Vaga Knitted by Barbara and Dagmar

Meet Barbara and her mother Dagmar, both have test knitted Vaga for me. Both choose finer yarns and added one or two repeats of the center Herringbone cable. Barbara knitted hers in Artesano Definition in the shade Denim (a discontinued yarn), while her mother worked hers in a thinner version of the original yarn used in the sample: The Fibre Co. Cumbria Fingering in Buttermere. Both worked size 2XL due to their finer gauge. Yes, you are right, Barbara has been on my blog previously, wearing her Melva, photographed at Edinburgh Yarn Festival. In fact, Barbara has test knitted many of my designs. I have been fortunate to meet both Barbara and Dagmar in Vienna, during the Vienna Wool & Design Festival back in April 2017. Barbara, unlike most other knitters, was born with only one hand. So both her knitting technique and her knitting skills are impressive. Her former Ravelry name, before she began to share the account with her mother, was “one-hand-wonder” and indeed she is! Now, you can find them both as Klemens1.

I love these happy photos taken of Barbara and Dagmar! Both sweaters are gorgeous in their colour choice and fit! Thank you so much for test knitting for me!

Here is my introduction to Vaga: Named after the Celtic Goddess of the River Wye is this pullover with cables that runs over the body and sleeves. A saddle shoulder allows the swing cable to continue to the neck with its twisted rib ending. The pullover is slightly shaped for the waist and knitted in the gorgeous The Fibre Co. Cumbria Worsted.

The English pattern is available on Ravelry and Loveknitting, while the Norwegian pattern has been published in the special magazine called “Høststrikk” published by Familien, on sale now.

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Cablewing Accessories in Hjemmet 41/2018

I am thrilled to let you know that I have my Cablewing Accessories pattern in the Norwegian weekly magazine: “Hjemmet”. They have a special extra magazine with small knits; hats, mittens, socks and scarfs, see the cover above. The editor for handicrafts contacted me and wondered if I had a pattern that would fit in, and I certainly did even though it is not a new pattern. The timing is perfect as I will meet the editor Vigdis next weekend at the “Strikkehelg”/Knitting Weekend at Røros, organised by Explore Travel for the magazine, see below. Alexandria Eissinger is wearing my Cablewing Accessories with makeup & hair by Jens J. Wiker and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, all brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne at Ingierstrand Bad.

Cablewings surrounded by lace gives these accessories a flowery expression. They coordinate with the Cablewing Sweater; for a wonderfully regal look pair the wrap with the sweater. It is warm, practical but also decorative. All accessories are knitted in a pure wool with bounce, Embla from Hifa. I chose an irresistible purple-pink shade, well suited for the stitch pattern, for the cowl and the wristwarmers. The English pattern is available at Ravelry and at Loveknitting.

 The Knitting Weekend is fully booked with 104 women from all over Norway. I am holding talks & workshops and look forward to visiting Røros for the first time. If you have not heard about Røros I can tell you that it is one of the oldest towns of wooden buildings in Europe, founded in 1644. Due to its authentic wooden buildings and unique character of an early mining town, Røros was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980.

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Vaga Pattern Published

Finally, I have released the English pattern of Vaga. The test knit is completed and there are so many stunning versions of it to look at on the pattern page. My test knitters have done an excellent job improving and correcting the pattern. Barbara Khouri did the final technical edit of the pattern and made the schematic for me. Vaga was modelled by the gorgeous Emma Ross with hair & make up by Sissel Fylling in addition to jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, and brilliantly captured by photographer Eivind Røhne at Villa Malla, late in May. The English pattern is available at Ravelry and Loveknitting, while the Norwegian pattern is printed in the special magazine Familien Høststrikk, on sale now.

Named after the Celtic Goddess of the River Wye is this pullover with cables that runs over the body and sleeves. A saddle shoulder allows the swing cable to continue to the neck with its twisted rib ending. The pullover is slightly shaped for the waist and knitted in the gorgeous The Fibre Co. Cumbria.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)

Finished Measurements:
Bust: 84 (92, 100, 106, 116, 126) cm/33 (36.25, 39.25, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)“
Waist: 78 (86, 94, 100, 110, 120) cm/30.75 (33.75, 37, 39.25, 43.25, 47.25)”
Hip: 84 (92, 100, 106, 116, 126) cm/33 (36.25, 39.25, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)“
Length: 61 (62, 63, 64, 65, 66) cm/24 (24.5, 24.75, 25.25, 25.5, 26)”
Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.50)“

Yarn: The Fibre Company, Cumbria Worsted (60% merino wool, 30% brown masham wool, 10% mohair, 100 g, 218 m/238 yds). Sample is knitted in Yew Tree:
5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins: 1002 (1112, 1221, 1310, 1450, 1592) m/1096 (1216, 1335, 1433, 1586, 1741) yds.
https://www.thefibreco.com/product/cumbria/

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 straight needles.
4 mm/US 6 circular needle (40 cm/16”) for neckband.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders, cable needle and yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4” square.
20 sts and 28 rows in Seed st measures 10 cm/4” square.
32-sts Herringbone cable measures 14 cm/5.5” wide.
10-sts Right/Left cable swing measures 4 cm/1.5” wide.

