Photoshoot at Architecture Museum: Hanasa

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As promised here are the photos of gorgeous Silje Andresen/Team Models with makeup & hair by Sissel Fylling and earrings by Kaja Gjedebo Design, brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne at the National Museum – Architecture at the end of November. I decided to style the a-line sweater with black pencil trousers, to emphasise the shape of it. The cowl which I made to go with it, was also photographed and made it even more difficult to select photos, since there were so many stunning ones to choose from.

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Named after the Norse godess with gorgeous hair tress remiscent of this cable. This a-line sweater has a cable vent on both the body and the sleeves. A high round collar finishes off the pullover. Why not add an extra cowl to feel extra cosy in. Hanasa is knitted in a divine silk and alpaca mixture for that lovely feel and sheen.

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Du Store Alpakka Baby Silk is made of 80% baby alpaca, 20% mulberry silk and comes in  50 gram balls with 133 meters/145 yards. I choose the shade Green 307 for the sample, and was fortunate that Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry, could knit it for me using 3.5 mm/US 4 needles and with a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows. The yarn was kindly sponsored by House of Yarn.

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The cable on the sleeve is a smaller version of the one on the body and does not have the bordering garter stitches on each side. Here you can also see the garter stitches in the side, which goes all the way down to the cast-on.

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The back is similar to the front but with a higher neck. The Norwegian pattern will be published in Familien Kreativ in March, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group in June.

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The cowl I only made in one size but you can easily adjust it if you want to. The sweater is graded in sizes XS to 2XL, with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″ and a hip circumference of 98 to 140 cm/38.5 to 55″. Silje is wearing size S.

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Here you see the cowl worn on top of the sweater. It is shaped between each of the four cables, and ends in an I-cord bind off, just as the collar on the sweater. Next in the series is Aylwen and all the different ways of wearing the loop.

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Photoshoot at Architecture Museum: Cavallo

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I am thrilled to show you some more stunning photos, this time it is Cavallo, another new design we photographed at National Museum – Architecture in Oslo at the end of November. I knew the colour would look divine on the gorgeous model Silje Andresen/Team Models and decided to style it with a pair of black pencil to show off the a-line shape and rounded hem. I left the makeup and hair styling in Sissel Fylling’s capable hands. Yes, she did have to cut Silje’s hair too. But photographer Eivind Røhne, my husband and I, have come to expect it and know we have to give Sissel that extra time. We all know who really is in charge on these photoshoots, and we love every minute of it.

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A playful horseshoe cable adorns the body of this a-line sweater with a rounded hem. The Henley neck crowns the pullover and begins as a v-neck but ends a round neck, following the shape of the cable itself. The sleeves have been given symmetrical check patterns giving the appearance of cables. All parts ends in an I-cord bind off, and have garter stitches to mark the sides. Cavallo means horse in Italian and suits the horseshoe cable.

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The pullover is knitted in the lovely Dale Pure Eco Wool  and it was kindly sponsored by House of Yarn. Pure Eco Wool is made of 70% wool, 30% alpaca with a 112 meters/122 yards on each 50 gram ball and takes a 4 mm/US 6 needle with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows to 10 cm/4″ square. Silje is also wearing beautiful Ivy hanging earrings in oxidized silver by Kaja Gjedebo Design.

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I choose the second photo because I wanted to show the full length of the cable and the garter stitches on each side of the seam on the sleeves. All parts are worked back and forth, then seamed. Each side on all parts has a few garter stitches as a side band, as you can see clearly from the photo above. Silje is wearing size S. I have made the pattern in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″.

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The Norwegian pattern will be published in Familien Kreativ in March, while the English pattern will be released after test knitting in my Ravelry group beginning at the end of May.  If you think Cavallo reminds you of one of my other designs, you are right. It is a further development of my popular pattern Oydis Sweater.

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Photoshoot at Architecture Museum: Gaylia

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Finally, I can show you the professional photos Eivind Røhne took of the gorgeous model Silje Andresen/Team Models, with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling at the National Museum – Architecture in Oslo at the end of November. First out is Gaylia the aline sweater with a v-neck. I decided to style it with a pair of black pencil trousers and black boots. You can not see them in these photos but they are designed by Monica Stålvang, so no surprise there. The Norwegian pattern will be published in Familien Kreativ in March, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group in May.

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A textural cross cable adorns this a-line sweater with vents. The cable ends in two smaller cables that continue along each side of the v-neck. A check pattern that resembles playful cables adds texture to the sleeves. Gaylia is Norse for jovial, and perfect for this everyday sweater knitted in Dale, Pure Eco Wool.

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The yarn Dale Pure Eco Wool was kindly sponsored by House of Yarn. It is made of 70% wool, 30% alpaca with a 112 meters/122 yards on each 50 gram ball and takes a 4 mm/US 6 needle with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows to 10 cm/4″ square. I choose the dark brown melange colour named Espresso 1207.

