Morning Mist

Early Monday morning we woke up to an atmospheric vision. The heavy mist made the landscape into a movie setting. Above you see a view from our front terrace towards the Rødenessjøen (read: lake) taken by my husband. Below is the one I captured on my walk to the Gym (read: it makes me wake up as well as getting some fresh air) along the Rødenessjøen at 6.30 AM. As I walked the mist lifted to reveal a beautiful blue sky. It became a lovely day and one of the few warm and sunny days we have had this summer.Now it is a lot cooler and it feels like autumn is approaching.  For us jumper-loving knitters that is not a bad thing at all.

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Photoshoot at Ingierstrand Bad: Kathe

I love these new photos of the Kathe Cardigan. Yes, they are taken by the brilliant Eivind Røhne of the gorgeous Alexandria Eissinger with makeup & hair by Jens J. Wiker and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design at Ingierstrand Bad in late May. New, because the cardigan was first photographed by Harper Point Photography for Interweave’s magazine Knits Fall 2016 and now the rights have reverted to me. Kathe is a straight cardigan with a scarf collar enchanted with an elegant textural all-over lace. The reversible 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 hanging flat – overlapping – and pinned together or folded.

In the end I chose cream, instead of black, to show this jacket most clearly. An a-line cream skirt and shoes by Camilla Skovgaard. The cardigan is knitted in the beautiful hand-dyed SweetGeorgia Yarns Superwash Sport using 3 mm/US 2.5 with a gauge of 24 sts and 36 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4” square. Alex is wearing size M with a 93 cm/36.5″ bust circumference, but it is available in sizes XS to 2XL with measurements from 79 to 120.5 cm/31 to 47.5″.

The cardigan in worked in parts back and forth and seamed. During shaping, if there are not enough stitches to work an increase (yo) and corresponding decrease, work the stitches of the partial lace as they appear. The tuck at the collar is worked with 2 circular needles held parallel. This side view is one of my favourite photos from our photoshoot and I chose to exhibit it at Strikke 2017/Knit 2017 at Hadeland Glassverk opening at 2. September.

The English pattern is available on Ravelry and on Loveknitting, while the Norwegian pattern will be published in the bi-monthly magazine Familien in issue 20, out on 2. October. Stay tuned for more magnificent photos. Enjoy your summer and keep knitting!

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Photoshoot at Ingierstrand Bad: Sulli

I am thrilled to show you the professional photos of Sulli worn by the gorgeous Alexandria Eissinger/Nordic Model Agency with hair & makeup by Jens J. Wiker and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne at Ingierstrand Bad in late May. Yes, Alex did swing that loop and added a dance for us to see, as I am sure you can imagine. I am not sure Eivind got that on film, but I am sure he will let me know if he does. Eivind did film a few other sequences you can see on Instagram. Sulli is part of the collection I have made in collaboration with Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The Norwegian yarn kits will be launched at Oslo Design Fair at Lillestrøm 30. August to 2. September.

Suli is Eskimo for more, ideal for this cardigan with a loop collar that you can drape as you please, adorned with a lace pattern on center back, sleeve and collar. The loop collar can be worn loose, folded once behind the neck or twice in front or three times around the neck in a ballerina style. A fake garter stitch seam adds a bit of structure to this cardigan knitted in the beautiful Sølje pelt wool yarn.

I chose to style it with a pair of black pencil pants, a tube top and sculptural shoes by Camilla Skovgaard, to fit the rest of the Hillesvåg Collection. Alex managed well in the heat and Eivind kept the bikini-clad women, sunbathing nearby, out of the photos, I am pleased to say. It was also an easier than usual day for Michael who did not have to hold the reflector and have his shadow shown in the photos since Eivind had brought a huge reflector and weights to keep it steady.

Above you see the loop worn three times around the neck and how it pulls in the jacket. For a more casual style wear it with the loop once around the neck as in the second photo or crossed in front as in the third photo. The wonderful pelt yarn is firm enough to hold the layers of the loop collar together making it into a shawl like collar as in the second photo. You can play around with the loop and even pull it around your waist if you wanted to.

