BC Garn Alba: The Erika Knight Baby Collection

Is there anything more precious than knit baby clothes? Even if you don’t have kids there is something irresistibly charming about tiny baby clothes, especially if those tiny clothes are made in soft and colorful BC Garn Alba.

When our friends at BC Garn premiered the Erika Knight Baby Collection last month we were delighted! This new collection features 12 new baby designs in BC Garn Alba, a 100% GOTS- certified cotton available in 24 neutral to bright colors.

At Kelbourne Woolens some of us have children, while others are very happy aunties and uncles for life; regardless, we all would love to make these sweet knits for the wee ones in our lives. The collection ranges in size from 0 - 12 months, so there is a little something here for new arrivals to babies on the cusp of toddlerhood.

We’re particularly smitten with the two blankets in this collection. The Toy Pocket Blanket is a simple expanse of texture knitting with a pocket worked and sewn on in finishing. It’s a great podcast/TV watching project and might need a little stuffed toy friend, too. The Travel Blanket uses several colors of BC Garn Alba that works up beautifully in garter stitch. The little button hole in the blanket is made for a car seat carrier buckle for comfort and ease.

The sweaters in this collection are both adorable and easy—even if you’re new to knitting these sweaters are a great way to start sweater knitting in pint-size! The Garter Stitch Cardigan has two integrated front pockets for visual charm and a back up pacifier.

Blankets, sweaters, and little hats are the first things we think of for baby knits, but who doesn’t love a good pair of leggings? The Striped Baby Leggings are the perfect little pair of pants to easily slip over a diaper. An elastic is hidden inside the fold over hem to keep them in place until a diaper change or bath time!

Find all the colors and stockists of BC Garn Alba here and get to stitching from the Erika Knight Baby Collection for the wee ones in your life!

Happy Knitting!

Announcing the BC Garn Summer Collection!

Surprise! We have a cool new collection just in time for summer! The BC Garn Collection, featuring our favorite BC Garn summer yarns: Alba, Tussah Tweed, and Lino.

In this six-piece collection you’ll find sweet and satisfying tops for every-body with inclusive sizing that ranges from a 32” to a 61” finished bust. So grab a fruity drink, your knitting needles, and get ready to cast on a summer top that will keep you entertained and cool all summer long!

Aqua Fresco by Laura Zukaite

Aqua Fresco is knit in pieces from the bottom up. Worked in a lovely fisherman’s ribbing, this oversized dolman is both casual and classy.

Blackberry Fizz by Sandi Prosser

Worked in pieces from the bottom up, Blackberry Fizz is a lacey tunic that doubles as the perfect beach knitting project and a breezy cover-up.

Fruit Punch by Yoko Hatta

Fruit Punch is worked flat in pieces in a cable and ribbing pattern. As a casual summer sweater, it can go straight from the office to a friends BBQ.

Limeade by Yoko Hatta

Knit flat, in pieces and seamed, Limeade has an elegant silhouette and is equally at home paired with jeans or a smart jacket.

Pineapple Smoothie by Audrey Drysdale

Worked flat in pieces in a lace pattern, Pineapple Smoothie has a lot of ease for comfort and wearability. The drape and stitch patterning make this sweater a constant closet staple.

Pink Lemonade by Patty Lyons

Worked flat in two pieces and seamed, Pink Lemonade is worked in a fun but simple dropped stitch that makes this funky top the perfect piece to wear out on the town.

You can view all six designs in more detail on Ravelry here. Enjoy!

Images: Jack Deutsch

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 have 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!

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