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


Year of Hats: August Hat

We love hats—we love designing them, we love wearing them, we love giving them to our friends and family, but we also love our friends design hats, too! Fortunately, we know many talented designers, so for the second half of our Year of Hats series we’ve invited a few of our friends to share the hat love!

Meet the August Hat, a lovely, Latvian-inspired beauty by Sarah Solomon. This is the first stranded color work hat of the series, but she kept it simple, interesting, and fun using 2 colors of Germantown, a sweet motif, and Latvian braids.

Sarah’s August Hat is refreshingly different from the previous hats in our Year of Hats series. Her design aesthetic celebrates traditional knitting techniques applied to modern knitwear designs. The gentle color work motif body of this hat is framed with two Latvian braids, which serves both as a decorative and fabric stabilizing feature.

Latvian braids are fun to work and yield beautiful results; if you’re new to this technique, fear not! Find our Latvian braid tutorial here, which breaks them down in a row-by-row photo tutorial.

Latvian braids are a twisty little technique, which creates a horizontal braid on the “public side” of the work. They’re created by purling and carrying one strand of yarn over the other. Follow the tutorial to unlock the mystery!

As months past, we’ve put together a kit for the August Hat, which includes:

• 2 skeins of Germantown; one in myrtle and one in sage.
• 2 butterflies of Perennial in pineapple and sage.
• 1 Kelbourne Woolens custom leather tag.

Download the August Hat for free today, and purchase the August Hat Kit here or contact your favorite LYS to order one today!

Happy (Hat) Knitting!