Designer Feature: Isadora by Carol Meldrum

There is nothing like being on the cover of a magazine. It never gets old no matter how many times it happens. We’ve been lucky enough to make the cover of two magazines this year—knitscene Fall 2019 and The Knitter, Issue 137.

The Knitter,  Issue 137

The Knitter, Issue 137

Isadora by Carol Meldrum, made in our Andorra, graced the cover of The Knitter, Issue 137 this May.

The columns of color work harken back to to 60’s mod interior design, which pairs well with the boat neck, fitted, sleeveless silhouette. Although we love the sleeveless option for styling we also think this top is made for layering as well with a smart blouse for a chic fall layered look.

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This top is knit in a way that might surprise American knitters and delight British knitters—it’s knit flat.

Yup, Isadora is worked flat in two pieces from the bottom up, meaning you’re working color work on the right and wrong side. Although this might sound daunting at first it is a skill worth developing. We promise! The seams provide structure and knitting flat avoids unnecessary steeking at armholes and necklines. This is a lightweight and fitted top, so any extra fabric leftover by steeking would be noticeable and uncomfortable.

This may be obvious, but we have an affinity for stranded knitting and color work of all kinds. When Isadora popped into our inbox featuring eight color ways of our sweet sport weight, Andorra, we were thrilled! Andorra is made for stranded color work—it’s sticky guard hairs and haze create a beautiful canvas for stranded knitting.

Our favorite part of color work knitting is selecting a palette. There are so many excellent color combinations! What colors would you use?

We want to see your projects! If you’re making an Isadora share your project with us by tagging us @kelbournewoolens using the hashtag #KWAndorra.

All images by The Knitter.

Designer Feature: Mosaic V-Neck Cardigan by Amy Herzog

There’s been so much going behind-the-scenes here that sometimes we miss blogging about new designs the week (or month) they premiere, but it doesn’t mean we don’t love them! It’s a thrill for us every time a Kelbourne Woolens project appears on the pages of our favorite publications.

The Mosaic V-Neck Cardigan by Amy Herzog, made in our lovely Germantown, is no exception!

All images by Soho Publishing/Vogue Knitting

All images by Soho Publishing/Vogue Knitting

#3 Mosaic V-Neck Cardigan appeared in Vogue Knitting Late Winter 2019 and has everything we’ve come to expect from a Amy Herzog design—thoughtful fit and tailoring, deceptively simple motifs, and most of all, wearability.

The cardigan is work in our all-around favorite, Germantown, in colors pebble and black to make that mosaic pattern and accents pop!

Mosaic knitting is a color work technique made famous by one of the matriarchs of modern knitting, Barbara Walker. The technique cleverly mimics stranded knitting without the hassle of carrying two yarns per row. In mosaic knitting one color is worked over two-rows while the secondary color stitches are slipped. There are several benefits to this technique—

  1. It’s worked flat, meaning no steeking!

  2. It’s worked with one strand at a time, so if you don’t want to fiddle with traditional stranded colorwork, this is a great option.

  3. It’s super cool looking!

Amy’s designs are all about the little details—while this design is relatively simple the gentle a-line shaping draws the eye up to the fitted and well-shaped yoke and shoulders for a relaxed, but tailored look. The black accent piping at the hem, cuffs, and along the button band are uncomplicated touches that enhance the visual appeal of the cardigan.

We’re thinking about styling this cardigan with a flow-y white tunic and fitted black pants and booties for a smart look that works for the office and weekend.

Are you making one? Share it with us on Instagram by tagging @kelbournewoolens using the hashtag #KWGermantown.

Find all the stockists of Germantown here and get knitting your own Mosaic V-Neck Cardigan for the fall!

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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