Introducing Succulent and Canyon from the KW Crochet Collection

Crochet is made for summer craft fun. There’s no better time to pick up a hook to celebrate this made-for-summer craft. We’re in in our 5th year of Crochet Summer and to recognize this milestone we invited a few of our favorite crochet designers to hook up something special.

Last week we premiered the first two pieces in our new Crochet Collection, Sub Rosa by Lana Jois and Summer Sunset by Betsey Sennott. This week we’re unveiling two more beautiful designs, Succulent by Michele DuNaier and Canyon by Amy Gunderson.

It’s obvious our designers were inspired by the desert and the rich and brilliant color palette of Mojave. The linen/cotten blend, super soft and durable sport weight is the star of this collection. Being both light weight, durable, and drapey, it’s the ideal yarn for summer crochet projects.

Succulent by Michele DuNaier

Succulent is a homage to our favorite desert-dwelling houseplants. This feminine and breezy shawl looks complicated, but the easy double crochet clusters are repeated throughout, creating a lovely crescent shape in an easy to memorize pattern. The sweet leaf clusters in this breezy shawl remind us of little pots of jade, while the interconnected web and border reminds us of a delicate string of pearls plant.

Canyon by Amy Gunderson

Canyon by Amy Gunderson is a summer perfect, chic, festival-ready, desert hippie queen camisole that we’re all itching to make for ourselves. The upper body is worked from the bottom up, and the lovely lace edging is worked from the foundation row edge down. Amy used an i-cord crank machine to make the straps, but a knit i-cord (although slower) works up the same!

We hope you love these pieces as much as we do! Stay tuned for the last two pieces from our Crochet Collection next week.

All images by Linette Kielinski


Happy Granny Square Day!

It’s Granny Square Day!

In honor of Granny Square Day and #crochetsummer2019 we prepared a colorful little surprise—the Sub Rosa Earrings by Lana Jois!

While Lana was crocheting up her Sub Rosa for the Kelbourne Woolens Crochet Collection she also whipped up a petite version of her granny square motif into earrings with a note exclaiming, “I couldn’t help myself!”

We couldn’t help ourselves either, and Meghan Babin immediately dove into our Mojave stash when she was at the office and made a few colorful versions of the Sub Rosa Earrings of her very own!

The Sub Rosa Earrings are simple granny squares worked in the round using two colors of our ready-for-crochet Mojave.

Grab some dangly earring findings and a hook to follow our sweet and simple pattern for a pair (or many pairs) of your own!


Sub Rosa Earrings

by Lana Jois

Specifications

YARN
Kelbourne Woolens Mojave (60% cotton, 40% linen; 185 yds/50 gm skein): smoke gray 046 (MC), plum brown 213 (CC), appx. 10 yards each.
GAUGE
Motifs = 2” (5 cm) square.
HOOKS
US E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook.
Check your gauge and adjust hook size accordingly if necessary.
NOTIONS
French hooks, tapestry needle, iron or steamer (optional).
SIZE
2” (5 cm) square.
SKILLS
Chain, slip stitch, half double crochet, double crochet.

Directions

With CC, make an adjustable ring.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, [ch 2, 3 dc in ring] 3 times, ch 2, sl st to top of beg ch. Pull ring closed. Do not turn. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Join MC, ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, [dc in next 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, sl st to top of beg ch. Fasten off, leaving a tail. (28 dc)
Make 2 for set.

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Finishing:
Weave in CC. Lightly steam press. Using MC tail, attach earring findings. Weave in MC.


It’s that simple! Find all the colors and stockists of Mojave here and get crocheting.

Many thanks to Lana for the bonus surprise pattern. Happy Granny Square Day!


Crochet Somer: Fraternal Twins Swimsuit

Hi everyone, I’m Somer! I am the in-house sales manager at Kelbourne. I also love to crochet, and am having a blast playing around with all the new yarns since starting this past summer.

This crochet swimsuit top pattern is one of my original designs. I was tired of doing the same stitches, so I YouTubed cute and easy stitches that I could use for my crochet projects. The bathing suit top features Kelbourne Woolens Germantown, a yarn that happens to be named for the historic neighborhood in Philadelphia where I grew up. Historic Germantown is known for its cobblestone, and the popcorn stitch embodies the spirit of Historic Germantown’s cobblestone charm, so the yarn and pattern are a perfect match!

Somer Bikini Germantown
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This top sports alternating rows of neutrals with pops of color. When I first brought the top in to work, I showed Kate and explained to her that the order of the colors were different on each side because I was running out of yarn. The first thing she said was “They look like fraternal twins!” I have two sets of fraternal twins in my family, and know lots of associates and friends who are twins, so I have always been fascinated by twins. Unlike the fraternal twins on my suit, if I ever have a set, though, I’m praying for them to be identical like Tia and Tamera from the 90s sitcom Sister, Sister!

A matching pair of crocheted shorts have been adapted from an online pattern to compliment my original top. 

I chose Natural 105 because it meshes well with the accents of color. I am really into color therapy and looking at the neutral tone relaxes me. The other pops of color make it feel fun and lighthearted. I enjoyed making this set because it gave me the freedom to make something free of the pressures to be so serious - I can be pretty intense! The bright accents melt into the base color so well, allowing me to be playful and take it easy.

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Currently, the pattern for my top is unavailable to the public, but you can visit my Instagram page couturecrochet94 or on Facebook couture0407crochet to inquire about orders and see what’s new with my work!

Fun Fact: I wore a similar crochet top during the swimwear segment when I competed in the 49th annual Miss Black America Pageant in 2017!

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Teaching our intern Gabby how to crochet on our lunch break.