It’s October, and for some unknown reason it’s been over 80 degrees this week, but the leaves have started to turn. and we’re dreaming of knitting warm, cozy things for fall. Theoretically, if we start something now, we’ll be finished when it’s really cold, right? If you are looking for a little inspiration for your fall projects, be sure to check out November Knits, the newest book from the Kelbourne Woolens girls. Kate and Courtney have outdone themselves, bringing together a collection of positively amazing designers and timeless patterns for a book that you will come back to every time the temperature drops. Here are a few of our favorites!
The Hilton Field Cowl by Kate Gagnon Osborn is an excellent new accessory for fall. You get to play with 3 colors of Fibre Company Organik, and it’s reversible! We knitters tend to be suckers for anything that is reversible, and this is almost like having 2 cowls in one. The Organik is also so soft that you’ll want to wear it all the time.
It may not be the 80’s anymore, but don’t count out legwarmers! They can be a great accent to a nice wool skirt and boots, so they work great for fall. The Spanish Moss Legwarmers by Courtney Kelley use fluffy Canopy fingering, which is available in many of this season’s best colors. There is nothing better than being warm and fashionable with your hand-knits!
Speaking of staying warm (it will eventually get cold out, right?) the Market Jacket by our very own Tanis Gray is a the perfect answer to weather that is too warm for winter coats and yet too cold to go without a jacket. It calls for 840 – 1820 yards of worsted weight wool, and would be gorgeous in SHELTER or Shepherd’s wool.
Fall is also cardigan season, so you can’t go wrong with this gorgeous Trefoil Cardigan by Gudrun Johnston. It works up in 6 colors of fingering weight wool, and would be ideal in LOFT. With 32 shades available, the color options are absolutely limitless.
Here’s a handy guide to the rest of the amazing patterns in this book!
Abilene Cardigan by Carrie Bostick Hoge is knit in worsted weight wool, and would look great in Shepherd’s wool or Zara.
Barnwood Pullover by Grace Anna Farrow calls for 966 – 1656 yards of Aran weight wool, and is a perfect match for Erika Knight’s Vintage.
Barton Springs Skirt Cecily Glowik MacDonald can be worked up quickly in 960 – 1600 yards of Fibre Company Savannah.
Bluebonnet Scarf by Laura Nelkin uses 700 yds light fingering. This beaded scarf would look great in any hand dyed fingering weight yarn! Try something new, like Plucky Knitter, Hazel Knits or even some lace weight Habu bamboo.
Bozeman Jacket by Cirilia Rose calls for 1030 – 1442 yards super bulky wool. Use Peruvia Quick and have a new jacket in no time!
Burdock Cardigan by Maura Kirk calls for 1150 – 1380 yards of worsted weight yarn, and is a great match for any of our hand dyed worsted weight options, like Neighborhood Fiber Company worsted or Miss Babs Yowza.
Cobblestone Trenchcoat by Veera Välimäki calls for 1635 – 2615 yards of Rowan Lima, and would also look great in Zara.
Damask Mittens by Kristen Rengren uses 4 colors of fingering weight yarn. LOFT is the best choice for these mitts!
McIntosh Boot Socks by Jennifer Burke calls for 382 yards of DK weight yarn, and would be extra snuggly and durable in Berroco Vintage DK.
Mockingbird Tam & Scarf by Kristen TenDyke uses 790 yards fingering weight yarn. We recommend about 2 skeins of either Dragonfly Pixie or Neighhborhood Fiber Company Rustic.
Morris Cove Hat & Mittens by Kate Gagnon Osborn calls for 490 yards of Fiber Company Organik. If you haven’t worked with this yarn yet, you won’t regret trying it!
Palomino Mittens by Elli Stubenrauch uses 245 yards worsted weight wool. Shepherd’s wool is a perfect match to this pattern, and you only need one skein!
Savannah Cardigan by Jane Richmond calls for a sport weight wool blend, and would be gorgeous in MillaMia Soft Merino, or utterly decadent in Fibre Company Road to China.
Tallulah Shrug by Courtney Kelley calls for 483 yards worsted weight yarn. Berroco Elements would make this a lovely accent for a holiday party, and an awesome hand dye (Plucky Knitter, Dragonfly, or Sweet Georgia?) would be great for everyday wear.
Thayer Street Cardigan by Melissa Wehrle uses 1260 – 1980 yards of worsted/DK weight yarn in two colors. SHELTER would work well with this pattern, and give you lots of color options. For a more classic option, try Zara.
Thistle Leg Warmers by Melissa LaBarre use 450 yards fingering weight yarn (about the same as a pair of socks). Knit these up in a skein of Yummy from Miss Babs!
Walden Pond Socks by Elinor Brown calls 860 yards fingering (1 skein each of 2 colors). Spud & Chloe Fine would work well for these fair isle socks.