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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.