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


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