New Design: Neva

The last of my four new designs for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk is Neva. A tabard with side panels named after the Spanish word for “snowy”. The front and the back panel is covered in a snowflake like cable, while the side panel is knitted in garter stitch. All the panels have I-cords in the side and they are knitted together. Neva is seamless and knitted in the luscious Sølje pelt wool yarn yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. These photos of me wearing size XS/S were taken by Michael in May at the beach in Ørje.

The sample was brilliantly knitted by Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry, in size Extra Small/Small using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle with a 24 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch gauge measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

I have graded the pattern in five sizes from XS/S to 5XL with a bottom circumference of 116 cm/45.75″  to 172 cm/67.75″ and a Back/Front panel width of 34 cm/13.5″ to 54 cm/21.25″.

The vest is worked back and forth in two separate pieces and joined with a 3-needle bind off at the shoulders. The I-cord is then worked along the side edge before the side panel is knitted and attached to the opposite side using a 3-needle bind off.

Above is a detail of the cable pattern, the neck band and the side edge. It also shows the colour depth of the pelt wool yarn, which is naturally light grey.

Yarn kits for Neva with a Norwegian or English pattern are available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, beginning on the 4th of January next year, before its release. In the meantime, I will show you how it looked on the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein at our photoshoot back in May.

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Leylak Pattern Released and KAL 2020

I am thrilled to present my Leylak pattern. It has been released on Ravelry – soon also on Love Crafts – in both English and Norwegian. My test knitters did a fantastic job correcting and improving the pattern and I look forward to present some of their projects at a later time. I knitted the sample in the divine Walk Collection Merino DK in the shade “Flieder” which also means “Lilac” in German, just as the pattern name does in Turkish in size Small but I have graded the pattern from sizes XS to 5XL. The sample was brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne, worn by the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling. I also choose to use a detail of the Leylak for my discount offer for my KAL – Knit-A-Long – in my Ravelry group for any of my designs, see below.

Named after the Turkish leylak, the lilac tree, is this flowery cabled a-line cardigan with sidewings. The delicate cables, by Norah Gaughan, reminiscent of the lilac blossoms adorn the fronts, the back and the sleeves. Leylak ends in reverse stockinette stitch in a deep round neckline with a double neck- and buttonband. The jacket is knitted in the divine hand dyed Walk Collection Merino DK yarn, in pieces and seamed for the ultimate fit. To crown Leylak, make the cowl to act as a collar in excess yarn held together with the stunning Kid Mohair Lace.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Shown in size Small
Skill level: Experienced

Finished measurements:
Bust: 82 (90, 98, 106, 116, 126, 136, 146, 156) cm/32.25 (35.5, 38.5, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5, 53.5, 57.5, 61.5)” plus 2 cm/0.75″ buttonband.
Hip after wings: 94 (102, 110, 118, 128, 138, 148, 158, 168) cm/37 (40.25, 43.25, 46.5, 50.5, 54.25, 58.25, 62.25, 66.25)”
Length: 70 (71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78) cm/27.5 (28, 28.25, 28.75, 29.25, 29.5, 30, 30.25, 30.75)”
Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 50, 51, 51, 51, 52, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20, 20.5, 20.5)”
Peplum width: 17 cm/6.75″
Peplum length: 20 cm/7.75″
Cowl: 54 cm/21.25″ wide and 20 cm/8″ high.
Intended ease: + 5-10 cm/2-4″. Sample shown is 90 cm/35.5″ and worn with + 7 cm/2.75″ ease on model.

Yarn: Walk Collection, Merino DK (100% Superwash Merino, 100 g, 225 m/246 yds)
Sample is knitted in Flieder:
Cardigan: 7 (8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13) skeins; 1525 (1660, 1795, 1963, 2131, 2299, 2467, 2635, 2803) m/1668 (1815, 1963, 2147, 2330, 2514, 2698, 2882, 3065) yds.
Cowl: 1 skein; 140 m/153 yds held together with
KidMohair Lace (70% mohair, 30% silk, 50 g, 420 m/459 yds) held together with Merino DK for Cowl, both in Flieder:
Cowl: 1 skein: 152 m/166 yds.
https://www.walkcollection.com

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 straight needle.
3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for neckband and buttonband.
4.5 mm/US 7 circular needle for cowl.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: 11 (11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12) buttons (20 mm – 13/16″) from Razzle Dazzle Corner on Etsy: Vintage Pink Lilac White Streaked Convex size Medium.
Stitch markers (removable), cable needle and yarn needle.