Notes: The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The neck band is worked in the round, folded and seamed to the wrong side.

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Sirona Knitted by Siret

I was so thrilled when Siret, aka kollane on Ravelry, chose to use Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde in the gorgeous Blue Turquoise shade for her test knit version of my Sirona. Siret wanted to test the yarn since it is one that I use a lot in my designs. However, the Sirona sample was made in The Fibre Co. Cumbria, another brilliant yarn and favourite of mine. Siret made size large, so it would be a bit oversized and her daughter (a size small) would accept modelling in it. As you can see it suits her so well! The only modification she made was unintentially making it longer as Siret measured from the beginning of the pattern instead of the cast-on edge. These photos of her daughter are taken with an iPhone, close to her home in Estonia, on an island called Saaremaa. Thank you so much, Siret for test knitting and for taking these beautiful photos!

The pullover is worked back and forth in pieces and seamed. The neckband is worked in the round. Stitches are picked up and knitted from the first round of the neckband for the I-cord bind off decoration.

Sirona is Celtic for Star Goddess, the name for this fitted pullover with an intricate central cable surrounded with smaller cables and double seed stitch. The round neckline needed a crown and was given an I-cord bind off decoration. Sirona is knitted in pieces in the divine The Fibre Co. Cumbria. The pattern is available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust/hip circumference of 86 to 126 cm/33.75 to 49.5″ and a waist circumference of 76 to 116 cm/30 to 41.75″. The English pattern is available on Ravelry and on Loveknitting, while the Norwegian pattern has been published in the special magazine Familien Høststrikk, on sale now.

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Sirona Pattern Published

I am thrilled to let you know that I have released the English version of my pattern Sirona after a completed test knit. I would like to thank my amazing test knitter for correcting and improving the pattern. You can see a number of their wonderful versions on Ravelry. Barbara Khouri made the schematic and tech edited the pattern for me. I am very grateful to designer Norah Gaughan – whom I met at Strik Bornholm in 2014 – for her assistance in finding a new technical editor. Now, we share the same technical editor, I am proud to say. In the photo above is the gorgeous Emma Ross with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, all captured by photographer Eivind Røhne at Villa Malla in late May. The English pattern is available at Ravelry and Loveknitting, while the Norwegian pattern is printed in the special magazine Familien Høststrikk, on sale now.

Sirona is Celtic for Star Goddess, the name for this fitted pullover with an intricate central cable surrounded with smaller cables and double seed stitch. The round neckline needed a crown and was given an I-cord bind off decoration. Sirona is knitted in pieces in the divine The Fibre Co. Cumbria.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)

Finished Measurements:
Bust/hip: 86 (92, 100, 106, 116, 126) cm/33.75 (36.25, 39.25, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)“
Waist: 76 (82, 90, 96, 106, 116) cm/30 (32.25, 35.5, 37.75, 41.75)”
Length: 61 (62, 63, 64, 65, 66) cm/24 (24.5, 24.75, 25.25, 25.5, 26)“
Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.50)”

Yarn: The Fibre Company, Cumbria Worsted (60% Merino Wool, 30% Brown Masham Wool, 10% Mohair, 100 g, 218 m/238 yds). Sample is knitted in St. Bees Beach:
5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins: 1026 (1112, 1226, 1312, 1454, 1596) m/1122 (1216, 1341, 1435, 1590, 1745) yds.
https://www.thefibreco.com/product/cumbria/

Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 straight needles for rib.
3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (40 cm/16”) for neckband.
4 mm/US 6 straight needles.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders, cable needle and yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 sts and 28 rows in st st using 4 mm/US 6 measures 10 cm/4” square.
20 sts and 28 rows in Double seed st using 4 mm/US 6 measures 10 cm/4” square.
28-sts cable using 4 mm/US 6 measures 11 cm/4.25” wide.
8-sts cable using 4 mm/US 6 measures 3.5 cm/1.5” wide.
4-sts Right/Left small cable using 4 mm/US 6 measures 2 cm/0.75” wide.

