Scout Collection: Portage

Scout is "my" yarn in the lineup of new Kelbourne Woolens yarns we're releasing this year, so it was only fitting that I took the reins in terms of the overall look and feel of the Scout Collection. Since Scout is an 100% wool in a wearable DK weight, the classic and bright heathered colors are perfect for sweaters and accessories made for wearing in the outdoors. For the Scout Collection, I took everything I love about a smooth, plied wool yarn - stitch definition, warmth, and wearability - and we used that as the inspiration for the designs in the collection.

The always hilarious and talented Sonja described me on Instagram a little bit ago as the "hat queen", a title I gladly wear with pride. Looking back, I think I have designed at least one hat for every seasonal collection (and don't see a point in stopping any time soon). Of course, as someone who can't stop designing hats, I had to make two for the Scout Collection. 

L / Ballard in natural and navy heather. R / Portage in gray heather.

The first hat I designed was Portage, a cabled slouchy beanie with a deep folded brim. I have been really into folded brims lately, this style of slouchy hat has been everywhere the last few winters, and the sweatshirt grey I chose for the design is always a winner.

The cable pattern in Portage is just interesting enough to keep you going, but not so insanely detailed or complicated that you lose your place or constantly have to check the chart. I would highly recommend it for someone new to cabled charts or an experienced knitter looking for a nice portable project with a guaranteed excellent end result.

And, as you have come to expect with Kelbourne Woolens patterns, the Portage PDF has three embedded links to tutorials to aid you with any skills in the pattern you may need a little help with:

I wore my Portage sample on our trip to the Faroe Islands last week with Jaime and Amber from Fancy Tiger Crafts, and it was the perfect accessory for all of our wonderful outdoor adventures!

/ Collection Images: Linette Kielinski
/ Location: Field, Philadelphia, PA
/ Model: Emily Chang
/ Hair + Makeup: Diana DuHaime, ONLO Beauty

Designer Feature: Beartooth Pass by Bonnie Dean

One of the most thrilling aspects of putting a new yarn out into the world is seeing what lovely designs others come up with! We're so delighted to see new patterns pop up in our first Kelbourne Woolens yarn, Andorra, and this cowl by designer, editor, and hand dyed yarn purveyor Bonnie Dean is no exception!

Bear Tooth Pass is designed using two highly contrasting colors of Andorra. Completely reversible, it features tuck stitches and an Italian tubular cast on and bind off.

The cowl is the first of four featured in Bonnie's Tuck Stitch Collection. The tuck stitch is used often in machine knitting, but isn't as prevalent in hand knitting, so I am excited to see Bonnie use it and cannot wait to see what the next few designs in the collection entail.

Kelbourne Woolens Andorra, Cloud Gray 057 and Sunshine Yellow 734 – 1 skein each.
Gauge: 26 sts and 48 rows=4”/10 cm in pattern stitch, in sport weight yarn, unblocked
Needles: US 7 (for cast on and bind off) and US 2.
Size: 30"/76 cm circumference and 7"/18 cm tall

You can purchase the pattern here. Lovely work, Bonnie!