Welcome, Germantown, a yarn that reaches back through the history of US crafting to the early 1800s, when the name “Germantown” referred not to a specific brand of yarn but simply to good-quality worsted-spun wool from Germantown, Pennsylvania.
As reimagined by Kelbourne’s Courtney Kelley, today’s Germantown remains 100 percent North American sourced, spun, and manufactured, a product that harkens back to US industrial and agricultural history.
A “Territory” wool, its fiber sourced from the former US Territories (broadly west of the Missouri River) before being spun in North Carolina, Germantown is a revived basic meant to serve as an affordable and sustainable workhorse suited to all manner of crafting. Its most prevalent breeds include Rambouillet, Targhee, Columbia, and Polpay, the inherent characteristics of the fleeces lending the finished product a creamy tone and natural crimp and body.
In the skein, Germantown boasts a vintage vibe--the pull skein, its label depicting the original Horstmann mill--but its relevance in today’s market is clear: it’s a trustworthy basic—dependable, affordable, and responsibly sourced.
So when Kelbourne set out to craft the first collection featuring Germantown, they decided to first focus on projects that reflect the yarn’s straightforward utility, accessories that warm and comfort and color, meant both to educate new knitters and to engage more experienced ones.
The Building Blocks Collection thus features only three patterns, Scarves, Hats, and Mittens. Each of these patterns includes three possibilities--three designs that increase in order of difficulty--and each breaks down the basic techniques involved in the knitting, offering tips and insights and links to Kelbourne’s exceptionally clear photo tutorials.
“Scarves” takes the knitter from simple garter stitch, through a sporty ribbed stripe, to cables. “Hats” moves from a rolled brim, to a ribbed brim, to an allover ribbed hat, simultaneously serving as a blank canvas for adding stitch patterns or colorwork. “Mittens” offers basic stockinette, broken ribbing, and stranded colorwork.
Celebrate our crafting past while you refresh your cold-weather future with Germantown!