Designer Feature: Meta's Bonnet by Maura Kirk

Our dear friend Maura (another former Kelbourne Woolens employee!) stopped by yesterday with her darling wee babe, Meta, who was wearing her brand new Scout bonnet, now available as a free pattern!

Besides being one of the cutest wee little gnomes we have ever seen, Maura designed this bonnet for Meta with practicality and function in mind. The shape fits the head and covers the ears without a lot of additional bulk, and the construction makes for a quick knit.

 Kelbourne Woolens Scout, Juniper Heather, 1 skein.
Gauge: 20 sts/35 rows = 4 inches/10 cm in Stockinette Stitch, after blocking.
Needles: US 6 and US 8.
Size: To fit 3-6 months (6-12 months).

Check out the free pattern on Ravelry here!

New Free Pattern: Luma Baby Blanket

Our fabulous sales rep, Antonia Shankland, recently designed this lovely baby blanket out of the newest yarn in The Fibre Co. lineup, Luma. Knit using two colors (shown here in grigio and goldenmosa), the slip stitch pattern provides visual and knitting interest without being too difficult or complicated. 

The end result is a blanket perfectly sized for wrapping your baby up on a cold morning, laying out for some tummy time, or going for a walk in the stroller. Linette took these photos of the blanket in Lucy's room and I would be lying if I said I seriously contemplated "forgetting" to bring it back to the office so I could keep it for myself!

As luck would have it, Antonia generously agreed to make the pattern available as a free PDF download, available on our site here or directly from Ravelry here, so you can make one for your wee babe or to give to someone you love. I spent the snow day on Tuesday swatching some color combinations - stay tuned tomorrow for those. Maybe Lucy will have her very own Luma Baby Blanket after all!

The Fibre Co. Luma (50% merino, 25% organic cotton, 15% linen, 10% silk, 137 yds/ 50 gm skein):
Grigio (Color A), 3 skeins.
Goldenmosa (Color B), 3 skeins.
GAUGE: 21 sts + 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Woven Stitch, after blocking.
NEEDLES: 1 - US 6 (4 mm) 32” (80 cm) circular.
SIZE: 25” width, 35” length.
NOTIONS: Darning needle, 2 stitch markers.
SKILLS: Knitting, purling increasing.

Images © Linette Kielinski.