The cardigan was beautifully knitted by Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry, using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle and a gauge 24 stitches and 32 rows. Sølje comes in 30 beautiful colours, all with the natural blackness from the Norwegian Pelssau/Pelt Sheep wool. 3 of those are turquoise, this one is the light turquoise shade.The body is knitted in one piece to the armholes, then divided into 3 parts. The loop collar is knitted separately in two pieces, bound off on 3 needles and sewed on from the back neck, while the cast on edges are joined by mattress stitches. The sleeves are knitted in the round and set-in. The armhole is slightly larger on the fronts than the back in sizes L (XL and 2XL). If you choose to adjust the body length, remember to adjust the length of each part of the loop with the same removed/added length.

Here is the back with the dewdrop pattern covering most of it. You can also clearly see the fake seam stitches in garter stitch. The jacket is available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 86 to 126 cm/33.75 to 49.5″. Alex is wearing size S with 8 cm/3.25″ positive ease. So am I in the photos taken by Michael here: New Design Sulli.

Capturing the colour, stitch detail, and jewellery in one photo, this is it. The jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design matches the stitch pattern: Abelia earring, Stijl ring and the large Ivy ring. The last ring was given to me by Kaja and is now on my finger, celebrating our collaboration! Thank you to my brilliant team!

The Norwegian pattern will only be available in the yarn kits to be launched in early September. While the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, it is scheduled to start in beginning of January and will be released approximately 6 weeks later. Do join us. In the meantime I will show you more of the professional photos taken in May, you can take part in the test knit of Embrae beginning next week on Ravelry and keep enjoying your summer!

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Free Falling Pullover in Interweave Knits Fall 2017

The Interweave Knits Fall 2017 issue has been released and I am delighted to show you my Free Falling Pullover. It is an appropriate name the editorial team has given the sweater for two very different reasons. One, because the sweater has wandering cables and a fitted silhouette. Second, because it was missing in the post for nearly a month before it finally arrived. What a relief that was. Free Falling Pullover made it into the magazine. On the cover is the dashing Astral Road Ruana by Cheryl Toy. The smaller photo is the stunning Cash Pullover by Jenny Williams; a generously sized cabled sweater with saddle shoulders.

@ Interweave Knits Fall 2017 / Harper Point Photography

Editor Meghan Babin choose the lovely Sugar Bush Yarns Crisp, a superwash merino with 87 meters/95 yards on each 50 gram ball, in a rich shade called Mulberry and introduces the pattern as follows: “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.”

@ Interweave Knits Fall 2017 / Harper Point Photography

The sample is knitted using a 4 mm/US 6 needle with a gauge of 20 stitches and 28 rows in Stocking stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. The sweater shown measures 87.5 cm/34.5″ and modelled with 1 cm/0.5″ negative ease. It is available in six sizes with the finished bust circumferences are from 77 to 128 cm/30.5 to 50.5″. The waist circumference is 5 cm/2″ less than bust and bottom circumference.

@ Interweave Knits Fall 2017 / Harper Point Photography

The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. There are two mirrored cable panels on back and front but only one on the sleeve. Increases in to the center seed stitch panel move the cable panels on the body towards the shoulders. Accompanying decreases are done in the stockinette sides, in addition to the extra waist shaping. The shoulders are shaped with short row shaping and bound off using a 3-needle bind off.

@ Interweave Knits Fall 2017 / Harper Point Photography

The casual styling is done by Tina Gill, while the hair & makeup is by Janie Rocek. Photographer is Nathan Rega at Harper Point Photography and I am thrilled with these stunning photos ideal for the Wanderlust story; “Modern heritage knits that capture the pioneering, adventurous, and poetic spirit of America.” Thank you so much to the photoshoot and Interweave Knits Team!

The Free Falling Pullover is available as an individual download  pattern or as part of the Interweave Knits Fall 2017 magazine available both digitally or in print. In Norway you will find the printed magazine in the larger Narvesen, or order it from your local one.

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Fell Garth II by The Fibre Co.

I am so proud to be one of the ten designers selected to be part of the Fell Garth II collection by The Fibre Co. Prior to this I had designed a kimono using one of their gorgeous yarns, Acadia for knit.wear Fall/Winter 2016 and greatly admired their other yarns, designs and stunning photography by Tommy Martin with a breathtaking scenery in the Lake District in the UK – the homestead of The Fibre Co.

