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4 free knitting patterns perfect to knit with Kingston Tweed

by Charles Voth

In yesterday’s post we looked at the structure, fiber content, and many of the luscious colors we can knit with when it comes to Fibra Natura Kingston Tweed yarn. Today, I’m sharing some patterns you may want to consider adding to your queue, or even bumping to the top of your to-knit list. I’ll show you sweaters, a couple of hats, a shawl, and a scarf that were all knit with Kingston Tweed.

A yarn winder or nostepinne is necessary to wind Kingston Tweed from its hank put-up to a ball.

This light denim blue Kingston Tweed is called Azurite.

Let’s look at the Arum Shawl first. This design starts with all the stitches and then gradually decreases to a point, with only two stitches left. It’s a perfect pattern to knit because it goes faster as you near the end. It’s an intermediate level because there’s a lace motif with yarn overs and corresponding decreases, as well as some other shaping stitchwork. It looks great in the Olivine colorway of Kingston Tweed, and it holds the blocking beautifully.

This delicate design benefits from Kingston Tweed yarn’s drape and ‘blockability’.

This delicate design benefits from Kingston Tweed yarn’s drape and ‘blockability’.

Let’s look at some hats next. Woodlawn, shown here in the Amethyst colorway of Kingston Tweed, shows off textural stitches very well. The alpaca and viscose content help define the cables and ribbing very well.

Female model is wearing a knit beanie hat made with Kingston Tweed by Fibra Natura. in the purple Amethyst colorway.

This free pattern will be a quick textured knit that’s bound to please the wearer. A larger size for men’s heads is available.

If you have a spare 25 grams of an alpaca nylon blend, like Penna, or a similar silk-mohair blend, you can hold it together with Kingston Tweed to knit this lovely Olive, with a braid-style cable brim. The tweed gives it the structure and the added alpaca gives it extra warmth and the halo!

Green beanie with a twisted cable brim knit out of Kingston Tweed by Fibra Natura and Universal Yarn’s Penna suri alpaca yarn. The hat is green.

I’m knitting this next. I really like that braided cable brim.

Moving onto sweaters. This Fair Isle yoke sweater, Jay, is inspired by the plumage of forest jay birds. The design comes in 9 sizes, ranging from XS to 5X, and would be the perfect project to capitalize on the wool content of Kingston Tweed, as the floats would hold neatly on the wrong side of the fabric. The 15 colors of this yarn line are designed so that any two of them can be worked together so that there’s contrast, but still a harmonious look to the finished knits.

Model is wearing a blue sweater and yellow slacks. The sweater features a Fair Isle colorwork motif around a yoked bodice, knit with two contrasting colors of Kingston Tweed by Fibra Natura, the blue and the cream.

This cropped and ¾ sleeve top is perfect for the in-between seasons and cool evenings of spring through fall.

I’d like to end with three designs that are excerpts from an e-book containing seven designs called Kingston Tweed Volume 1. These are paid patterns but are so worth it, as they take the best qualities of this yarn, (the colors, the tweediness, and the fiber content). and combine them in modern, unique ways with classic styling. The Cladonia pullover features diamond jacquard motifs on the sleeves and lower half of the body. The Apogee pullover vest has all over Greek key motifs, and the Pantile scarf is knit in the round with the floats carried on the inside and contrasts six different colors of Kingston Tweed. I think the Pantile is my favorite.

Left to right: Fair Isle scarf in pink, blue, and purple, a taupe and burgundy pullover, and a vest in grey, cream, and blue. Each one features Kingston Tweed by Fibra Natura.

Fair Isle and mosaic techniques make Kingston Tweed look great in these designs.

Tomorrow, I’ll share some of my own design ideas that I’ve knit with Kingston Tweed. I hope you join me in learning the braid stitch.

This is part 2 of 5 in this series

Go back to part 1: Fibra Natura Kingston Tweed: Not your everyday scratchy tweed yarn

Go to part 3: Knitting textured columns with the Braid Stitch


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