Year of Hats: May Hat

It’s the third Tuesday of the month, which means it’s time for the May Hat in our Year of Hats series!

When spring shifts into summer, our knitting projects tend to get a little smaller, both for portability as we spend more time outside at the park or beach, and also for comfort, as sweaters may sometimes be a little too warm to knit. Although the weather here in Philadelphia has been unpredictable in May, warm weather is most definitely on the horizon, and hats are the perfect portable project to prepare for fall!

The May Hat is worked in the round from the bottom up. The deep ribbed folded brim, intricate cables, and pom pom make the most of a full skein of Germantown, ensuring a warm and cosy hat come winter.

Just like previous months, limited kits are available for the May Hat, which include:
• 1 skein of Germantown in Peacock
• 2 Perennial butterflies in Neon Lime and
• 1 custom leather label

If you want to join in on the fun, check out our participating stockists here and give them a call to reserve your kit!

Happy Knitting!


Introducing the Year of Hats!

It’s a new year and about time for a new year-long-knit-a-long pattern series from Kelbourne Woolens!

What’s better than a free hat pattern? Twelve free hat patterns, of course! This year we’re releasing a new, free hat design each month here on the blog made in Germantown. Germantown is the newest yarn to the Kelbourne Woolens family. It’s a soft, durable, 100% N. American Wool with ample yardage at an uber affordable price point. Find all 18 colors of Germantown here, along with a list of all our stockists here.

This year we’re indulging our hat obsession. Hats are an easy commitment, provide a canvas ready for experimentation and teaching, and make great gifts! As an added incentive to jump on the Year of Hats bandwagon now, you’ll have a pile of giftable hats ready by next winter!

All patterns are designed by the Kelbourne Woolens Team and some guest designers. We’re exciting to partner with a few of our favorite designers who are just as into the hat craze as we are, but you’ll have to wait and see who they are - we don’t want to spoil the surprise!

Each pattern PDF contains all the information you have come to expect from Kelbourne Woolens: clear, concise instructions, quality photographs, and tutorials and tips throughout.

The first design is the January Hat by our very own Courtney Kelley!

The January Hat is full of cabely bobbley goodness and features integrated ribbing, large diamond cables, and many, many delightful bobbles. A pompon tops it all off and a cute custom KW tag completes the look.

In conjunction with the release of the designs, we're also offering limited kits that include a custom leather tag, yarn for sewing the tag on (in both contrast and matching colors), and one skein of Germantown in the recommended color. Ask for it at your favorite LYS!

ETA Jan 17, 2019:

Click here to find our Year of Hats - January Kit available for $18. The kit includes one skein of Germantown in Sage, a custom Kelbourne Woolens leather tag, and two small yarn butterflies in sage and golden yellow for sewing on your tag.