Cotton Delights and Plenty of Stripes!

BC Garn Alba. Swatch 31 Dusty Pink, 34 Wisteria and 24 French Blue

BC Garn Alba. Swatch 31 Dusty Pink, 34 Wisteria and 24 French Blue

We just can’t get enough of that beautiful summer sun that is starting to shine, which means only one thing, more summer yarns! New to Loop we have the light and soft Alba Cotton from the lovely BC Garn.

BC Garn Alba (L-R) 05 Rubine, 11 Sky, 17 Carrot, 09 Lime, 06 Coral.

BC Garn Alba (L-R) 05 Rubine, 11 Sky, 17 Carrot, 09 Lime, 06 Coral.

Alba is perfect for those of you who’ve got a soft touch, this combed cotton reminds us of the feel of a much loved and much worn cotton t-shirt. Ideal for those next to the skin garments for summer babies and for you – plus it’s machine washable! And you can feel extra comfy knowing you’re knitting with an organically produced cotton – even the dye on this yarns labels has been ecologically produced.

We’ve got zingy brights for those summer tops you’ve been planning, plus some gorgeous dusty neutrals. We’ve had fun (as we always do on the blog) pairing our new favourites together.

BC Garn Alba (L-R) 15 Putty, 02 lilac, 37 Dusty Pink, 34 Wisteria.

BC Garn Alba (L-R) 15 Putty, 02 lilac, 37 Dusty Pink, 34 Wisteria.

BC Garn Alba (L-R) 27 Gold, 16 Cream, 33 Peach, 29 Brown, 15 Putty.

BC Garn Alba (L-R) 27 Gold, 16 Cream, 33 Peach, 29 Brown, 15 Putty.

BC Garn Alba (L-R) 06 Coral, 20 Pop Pink, 17 Carrot, 10 Baby Blue, 02 lilac

BC Garn Alba (L-R) 06 Coral, 20 Pop Pink, 17 Carrot, 10 Baby Blue, 02 lilac

When we sourced Alba earlier in the year, we were partially smitten by the stunning top made by BC Garn employee Tineke Lund. ‘Stripes-2407BC’ has been designed by their in house designer Jytte Slente – we just love the way classic corrugated rib stitch is transformed into a riot of colour! Jytte has designed the pattern so the amount and frequency of the colour change is up to you creating a totally unique (and fun!) summer knit.

BC Garn Alba,'2407BC Stripes' by Jytte Slente

BC Garn Alba,’2407BC Stripes’ by Jytte Slente. Sample uses one ball of each colour – 23 Marine, 28 Mustard, 14 Grey, 11 Sky, 27 Gold, 25 Teal, 29 Brown, 06 Coral

We are thrilled to tell you that the lovely folks at BC Garn have sent over the English translation of this pattern, and as a special treat they’ve kindly agreed to offer the pattern free to Loop customers who purchase eight balls (or more) of BC Garn Alba to knit this design!

Stripes by Jytte Slente

Stripes  by Jytte Slente

You can pop into the shop or place an order online and we’ll email you a copy the pattern. Here’s all the info you’ll need so you can plan your new summer knit!

Sizes: S, M, L
Bust: 88, 94, 100 cm
Length: 53, 55, 57 cm
Yarn Quanties: 400, 40o, 450g/ 8, 8, 9 balls of BC Garn Alba,
The pattern sample above uses one ball of each of the colours 227 Gold, 28 Mustard, 29 Brown, 30 Mushroom, 02 Lilac, 11 Sky, 24 French Blue, 10 Baby Blue, 32 Rose.
Needle and Notions: Circular needle 4.0 mm/60cm & 4 stitch markers
Gauge: 24 sts and 30 rows in corrugated rib = 10 x 10 cm on needle 4.0mm

‘Stripes’ gives you the canvas to play and experiment with colour, so of course we had to start planning our own!

We’re calling this combination ‘Spring Walk’….

BC Garn Alba (Top Row L-R) 27 Gold, 28 Mustard, 29 Brown, 30 Mushroom. (Bottom Row L-R) 02 Purple, 11 Sky, 24 French Blue, 10 Baby Blue, 32 Rose.

BC Garn Alba (Top Row L-R) 27 Gold, 28 Mustard, 29 Brown, 30 Mushroom. (Bottom Row L-R) 02 Lilac, 11 Sky, 24 French Blue, 10 Baby Blue, 32 Rose.

Or how about a ‘Hot House in Summer’ mix?

BC Garn Alba (Top Row L-R) 06 Coral, 32 Rose, 30 Mushroom, 15 Putty.(Bottom Row L-R) 27 Gold, 28 Mustard, 02 lilac, 21 Hydrangea, 35 Vintage Pink

BC Garn Alba (Top Row L-R) 06 Coral, 32 Rose, 30 Mushroom, 15 Putty.(Bottom Row L-R) 27 Gold, 28 Mustard, 02 lilac, 21 Hydrangea, 35 Vintage Pink

Or some cool blues and sandy neutrals for ‘Picnic on the Beach’ look …

BC Garn Alba (Top Row L-R) 23 Marine, 24 French Blue, 11 Sky, 10 Baby Blue.(Bottom Row L-R) 28 Mustard, 09 Lime, 15 Putty, 30 Mushroom, 16 Cream

Or perhaps a ‘Flamingo Fiesta’!?

BC Garn Alba (Top Row L-R) 20 Pop Pink, 31 Dusty Pink, 06 Coral, 33 Peach.(Bottom Row L-R) 16 Cream, 34 Wisteria, 30 Mushroom, 35 Vintage Pink, 05 Rubine

We can’t wait to see what combinations you come up with!

Until next week, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

 

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