Finished Project: Kate's #MojaveSummerKAL Ranunculus

About six weeks ago, we shared the idea for a quick and simple Mojave KAL. Conveniently, that very weekend Courtney and I were about to embark on a 16 hour round trip to Vermont to teach at a knitting retreat.

What is a more perfect time for banging out a cute summer top than 16 hours in a car and a weekend in a hotel with no kids or pets? None that I can think of!

I’ll admit: I was skeptical of this pattern, Ranunculus by Midori Hirose, at first. Not the design, which I think is really lovely - there is a reason why there are over 2,600 projects on Ravelry, and I have wanted one for myself for a while - but because the neck circumference seemed, in a word, impossible. I’m also not a huge fan of yarn knit very, very loosely, and I never knit things top down. But Linda at Knit New Haven was knitting one in Mojave, so I knew it would work, and Courtney basically told me I absolutely had to knit it as written as some sort of cognitive behavior therapy to break me of my color/design/method rut.

I don’t have a ton of “selfish” knitting time as 99.5% of what I do knitting and crochet-wise is designs and samples for publication, so in an effort to actually complete the top, I opted not to work the ribbing as written. (I’m also very stubborn,) Instead, I provisionally cast on the number of stitches after the first set of increases and worked the body before tackling the neck.

The yoke worked up very very quickly, in part thanks to the hours of knitting time we had, and ease of working the pattern. By the time our Vermont weekend was over, I was well past the yoke and whipping through the body. It only took a week or so of sneaking a few rounds in here are there the following week and I found myself with a super cute new summer sweater!

Kate Ranunculus Mojave

I did make a few other mods to the design: I added a few rounds between the raglan increases, didn’t work as many body increases, and knit a few extra yoke rounds to account for my denser row gauge. Finally, I followed Elizabeth’s modifications and worked a twisted ribbing to anchor the sleeves a bit. Once the body and sleeves were complete, I unzipped the provisionally cast on neck stitches, decreased 10 stitches (I still had 20 more stitches than as written for the cast on), and worked the neck in twisted ribbing. The body, neck, and sleeve ribbing are all bound off using a tubular bind off.

Kate Ranunculus Mojave

Start to finish, the sweater took about two weeks to knit, and I have worn it countless times since binding off, including to TNNA, on our recent yearly vacation in Maine, and an event at a local shop! Definitely a successful knit!

Kate Ranunculus Mojave

My favorite way to wear it is with the Grainline Studio Alder Shirtdress (modified with a V-neck and lengthened 8”) that you see in here. Despite the fact that this was the third time I wore this outfit the week we were in Maine, these photos were taken minutes before we got in the car to head back home - I think documenting my finished projects is about as hard as actually finding the time to work on them!


Crochet Summer 2019: Instagram Round Up!

Anyone feeling the heat (and humidity)? It’s practically swamp-like in the northeast, which means it’s a great time to chill by the pool or at the beach with a summer crochet project. Our sculptural and openwork sister craft lends itself well to finer yarns and plant-based fibers making it the ideal summer craft. We’ve been following the #crochetsummer2019 and loving the gorgeous, colorful, and unexpected crochet creations you’ve made this summer!

We think it’s time for a mid-summer #crochetsummer2019 project round up! Let’s see what you’ve been up to so far. ☀️😎🌴

@iamjriley

@iamjriley


J. Riley hooked up this super cute and colorful bikini top just in time for a trip to the beach. We don’t know what’s more impressive—the bikini top or what appears to be crochet chandelier earrings?!

@topsyturvy_crochet

@topsyturvy_crochet


Tammy & Shannon of @topsyturvy_crochet made this rainbow halter that looks perfectly at home in a tropical paradise. Check out the rainbow fringe at the bottom!

@vivichic_crochet

@vivichic_crochet

Sometimes there is no substitute for good old cotton crochet thread and a granny square motif. @vivichic_crochet’s close up on her stitches shows off the timeless simplicity of crochet.

@siyana_and_me

@siyana_and_me

Siyana made this spectacular bracelet with a few sparkling adornments to complement its flowering structure. We’re in awe. Where can we get one?

@peacockaren

@peacockaren

Karen Peacock is getting Tunisian-y with it this summer! She’s using our Germantown in natural and sage to whip up an original design. We can’t wait to see the finished project!

@samediff

@samediff

Betsy Sennott’s swatch in Perennial’s pineapple color way sure looks sweet for a crocheted shawl! Perennial’s fine light fingering weight gauge is perfect for a summer shawl or top. We’re waiting for Betsy to reveal her finished project soon.

That’s it for now on #crochetsummer2019, but there is still lots of summer left, so keep on stitching. We’ll be watching and hooking up our own projects, too!

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #crochetsummer2019 and, if you feel so inclined, tag us @kelbournewoolens.

Happy Crochet Summer!

Designer Feature: Linigeri by Mélina Hami

As a plus-size woman finding knitwear designs that 1) exist and 2) flatter my shape has been a constant challenge. It’s one of the reasons I became a knitwear designer, so imagine my delight when I saw Linigeri by Mélina Hami pop up on Ravelry this week! Mélina’s lovely design is available in both English and French with a pleasingly inclusive size range—32” - 68” [81 - 173 cm] finished bust.

This sunny, yellow top is made in BC Garn Lino—a 100% linen yarn with a silky sheen and drape for breezy summer garments—featuring a beautiful lace and beaded yoke and an elegant, floaty a-line body. As a person with more a more ample bosom and belly this is definitely my kind of top!

Lingeri is all about customization—Mélina provides a wide and narrow option for the lace yoke, but best of all she makes you take your measurement everywhere for the best possible fit. It might seem like a lot of work up front, but there is nothing worse for a knitter than finishing a garment and finding out it doesn’t fit correctly.

The beaded lace panel is worked side-to-side with a selvedge for picking up stitches; the top section is worked from the bottom up and the lower body is worked top-down (either short for a top or longer for a dress). The little short-row cap sleeves are finished with i-cord edging for a totally seamless and well-constructed garment.

Mélina’s sample is made in BC Garn Lino Curry, but we’re all thinking about which color we’d like for our own tops.

I’m thinking about either grape, steel gray, olive, or black for myself. The New Yorker in me wants black, but I’m heavily considering the other colors. As soon as that’s decided I’ll head down to one of my favorite bead stores on 6th Ave and get a stack of seed beads for the yoke!

Find all the colors of Lino here and all the stockist below.

Go get Mélina’s Lingeri pattern now and get stitching!

Happy Knitting,
Meghan B.

All images by Mélina Hami


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