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!

The Wine Press Pullover, Interweave Knits Fall 2019

It’s that time of year again—the weather is oppressively hot and we’re starting to dream about fall sweater weather season. It’s as if the editors at Interweave could hear our innermost desires, because Interweave Knits Fall 2019 is hot off the presses!

Image by Harper Point Photography

Image by Harper Point Photography

The Wine Press Pullover by Moon Eldridge in Interweave Knits Fall 2019 is made in one of our favorite transitional weather yarns, BC Garn Bio Shetland. It’s a lofty, light fingering weight heathered wool perfect for breathable knits and colorwork of all kinds.

Sometimes that “all kinds” includes intarsia, the cousin of stranded color work yokes seen currently dominating the “Hot Right Now” list on Ravelry. Intarsia occasionally gets a bad rap, but here’s the thing—intarsia is FUN. Really, we promise! Intarsia allows for large block motifs often seen in traditional Cowichan sweaters and 90s throwback sweaters, respectively. This is a color work muscle worth developing so when a beautiful pattern like Moon’s Wine Press Pullover pops onto the scene it’s a project to gleefully cast on without apprehension.

Image by Harper Point Photography

Image by Harper Point Photography

The Wine Press Pullover is worked from the top down in the round making it a breezy stockinette knit, but the most interesting part of this top is the sleeves—obviously! The sleeves are picked up and worked flat from the top down so the intarsia motif is worked back and forth (this is the preferred way to work intarsia). The sleeves are seamed together after blocking, allowing the grape and vine motif to block out flat.

Image by Harper Point Photography

Image by Harper Point Photography

The haze of Bio Shetland lends itself well to pictorial color work creating an impressionist-like result. The captivating still-life grape and vine motif on the sleeves of this pullover blends into the simple stockinette body with sweet reverse stockinette side panels.

Image by Harper Point Photography

Image by Harper Point Photography

We love the silver grey and jasper color ways in the sample. Gray is such a comfort color, but there are so many color options available in Bio Shetland. Which one will you choose?

Download or head over to your LYS to purchase Interweave Knits Fall 2019 and get your fall sweater knit on!

Happy (pre-Fall) Knitting!


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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Albany, CA 94706
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Ashland, VA 23005
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Clover Hill Yarn Shop
77 Mellor Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228
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75 S Main
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Concord, NH 03301
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Alexandria, VA 22314
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102 Loudoun Street SW
Leesburg, VA 20175
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901 Front Street
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Louisville, CO 80027
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2020 Chapel Hill Rd #25
Durham, NC 27707
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Grafton, WI 53024
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Sarasota, Florida  34231
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Raleigh, NC 27607
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133 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915
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102 Manchaca Road
Austin, TX 78704
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Mt. Laurel Township, NJ 08054
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Excelsior, MN 55331
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Sheboygan, WI 53081
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Columbia, SC 29205
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Haymarket, VA 20169
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Chicago, IL 60622
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La Crosse, WI 54601
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Winona, MN 55987
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Smyrna, DE 19977
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Toronto, Ontario M5R 3J1
Canada
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86 Talbot Street
St Thomas, ON N5P 1A5
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Hamilton, ON L8R 2K7
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