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The stark concrete walls in the Klostergang/Cloister Walk around the Fehn Pavilion, makes the knitted texture stand out. For Sissel it reminded her of Marrakech in Morocco despite the freezing temperature in Oslo in late November.

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As you can see I had a difficulty choosing photos and ended up with 4 photos of the sweater without the scarf plus another 4 photos with the scarf. I did not fold the scarf properly under the sweater, but it can lie a lot flatter than this, I promise.

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The pullover is graded in sizes XS to 2XL with bust circumferences from 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″, while the scarf is one size but can easily be adjusted to a larger or smaller size by adding or removing pattern repeats.

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The hip circumference is 14 cm/5.5″ wider than the bust and gives the pullover a soft a-line look. The vents also emphasise this as well as making it appear slimmer.

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The scarf is made in two parts so that the Check pattern leans to one side each just as on the sleeves. Instead of having what appeared as a loose rib facing each other on the scarf, I choose to use garter stitch.  The scarf parts are bound off using a 3-needle bind-off, so it has a number of garter stitch rows in the center. The check pattern is reversible so it looks equally nice on both sides. I am so happy with all these photos and think that the team did an amazing job! Thank you!

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New Design: Biondo Scarf

Here is the last new design I will show you for awhile. Biondo – Italian for blond – scarf is reversible with a twisted stitch as a divider between each of the three cables. The stitch also work as a folding line, hence emphasises the more relaxed alternate side. The scarf is knitted in a divine silk and alpaca mixture for that lovely feel and sheen. Du Store Alpakka Baby Silk is the yarn and the shade is Pale yellow 352. The Norwegian pattern will be published in the magazine Familien the date will be confirmed later, while the English pattern will be test knitted in February in my Ravelry group before its release.

The scarf measures 29.5 cm/11.5″ wide and 140 cm/55″ long. It is knitted using a 3.5 mm/US 4 needle with a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows in stocking stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. The luxurious fibres in Du Store Alpakka Baby Silk; 80% alpaca and 20% mulberry silk make it both warm and soft around your neck. The yarn has been kindly sponsored by House of Yarn.

My husband photographed me wearing the scarf in our garden late in November. The photo above shows the wrong side out giving a softer appearance of the reversible cables. Next I will begin to show you the wonderful professional photos Eivind Røhne took of gorgeous model Silje Andresen.

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New Design: Embrae

I am proud to show you my new design called Embrae. I initially submitted the design to SweetGeorgia Yarns awhile back but it was rejected – while the second submission was chosen instead – so it was left aside while I contemplated its future. I have for a long time wanted to test the American yarn Anzula, especially their yarn called Squishy, because of its fibre mix and its beautiful hand-dyed colours. My choice for the sample was Iris, that only took a few seconds to decide. Embrae, a fitted cardigan with a lace collar, is like a flowery embrace. A lacy leaf pattern adorns the sleeves and the back of the cardigan. The garland at the center of the lace pattern continues on each side of it and covers the collar. The collar can be worn flat or overlapping and pinned together or folded. The Norwegian pattern will be published in the magazine Familien, the date to be confirmed, while the English pattern will be released  on Ravelry, after test knitting beginning in mid-August.

Anzula Squishy is a luxurious fibre mix of 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon with a generous 352 meters/385 yards on each 114 gram skein. I ordered the yarn from Jimmy Beans Wool online store, and had it shipped from the US. I choose a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle and found a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows in stocking stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. The cardigan is worked flat in pieces and then seamed to give the best fit and structure to the garment.

The leaf lace pattern is easy to knit and to learn by heart. Part of the lace pattern is a garland pattern which I choose to use on the collar. There are two pattern repeats on the back and only one on the sleeve. The collar is knitted at the same time as each front. The pattern is graded from size XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″, and waist circumference of 74 to 116 cm/29.25 to 45.75″. The sample is knitted in size S and worn on me with no ease at the bust.

I chose garter stitch for the bands, even though it does flare a bit at the back, due to the stretchy lace pattern. The stocking stitch parts show off the semi-solid colour of the yarn. The photos are taken by my husband in late November, less than a week before our photoshoot, at Ormøya by the Bunnefjord, close to where we live in Oslo. The last photo is the arty one. I cannot wait to show you the stunning professional photos of this cardigan, styled with Judith Bech’s cream silk dress, taken by Eivind Røhne. But there is one more new design to show off before I begin to show off the professional photos taken at the end of November at the Architecture Museum in Oslo.

