Introducing Succulent and Canyon from the KW Crochet Collection

Crochet is made for summer craft fun. There’s no better time to pick up a hook to celebrate this made-for-summer craft. We’re in in our 5th year of Crochet Summer and to recognize this milestone we invited a few of our favorite crochet designers to hook up something special.

Last week we premiered the first two pieces in our new Crochet Collection, Sub Rosa by Lana Jois and Summer Sunset by Betsey Sennott. This week we’re unveiling two more beautiful designs, Succulent by Michele DuNaier and Canyon by Amy Gunderson.

It’s obvious our designers were inspired by the desert and the rich and brilliant color palette of Mojave. The linen/cotten blend, super soft and durable sport weight is the star of this collection. Being both light weight, durable, and drapey, it’s the ideal yarn for summer crochet projects.

Succulent by Michele DuNaier

Succulent is a homage to our favorite desert-dwelling houseplants. This feminine and breezy shawl looks complicated, but the easy double crochet clusters are repeated throughout, creating a lovely crescent shape in an easy to memorize pattern. The sweet leaf clusters in this breezy shawl remind us of little pots of jade, while the interconnected web and border reminds us of a delicate string of pearls plant.

Canyon by Amy Gunderson

Canyon by Amy Gunderson is a summer perfect, chic, festival-ready, desert hippie queen camisole that we’re all itching to make for ourselves. The upper body is worked from the bottom up, and the lovely lace edging is worked from the foundation row edge down. Amy used an i-cord crank machine to make the straps, but a knit i-cord (although slower) works up the same!

We hope you love these pieces as much as we do! Stay tuned for the last two pieces from our Crochet Collection next week.

All images by Linette Kielinski


Perennial for Summer Shawl Season!

It’s that time of year again when shawls are the star of the season. It’s summer, a season full of events that require a little extra “something”, and shawls are the perfect We’ve compiled a list of our favorite shawl designs to pair with our soft and sweet Perennial. We compiled a few of some of our favorite knit designs below that would be perfect for Perennial - which one will you cast on first?!

The Knit List

Wildwood Shawl by Andrea Mowery
Feather and fan meets garter stitch meets the lovely Andrea Mowery.

Image: Andrea Mowery

Image: Andrea Mowery

Meadowsweet Shawl by Courtney Kelley
Who doesn’t love a one skein project?

Image: Linette Kielinski

Image: Linette Kielinski

Lunae by Natasja Hornby
Pick two neutrals and a pop! Mosaic bands and tassels? Yes please!

Image: Natasja Hornby

Image: Natasja Hornby

Parquet by Kate Gagnon Osborn
Another one skein stunner in a bright color. This shawl is perfect for everyday use or a special occasion.

Image: Linette Kielinski

Image: Linette Kielinski

Mare by Natasja Hornby
We love year round shawls that add a little extra snuggle and warmth to you neck and shoulders.

Image: Natasja Hornby

Image: Natasja Hornby

Time Trades by Caitlin Hunter
We’d love to see this gorgeous shawl worked in ombre colors of Perennial!

Image: Caitlin Hunter

Image: Caitlin Hunter

Briochealicious by Andrea Mowery

Want to try your hand at two-color brioche? Andrea’s got you cover with a big, squishy shawl. Perennial has the ideal yardage for this giant beauty.

Image: Andrea Mowery

Image: Andrea Mowery

Kyler by Isabell Kraemer
Symmetrical lace, oversized, and ribbed. This one is a modern classic.

Image: Isabell Kraemer

Image: Isabell Kraemer

A Bow in the Sky by Courtney Kelley
Did you see Courtney’s design for Local Yarn Store Day 2019? The allover slip stitch on large needles creates a heavenly, squish-able fabric.

Image: Linette Kielinski

Image: Linette Kielinski

Waiting for Rain by Sylvia McFadden
We love the peek-a-boo lace sections in this shawl created with clever short-row shaping.

Image: Sylvia McFadden

Image: Sylvia McFadden

Stay tuned for part 2 - Crochet!


Ninth Annual Pro-Verbial Yarn Club

I have something a little bit different for you today - an announcement of the opening of the Verb for Keeping Warm Pro-Verbial Shawl Club!

Courtney and I are excited to be on the team of designers featured in the club this year. And quite the lineup it is: Courtney and I are designing along with Amy Christoffers, Nancy Marchant, and Caitlin Hunter. Courtney and I will be working together on the design, and we have some really fun ideas up our sleeves!

We have been friends, fans, and worked with Kristine, Adrianne, and the staff at AVFKW since 2011 when we visited the shop in Oakland. The wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm, and excitement they all feel for textiles, craft, and supporting small businesses is inspiring and infectious.

The club runs throughout the year and features 4 seasonal shipments on October 15th, January 15th, April 15th, and July 15th. Each shipment includes an exclusively dyed colorways of an A Verb For Keeping Warm yarn, dyer's notes, and a special code to add the pattern to your Ravelry library. 

In order to keep things exciting, the specific dates and yarns are still a secret, but we have some really fun ideas we're working on, including a custom yarn created in conjunction with Sarah and Kristine made specifically with this club in mind - more on that at a later date!

There have been some stellar designs created for the club in years past, including the Ara Shawl by Andrea Mowry, Linnet Bird by Bristol Ivy, Chatoyant by Grace Anna Farrow, and Änaise Shawl by Carrie Bostick Hoge. We're delighted to be able to be a part of such a wonderful collection.

You can read more details sign up for the club on their website here!