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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Leesburg, VA 20175
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Designer Feature: June by Julie Weisenberger (Cocoknits)

At Kelbourne Woolens, post-TNNA is a time to catch up on design premieres we missed while preparing for the trade show. The most recent of these premieres is June by Julie Weisneberger of Cocoknits—her booth was next to ours at TNNA and we got to host (and wear) the gorgeous sample throughout the show!

Unfortunately, we were all so busy we forgot to get a photo of June at TNNA. Whoops! Image: Julie Weisneberger

Unfortunately, we were all so busy we forgot to get a photo of June at TNNA. Whoops!
Image: Julie Weisneberger

Julie says, “June is as comfortable and effortless as a T-shirt, but with an elevated bubble-sleeved silhouette. It has a relaxed fit but plenty of shaping to keep it flattering. Because it’s worked from the top down, you can easily play with the length.”

The top is made using Julie’s “Cocoknits Method” making it a breeze for relaxed summer knitting and has two Kelbourne-y yarn recommendations: our Mojave and BC Garn Bio Balance.

We see this sweet tee as a casual beachside top, a chilly office layers, and a cool pairing with your favorite linen skirt or shorts. Julie has a knack for casual elegance and we are delighted she chose two of our favorite yarns for her new design.

June is now in the queue and we have to decide on Mojave or BC Garn Bio Balance. Which one? Do you want to join us in a summer June KAL? Share your projects with us on Instagram—tag us @kelbournewoolens and use the hashtags #JuneKAL and #cocoknits.

Find all the colors of Mojave here and Bio Balance here to select your colors today. We’ll be pondering our colors, too!

Happy June knitting in July!

Designer Feature: Linen-Stripe Dress (Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2019)

We love a great summer knit featuring plant-based fibers, and we take notice when BC Garn Lino is utilized for the perfect summer dress. The Linen-Stripe Dress by Mari Lynn Patrick in Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2019 resonated with all of us who balk at the idea of wearing knitwear in the dead of summer. No sweat with this dress! ☀️

Image: Soho Publishing

Image: Soho Publishing

This modern classic features repetitive panels of openwork broken by relaxing stretches of stockinette stitch. The piece is worked in the round from the bottom up and is finished with a sewn-in elastic waist band that maintains the garments shape and provides long-term fabric stability.

The lace panels in this dress are relatively simple; if you are a lace novice this is a great project to wet your feet in openwork! Check out our Working from Charts: Lace, Part 4 for helpful Tips & Tricks to guide you through lace knitting.

Snag your copy of Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2019 today to make a beautiful summer dress of your own. Find all the colors and stockists of BC Garn Lino here! We also suggest our gorgeous Mojave as a substitute for BC Garn Lino, if you are looking for those “Kelbourne” colors in your summer knitting.

Happy Summer (Lace) Knitting!