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Kori Pattern Released

The test knit of my design Kori is completed and the English version of the pattern is available on Ravelry and on Loveknitting. Kori is old Norse and means perfect; Kori is the result of a complex mathematical equation that cannot be calculated by the human mind. Just as the intricate cable that crowns this tted jacket. The intricate cable crossings are lled by seed stitch, hence seed stitch bands and playful tucks at the bottom. The jacket has a shawl collar and ends in I-cord bind off. It is knitted in parts to give extra shape in the beautiful Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK. The Norwegian pattern was first published in Familien Strikk in August 2016. Brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne, modelled by Alexandria Eissinger/Nordic Model Agency with hair & makeup by Jens J. Wiker and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, over a skirt by Judith Bech Design.

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

Finished Measurements: Bust circumference: 84 (91, 98, 106, 116, 126) cm/33 (35.75, 38.5, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)”                                                                                                                Waist circumference: 74 (81, 88, 96, 106, 116) cm/29.25 (32, 34.75, 37.75, 41.75, 45.75)” Hip circumference: 84 (91, 98, 106, 116, 126) cm/33 (35.75, 38.5, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)” Length: 56 (57, 58, 59, 60, 61) cm/22 (22.5, 22.75, 23.25, 23.5, 24)”                                Sleeve length: 51 cm/20″

Yarn: Rowan Yarns, Baby Merino Silk DK (66% merino, 34% silk, 50 g, 135 m/148 yds). Sample is knitted in Bluebird 684: 9 (10, 11, 13, 15, 17) Skeins; 1161 (1323, 1485, 1647, 1917, 2187) m/1269 (1446, 1624, 1801, 2096, 2391) yds. http://www.knitrowan.com/yarns/baby-merino-silk-dk

Alternative yarns: Shalimar Yarns, Breathless DK (75% merino superwash wool, 15% cashmere, 10% silk, 141 g, 247 m/270 yds) http://www.shalimaryarns.com/portfolios/yarns-sept21-active/?cpt_item=breathless-dk Manos del Uruguay, Silk Blend (70% merino wool, 30% silk, 50 g, 137 m/150 yds) http://www.manosyarns.com/the_yarns/silk_blend/ Or another DK/8 ply yarn.

Needles: 2 sets of 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for tucks on body and sleeve. 2 sets of 4 mm/US 6 circular needle (120 cm/48″) for collar. 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for size XS waist. Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

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

Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rows in Seed st measures 10 cm/4″ square. 22 sts and 32 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4″ square. 40-sts in Kori plus 2 purl sts measures 12 cm/4.75″ across. 28-rnds/rows in Kori measures 10 cm/4″ down.

Notes: The body is worked flat in pieces, unlike the long sleeves which are worked in the round to the armhole. The hem and the tuck are worked with 2 sets of circular needles held together.

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Brewster Cardigan Again

I wanted to show you how the Brewster Cardigan, published in Wool Studio 2016, looks on me and the different ways you can wear the loop. My husband photographed me wearing it at Ormøya by the Bunnefjord just before I sent it off to Interweave, back in July. The English pattern is available in the digital pattern collection; Wool Studio 2016 by the knit.wear editors. Above I am wearing the loop hanging around my neck once.

Here in this picture, the loop is crossed at the front. The Brewster Cardigan is knitted in Valley Yarns Northfield using a 4 mm/US 6 with a gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows measuring 10 cm/4″ square. The lush yarn is a mixture made of 70% merino wool, 20% baby alpaca, 10% silk with 113 meters/124 yards on each 50 gram ball, and has a divine stitch definition.

The third way of wearing it is with the loop crossed and twice around the neck, so that it pulls in the whole cardigan. The cardigan is worked back and forth in one piece to the armholes, and then the fronts and back are worked separately. The sleeves are worked in the round, with the sleeve cap worked flat. The loop collar is made in two pieces and joined using a three-needle bind off.  There are no cables on the fronts, since the wide loop collar is made of the several cable repeats with garter edges and attached along each front with the extra loop hanging loose.

This side view shows the faux side seam and the garter stitch edging, as well as the cable panel on the sleeve. Here is the introduction to the cardigan from the webzine: “Alluring cables and a draped loop cowl create the unusual but captivating silhouette of the Brewster Cardigan. The generous loop cowl can double as pockets, or the extension can be omitted entirely! Either way, the stunning cables and comfortable fit will make this cardigan a favorite for years to come.”

The sand cables cover most of the back. They give a lovely texture to the back just as the loop does to the front. I am wearing the sample which is the third of six sizes and it measures 101.5 cm/40″ around the bust and is modelled with 10 cm/4″ of positive ease on me. Recommended ease is around 5 cm/2″.  The smallest size measures 89 cm/35″ and the largest measures 136 cm/53.5″. If you have not had a look at Wool Studio 2016, I recommend you do. It is: “a capsule collection for the modern knitter. Wool Studio is a digital lookbook featuring clean, accessible knitwear designs for every woman”.