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows in st st using a 4 mm/US 6 with Merino DK, after blocking measures 10 cm/4″ square.
18 sts and 28 rows in st st using 4.5 mm/US 7 with 1 strand of Merino DK and 1 strand of KidMohair Lace for cowl, after blocking measures 10 cm/4″ square.
20-sts cable repeat measures about 8 cm/3.25″ across.
50-sts cable measures 19 cm/7.5″ across.

Notes: The cardigan, knitted in Merino DK, is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The asymmetric lower body has extra width in each side – sidewing – that is bound off. Each front has 3 cm/1.25″ extra width at center front that is bound off at the same time as the wing, then joined with the buttonband at the end. Due to the asymmetrical cable pattern the number of purl stitches in the sides varies from back to front. The cowl, knitted in 1 strand of Merino DK held together with 1 strand of KidMohair Lace, is worked in the round.

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Skyla Knitted by Siret

I have been looking forward to sharing these amazing photos that Siret took of her daughter Annika wearing the Skyla design, she test knitted for me, at a stunning location on the island of Saaremaa, where they live, in Estonia.

Siret, aka kollane on Ravelry, “chose a well-twisted merino yarn Emma, which was hand-dyed in a wonderful Bourgogne tone by the very talented Nathalie Woolissime Yarns. This yarn has excellent stitch definition and the cables look good even when knitted with a darker yarn” according to her project page on Ravelry.

Annika is wearing Skyla in size Small which Siret knitted using a 3.25 mm/US 3 needle to achieve the gauge of 25 stitches and 32 rows in Stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

On Siret’s project page on Ravelry she writes how she made the Skyla pullover shorter after she had knitted it according to the pattern: “I knitted all the pieces as in the pattern, but before sewing the sides together, I decided to cut off one pattern repeat. I did this because the length shown in Linda’s pattern was too long for me. I could have knitted the body pieces shorter at first, but I hesitated for a long time to make a final decision. I would also have liked to have a longer version of Skyla”. Well done and I am so happy to hear that! Thank you ever so much for test knitting for me as well as taking these stunning photos, Siret!

Here is my introduction to the pattern: Skyla is a cabled a-line pullover with short sleeves, adorned with two central mirrored cables divided by twisted stitches. The small cables, created by Devorgilla, run towards each shoulder and make a v-shaped panel of reverse stockinette stitch at the center. The sweater ends in a casual wide rounded neck. To show off the stunning hand dyed Pure Sport yarn by Dye Dye Done, the sides are all in stockinette stitch. Skyla is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and has a cowl that can be worn as a collar.

The English and Norwegian Skyla pattern, in sizes XS to 5XL (82 to 164 cm/32.5 to 64.5″ bust) with a 25 sts and 32 rows in st st using 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4” square gauge,  is available to download from my Ravelry store and from LoveCrafts.

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O-Chem Tunic in Familien Høststrikk 2020

I am thrilled that my O-Chem Tunic, first published in English in Interweave Knits Winter 2019, is included in the Norwegian special magazine Familien Høststrikk 2020, that came out last Friday. On the cover is “Ut på tur” designed by Trine Lise Høyseth. My tunic, see below, is worn by the stunning Kaja Kvernbakken with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling and captured by Eivind Røhne. Kaja is wearing size Medium with a 94 cm/37″ bust circumference, but the tunic is available in sizes XS to 2XL with 81 to 124 cm/32 to 49″ circumference.

The O-Chem Tunic is knitted in Tahki Stacy Charles Yarns, Alden, made of 50% merino wool, 25% alpaca and 25% acryl with 230 meters/250 yards on each 50 gram ball, using a 3.75 mm/US 5 needle and a 20 stitch and 30 rows gauge in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

The O-Chem Tunic features a striking central panel of hexagonal cables inspired by organic chemisty compounds. For visual balance with the three cables in the body, the sleeves have one main cable running down the arm, and all the cables in the sweater are framed with rope cables. The sweater sports a cozy standing collar and side vents in the rib at the bottom for a relaxed fit.

The Familien Høststrikk magazine is available at selected news agents and super markets.

In the photo below you can see the intricate cable pattern as well as the lovely silver earrings designed by Kaja Gjedebo Design.

The English pattern to  is available to download as an individual pattern in my Ravelry store and on Love Crafts.

