An Introduction to Navia Yarns

The fall issue of Knit.Wear includes a stunning article by Leslie Petrovski on the Faroe Islands and Navia Yarn, one of the new companies we are delighted to be distributing here in N. America.

Navia Traditional Jumper.

The publication of the article coincides so well with fall and winter - prime time for knitting and wearing Navia - that we thought it would be the perfect jumping off point for a few weeks of introduction to this spectacular brand, and why we chose to distribute a rustic and unique yarn from a tiny, obscure group of islands!

Navia Sweaters.

Along with the release of Navia in N. America, we’ll be hosting a knitalong beginning November 16th of the sweater below, Model 2 from Navia Book 25. This stunning unisex design features Navia Tradition, a 100% Faroese wool that is emblematic of the brand.

We will be announcing details of the knitalong, including how to download the pattern and where to find the yarn, in coming weeks. Stay tuned, and ask for Navia at an LYS near you!

Designer Feature: Yoked Pullover by Norah Gaughan / Vogue Early Fall 2018

When Lori from Vogue came into our booth at TNNA and said "come with me! I have to show you something!", I had no idea what to expect. We went over to their booth and - blammo! - she excitedly presented me with the Early Fall issue of Vogue Knitting with this spectacular design, the Yoked Pullover by Norah Gaughan, on the cover. 

Courtney was still in the hospital after giving birth to baby Gilda, but that didn't stop me from taking photos of the design and excitedly texting them to her!

From the issue:

"The lower edge of Gaughan's body-hugging pullover is worked in a cable and twisted rib pattern back and forth in two pieces before being joined and worked in the round...German short rows shape the back neck; a twisted stitch diamond cable pattern is worked with decreases up the to the twisted-rib collar."

Worked in Andorra in sunshine yellow, a vintage-inspired deep yellow, the design is the perfect combination of classic and vintage. The small details such as the split hem, integrated yoke decreases and short rows make it a fun knit with a spectacular finished result. (And you all know how much I love a turtleneck!)

 Kelbourne Woolens Andorra, Sunshine Yellow, 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) skeins.
Gauge: 24 sts and 34 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette stitch, after blocking.
Needles: US 4.
Size: 36 (40, 44, 48, 52)" / 91.5 (101.5, 111.5, 122, 132) cm bust.

You can view the design in the issue here, or a quick overview of all of the patterns on Ravelry here

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