Brand new! The Boardwalk Collection – the blog tour begins!

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For many months now I’ve been squirrelling away on a huge project – my first collection of designs for Kettle Yarn Co.! It has been really hard keeping schtum on this one as so many amazing people are involved and I’ve been SO excited. 😉

It is finally ready for release, so without further ado, may I introduce…drumroll…

Available individually by the designers directly on Ravelry, the collection of 6 patterns was inspired by walking down a historic British pier and the vibrant designs capture the light-hearted excitement of a day at the seaside.

From the publication text:

The thrill of walking down a buzzing seaside pier is the inspiration behind Kettle Yarn Co.’s new The Boardwalk Collection in the new luminous hues of ISLINGTON DK.

Featuring six vibrant designs from Renée Callahan, Rachel C. Brown, Rachel Coopey, Isabell KraemerMaria Magnusson and me, the collection spans summer to autumn with heirloom items you’ll love all year!

© Juju Vail for Kettle Yarn Co.

My pattern in the collection is the gentle crescent shawl Jetty. I designed this in 2 skeins of Purple Reign and wanted to make something in garter to take advantage of this juicy new weight of Islington. The way the DK is spun makes the extra roundness bounce colour around beautifully and my goal was  to capture that quality in this lightweight layer, letting the yarn shine through with the simplicity.

Jetty in Purple Reign

Jetty in Purple Reign – © Juju Vail for Kettle Yarn Co.

The design has a simple ribbing and eyelet detail that criss-crosses across the back for interest and contrast. The vertical striping made me thing of a jetty poking out into the sea, so the name was an easy fit!

I was going for a totally simple comfort knit on this one. Something warm and squishy that would fit easily into a bag and could be pulled out when the wind got a bit blustery…as it does so often by the sea here in Hastings! 😉

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© Juju Vail for Kettle Yarn Co.

I was lucky enough to have a few amazing sample knitters volunteer to help out by knitting the shawl in some of the new Islington colourways. Here is Sandy‘s version in the blush Peony pink for hers. Isn’t it gorgeous against that wallpaper? What a stunning photo!

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I’ve mocked the full colour range up in the shawl to give you all an idea of what the shawl will look like in all the bright hues.

You can click on the images to see the different versions larger:

We’ve decided to showcase all the amazing patterns in the collection with a grand blog tour!The designers will be talking about their designs and we also have some lovely reviewers scheduled (thanks everyone!), so you can find out what they think of the Islington DK first hand.

There will be giveaways, reviews and a KAL later on, so join my Ravelry group page to keep on top of the offers and follow the tour to see all the goodies we have in store for you!

Next stop on the ride will be with  the lovely A Playful Day. Kate has been playing with her own skein of Islington DK in Verdigris. Visit her tomorrow to win a skein of Islington DK and see what she has to say…