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Tromsø Architecture

I wanted to share a selection of the photos Michael took of the architecture in Tromsø from our trip back in July. It was our first trip so far north, above the Arctic Circle, and we were so fortunate to have so many days with very warm temperatures for Northern Norway, that is; 24 degrees Celsius/75 degrees Fahrenheit, see the Postcard from Northern Norway. On top of our list to visit was the Tromsø landmark, the Ishavskatedralen/Arctic Cathedral and Michael chose our hotel Scandic Ishavshotel based on its location with a view towards it. The photo above is taken with a zoom in the evening after 7 PM, while I have captured Michael in action for scale in the photo below.

The architect is Jan Inge Hovig and the cathedral was dedicated on November 19, 1965. Above is the main entrance on the western side; it is surrounded by a large glass façade with a pronounced cross. The cathedral is built of eleven cast-in-place aluminium-coated concrete panels.

The view from the backside, which we saw first as we came walking from the Fjellheisen/Cable Car.

Below is the side view, where you can see the construction and the eleven panels.

The cathedral was open so we were able to take a close look inside too.

“The fantastic glass mosaic on the eastern side was added in 1972. The glass mosaic is one of artist Victor Sparre’s most prominent works. It depicts God’s hand from which departs three rays of light: one through Jesus, one through a woman and one through a man”. Continues on the webpage to the Arctic Cathedral.

Take a closer look at this photo and you will see the glass mosaic in one end and the organ at the other end of the church.

Next on our list was the Tromsø bibliotek/Library. The building was erected beneath the original roof of the old Fokus Kino/Cinema, drawn by architect Gunnar Bøgeberg Haugen and opened on th 16th of March 1973. The special roof construction was made inspired by the Spanish architect Félix Candela’s construction, often labelled candela shell.

The architect behind the library is HRTB AS. The building was opened in 2005 and offers amazing views of Tromsø. Yet, only a few of the study desks, with a view, in the reading room were taken on the day we visited the library.

The staircases criss-crossing the interior looked like an elaborate sculpture.

Lastly, I wanted to share the very distinctive building exterior of Polaria – the Arctic aquarium – that represents ice floes that have been pressed up on land by the rough seas of the Arctic. Do check out the sketch made by the architects; Jaf arkitektkontor AS.

I hope you will enjoy these photos from the architecture of Tromsø. I recommend you visit Tromsø and explore Northern Norway, when it is safe again to do so!

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Northern Norway Knit Photos

I promised to show you some knitting photos from Northern Norway; here they are. I brought my Aife pullover with my so that we could photograph it at the Blåisvannet/Blue Lake in Lyngen, outside of Tromsø. Here I am photographed by Michael wearing my hiking trousers and mountain boots with my design Aife knitted in Dye Dye Done Pure Sport. I believed I would need it during our hike to the Blue Lake, but since the weather cleared and it got warmer, I had it in my backpack. The Aife pattern is available on Ravelry and on Love Crafts.

Aife was the Queen of the Isle of Shadow according to Celtic mythology. This elaborate cabled pullover with a slightly fitted waist, is made for a female warrior. A large cable panel, created by Devorgilla, is mirrored with two small cables at the center. The sweater ends in a generous turtle neck in ribbing. To show off the stunning hand dyed Pure Sport yarn by Dye Dye Done, the sleeves are in stockinette stitch with only two small centered cables. Aife is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit.

The next knit design I wanted to show you is the Autumn Symphony that Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry, knitted for herself – and not as a sample for me – photographed by Michael at smooth rock surface at Tungeneset with that view to the Okshornan/Ox horn cliffs at the island of Senja outside of Tromsø. You can see my photo of Michael at the same spot in this blogpost: Postcard from Northern Norway. Read about alpine climbing these cliffs here: Okshornan på Senja.

My introduction to the pattern, available on Ravelry and on Love Crafts, follows: Leaves cover this A-lined jacket knitted in one piece with a false seam in a middle of the stocking stitch panel. The sleeves are knitted in the round with leaves up to the shaping where the lace pattern is changed to reverse stocking stitch. A belt in autumn coloured tweed lengthens the jacket and introduces the orange wrap. Or why not wear the wrap as a belt and opposite. Choose your three favorite colours, then make your outfit.

Last but not least is Grete on the beach outside their house in Markenes, Storsteinnes outside of Tromsø, close to midnight late in July, wearing her stunning Mohair Poncho. One she knitted for herself from my Norwegian book, but now also available in English on Ravelry and Love Crafts.

