Crochet Something Contest: Best Doily!

I. Love. Doilies.

I love them so much that I gave them their very own Crochet Summer Crochet Something Contest category! I think they are what really, honestly, led me into the craft world. My grandmother had some amazing doilies in her apartment that she, her mother, and her sisters had made over the years and I was mesmerized by their intricate and lacy twists and turns. They were eternally feminine, yet endlessly practical. They were the catalyst that led me to insist my grandmother teach me to crochet, though she was a hesitant and terrible teacher. 

Follow this Ravelry link to look at pages and pages of the best of modern doily crocheting, including the designs above by Grace Fearon, Julia Hart, Viktoriia Gul, Johanna Lindahl, Zoya Matyushenko, Lynn Koultas, and Olga Poltava.

Usually when we think "doily," images of those fussy, frilly, white cotton bits that may have covered your Great Aunt Myrna's house, like this:

AND I THINK THAT'S JUST GREAT!

Do you have a love of doilies as well? Share your story in the comments! 


In case you missed it, here is a brief recap of our Crochet Summer Crochet Something Contest (CSCSC):

THE CROCHET SUMMER CROCHET SOMETHING CONTEST!

This non-competitive contest is a great opportunity to spend the summer trying something new, or finally challenging yourself to make that thing you’ve always wanted to make. This feel-good contest is meant to be a fun way to gather more people to the craft of crochet.

There are six categories:
• Best Garment
• Best First Crochet Project
• Best Art/Sculptural Work
• Best Doily
• Best Home Decor (afghan, pillow, tea cozy, bathmat, etc.
• Name your own category (anything that doesn’t fit into one of the previous categories, bonus points for a funny, yet tasteful, category heading)

Each category will have one winner, with many superlative-laden runners up. EVERYONE is a winner with Crochet Summer! Post your entry on Instagram by August 31st with the hashtag #crochetsomethingcontest2018 and you could WIN!


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