Light, Lovely Lino: Linen for Summer Knits!

Summer knitting—it’s a thing that people do, and we do a lot of it here at Kelbourne Woolens. We are all-seasons knit (and crochet) wearers, so when we come across timeless, simple summer basics we take note. Today we’re talking about BC Garn Lino and several gorgeous, wearable Eileen Fisher-esque tops that will have you reaching for your knitting needles.

Lone Kjeldsen released several summer tops in BC Garn Lino that we’re calling the “Hør Series” and we love them all!

Fun Fact: “Hør” means linen in Danish.

Hør No. 5 by Lone Kjeldsen

Hør No. 5 by Lone Kjeldsen

Hør No. 5 (shown above) is a stripy, nautical little top that is worked from the bottom up with visually compelling saddle shoulder shaping. We love the way the stripes line up along the shoulder. Pair it with your favorite shorts and a pair of top-siders and you’re ready to set sail.

Hør No. 2 (shown below) is a quick, bottom up knit worked in all-over nubbly texture stitch and has sweet finishing touches for the perfect summer tee. It’s so versatile, but we’d like to see it over a breezy summer dress or skirt with a long necklace.

Hør No. 2  by  Lone Kjeldsen

Hør No. 2 by Lone Kjeldsen

Find the rest of the Hør Series (and all of Lone’s excellent designs) over here on Ravelry!

Regina Moessmer is one of our favorite designers for BC Garn yarns, and her Lino designs are no exception!

Lido by Regina Moessmer

Lido by Regina Moessmer

The Lido top (shown above) is a top-down knitting extravaganza! If you are looking for a knit with interesting construction and a fun stitch pattern then this is the top for you. It’s got set-in sleeves worked from the top-down along with a twisted stitch, lace panel in the center front. This is one of those projects that will keep you engaged and racing to the finish line.

Looking for the mindless, top-down summer top of your dreams? Then check out Regina’s Lino-T! It’s a top-down raglan construction with no-frills. It’s a super wearable layer to pair with your favorite summer skirt or linen pants. It’s perfect for cool nights by the shore and summer woodland retreats.

Lino-T by Regina Moessmer

Lino-T by Regina Moessmer

There are so many great patterns made in BC Garn Lino. Check them all out on Ravelry, and if you’re ready to cast on for your next project you can find our BC Garn stockist list here. Give them a call today and get knitting.

Happy Stitching!

In Bloom: BC Garn Alba for Spring/Summer Knits

Do you love to knit year round, but don’t know what to make? Well, we’ve got you covered!

At Kelbourne Woolens, we not only knit (and crochet) year round, but we wear our knits, too. It’s all about pairing a breathable fiber with a beautiful pattern. BC Garn’s range of yarns includes several plant fiber bases that we turn to during the spring and summer for ourselves.

Today we’re discussing BC Garn Alba —a worsted weight, GOTS-certified 100% organic cotton that comes in a range of 24 gentle to bright colors.

Judoka by Lia Moya, in Pom Pom Quarterly #25, is a sweet little bento bag perfect for playing with Alba’s color palette and geometric knitting. Depending on how big or small you make the bag, it will hold one or several balls of yarn and your current WIPs.

Image: Laura Morsman

Image: Laura Morsman

If you’re like us, we’ve always got our eyes peeled for a simple spring cardigan. Regina Moessmer delivers with COAST— a figure flattering, versatile cardigan made in Alba that is all about the finishing details. Find the perfect buttons and take care with the button bands and blocking for a cardigan that goes from the office to an evening walk along the shore.

Image: Regina Moessmer

Image: Regina Moessmer

Do you work in a freezing office? Or want an accessory to wear with a summer dress? Emma Fassio’s Nuvole di Panna sweet and airy shawl is just the thing to keep you comfortable and cool no matter the weather.

Image: Emma Fassio

Image: Emma Fassio

This fun and dynamic knit is worked from point to point and uses yarn overs and garter stitch to create the asymmetrical shape.

We know cotton yarns can have a bad rap, but honestly, for summertime crafting they can’t be beat. If you have been hesitant to try cottons, here are some helpful tips to maximize your knitting pleasure.

KW’s Handy Tips for Knitting With Cotton Yarn

  1. RELAX. Tight knitting is no friend to cotton. Cotton and other bast (vegetable) fibers have no ‘give’ or stretch to them. If you are naturally a tight knitter, you will want to use slick needles with a sharp point, and probably in a size larger than you would think.

  2. Practice mindfulness. If you need an excuse to meditate or add a daily mindfulness practice to your routine, a cotton based knitting project may be just the thing, especially if you are a naturally tight knitter. Concentrate on your work, stitch by stitch, ensuring that you’re giving yourself plenty of room in that stitch to make it easy for yourself. What better analogy do you need for self care?

  3. Choose an unmercerized cotton. Mercerized cottons are treated with a chemical process to make them slick and shiny, and the mercerized fibers take dye more readily, creating a deeper, more saturated color. For handknitting, however, mercerization adds no tangible benefit. An unmercerized, natural cotton will feel softer in your hands and be more pleasant to knit with. Bonus points for choosing an organic cotton, like BC Garn’s Alba.

  4. Choose a small project knit at a naturally loose gauge. If it’s your first time knitting with cotton, choose a bite-sized project to try it out. A simple garter stitch facecloth or baby’s bib makes a great gift item!

Have your own project in mind? Explore the colors of BC Garn Alba here. Find all our BC Garn stockists here and get knitting for the warm weather.

Happy (Spring) Knitting!

Find BC Garn Alba at these featured retailers!

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Northampton, MA 01061

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Santa Monica, CA 90404

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BC Garn Bio Balance: Never Say Goodbye to Sweater Weather

It’s spring in the northern hemisphere, and generally that means saying goodbye to sweater weather, regardless if we’re ready for it or not. My personal stock of knitwear consists of simple, everyday knits that are easy to make and wear, and I always miss my comfortable staples during the warmer months. What I need is the perfect, lightweight sweater that mimics my thicker woolies for the spring, chilly summer nights, and early fall.

The solution: BC Garn Bio Balance, a GOTS- certified 55% organic wool / 45% organic cotton blend and Regina Moessmer’s JANI.

Image: Regina Moessmer

Image: Regina Moessmer

When it comes to simple staple sweaters made in beautiful yarn this combo checks all the boxes for me. This sweater is worked from the top down and in the round, meaning it is the ideal podcast, commuting, TV watching, pub hang out sweater.

The only problem I’m having is selecting a color. Regina’s sample is shown in black, which is my favorite non-color, but I’m debating over Lead for a slight variation from my usual color, or take a giant leap and go for the lovely Marsh.

What do you all think? I can’t decide.

If you’re interested in knitting JANI and want to try out BC Garn Bio Balance, find our list of stockists here.