Familien Strikk 2016

16_no_fao_05_forside_89646 jpegThe special issue Familien Strikk is now out in Norway with 79 patterns including 6 of mine: Kori, Yellow Gold Pullover, Ronette, Hel, Shalana and Githa. I am delighted to have a series of patterns included in this magazine together with Tine Solheim and Bente Presterud Røvik. None of my patterns are on the cover but there is a small photo of both Kori and Shalana on the contents page. Two of the patterns: Yellow Gold Pullover and Githa are available in English in my Ravelry Store and on loveknitting. The remaining patterns will be test knitted this autumn in my Ravelry group before they are released.

16_no_fao_05_linda_marveng__86895_Page_1All the six projects are brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne. The gorgeous model is Alexandria Eissinger/Nordic Model Agency with hair and make up by Jens J. Wiker, jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design, and tulle skirt by Judith Bech Design. I have named the series “Reiselyst” meaning “Wanderlust” or “Travel-lust” directly translated. “Water, beach and wanderlust have inspired this series by designer Linda Marveng. Intricate cables and lace pattern adorn the garments. Be inspired and travel and travel in the country or abroad. But do remember to bring your knitting!”. The introduction to Kori is as follows: “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 fitted jacket.”

Magazine spreadsOn the following page is a photo of the back. Yellow Gold Pullover is next: “Elegant chain link cables framed by a welt pattern adorn this gorgeous pullover. Playful tucks add life to the rib and give the pullover more texture. It is knitted straight from the bottom and up in parts and sewn together at the end. Jamieson’s Spindrift, a fine heathered wool was chosen for its lightness and color.”

Magazine spreads2Next is Ronette: “A central cable that ends in a bulb captivated me into designing this long a-line sweater with vents in the side along the bottom rib. A few garter stitches in the side makes the seam look like a zip. The sweater ends in an I-cord bind-off at the neck only shaped by the shoulders. It is named Ronette which means ”strong councel” in Old English, because the cable pattern did just that.” Also listed are the pattern details with yarn, sizes and needle. Followed by the vest Hel: “Sweeping Cables crown this long a-line vest with vents. The v-neck, framed by an I-cord bind-off, can be worn on the front or on the back. The cables have areas of rib in between hence a high rib became the obvious bottom band. Hel means complete in Norwegian and the Norse Hel ruled over nine worlds.”

Magazine spreads3Shalana: “A fitted pullover with Sand Cables that travel from the center towards each shoulder. At the center of the body between the cables is double seed stitch, framed by a twisted stitch which is increased into at the same time as you decrease in the stocking stitch on the opposite side of the cables.”

Githa: “A central wavy lace panel adorns this a-lined tunic tank with garter stitch bands. The lace pattern creates fans with boxes of garter stitch in between creating texture to the uneven chainette yarn made of a mixture of cotton, linen and viscose, Rowan Panama. The yarn make the tunic tank easy to wear during the summer or for a party. A generous shaped cowl covers your shoulders and dress up the tunic tank to make a perfect set called Githa, from Anglo-Saxon; to give or a gift.”

The magazine is available at selected news agents and super markets. If you are in Norway you can also order it by SMS just write “Strikk16” in addition to your name & address 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 samples and the professional photographs of all these, except for Githa, will be exhibited at Strikke 2016 Festival at Hadeland Glassverk from 3. September to 30. October.

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Postcard from Bulgaria

DSCN0430 terraceI have spent the last week on holiday by Balchik in Bulgaria by the Black Sea with my mum. We have a small apartment at White Lagoon Beach Resort. With blue skies, sunshine and temperatures close to 30 degrees celsius in the air and 24 degrees celsius in the water, we are enjoying our holiday. It is the first time for us both to visit the country and to swim in the Black Sea. Above is our view from our terrace, where we have enjoyed our breakfasts and part of our evenings.

