Mojave Collection: The Designs

Simple, straightforward silhouettes for summer.  

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Our third Kelbourne Woolens yarn collection, The Mojave Collection, has arrived for summer. 

Available as individual PDF downloads, The Mojave Collection is all about optimizing summer knitting for hot-weather wearing. Featuring six garments designed in Kelbourne Woolens Mojave perfect for warm days, this collection celebrates the long days of summer. From the boardwalk to the desert, sleeveless tanks and summer sweaters are quick to knit and fun to wear.

TOP / LBodie. R: Desert Queen.
MIDDLE / L: Evening Star. R: Keane Wonder.
BOTTOM / L: KelsoR: Llana del Rio.

Kelbourne Woolens office manager and Jane-of-all-trades Meghan Kelly designed Mojave and the accompanying collection. Each piece was created with fit and flatter in mind, and all are finished with special details designed for longevity and wearability. All six pieces in the collection come in at least seven sizes ranging from a 34" to a 58" bust and are knit in pieces and then seamed. Shoulders are shaped with short rows, and stitches are picked up to work simple cuffs and necklines.

As with all of the Kelbourne Woolens designs, each pattern has embedded hyperlinks that take you to photo tutorials that cover some of the more intermediate and advanced techniques such as short row shaping, picking up stitches, and seaming.

The designs are sold individually as PDF downloads via our site, Ravelry, or your favorite LYS. Can't decide which one to add to your summer knitting queue? Purchase the whole collection for $30 here!

Collection Images: Linette Kielinski
/ Styling: Lauren Hartman
Model: Ronnie Howard
Hair + Makeup: Diana DuHaime, ONLO Beauty


Introducing the Laura Chau Collection

Our second pattern release of the season is here, the Laura Chau Collection!

Laura is known for her wearable garments, functional accessories, and clear patterns, and her four designs for us featuring The Fibre Co. Road to China Light are no exception! 

L / Cathedral Grove R / Rainy Lake
L / Hopewell Rocks R / Mackenzie River

Each design in the collection utilizes lovely, simple lace patterns perfect for new or experienced lace knitters alike. These transitional pieces will be sure to carry you through all manner of weather. 

CATHEDRAL GROVE

A unique 3 row lace pattern forms the openwork design of this gradient wrap. A small 4 row border forms a firm edge while allowing the all over pattern to stand out.

SPECIFICATIONS
YARN The Fibre Co. Road to China Light: Emerald (A), Peridot (B), Topaz (C), 3 skeins each.
GAUGE 18 sts + 29 rows = 4” (10 cm) in cane stitch, after blocking.
NEEDLES 1 - 40” (100 cm) US 6 (4 mm) circular.
SIZE 80” (203 cm) length, 24.5” (62.25 cm) width.
SKILLS Working a two sided open lace pattern.

RAINY LAKE

An elegant cardigan featuring a flattering deep V-neck, long stockinette sleeves, and a lace body. Rainy Lake is worked flat in pieces from the bottom up and seamed, then the button band and collar is picked up and worked in one piece.

SPECIFICATIONS
YARN The Fibre Co. Road to China Light: Sapphire, 7 (8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12) skeins.
GAUGE 22 sts + 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in St st on larger needles, after blocking. 21 sts and 32 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Lace Chain on larger needles, after blocking.
NEEDLES 1 - 32” (80 cm) US 3 (3.25 mm) circular. 1 - US 4 (3.5 mm) straight or circular.
SIZE Closed, with 1” [2.5 cm] overlap: 33 (35.75, 39, 42, 45, 48, 51.25, 54.25, 57.25)” [ 83.75 (91, 99, 106.75, 114.25, 122, 130.25, 137.75, 145.5) cm] finished bust. Rainy Lake is designed with 2” (5 cm) positive ease. 
SKILLS Lace patterning, decreasing in pattern, picking up stitches.

MACKENZIE RIVER

A soft and light cowl with a travelling lace and garter ridge pattern.

SPECIFICATIONS
YARN The Fibre Co. Road to China Light: Carnelian, 3 skeins.
GAUGE 18 sts + 28 rnds = 4” (10 cm) in St st, after blocking.
NEEDLES 1 - 32” (80 cm) US 6 (4 mm) circular.
SIZE 48” (122 cm) circumference, 14” (35.5 cm) deep.
SKILLS Lace in the round from written pattern or chart.

HOPEWELL ROCKS

This easy tee is worked in an intuitive all-over mesh pattern, with tidy seed stitch borders and slipped stitch edgings. The front and back are worked flat from the hem upwards with cast-on short sleeves. Once complete, the pieces are seamed and stitches are picked up to work the neck. 

SPECIFICATIONS
YARN The Fibre Co. Road to China Light: Tanzanite, 6 (6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 11) skeins.
GAUGE 21 sts + 36 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Star Rib Mesh patt, after blocking.
NEEDLES 1 - 16” (40 cm) US 4 (3.5 mm) circular. 1 - 32” (80 cm) US 4 (3.5 mm) circular.
SIZE 37 (40, 43, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)” [94 (101.5, 109.25, 116.75, 127, 137.25, 147.25, 157.5) cm] finished bust. Sweater is designed to be worn with 4” (10 cm) positive ease.
SKILLS All over mesh patterning, decreasing in pattern, picking up stitches.

You can view the full collection via our website here, or on Ravelry here. Stay tuned later in the week for an interview with Laura as well as the new tutorial we created for the collection!


Summer of Basics: Pattern Ideas

While perusing the back catalog of Kelbourne Woolens patterns when deciding what to make for the Summer of Basics, I was reminded that we have a hefty collection of designs that would make great wardrobe staples. If you're as excited about the Summer of Basics as we are, but (like me) have changed your mind more than once about which garment to make, below are some options from Kelbourne Woolens featuring The Fibre Co. yarns that would make great basics in any wardrobe!

(MOSTLY) STOCKINETTE PULLOVERS

Gull Island / Carrowkeel  / Bronwen / Echo Lake

(MOSTLY) STOCKINETTE CARDIGANS

 Fable / Cadillac Mountain / Vera / Killybegs

TEXTURE

Wild Atlantic WayClawthorpe / St. Brendan / Brackenber

I believe I have (finally) settled on my three basics for the summer, and two of them will be sweaters for me, which I am incredibly excited about. Are you joining in on the Summer of Basics? What are you most excited about making?