A poncho not reminiscent of the -70s but fashionable in addition to being warm, was my aim. It is easy to knit in 3 identical rectangular pieces but an intermediate challenge to sew together. The yarn I have chosen is a mixture of alpaca and mohair with a little acrylic from Texere Yarns.

We were waiting for the midnight sun to disappear behind the mountains. The sky went more red by the minute, see the best photo here: Postcard from Northern Norway.

I also want to share a selection of Michael’s amazing architectural photos from Tromsø in a later blogpost!

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Photoshoot at Bøler Church May 2020: Skyla

The time has come to share the brilliant photos Eivind Røhne took of model Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, at out second photoshoot at Bøler Kirke – a community church by HBA Arkitekter completed in 2011 – at the end of May. Olivia is wearing the pullover – or tee if you like – Skyla knitted in the hand dyed Dye Dye Done, Pure Sport, the new design first out in this series of pictures. Both the English and the Norwegian pattern is available on Ravelry and also on LoveCrafts. I choose to style this sweater and cowl with my cream coloured silk slacks. In times of order, it was the third garment we photographed because I wanted to photograph it outside by the window and we had to wait for the shadow to come around to the corner we wanted as the backdrop.

Kaja arrived at the church from her nearby home just in time for Olivia to borrow her Eo Ipso Armring and earrings. I had already tried my Monies statement jewellery, while waiting for Kaja, and Sissel was adjusting Olivia’s pony tail. The bracelet looked way too heavy on her slim wrist, in fact so heavy that it looked like the weight would topple her, Sissel joked. See the situation photo here: Behind the Scenes Photoshoot at Bøler Church May 2020.

We had our first photoshoot at Bøler Church back in October 2017, and enjoyed being back at this perfect spot, especially since the Corona virus restrictions were still in place.

Skyla is a cabled a-line pullover with short sleeves, adorned with two central mirrored cables divided by twisted stitches. The small cables, created by Devorgilla, run towards each shoulder and make a v-shaped panel of reverse stockinette stitch at the center. The sweater ends in a casual wide rounded neck. To show off the stunning hand dyed Pure Sport yarn by Dye Dye Done, the sides are all in stockinette stitch. Skyla is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and has a cowl that can be worn as a collar.

The sample was perfectly knitted by sample knitter Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry, using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle and a gauge of 25 sts and 32 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

Olivia is wearing the Skyla sample in size S with a bust circumference of 90 cm/35.5” with + 7 cm/2.75” ease. I have graded the pattern from sizes XS to 5XL with bust circumferences of 82 to 164 cm/32.5 to 64.5″. I loved seeing Skyla worn by Olivia and want to thank my amazing team for these photos!

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Postcard from Northern Norway

I have been to Northern Norway for the first time ever! Michael and I have spent four nights with my sample knitter Grete Jenssen & her husband Jan Sverre in Storsteinnes and three nights at Scandic Ishavshotel in Tromsø. We decided early in July to travel north and to meet Grete for the first time in real life. Grete and I have been in touch since 2012, when she found me on Facebook. It did not take long until I felt like I had know her for ages! Above you see the view of Tromsø from the Cable Car going up to the mountain ledge Storsteinen (421 m above sea level). The weather was surprisingly warm and summery with 24 degrees Celsius/75 degrees Fahrenheit for being so far north – a two hour flight from Oslo. Michael and I did not walk down, but there were plenty of people who did. The 1250 steps are built by sherpas and some of the stones had their names inscribed, see below.

We had a magnificent view of the cable car and the Arctic Cathedral, in the centre of the photo below, from our room at the Scandic Ishavshotel to the right.

Grete had researched what to do while we were staying with them and we happily agreed to hike to the Blåisvannet/Blue Lake in Lyngen on Friday and to visit Senja on Saturday. On our first day, it was raining heavily so we went for a short drive to see some rock carvings nearby. The rain stopped and we had a lovely walk.

Jan Sverre drove us for about two hours to the carpark about 4 kilometers from the Blue Lake and we quickly realised that we were far from alone. A number of Finnish families had driven across the border and prepared for the easy trek. The last part of the walk up to the lake involves climbing over large stones and scree. The blue colour is due to the high content of silt particles in the meltwater from the Lenangsbreen glacier.

Here you see a number of people on their way up to the lake and with shadow on the glacier at the top.

Senja is the second largest island in Norway and spectacular! We stopped at a Norwegian Scenic Route point with a view that took my breath away! Jan Sverre is photographing the view. You can read more the Norwegian Scenic Route at Senja here: www.nasjonaleturistveger.no.

