Designer(s) Feature: Vogue Knitting Fall 2018

Meghan and I just discussed our realistic-yet-still-ambitious Rhinebeck sweater goals, which can only mean one thing: Fall is almost here! We’re on the tail end of a completely insane eighteen months that included a lot of emotional ups and downs, a(nother) new baby for Courtney, and the design, marketing, and release of 4 new yarns. (Look for #4 later in the month!) There has been absolutely zero time for even considering a garment for myself in over a year (I think this was the last thing I knit that wasn’t related to yarn or pattern development), so I am super excited to see my sweater come to fruition.

I know I am not alone in dreaming of all the new possibilities fall has to offer, and the release of the latest Vogue Knitting is filled with potential and inspiration. There are not one, but two designs in the issue featuring our very own Scout, the Asymmetric Triangular Shawl by Isabel Kraemer, and the A Line Tunic by Amy Herzog!

The Asymmetric Triangular Shawl is worked from the narrow point to the wide ribbed edge, it features a geometric lace pattern and asymmetrical increases. A large, wide wrap, it would be perfect for throwing on while cosying up in front of the fire, or to wind around your neck and shoulders to stave off the chill.

 Kelbourne Woolens Scout, Graphite Heather, 3 skeins.
Gauge: 18 sts and 26 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette stitch, after blocking.
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm).
Size: 43” (109 cm) width, 55” (139.5 cm) length.

The A Line Tunic is worked in the round from the bottom up and features a colorwork band at the bottom, fitted sleeves, a deep colorwork yoke and funnel neck. The lovely graphite and gray heather is contrasted with sunflower and blue heather, for a small pop of color on a neutral ground.

 Kelbourne Woolens Scout, Graphite Heather, 5 (5, 6, 6, 7, 7) skeins, Gray Heather, Sunflower Heather, Blue Heather, 1 skein each.
Gauge: 22 sts and 24 rows = 4”/10 cm in Stockinette stitch, after blocking.
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 8 (5 mm).
Size: 34.25 (37.75, 41.5, 45, 48.75, 52.5)”

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

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!

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