Notes: The pullover is worked back and forth in pieces and seamed. The neckband is worked in the round. Stitches are picked up and knitted from the first round of the neckband for the I-cord bind off decoration.

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Familien Høststrikk/Autum Knits September 2018

The demand for knitting patterns in magazines in Norway is increasing even further, hence Familien has made yet another new special issue called “Høststrikk”/Autumn Knit. The magazine has a total of 124 pages and I am so lucky to have 4 of my patterns in it: Sirona, Vaga, Free Falling Pullover and Airic. My patterns and a presentation of me fills 8 pages at the front of the magazine, while all the patterns are at the back. The beautiful Emma Ross is at the bottom of the cover, wearing Sirona, with “fletter”/cables written across it. Thank you so much, Familien!

On the first of my pages, there is also a presentation of me, including my Norwegian book cover, my Tyrol Jacket swatch (used a few years back for an article on design) and Kaja Gjedebo Design’s (kgd) gorgeous Abelia Ring I borrowed for the photoshoot. I do love the introduction: “Linda Marveng’s designs are like pieces of art with their beautiful cables. They are not suited for beginners, but if you have knitted for a while you will soon discover how fun they are to knit”. The dress is not my design: “The fantastic dress is by Carey Xu and probably too special for most of us to wear, but you should try Linda Marveng’s cable sweaters.”

Photographer Eivind Røhne brilliantly captured all these photos of Em. The Free Falling Pullover, first published in English in Interweave Knits Fall 2017 fills the next page, again worn by Em. It is available in sizes XS to 2XL and knitted in Sugar Bush Yarns, Crisp using 4 mm/US 6. The Free Falling Pullover showcases unique and wandering cables, feminine shaping, and casual appeal. This fitted pullover has two traveling central cables that are divided by seed stitch and framed by stockinette stitch on the sides. The boatneck is modified by the short-row shaping on the shoulder and ends in an I-cord bind-off. The pattern is available in English on Ravelry and Loveknitting.

Sirona is Celtic for Star Goddess, the name for this fitted pullover with an intricate central cable surrounded with smaller cables and double seed stitch. The round neckline needed a crown and was given an I-cord bind off decoration. Sirona is knitted in pieces in the divine The Fibre Co. Cumbria using 3.5 mm/US 4 and 4 mm/US 6. The English pattern will soon be released on Ravelry.

The pullover, in sizes XS to 2XL, is worked back and forth in pieces and seamed. The neckband is worked in the round. Stitches are picked up and knitted from the first round of the neckband for the I-cord bind off decoration.

Vaga: Named after the Celtic Goddess of the River Wye is this pullover with cables that runs over the body and sleeves. A saddle shoulder allows the swing cable to continue to the neck with its twisted rib ending. The pullover is slightly shaped for the waist and knitted in the gorgeous The Fibre Co. Cumbria. The English pattern will soon be released on Ravelry.

At the top of the page are the sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL), the yarn: The Fibre Company, Cumbria, the needles: 4 mm/US 6. Then follows the introduction see above. The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The neck band is worked in the round, folded and seamed to the wrong side.

The Airic jacket covers the last 2 pages. These photos of Em were taken by Eivind Røhne at Bøler Church last autumn, unlike the other ones which are from Villa Malla at the end of May. Airic is also available in sizes XS to 2XL. The introduction reads: In a contemporary style with provocative visual lines – created by the sideways knitted cable panel to make a waterfall bottom – is this long cardigan. The body is all in stockinette stitch to offset the cables. Even the sleeve has a cable panel knitted sideways as a cuff. Airic is Celtic for agreeable, just as this long cardigan will cover you up. It is knitted in the divine Di Gilpin, Lalland a Scottish lambswool with a magical twist.

This is the last of my pages. The Familien Høststrikk magazine is available at selected news agents and super markets. If you are in Norway you can also order it by SMS just write “Favoritt18” in addition to your name & address and send to 2205 or buy a digital version for iPad, see www.klikk.no. If you live abroad you can order the Norwegian special magazine by e-mailing kari.bachke@egmont.com and then transfer payment into their bank account.

The Airic pattern in English is available on Ravelry and on Loveknitting. If you are a retailer you can also find the printed pattern with download codes on Deep South Fibers.