DSCN0431 viewThe standard of the resort is as you can see, tip top. We have tested one of four pools – no, not the one with the slide – the gym (which has been nearly as warm as the beach) the mini market, the two restaurants as well as the mini spa offering massages and pedicures which we could not refuse. Every day we had a morning swim before the pool became too popular and crowded.

IMG_5181Above you see my mum looking out across one of the two bays at the resort, with the white chalk cliffs in the background. We did find a good path into the water which had plenty of sharp rocks, as you can see.

Linda bassengHere I am on our evening walk down to the restaurant on the beach. Our favourite meal is the delicious fried Black Sea Shark. We had some beautiful evening skies. We wanted to see a little more than the resort and decide to take a sightseeing and shopping trip to Varna.

DSCN0435 varnaThe first stop on our excursion to Varna, the third largest city in Bulgaria – the second largest in the summer – was the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin, built in the 19th century. We were lucky and witnessed a combined wedding and child christening inside. Below you see the photographer from inside the cathedral. The second stop was at the Grand Mall, and yes, it was a huge one. My mum found a beautiful pair of shoes – do not miss Bulgarian designer shop Sara Pen if you go – and I have finally found a new pair of sunglasses. It was time since my old ones are more than a decade old. I do prefer a souvenir I will use frequently.

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We also took the shuttle bus from the resort to Balchik yesterday, and had a walk around in the nearest village to our resort. I have seen only one single knitter here, on the beach. But with such high temperatures, I found it too hot to knit on the beach and have knitted very little in the evenings on our terrace.

IMG_5215Unfortunately, I have not found any yarn shops nor fabric shops in neither Varna nor Balchik. But we did find and tested a fish spa, where the “Garra Rufa fish nibbles on our skin and simulating the nerve ends, allowing blood to flow more fluidly”. It tickled less than I thought where I sat on a box with my legs from knees and down into an aquarium tank. Above you see me photographing at the beach promenade at Balchik.

DSCN0471 viewI will miss the 120 degrees view of the Black Sea, as well as the lovely weather, that is for certain. Today, we are heading home feeling recharged. Regards from Bulgaria!

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Photoshoot at Villa Malla: Elfa

20160601 LM Villa Malla 689I am pleased to present the magnificent professional photos of the third design for yarn kits for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. Elfa is an a-line long jacket with central cables along all parts. Tucks divide the different patterns giving a slight flair and a softer touch to the jacket. A large shawl collar crowns the garment, hence the given name Elfa – after the Norse king and warrior. The body is worked in pieces while the sleeves are worked in the round to the underarm. It is knitted in the in the lustrous pelt yarn with a mohair feel, Sølje from Hifa. Gorgeous Alexandria Eissinger – with hair and make up by Jens J. Wiker, jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design and boots by Monica Stålvang Shoes – shows it off so elegantly at the upper terrace of Villa Malla by the Oslo fjord brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne. It was a sweltering day that made the fjord look more like the Mediterranean Sea. The yarn kits with the Norwegian pattern will be launched at Oslo Design Fair from 1. to 4. September. The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group in April next year before its release.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 720Elfa is knitted using 3 mm/US 4 needles with a gauge of 24 stitches and 34 rows in stocking stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square. 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. To make the bottom band and tuck to flare less choose needle size 2.5 mm/US 1.5. The number of stitches picked up for collar has been adjusted from the sample to avoid the flare.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 711The bottom band on all parts begins with a provisional cast on, which will be pulled out and replaced by an I-cord bind off at the end. The collar also ends in an I-cord bind off. The cables are the same ones chosen for the Idunn pullover. Framed by stocking stitch in the sides and divided by a tuck to the garter stitch collar and bottom band, instead of a rib, the jacket has a more feminine look to it.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 715Alexandria is wearing size S and is a clothes size European 34/UK 6/US 2. Elfa is graded from size XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of  84 to 126 cm/41 to 49.75″. The yarn kits will be available from selected yarn stores and online here: Eksklusiv Gjestedesign. The last design for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in this collection is the most popular of them all the Andor Poncho.