The view the other direction give you an idea of the scale and ruggedness of these mountains facing the Atlantic coast.

Senja has amazing beaches but very cold water. We spotted a few children in the water but only one brave adult.

Here is Michael sitting at the smooth rock surface at Tungeneset with that view to the Okshornan/Ox horn cliffs. I should specify that all these photos are taken by me and not Michael.

The easy access to the rock surface from another Norwegian Scenic Route viewpoint. Do notice the rugged mountains and the people photographed to add scale.

The Midnight Sun from the beach in front of Grete’s house, taken 15 minutes past midnight. The brightly light nights made it difficult to sleep, but they were amazing. One more post from Northern Norway is coming, this time including some knits! We had a fabulous week in the north, and want to come back to see more! If you have not been, do add it to your bucket list for the future, when it is safe to travel abroad again! Stay safe and healthy! Regards from Northern Norway!

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New Design: Caravay

My third design for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk this autumn, is Caravay. Named after the herb, which seeds look like this all-over domed check pattern, is this oversized pullover. Caravay begins and ends in a broken rib. The crowing collar is worked double and folded down to the wrong side and attached. A ribbing detail in the side separate the pieces that are knitted in pieces and seamed. Wear it with or without a belt. Caravay is knitted in the stunning pelt wool yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, called Tinde.

The sample is size Small with a 136 cm/53.52 bust circumference was brilliantly knitted by Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry, using 3.5 mm/US 4 needles and a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10cm/4″ square.

I have graded the pullover in sizes XS to 5XL with bust circumferences of 129 cm to 186 cm/50.75 to 73.25″ and a intended ease of +46-56 cm/18-22″. I am wearing size Small with +48 cm/19″ ease in these photos taken by Michael at the beach in Ørje.

My aim was to make a classic oversized pullover with an understated cable and a large collar. The cable I chose is the same I used for my Kohno Kimono with cable crossings both on the right side as well as on the wrong side.

The pullover is worked back and forth in pieces and seamed. The neck is deeper on the front, than on the back.

The yarn kit with either English or Norwegian pattern will be launched this autumn, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group beginning in Mid November before it is released.

Caravay looked smashing on modell Olivia Lindtein at our photoshoot and I look forward to showing you the pictures that photographer Eivind Røhne captured.

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New Design: Bubala

The second design I made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk for this autumn is the pullover Bubala, the sample is brilliantly knitted by Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry, in the shade “støvet rosa”/Dusty Pink. Named Bubala Jewish for close to one’s heart is this cabled pullover with bobbles. A deep v-neck that can be worn on the front or on the back, split the cable into two single cables. The same single cable adorn the sleeve. Ribbing frame the cables in the sides and make the sweater figure hugging. The v-neck ends in an I-cord bind-off. Bubala is knitted in the bouncy Sølje pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The yarn kit with either English or Norwegian pattern will be launched this autumn, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group beginning in Mid October before it is released.

The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The gauge is 24 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square.

The half double crochet bobble (US. Half treble UK) is made using a crochet hook with an extra fastening trick that Grete discovered while making the bobbles. As a starting point we used the video made by designer Andrea Mowry.

I have made a video on how to make the bobbles which I will link to in the pattern. My patrons have early access to this video as well as behind the scenes photoshoot video, monthly newsletter, sneak peeks of new designs, Hillesvåg yarn discount, pattern discount and more rewards based on the membership level you choose. See www.patreon.com/lindamarveng.

In these photos taken by Michael at the beach in Ørje, you see me wearing size Small with a 92 cm/36″ bust circumference with 4 cm/1.5″ of positive ease. I have graded the pattern from size XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 85 cm to 153 cm/33.5 to 60″. The pullover is not fitted but the ribbing surrounding the cable will make it follow the lines of your body. Michael did want me to wait until the duck was in the photo, see the top two pictures.

I loved the cable pattern that ends in bobbles as soon as I saw it and discovered that I could easily divide it into two parts by ending the center cable to create a deep v-neck. That meant that the outer two cables could follow along the shape of the v-neck. In addition I could use a single cable on each sleeve as the whole panel would be too wide for the sleeve.

It was not until we photographed it, that I realised that I could easily wear it with the v-neck on the back instead of the front. The back neck is only slightly shaped, but since the front v-neck shaping is so deep, it works. Hence you can choose if you want to wear the v-neck at the front or the back.

Bubala looked divine on modell Olivia Lindtein at our photoshoot and I look forward to showing you the pictures that photographer Eivind Røhne captured.

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