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Strikkefestivalen/Knitting Festival in Fredrikstad 2018

For the 3rd time the Strikkefestivalen/Knitting Festival was organised in Fredrikstad Old Town, the oldest fortified town in Norway (founded in 1567) and in the Nordic countries and one of the best-preserved fortress towns in Northern Europe (see more photos from two years ago here). I arrived on Friday by train from Oslo, in the aftermath of a hurricane (read: extremely windy and wet), and did wonder whether the city ferry to the old town was running. It was, but the rocking sensation did make it feel more like being on the ferry to Denmark, crossing the North Sea. Thankfully, the ferry only takes a few minutes to cross the river Glomma. Due to the extreme weather, there were less knitters visiting the market hall on the Friday, than last year. So I did manage to have a good look, but did not buy anything (read: very well done). I walked over to the Commandor’s building, where all the workshops were held, met a few knitters I recognised from last year, to find designer Tove Fevang since both of us were staying with organiser and founder of the travel agency Explore Travel; Marit Larsen. But before we headed home to Marit, we went to the Official Opening Event taking place in what would be the Knit Café for the event, in the Cloth House (another former military building, now housing the museum and premises for rent). A place perfect for drinking wine and knitting. Take a look at the video (above) the festival made for volunteers and get a better idea of the idyllic old town setting. Actually, more than 90 volunteers did participate this year.

Tove and I had wine at Marit’s house. Yes, Marit found us chatting in the kitchen when she came home a few hours later. Tove held her third while I held my first workshop on Saturday morning from 10 am to 1 pm. It was the first time for my Beginners Cable Knitting workshop and it went well. One of the knitters that had signed on, had actually done my Masterclass in Cable Knitting, the year before and first thought she would do it again but decided to try a different workshop, even though they were in the opposite order than I had planned. I met some of the other designers present; Helle Siggerud and Kari Hestnes, during the lunch break. Both had exhibits in the museum during the festival, and so did Tove. It is always fun to see the designs on a mannequin and not only in a photo online.

Tove and I had lunch at the Knit Café. We met several of the volunteers we knew from last year as well as knitters. My second workshop was fully booked hence the afternoon went quickly. After 6 hours of teaching, Tove and I were on the lookout for an open café in the old town. We quickly realised that all the cafés were closed after 6 pm on a Saturday, since Tove drove down nearly all the streets to find one. We did enjoy looking for one, though. So instead we headed for the Knitting Evening, took out our knitting, chatted and waited impatiently for the food. At our table was Anna, who is a doctor by profession, but also the owner of Anna’s Angora, see above. Yes, she has 120 angora rabbits as well as other animals at her croft.

Our table did not win the quiz, our defence is that a number of the questions were not knitting related. The winning table received goody bags with knitting and crochet magazines from the Norwegian magazine Familien as well as sweeties. During the evening we ate delicious tapas, then chocolate and cookies for desert. Tove and I continued the party with wine at Marit’s house. Just as the day before, Marit did come home to join us, late at night. Even after we had decided to go to bed, we kept talking in Tove’s room. I was grateful that the workshops started at 11 am on Sunday so we could get a few hours of sleep beforehand.

More than 4500 persons visited the festival on the first 2 days, so the number of visitors has increased year after year. On Sunday morning I held my third and last workshop, while Tove held a talk. This was another new workshop, called Perfect Fit. Signed on to take part was a friend of mine from Facebook, Marianne Skatten, who walked into the room wearing my design Halli. Marianne has worn it ever since she finished knitting it, I am proud to say. Especially since Marianne designs herself. Take a look at her blog: Skattensdiy.wordpress.com. She is also taking part in the ongoing Prescott Pullover KAL. Talking to Marianne in the previous photo is Anne, who attended my workshop in Cable Knitting Masterclass last year. I had a fabulous weekend; enjoyed meeting knitters, holding workshops and seeing friends! My host Marit, I will see next at Røros, at the Knitting Weekend in October.

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Cablewing Wrap Knitted by Heather

Heather was one of the participants in the Cablewing Accessories Knit Along in the Never Enough Lace group on Ravelry back in January. It is many months since she finished the wrap, knitted in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted using 4 mm/US 6 and 4.5 mm/US 7. Heather made the wrap wider and added a repeat. I was totally gobsmacked by these photos of it, that she shared in the Prescott Pullover KAL – I am delighted that she is taking part in that KAL too – and told us they were taken by her husband at the Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde in Maine, US. If you recognise the light house it might be because you have seen the film Forrest Gump, this is the easternmost destination he was running to. Heather’s elegant styling with an evening dress is stunning. Thank you so much, Heather.

Eivind Røhne, the professional photographer I work with, knows how much I love light houses too. We choose to include Filtvet Fyr in some of the photos from Villa Malla in late May, but it is not anywhere near as impressive as this. I guess we just have to keep looking.