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New Design: Aylwen

I am excited to show you my new design; Aylwen. Again I have been playing around with what appear like a short loop but actually is the overlapping fronts joined together. A divine alpaca and silk mixture yarn, Du Store Alpakka Baby Silk, was chosen for a soft stitch definition but a luxurious feel to the skin. The jacket is slightly shaped at the waist. While I was busy knitting another project, the skilled knitter Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry, made this. The Norwegian pattern will be published in the special magazine Familien Kreativ and published in March, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group in July before its release.

Here is my introduction to the pattern: A reversible tuck pattern with the wrong side out, and garter stitch edging adorn this  elegant jacket. It has overlapping fronts which are joined into a short loop that can be worn once or twice around the neck or tied around the waist or as you like pinned together with a shawl pin or brooch. For a more flattering look it is slightly shaped at the waist and wider at the hip than at the bust.

It is knitted in Du Store Alpakka Baby Silk made of 80% baby alpaca, 20% silk on 50 grams balls with 133 meters/145 yards in the shade Beige 347, using 3.5 mm/US 4 needles with a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows in stocking stitch measuring 10 cm/4″. The yarn was kindly sponsored by House of Yarn.

Here you see me demonstrating how difficult it is to style a garment on yourself, with cold fingers, as if you did not know that already. All parts are worked back and forth, then sewed together at the end. The loop parts are joined at the end. I am wearing size Small but it will be available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 86 to 126 cm/33.75 to 49.5″.

Above is a back view with the overlapping fronts hanging around the neck. All bands are worked in Garter stitch. In the top photo you can see a bit of the wrong side of the stitch pattern creating bobles. All these photos were taken by my husband in November, on a cold clear day with no snow at Ormøya by the Bunnefjord in Oslo, close to where we live.

Here is the arty shoot of my inside the covered benches. Again demonstrating that this is a lot easier in front of a mirror. I also discovered another way of wearing it during our photoshoot when I could drape it around the model and not on myself.

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Christmas 2016

I do not know what happened to December, but I made the deadline yesterday “Lille Juleaften”/Little Christmas Eve for yet another design submission. I can have a few days off before I begin on the next one. My Christmas will be a Knitmas that is for certain. But I will also have time to celebrate with my family including my niece and nephews. With a wonderful photo from our terrace of the moon taken earlier this month by my husband, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as well as Happy Holidays! Bring it on 2017!

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Wool Studio 2016 with My Design

Interweave Knits and knit.wear editor Meghan Babin sent me an invitation to submit to their new special collection for knit.wear, called Wool Studio 2016, back in March. I was delighted to have this extra opportunity to submit. The result: “Wool Studio is a digital lookbook featuring clean, accessible knitwear designs for every woman.” We are 9 contributing designers, and it is an impressive list: Norah Gaughan, Bristol Ivy, Kate Gagnon Osborn, Sarah SalamonAmanda Scheuzger, Mary Anne Benedetto, Amanda Bell, Emma Welford and myself. On the stunning cover is Truro Pullover by Amanda Scheuzger. My submission was accepted and here it is, beautifully captured by Harper Point Photography; the Brewster Cardigan.

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Here is the introduction to the cardigan from the webzine: “Alluring cables and a draped loop cowl create the unusual but captivating silhouette of the Brewster Cardigan. The generous loop cowl can double as pockets, or the extension can be omitted entirely! Either way, the stunning cables and comfortable fit will make this cardigan a favorite for years to come.”

Interweave / Harper Point Photography

The Brewster Cardigan is knitted in Valley Yarns Northfield using a 4 mm/US 6 with a gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows measuring 10 cm/4″ square. The lush yarn is a mixture made of 70% merino wool, 20% baby alpaca, 10% silk with 113 meters/124 yards on each 50 gram ball, and has a divine stitch definition.

Interweave / Harper Point Photography

The cardigan is worked back and forth in one piece to the armholes, and then the fronts and back are worked separately. The sleeves are worked in the round, with the sleeve cap worked flat. The loop collar is made in two pieces and joined using a three-needle bind off.  There are no cables on the fronts, since the wide loop collar is made of the several cable repeats with garter edges and attached along each front with the extra loop hanging loose. In these photos you see the loop collar hanging around the neck once, but it is also possible to hang it twice hence pull the cardigan together or cross the loop at the front for a different look. I will show you these options in the photos my husband took of me in a later blogpost.

Interweave / Harper Point Photography

The sample shown is the third of six sizes and it measures 101.5 cm/40″ around the bust and is modelled with 6″ of positive ease. The smallest size measures 89 cm/35″ and the largest measures 136 cm/53.5″. If you do not like the loop collar you could easily just make it long enough to fit along the opening. Do take a look at the clean and crisp collection that Wool Studio 2016 is.  I am so proud to be part of it! Thank you Interweave!

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