The Knit Vibe: Chaleur by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Vickie Howell’s new book, The Knit Vibe, was released today and I’m delighted to share my contribution, Chaleur!

Chaleur by Kate Gagnon Osborn from The Knit Vibe

Chaleur is a quintessentially “Kate” hat: deep ribbing, intricate cables, integrated increases and decreases, and a slouchy fit are all incorporated into the design.

Chaleur by Kate Gagnon Osborn from The Knit Vibe

Knit in Scout in orchid heather, Chaleur is a wooly, modern, and functional design and a super fun knit. The pink as shown is a great color to brighten you up on cold winter days, but it would also look amazing in one of the gorgeous neutrals or greens in the Scout palette.

Aall of the designs in The Knit Vibe are up on Ravelry, where you can queue and heart Chaleur. Ask for the book at your LYS or find it at a local bookseller via Indiebound.

Images: Traci Goudie

Happy Little Accidents: My Humulus Sweater (Dress)

Did you all watch or grow up with The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross? Well, when I tried on my freshly blocked Humulus his famous phrase was my first thought: “There are no mistakes, only happy little accidents.”

Humulus by Isabell Kraemer called to me from the moment I saw its hop-filled yoke last year. At the time I was still living in Fort Collins, Colorado—the Napa Valley of craft beer. The sweater design and enthusiastic beer lifestyle of Colorado were a perfect pairing. When I moved back to the east coast I decided to make Humulus as a wooly token of my second home. A sheepish text was sent to Kate requesting a sweaters worth of my favorite new Kelbourne yarn, Scout, in graphite heather and natural. A short time later a bag full of squishy Scout was all mine!

The original Humulus is gorgeous, but I needed to modify it for my body type and comfort level. So, I carefully swatched, blocked my swatch, made modifications for a swancho-type fit with deep armholes, a roomy body with ample ease, and a cowl neck. What I didn’t expect was my gauge drastically changing over the four months spent picking up and putting down this project. Clearly, my new Kelbourne lifestyle has suited me well because my gauge got wicked loose.

When I tried on my Humulus after blocking the hemline nearly touched my knees, the armholes were deeper than I intended, but the overall look was surprisingly perfect! The whole sweater-dress-bag look is one I can get on-board with this winter and many winters to follow.

The best element of all is Scout—this sweater-dress is soft enough to wear against my skin (which is quite sensitive) without a wee poke to be felt. Many knitters have used Scout in their Humulus, and I have to say we all couldn’t have picked a better yarn for this design.

Find all the Scout colors and stockists list here. Let me know if you’re making or planning to make a Humulus in Scout, too!

Designer Feature: Bynx Hat by Hayley Geary

We have a soft spot in our hearts for our snuggly Scout yarn. The entire Kelbourne Woolens team can’t get enough of its heathered, saturated colors, and versatility. It’s one of those yarns that just works for most textures, including our favorite - cables!

Bynx Hat by Hayley Geary - Photography by Hayley Geary

Bynx Hat by Hayley Geary - Photography by Hayley Geary

Hayley Geary’s Bynx Hat, made in Scout’s Moss Heather, shot to the top of Ravelry’s Hot Right Now list this week. It sports simple, but interesting cables and a ribbed brim. It’s a handsome slouch hat that we’re all eager to cast on.

Bynx Hat by Hayley Geary - Photography by Hayley Geary

Bynx Hat by Hayley Geary - Photography by Hayley Geary

The best news is this sweet hat is available for free on Ravelry! Download her hat and visit your local yarn store to pick up a skein of Scout today. Find a list of our stockists here and see all the colors of Scout here, including our five new shades.

Happy Cabling!