Cast-On-Itis: BC Garn Semilla Melange

Do you suffer from cast-on-itis? It’s a problem I’ve suffered from since the invention of Ravelry. Every day a new, gorgeous, must-start-right-now design popped up on the feed and a fugue state later I was surrounded by fresh pile of yarn and a newly cast on project.

This tendency has only gotten worse over the years, especially now with direct access to a warehouse full of my favorite yarns. The siren call of new projects and designs whispers through the office door. The loudest whisper of those belongs to BC Garn’s Semilla Melange, the woolen-spun, heathered cousin of Semilla. This lofty, DK to light worsted weight yarn comes in a delectable range of 24 colors from neutrals to the hottest of hot pinks, which has got me dreaming colorwork, cables, and textured knits alike.

Once I’ve got something in my head there is really no point in resisting, so I took a stroll through Ravelry to check out the designs made in Semilla Melange. To my delight I found several projects that tickled my fancy and got my fingers itching.

Ice Flowers by Verena Cohrs

Ice Flowers made me audibly gasp. I’m a sucker for stranded knitting, and the deep colorwork yoke of this design stood out among the crowd. As a plus-size woman, the inclusive size range of Ice Flowers—34.25 (37.25, 40, 45.75, 48.75, 54.5, 57.25, 60.25)”—was an unexpected thrill that made me feel valued. Thank you, Verena!

Sigrún by Jennifer Steingass

Clearly, I have a thing for stranded circular yoke sweaters. Enter Jennifer Steingass, whose use of cool tones in her Sigrún evokes frozen harbors, icy lakes, and snowdrifts. The symmetrical and consistent motifs in the yoke make this sweater just right for TV or podcast knitting. Although, I love Jenn’s color choice here I’m wondering how this sweater would look in blue tones with an orange pop for the contrast? What do you think?

This cardigan is my JAM! It’s got pockets, cable details, a squishy deep collar, and miles of mindless stockinette stitch while I listen to RadioLab. I’d make it in Semilla Melange Anthracite so it’s goes with nearly everything my forever New Yorker wardrobe, but I’d love to see someone who isn’t allergic to color make it in Mustard, Aqua, or (dare I say) PINK!

Want to try out Semilla Melange, too? Find all the colors here and a list of our stockists below!

Happy Knitting,
Meghan Babin


BC Garn SEMILLA MELANGE Stockists

Tangles Knitting On Main
200 W North Main Street
Waxhaw, NC 28173
(704) 243-7150

Tea Cozy
5816 24th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
206) 783-3322

Webs
75 Service Center Road
Northampton, MA 01061
800) 367-9327

The Yarn Maven
62 W Commerce St
Smyrna, DE 19977
(302) 508-5256

Freeman’s Creative
2020 Chapel Hill Road
Suite 25
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 402-9777

The Knot House
129 East Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701
(334) 707-0528

Rainy Day Yarns
3200 Tarabochia St
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 514-6890

Starlight Knitting Society
7028 SE  52nd Ave
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 777-1715

CANADA

Hand Knit Yarn Studio
144 James St North
Hamilton, ON L8R 2K7
Canada
(905) 393-5976

The Knitting Loft
672 Wilson Ave
North York, ON M3K 1E1
Canada
(416) 631-0060

Wabi-Sabi
1078 Wellington Street West
Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y3
Canada
(613) 725-5648

Year of Hats: February Hat

Today is the third Tuesday of the month, and that can only mean one thing - the February Hat is here!

February Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn

This year we’re releasing a new, free hat design the third Tuesday of each month here on the blog made in Germantown. Germantown is a soft, durable, 100% N. American Wool with ample yardage at an uber affordable price point. Find all 18 colors of Germantown here, along with a list of all our stockists here.

When thinking about what I wanted to do for my first contribution to the year of hats, I took a bunch of elements of knitting I really, really love - a folded brim, textured stitches, stripes, and a pom pom - and incorporated them all into the design.

February Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn

The February Hat begins with a provisional cast on, and then a deep one by one ribbing is worked to create the folded brim. The body of the hat is worked in four different textured patterns that incorporate slipped stitches, knits, and purls.

Simple decreases shape the crown, and a squishy dense pom pom completes the look! You can view more images and download the free pattern via Ravelry here.

In conjunction with the release of the designs, we're also offering limited kits that include a custom leather tag, yarn for sewing the tag on (in both contrast and matching colors), and one skein of Germantown in the recommended color. Ask for it at your favorite LYS!