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Photoshoot at Villa Malla: Idunn

20160601 LM Villa Malla 637Next out of the four designs for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk is Idunn. Alexandria Eissinger looks gorgeous in the pullover, with beautiful hair and make up by Jens J. Wiker, statement jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design and boots by Monica Stålvang Shoes, all brilliantly captured b Eivind Røhne on a sweltering day in June at Villa Malla by the Oslo fjord. Idunn is: Named after the Norse goddess of spring and immortality is this straight sweater with a Henley neck with center cables. Ribs frame the cables in each side and make the sweater figure hugging. One center cable adds texture to the sleeve. The sweater is worked in the round to the underarm in the lustrous pelt yarn with a mohair feel, Norsk Pelsull – re-named Tinde – from Hifa. The Norwegian pattern will be available only in yarn kits to be launched by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk at  Oslo Design Fair from 1. to 4. September. The yarn kits will be available in selected yarn stores and online here: Eksklusiv Gjestedesign. The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group in March.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 647Idunn is worked using 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square. The pullover, both the sleeves and the body are worked in the round until the armhole and then worked back and forth in rows.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 639The pullover is straight without any shaping but the ribbing in the side make it appear fitted. I have graded the pullover from size XS to 2XL, with a bust circumference of 88 cm to 129 cm/34.75 to 50.75″.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 667Alexandria is wearing size S and is a clothes size European 34/UK 6/US 2. Next up is professional photos of the a-line jacket Elfa with the same cables.

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Photoshoot at Villa Malla: Halli

20160601 LM Villa Malla 751Next series of photos I am thrilled to show you are the designs I have made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk for their yarn kits. First out is Halli, which light color light jeans blue suits gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger so well! Her beautiful hair & make up is by Jens J. Wiker, the statement jewelry is by Kaja Gjedebo Design and the boots by Monica Stålvang Shoes, all brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne at Villa Malla by the Oslo fjord in June. Here is my introduction to the pattern: A sideways cardigan with a reverse textural pattern, and deep waterfall fronts. Each front and sleeve has two tucks at the end; one in reverse stockinette stitch and one in stockinette stitch. Choose if you prefer to leave the fronts hanging loose, pinned loosely together or draped across each other. Halli, comes from Old Norse and means rock. Perfect for the stitch pattern and symbolicly for becoming the rock in your wardrobe. The sample is knitted in the new finer pelt wool yarn with a radiance called Hifa Sølje with 350 meters/382 yards on each 100 gram skein. The Norwegian pattern will only be available in the yarn kit, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group in February before it will be released. The yarn kits will be launched at the Oslo Design Fair from 1. to 4. September.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 786Halli is knitted using 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle with a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square. The body is knitted sideways in one piece, from right front to first armhole, where it is split and worked in two parts until armhole is complete, and back is worked to second armhole, and finally left front. Right front begins with a provisional cast-on, which is later removed and replaced by an I-cord bind-off, while left front ends in an I-cord bind-off. The sleeve is knitted in the round to the armhole, then flat to final bind off. The fronts and the sleeves have two tucks; one in reverse stocking stitch and one in stocking stitch after each other at the beginning. The tucks are worked with 2 sets of circular needles held together, and with the magic loop method on the sleeves.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 784The cardigan is intended to be worn with extra ease at the front to create the waterfall effect. If you want less fabric to drape at the front, work a shorter front before the armhole on right front and after armhole on left front. If you prefer a shorter length on the body choose a smaller size when casting on, but work to the lengths given and the armhole for your correct size. Alexandria is wearing size S and is a clothes size European 34/UK 6/US 2.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 775Again; a light color that worked so well with the backdrop, in addition to looking stunning on Alexandria that is, so I had a hard time choosing photos as you can see! These photos were photographed at the upper terrace at Villa Malla, next to the large curving staircase leading to the lower terrace.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 771I chose to style these four designs for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk with slim black trousers and a tube top, to let the textures of the knits show. The lustrous pelt wool has a grey base tone which gives an extra dimension to the colors. This new thickness of the pelt wool and Norsk Pelsull which will change name to Tinde will be available in 30 colors from September. I am trying to be patient will I wait for the new shade cards to appear in my mail box.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 797The fronts are long because I wanted to be able to let them drape across the front in a casual manner. I realized this might not be suitable for all knitters hence I added the size & ease note above.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 798Last photo selected is this side view with the front draped across. The yarn kit will be available to order from selected yarn stores and online from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk here: Eksklusiv Gjestedesign. Next design coming up is the professionally photographed pullover Idunn.

