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


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!