Color Stories: Perennial

If you are like me, you’ve been enjoying all the beautiful flowers that are bringing color to our gardens. One of my favorite things to do each winter is plan my garden and every year the goal is to make it even more colorful than last year. This summers blooms have inspired a long-overdue Color Stories post.

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We released our Perennial yarn this year and the color palette was directly inspired by flowers. Below are a particularly bright selection that brings my color-loving eyes some pure joy.

Perennial is an incredibly soft and versatile yarn. It is made of 60% Superwash Merino, 25% Suri Alpaca, and 15% nylon. It washes beautifully and will knit up into items you (and the baby!) will be able to wear regularly. Next up on my needles is the Colette pullover for my dear friends new baby. I think Lead and Neon Pink look great together but I think I’ll change it up a bit. What colors would you choose?

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Look out for Meghan’s beautiful version of A Bow in the Sky coming up soon!

The Riverside Pullover by Courtney Kelley

It doesn’t matter how many times it’s happened—seeing a new design in print is a thrill. It’s even more of a thrill when a new design makes it onto the cover!

All Images: Interweave / Harper Point Photography

All Images: Interweave / Harper Point Photography

Courtney’s newest design, the Riverside Pullover, is on the cover of knitscene Fall 2019. This color work and cables extravaganza is made in our favorite worsted weight yarn, Germantown. Her design is a knitter’s delight—the circular yoke pullover is worked top-down in the round and flows from pleasingly graphic color work into rope cables on the lower body. Riverside’s nostalgic, 80s-inspired design arrived just in time for the Stranger Things 3 premiere this July 4th weekend and now all of us are itching to cast on one of our own - but which colors to choose in Germantown? There are so many options!

This issue of knitscene is water-themed inspiring Courtney’s soothing aquatic color palette of natural, pebble, jade, sage, and navy.

Are you making or plan to make a Riverside Pullover of your own? Stay tuned for more color combo ideas in the following weeks!

Share your Riverside with us on Instagram @kelbournewoolens by tagging your project using the hashtags #RiversidePullover and #KWGermantown.

Happy (Colorful) Stitching!


Happy Little Accidents: My Humulus Sweater (Dress)

Did you all watch or grow up with The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross? Well, when I tried on my freshly blocked Humulus his famous phrase was my first thought: “There are no mistakes, only happy little accidents.”

Humulus by Isabell Kraemer called to me from the moment I saw its hop-filled yoke last year. At the time I was still living in Fort Collins, Colorado—the Napa Valley of craft beer. The sweater design and enthusiastic beer lifestyle of Colorado were a perfect pairing. When I moved back to the east coast I decided to make Humulus as a wooly token of my second home. A sheepish text was sent to Kate requesting a sweaters worth of my favorite new Kelbourne yarn, Scout, in graphite heather and natural. A short time later a bag full of squishy Scout was all mine!

The original Humulus is gorgeous, but I needed to modify it for my body type and comfort level. So, I carefully swatched, blocked my swatch, made modifications for a swancho-type fit with deep armholes, a roomy body with ample ease, and a cowl neck. What I didn’t expect was my gauge drastically changing over the four months spent picking up and putting down this project. Clearly, my new Kelbourne lifestyle has suited me well because my gauge got wicked loose.

When I tried on my Humulus after blocking the hemline nearly touched my knees, the armholes were deeper than I intended, but the overall look was surprisingly perfect! The whole sweater-dress-bag look is one I can get on-board with this winter and many winters to follow.

The best element of all is Scout—this sweater-dress is soft enough to wear against my skin (which is quite sensitive) without a wee poke to be felt. Many knitters have used Scout in their Humulus, and I have to say we all couldn’t have picked a better yarn for this design.

Find all the Scout colors and stockists list here. Let me know if you’re making or planning to make a Humulus in Scout, too!