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Photoshoot at Villa Malla: Shalana

20160601 LM Villa Malla 556I am delighted to show you the photos of the gorgeous Alexandria Eissinger/Nordic Model Agency, with hair & make up by Jens J. Wiker, statement jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design and boots by Monica Stålvang Shoes, wearing Shalana, brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne at Villa Malla on a sweltering day in June. Here is my introduction to Shalana: Sand Cables that travel from the center towards each shoulder dominate this fitted sweater with a rounded  boat neck. The center panel of double seed stitch is framed and increases in size with the cable move. On the long sleeves the cables dominate. Named after the most powerful spirit Shalana. The Norwegian pattern will be published in the special magazine Familien Strikkebok which is out on the 22. August, while the English pattern will be published on Ravelry after test knitting set to begin 19th September. The sample with these magnificent photos will be exhibited at Strikke 2016 at Hadeland Glassverk, from 3. September to 30. October.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 586Shalana is knitted in the divine Rowan Felted Tweed DK made of 50% merino wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Rayon, each 50 gram skein has 175 meters/191 yards. The sample is knitted in Avocado 161. The pullover knits to a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square using a 3.5 mm/US 4 needle. The sample is knitted in size S but with a gauge of 20 stitches, hence it has the measurements of the size Large. Shalana is available in sizes XS to 2XL.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 601All parts are worked flat. The sand cables move from their center position on the body towards the shoulder by increasing into center Double Seed st panel and decreasing into st st at the side. The neckband is an I-cord bind off, which is grafted together at the end. The pullover is seamed together at the end.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 614Above you see the back which is identical to the front. You increase in each side of the center double seed stitch panel and decrease in the stockinette stitch in the sides on the other side of the Sand cable. The traveling cables create long lines and a central v-shaped center panel. The double seed stitch panel also frames each side of the Sand cable on the sleeves. This has been the most popular of my new designs so far, and I am excited to see whether that will change or not.

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Interweave Knits Fall 2016 with My Kathe Cardigan

Fall 16 CoverAt the end of last year, I was delighted to have my design accepted for the Knits Fall 2016 issue, and the magazine is now finally released. I choose the theme Industrial Harvest, described as “Sculpted from tradition, cast with an edge” by editor Meghan Babin, and submitted a straight cardigan with a scarf collar, enhanced with an elegant textural lace pattern. The Reverse Fern pattern adorns the body and sleeves while the collar is divided from it by a tuck and knitted in moss stitch. You can wear the collar flat – overlapping – and pinned together or folded. I choose SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport (100% superwash merino wool, 300 meters/328 yards on each 100 gram skeins and suggested the hand-dyed taupe color called Tumbled Stone. On the cover is Harvey Pullover by Hannah Baker, now the Editor of Knitscene but formerly Assisting Editor of Knits.

Interweave Knits/Harper Point Photography

Interweave Knits/Harper Point Photography

I choose SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport because of its crisp stitch definition, its beautiful color range and because it takes my favorite needle size 3 mm/US 2.5. The gauge is 24 stitches and 36 rows in Stockinette stitch measures 10 cm/4″. The body is worked from the bottom and up in pieces. The sleeves on the sample are worked in the round, but the pattern has been changed by the technical editors to be worked flat.