Cablewings surrounded by lace gives these accessories a flowery expression. They coordinate with the Cablewing Sweater; for a wonderfully regal look pair the wrap with the sweater. It is warm, practical but also decorative. All accessories are knitted in a pure wool with bounce, Embla from Hifa. I chose an irresistible purple-pink shade, well suited for the stitch pattern, for the cowl and the wrist warmers. The Cablewing Accessories pattern is available on Ravelry in both English and Norwegian.

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Hanne Kristin Rhode Wearing Wilma Lind Jacket

Photo: Morten Bendiksen

This is a blogpost I thought I had written a year ago about the Wilma Lind Jacket, but for some reason did not. They do say time flies… Former Police Investigator, now author and television presenter Hanne Kristin Rohde and I collaborated on designing a jacket for her crime fiction heroine Wilma Lind, last year. Sample knitter Nadja made the jacket in red for my photoshoot, while Grete knitted it in soft turquoise a bit later, both in Sølje pelt wool by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. A third sample was made in natural white in Vilje lambswool by Anne-Lise. You have already seen the red version photographed on model Alexandra Eissinger and on me but not these stunning photos of Hanne Kristin Rhode taken by photographer Morten Bendiksen.

Photo: Morten Bendiksen

Hanne Kristin wrote the first part of the introduction: “Police Investigator Wilma Lind is Norwegian, just like author Hanne Kristin Rohde and the yarn used in the sample: Sølje by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. Last but not least is the fact that the designer Linda Marveng is also Norwegian. The Wilma Lind Jacket is inspired by the protagonist in her crime books: Strong, brave, weak, smart, impulsive, warm, uncertain, and daring. Wilma Lind has the ability to confront and fight – and with a need to be noticed, just like the rest of us. The sample is worked in red to symbolise power and hope. In white to symbolise blank sheets and in soft turquoise to capture the universe.”

Photo: Morten Bendiksen

I wrote the second part: A long a-line jacket with cables covering the back, and moving cables on the front. Instead of a shawl collar the jacket was given a deep v-neck and a loose shawl to use as a collar. The body is worked in pieces while the sleeves are worked in the round after the rib to the underarm. It is knitted in the in the lustrous pelt yarn with a mohair feel, Sølje from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Photo: Morten Bendiksen

The body is worked flat in pieces, unlike the long sleeves which are worked in the round to the armhole. The front cables move from their center position on the body towards the armhole and shoulder by increasing and decreasing into stockinette stitch. One front cable ends in the v-neck shaping but it is possible to work two cables to the shoulder by working extra stitches to gather cable row and decrease 1 stitch between cables, if necessary increase 1 stitch at either v-neck or armhole edge depending on size.

Photo: Morten Bendiksen

The English pattern, available on Ravelry, has been test knitted and the jacket is available in sizes XS to 2XL, while the shawl is in one size. The red sample is knitted in size S, while the turquoise and white are both in size M. The Norwegian pattern is only available on Hanne Kristin Rohde’s website. The collaboration and press coverage has been has been an extraordinary experience. Finally I must admit that I just love how well the jacket suits Hanne Kristin.

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Melva Knitted by Dawn Gayer

Let me introduce you to Dawn, another very skilled knitter, who has test knitted a number of my designs, wearing her gorgeous Melva. The garment is knitted in Knit Picks Hawthorne Tonal Hand Paint in the shade Corvallis in size S using 2.75/US 2 needles. On her project page on Ravelry where she is Dawnadair, she has written: “I love the cable placement and the ribbing that allows the sweater to hug the curves without doing any waist shaping. I shortened the body length to 14.5” and the sleeves to 18” (although they ended up a bit longer because my gauge ended up being a little larger knitting flat)…I really enjoyed knitting this gorgeous sweater and love the end result!” It was on Ravelry we met, since she is far from local to me, Dawn actually lives outside of New York in the US. Like a number of mums out there, she also knits for her daughter Amanda, whom you will meet later.

Dawn is eagle-eyed and quick to spot any spelling or number mistakes I have made in the pattern, which my technical editor has missed, and for that I am extremely grateful! Thank you so much Dawn!

Named after Melva, Celtic for ruler, a straight sweater with fancy cables at the top and the bottom. The intricate cable is fit for a ruler. Ribbing in the side makes the sweater figure-hugging, while the stockinette stitch center panel shows off the stunning hand dyed Stein Fine Wool 4ply from The Little Grey Sheep. The sleeve mirrors the body, but it is worked flat. The pattern is available on Ravelry in sizes XS to 2XL in both Norwegian and English.

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