfect time for banging out a cute summer top than 16 hours in a car and a weekend in a hotel with no kids or pets? None that I can think of!

I’ll admit: I was skeptical of this pattern, Ranunculus by Midori Hirose, at first. Not the design, which I think is really lovely - there is a reason why there are over 2,600 projects on Ravelry, and I have wanted one for myself for a while - but because the neck circumference seemed, in a word, impossible. I’m also not a huge fan of yarn knit very, very loosely, and I never knit things top down. But Linda at Knit New Haven was knitting one in Mojave, so I knew it would work, and Courtney basically told me I absolutely had to knit it as written as some sort of cognitive behavior therapy to break me of my color/design/method rut.

I don’t have a ton of “selfish” knitting time as 99.5% of what I do knitting and crochet-wise is designs and samples for publication, so in an effort to actually complete the top, I opted not to work the ribbing as written. (I’m also very stubborn,) Instead, I provisionally cast on the number of stitches after the first set of increases and worked the body before tackling the neck.

The yoke worked up very very quickly, in part thanks to the hours of knitting time we had, and ease of working the pattern. By the time our Vermont weekend was over, I was well past the yoke and whipping through the body. It only took a week or so of sneaking a few rounds in here are there the following week and I found myself with a super cute new summer sweater!

Kate Ranunculus Mojave

I did make a few other mods to the design: I added a few rounds between the raglan increases, didn’t work as many body increases, and knit a few extra yoke rounds to account for my denser row gauge. Finally, I followed Elizabeth’s modifications and worked a twisted ribbing to anchor the sleeves a bit. Once the body and sleeves were complete, I unzipped the provisionally cast on neck stitches, decreased 10 stitches (I still had 20 more stitches than as written for the cast on), and worked the neck in twisted ribbing. The body, neck, and sleeve ribbing are all bound off using a tubular bind off.

Kate Ranunculus Mojave

Start to finish, the sweater took about two weeks to knit, and I have worn it countless times since binding off, including to TNNA, on our recent yearly vacation in Maine, and an event at a local shop! Definitely a successful knit!

Kate Ranunculus Mojave

My favorite way to wear it is with the Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress (modified with a V-neck and lengthened 8”) that you see in here. Despite the fact that this was the third time I wore this outfit the week we were in Maine, these photos were taken minutes before we got in the car to head back home - I think documenting my finished projects is about as hard as actually finding the time to work on them!

Mojave Summer KAL (and Giveaway)! ☀️

Join us this summer for a low-key Make-Anything-In-Mojave KAL!

We couldn’t settle on one design for our KAL, so we’re just making whatever we want together. We’ve been pulling together a list of our most coveted designs that’s we’d love to either make in Mojave.

We’re all taken with Ranunculus and LOVE The Happy Squash’s (aka Alli) version of Ranunculus in Mojave’s Dandelion. Courtney has already cast on her own Ranunculus in Slate Gray, while Kate is poking at a swatch, but is still torn on final KAL project decision.

Meghan Babin is going with Kate’s Bennett Creek, but hasn’t settled on a color choice yet. There are too many good choices!

We’ve also seen many beautiful Water Clover’s from Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 29. The itch to crochet in the summer is always a thing we enjoy and both Water Clover AND Davallia by Isa Catepillán are at the top of our list to crochet with Mojave. Our new in-house sales rep, Somer Jordan, has already picked up her crochet hook for Water Clover, while Meghan Kelly is eyeballing her project with envy.

The weather has been fairly, um, unpredictable this spring and expect it continue throughout the summer. Caitlin Hunter’s Soldotna Crop is perfect for transitional summer weather, and we think Wollhaus Artisan Yarn & Tools version in Mojave is inspirational! Now we all want one, too.

There are so many choices! What do you want to make in Mojave this summer?

Join us for a chance to win a summer top’s worth of Mojave and a Kelbourne Woolens Mojave design of your choice. All you have to do is post on Instagram and tag us @kelbournewoolens with the hashtags #MojaveSummerKAL and #KWMojave.

Stay tuned to track our progress and if we all stick to the projects we said we would make.

Happy Summer Knitting!

~The Kelbourne Woolens Gang