Interweave Knits/Harper Point Photography

Interweave Knits/Harper Point Photography

All parts are cast on using a provisional cast-on, which is later removed and the stitches are bound off using the I-cord bind off method. The same bind off method is used for the collar. This is how the Cardigan is introduced in the magazine: “The Kathe Cardigan is an elegant and feminine modern classic. The leaf lace panels pair with the luscious open collar to make a stunning garment. This comfortable knit can be worn with a skirt and heels to the office or dressed down for the weekend.”

Interweave Knits/Harper Point Photography

Interweave Knits/Harper Point Photography

Above you see the back, with stockinette sides for decreasing in. All the photos are taken by Harper Point Photography. Below you see some other pictures that editor Meghan Babin, aka meggospurls on Instagram, posted as a preview a few weeks back. Yes, that was yet another reason for me to join Instagram. The pattern is available as a single pattern digital download here: Kathe Cardigan, or why not buy the whole magazine either as a digital download or in print.

instagram meggopurlsThis Fall issue has 20 classic patterns, articles and a Master Class on Steeking by Mary Jane Mucklestone plus more. You will find a great overview of all patterns on Ravelry: Interweave Knits Fall 2016. The contributing Star Designers are: Michele Wang, Pam Allen, Kate Gagnon Osborn, Kathy Zimmerman, Mary Jane Mucklestone and Susanna IC. I fell honored to be in their company!

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Photoshoot at Villa Malla: Ronette

20160601 LM Villa Malla 494 lighterNext out is Ronette. I was thrilled to see how well the teal color, called Praire, suited gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger/Nordic Model Agency. After photographing Kori, skilled hair and make up artist Jens J. Wiker suggested a change in hair style and I suggested adding a pleat. I love the result and how it shows off both the playful bulb cables as well as the stunning statement jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design. Brilliant photographer Eivind Røhne captured these iconic shots, on the terrace at Villa Malla on a sweltering day in June, when the Oslo fjord looked like the Mediterranean Sea. The sample and these photographs will be exhibited at Strikke 2016 Festival at Hadeland Glassverk, together Kori, Hel, Yellow Gold Pullover and Shalana from 3. September to 30. October. The Norwegian pattern will be published in the special issue Familien Strikkebok out on 22. August, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group before its release.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 510Here is my introduction to Ronette: A central cable that ends in a bulb captivated me into designing this long a-line sweater with vents in the side along the bottom rib. A few garter stitches in the side makes the seam look like a zip. The sweater ends in an I-cord bind-off at the neck only shaped by the shoulders. It is named Ronette which means ”strong councel” in Old English, because the cable pattern did just that.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 530Ronette is knitted in Rowan Softyak DK, a lovely soft mixture of 76% cotton, 15% yak, 9% nylon with a dark grey undertone to all colors, with 135 meters/147 yards on each 50 g skein. The gauge is 22 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square using a 4 mm/US 6 needle. The yak fibre makes it feel more like working with a wool mixture than a cotton one, and it feels lovely against the skin. The stitch definition is crisp hence makes the cables pop.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 534I have graded the pullover from size XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″. The front and back are worked back and forth, while the sleeves are worked in the round. The rib on the body is not seamed at the bottom to create vents. The neckband is an I-cord bind off, which is grafted together at the end. Next is Shalana!

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Photoshoot at Villa Malla: Hel

