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


Happy Little Accidents: My Humulus Sweater (Dress)

Did you all watch or grow up with The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross? Well, when I tried on my freshly blocked Humulus his famous phrase was my first thought: “There are no mistakes, only happy little accidents.”

Humulus by Isabell Kraemer called to me from the moment I saw its hop-filled yoke last year. At the time I was still living in Fort Collins, Colorado—the Napa Valley of craft beer. The sweater design and enthusiastic beer lifestyle of Colorado were a perfect pairing. When I moved back to the east coast I decided to make Humulus as a wooly token of my second home. A sheepish text was sent to Kate requesting a sweaters worth of my favorite new Kelbourne yarn, Scout, in graphite heather and natural. A short time later a bag full of squishy Scout was all mine!

The original Humulus is gorgeous, but I needed to modify it for my body type and comfort level. So, I carefully swatched, blocked my swatch, made modifications for a swancho-type fit with deep armholes, a roomy body with ample ease, and a cowl neck. What I didn’t expect was my gauge drastically changing over the four months spent picking up and putting down this project. Clearly, my new Kelbourne lifestyle has suited me well because my gauge got wicked loose.

When I tried on my Humulus after blocking the hemline nearly touched my knees, the armholes were deeper than I intended, but the overall look was surprisingly perfect! The whole sweater-dress-bag look is one I can get on-board with this winter and many winters to follow.

The best element of all is Scout—this sweater-dress is soft enough to wear against my skin (which is quite sensitive) without a wee poke to be felt. Many knitters have used Scout in their Humulus, and I have to say we all couldn’t have picked a better yarn for this design.

Find all the Scout colors and stockists list here. Let me know if you’re making or planning to make a Humulus in Scout, too!

A Love Affair With Lice

For the last two weeks, I have exclusively been working on the Barnelopper (Baby Fleas) cardigan by Ann Myhre (Pinneguri) in Navia Duo as part of the Fringe and Friends Steekalong. I originally picked the design with the intent to use Navia Uno, but the range doesn’t come in the bright pink and mustard I was determined to work with, so my version is knit at a looser gauge than recommended. I also thought it would be a sweater for Lucy (a hefty 2 year old), but due to the looser gauge, I tweaked the math to fit Charlotte (a very petite almost 7 year old) without much extra knitting or effort, and imagine once Charlotte has grown out of it, it will fit Lucy in no time!

I tried to stick close to the pattern as written, but did tweak the numbers slightly to center the motifs on the front, and worked a deeper band of colorwork at the hem to bring more of the pink and yellow in. I also put waste yarn in for pockets in the front, and plan on working those up once the rest is complete. I’m not typically a monogamous knitter, but this yarn and pattern combination has completely wooed me and I can think of working on nothing else!

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As you can see, it took me a while to get into a grove with the steek stitches. Even though I know they won’t be seen at all once the sweater is finished, I’m still bothered by the difference between the disorganization in pattern in the yoke, and the clean repeat I was able to work when doing the lice stitch body. Otherwise, it has worked up quickly, even on size 2 needles, and I cannot wait to steek it and finish the sleeves and bands!

While prepping the sweater to block it before steeking (I’ll work the ribbing at the hem and collar after, just to be sure everything is as it should be), I was waxing poetic to Meghan and Courtney in the office about how much I loved the lice stitch and Setesdal sweaters in general, so I thought it would be fun to take a short trip down memory lane and revisit a few of my favorite Setesdal-inspired designs.

Top: Edmonton Mittens / Scandinavian Hat
Bottom: Setesdal Love Hat / Gretel

Hats and mittens make for really easy placement of Setesdal motifs, and I went through a phase a number of years ago where it was all I wanted to knit! The Setesdal Love Hat was one of the designs I first published in Knitscene over 8 years ago, and it remains a favorite to this day.

One of my most-worn sweaters is the Rawah Pullover I originally designed for Interweave Knits 20th Anniversary. (As you can see in the image of me holding my Baby Fleas above, I’m even wearing it today!)

I designed Rawah as an homage to the iconic "L.L. Bean Sweater" popular  in the 80s and 90s - with a few hand-knitting specific changes, such as working it in the round and shaping the yoke with seamless raglan decreases. The L.L. Bean sweater itself is an homage to much older Norwegian sweaters, and they were originally produced for L.L. Bean in Norway as an 80/20 wool/nylon blend and sold by the company to the United States market. (Later, in the 1990s, L.L.Bean changed production to China. They then changed the fiber to 100% wool and moved production back to Norway, but the cut and construction is different from the original classic design.)

Most recently, I designed Ballard and Rainier for the Scout Collection, and a pair of mittens for the Germantown Building Blocks collection.

If you’re looking for additional Setesdal inspiration, Setesdal Sweaters: The History of Norwegian Lice Pattern by Annemor Sundbo, and Nordic Knitting by Suzanne Pagoldh are both excellent resources and ones I recommend and reference often.