Happy Granny Square Day!

It’s Granny Square Day!

In honor of Granny Square Day and #crochetsummer2019 we prepared a colorful little surprise—the Sub Rosa Earrings by Lana Jois!

While Lana was crocheting up her Sub Rosa for the Kelbourne Woolens Crochet Collection she also whipped up a petite version of her granny square motif into earrings with a note exclaiming, “I couldn’t help myself!”

We couldn’t help ourselves either, and Meghan Babin immediately dove into our Mojave stash when she was at the office and made a few colorful versions of the Sub Rosa Earrings of her very own!

The Sub Rosa Earrings are simple granny squares worked in the round using two colors of our ready-for-crochet Mojave.

Grab some dangly earring findings and a hook to follow our sweet and simple pattern for a pair (or many pairs) of your own!


Sub Rosa Earrings

by Lana Jois

Specifications

YARN
Kelbourne Woolens Mojave (60% cotton, 40% linen; 185 yds/50 gm skein): smoke gray 046 (MC), plum brown 213 (CC), appx. 10 yards each.
GAUGE
Motifs = 2” (5 cm) square.
HOOKS
US E/4 (3.5 mm) crochet hook.
Check your gauge and adjust hook size accordingly if necessary.
NOTIONS
French hooks, tapestry needle, iron or steamer (optional).
SIZE
2” (5 cm) square.
SKILLS
Chain, slip stitch, half double crochet, double crochet.

Directions

With CC, make an adjustable ring.
Rnd 1 (RS): Ch 3, 2 dc in ring, [ch 2, 3 dc in ring] 3 times, ch 2, sl st to top of beg ch. Pull ring closed. Do not turn. (12 dc)
Rnd 2: Join MC, ch 3, dc in next 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp, [dc in next 3 dc, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-2 sp] 3 times, sl st to top of beg ch. Fasten off, leaving a tail. (28 dc)
Make 2 for set.

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Finishing:
Weave in CC. Lightly steam press. Using MC tail, attach earring findings. Weave in MC.


It’s that simple! Find all the colors and stockists of Mojave here and get crocheting.

Many thanks to Lana for the bonus surprise pattern. Happy Granny Square Day!


Announcing the Kelbourne Woolens Crochet Collection!

We love crochet. It’s our favorite for summer crafty fun.

We’re in our 5th year of Crochet Summer (a crochet-anything-this-summer-CAL), and thought this milestone anniversary was the perfect time to premiere our first crochet collection. So please welcome the first two pieces in the Kelbourne Woolens Crochet Collection, Sub Rosa and Summer Sunset!

Our ready-for-crochet Mojave is the starring yarn of the collection; the cotton/linen blend is both soft and durable making it ideal for summer crochet projects. The tropical palette served well as color inspiration, ranging from pleasingly cool neutrals to nearly neon hues.

Sub Rosa by Lana Jois

It was difficult to choose the final colors for Sub Rosa; there are so many beautiful options in the Mojave palette, but we decided that cool neutrals were the way to go for this charming little tee. It’s the 50th anniversary of Woodstock next weekend and what a great time to release a granny square motif top! The best part of Sub Rosa is the customization possibilities. Make it wild and psychedelic or cool and calm like the sample—either way it’s summer of (crochet) love chic.

Summer Sunset by Betsey Sennott

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Our crochet-vibe is clearly late-60s and 70s inspired and what is more 70s than a wall hanging? Just adjacent of macramé, Summer Sunset by Betsey Sennott utilizes the bright colors of Mojave, a simple ripple stitch, and some fluffy fringe for a groovy wall hanging. We’re already noodling around with other color combinations from ocean cool to even brighter than this bright sample!

Stay tuned for more Kelbourne Woolens Crochet Collection over the next three weeks! There are FOUR more pieces coming!

All images by Linette Kielinski

Crochet Somer: Fraternal Twins Swimsuit

Hi everyone, I’m Somer! I am the in-house sales manager at Kelbourne. I also love to crochet, and am having a blast playing around with all the new yarns since starting this past summer.

This crochet swimsuit top pattern is one of my original designs. I was tired of doing the same stitches, so I YouTubed cute and easy stitches that I could use for my crochet projects. The bathing suit top features Kelbourne Woolens Germantown, a yarn that happens to be named for the historic neighborhood in Philadelphia where I grew up. Historic Germantown is known for its cobblestone, and the popcorn stitch embodies the spirit of Historic Germantown’s cobblestone charm, so the yarn and pattern are a perfect match!

Somer Bikini Germantown
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This top sports alternating rows of neutrals with pops of color. When I first brought the top in to work, I showed Kate and explained to her that the order of the colors were different on each side because I was running out of yarn. The first thing she said was “They look like fraternal twins!” I have two sets of fraternal twins in my family, and know lots of associates and friends who are twins, so I have always been fascinated by twins. Unlike the fraternal twins on my suit, if I ever have a set, though, I’m praying for them to be identical like Tia and Tamera from the 90s sitcom Sister, Sister!

A matching pair of crocheted shorts have been adapted from an online pattern to compliment my original top. 

I chose Natural 105 because it meshes well with the accents of color. I am really into color therapy and looking at the neutral tone relaxes me. The other pops of color make it feel fun and lighthearted. I enjoyed making this set because it gave me the freedom to make something free of the pressures to be so serious - I can be pretty intense! The bright accents melt into the base color so well, allowing me to be playful and take it easy.

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Currently, the pattern for my top is unavailable to the public, but you can visit my Instagram page couturecrochet94 or on Facebook couture0407crochet to inquire about orders and see what’s new with my work!

Fun Fact: I wore a similar crochet top during the swimwear segment when I competed in the 49th annual Miss Black America Pageant in 2017!

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Teaching our intern Gabby how to crochet on our lunch break.