20160601 LM Villa Malla 424Next in the series, is the vest Hel. Here is gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger/Nordic Model Agency – with beautiful hair & make up by Jens J. Wiker and statement jewelry by Kaja Gjedebo Design – wearing Hel over dark grey silk slacks at the terrace of Villa Malla, brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne. It was a sweltering day in June, which made the Oslo fjord look more like the Mediterranean Sea. We were having our photoshoot surrounded by people having their lunch but found some unused corners we could use as backdrop. The Norwegian pattern will be published in the special magazine Familien Strikkebok, while the English pattern will be released after test knitting which has recently began in my Ravelry group.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 422Sweeping Cables crown this long a-line vest with vents. The v-neck, framed by an I-cord bind-off, can be worn on the front or on the back. The cables have areas of rib in between hence a high rib became the obvious bottom band. Hel means complete in Norwegian and the Norse Hel ruled over nine worlds.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 436Hel is knitted in the lovely Rowan Yarns Alpaca Merino DK, with a chainette construction made in the following fibre mix: 83% alpaca, 10% nylon, 7% wool, on each 25 ball with 105 m/115 yds. The sample is knitted in Belvoir 107 with a gauge of 22 sts and 30 rows in stocking stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square using a 4 mm/US 6 needle. The cable stretches across a large number of stitches hence a yarn with a hard twist and few plies will make the cables look flimsy.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 450The vest is graded from size XS to 2XL, with a bust circumference of 82 to 126 cm/32.25 to 49.5″. It is knitted back and forth in parts. The short row shaping of the shoulders make it easy to wear with the v-neck on the front or on the back.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 464Here shown the other way around. I first planned a boat neck and smaller armholes but changed my mind to give the vest a more casual look with larger armholes and a v-neck to be worn either way.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 475The sample together with a selection of the photos will be exhibited at the Strikke 2016 Festival at the new gallery at Hadeland Glassverk opening on 3. September to the 30. October. Next in the series is Ronette. So you do have more photos to look forward to.

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Photoshoot at Villa Malla: Kori

20160601 LM Villa Malla 359I am delighted to show you the next set of photos from Villa Malla; Kori. Brilliant photographer Eivind Røhne, gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger/Nordic Model Agency, gifted Hair & Make up Artist Jens J. Wiker, photographic assistant Michael Marveng-Puckett and I moved to the upper terrace at Villa Malla for the next set of photos. Eivind immediately spotted a view towards the fjord, reminiscent of the Greek island of Santorini where it not for the lack of height, on this sweltering summer day. Yes, we did wait for the sailboat to enter into Eivind’s camera lens to make this iconic photo. The beautiful statement jewelry is by Kaja Gjedebo Design while the magic skirt with a train is by Judith Bech Design. Kori will first be published in Norwegian in the special magazine Familien Strikkebok out at the end of August. The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, set to begin in November, before its release.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 366Kori 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 fitted jacket. The intricate cable crossings are filled 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 offs. It is knitted in parts to give extra shape in the beautiful Rowan Yarns Baby Merino Silk DK.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 339The jacket is knitted using 4 mm/US 6 needles with a gauge of 22 stitches and 32 rows in Stocking stitch to 10 cm/4″. I have graded it from sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″. The body is worked flat in pieces, unlike the long sleeves which are worked in the round to the armhole. Above you can see the stocking stitch side where the decreasing and increasing are done for the fitted waist. The hem and the tuck are worked with 2 sets of circular needles held together.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 393The cable pattern is demanding with inserts of seed stitch/moss stitch, but rewarding in its sculptural beauty. The tucks at the bottom of the body and the sleeves mirror the cables, just as the I-cord bind off I chose for all parts including the collar.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 385I love how this photo captures the tucks and sleeve cables. By working purl rounds in between two tucks the second tuck turned in the opposite direction. I discovered this when I was working on the Indigo Sweater for my Norwegian knitting book.

20160601 LM Villa Malla 377Yes, as you might have gathered by now, I did have a difficult time to choose photos of this. The perfect blue color called Bluebird worked so well against our chosen backdrop. I did consider whether to have the back covered with cable repeats, instead I choose to keep each repeat separately, giving the back several spines and straight lines to relate to. The samples and professional photos of Kori will together with Yellow Golden Pullover, Hel, Ronette and Shalana be exhibited at the knitting festival Strikke 2016 at Hadeland Glassverk from 3. September to 31. October. In the mean time I will show you some exquisite photos from our photo shoot.

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