The Fibre Co 2017 / Tommy Martin

The collection has nineteen designs by acknowledged designers such as fellow Norwegian Kari-Helene Rane, Marcela Chang, Holli Yeoh, Emma Welford, Francesca Hughes, Cecilia Flori, Sarah Hatton, Fiona Alice and Clare Devine. Clare was also the technical editor and quickly spotted my mistakes, I am pleased to say. On the cover is the stunning Skiddaw by Kari-Helene Rane. One of my favourites along together with Binsey and Mirehouse (see photo above) by Fiona Alice as well as Armathwaite by Cecilia Flori. I could go on, but like most knitters I do not have enough time to knit as much as I want to. Check out the lookbook and the instagram/facebook video or join the Fibre Co newsletter (with discount offer): Fell Garth II Lookbook.

@ The Fibre Co 2017 / Tommy Martin

The story began with a submission call back in November last year. First I had to express my interest and introduce myself and my designs. Second I was shortlisted and received the design brief as well as yarn in the post. Daphne Marinopoulous, founder and owner, had done her homework (read: worked her magic, she knew exactly what yarn, needle size and colour I prefer) and already chosen the yarn she wanted me to use to make 4 to 6 ideas by the deadline 23. December. I think it is enough to say that I managed to make 4, and did my Christmas shopping on the 23. December. A week later, on New Year’s Eve, 2 designs where accepted and the knitting began shortly after. One heavily cabled pullover and an a-line cardigan with cables on the collar and on the cuffs, took quite a bit of time to knit. Yes, I did need to have the samples, sent by courier but luckily Iain Stanley at The Fibre Company sorted me out.

@ The Fibre Co 2017 / Tommy Martin

My design Beckside, is a classic cabled sweater initially named after the ruins in Hawkside, with basket cables adorning the center front and back, framed by a braid on each side. Stockinette stitch fills the background to allow the cables to shine. A saddle shoulder allows the center sleeve cable to continue to the neck. The pullover is knitted in the new and lovely tweed yarn Arranmore Light using 3.75 mm/US in Orla, the same deep bright orange as I worked my swatch in and comes in 6 sizes.

@ The Fibre Co 2017 / Tommy Martin

Here is the introduction to Beckside written by The Fibre Co.: “In every knitter’s wardrobe we would hope to find a timeless cabled sweater, rich in texture and beautifully twisted stitches. We believe that Beckside is everything we need from a classic sweater: rich cabling, a slightly boxy shape but with all the finishing that make it crisp and easy to wear for most occasions. The deeply textured centre panel is flanked by softer, undulating cables to add something just a little soft to this otherwise unisex style. Worked in pieces from the bottom up, Beckside is seamed for a stronger, more flattering shape. The tubular cast on gives the finished garment a polished look. For a boxy fit as shown, opt for 5-10 cm (2-5 in) positive ease, Beckside would be equally flattering as a more fitted sweater with less positive ease.”

@ The Fibre Co / Tommy Martin

My second design, is Dash Falls, initially named Cartmel after the Cartmel Priory, is this a-line long jacket with an architectural cable adorning the collar and the sleeve cuff. Stockinette stitch covers the body of the jacket to offset the cables. The jacket is closed with a shawl pin. The reversible cable is one of the many inspiring ones found in Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook. Just like Beckside, this is knitted in Arranmore Light using a 3.75 mm/US 5 needle.

@ The Fibre Co 2017 / Tommy Martin

The improved introduction written by The Fibre Co. to Dash Falls reads like this: “Wrap up against any stormy weather ahead with this sweep of a cardigan. Long lines combine with soft flowing cables along the front bands, drawing the eye down. Worked in pieces from the bottom up, this seamed garment offers the interest of more textured sections with the soothing safety of stockinette for the main body. Longer in length, this open front a-line cardigan can be worn as a sweater coat in milder weather or offer the ultimate layer in colder times when its comforting texture is needed. This garment was designed to be worn with 2.5-10 cm (1-4 in) positive ease at the bust.”

@ The Fibre Co 2017 / Tommy Martin

You can see the remaining designs on both The Fibre Co’s website and on Ravelry, and all the individual patterns are available to buy now. Here is a list of Stockists for their lovely yarn. Yes, I do have more designs coming in two other yarns from The Fibre Co., so all you have to do is test it to become as addicted as me. I want to thank The Fibre Co. for selecting me, Tommy Martin & photoshoot crew and all my fellow designers for the incredible journey this has been, so far!

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Photoshoot at Ingierstrand Bad: Iglu

Here are the professional photos taken by Eivind Røhne of gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger, with hair & make up by Jens J. Wiker and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, wearing Iglu, at Ingierstrand Bad, late in May. Iglu is part of the collection I have made in collaboration with Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The Norwegian yarn kits will be launched at Oslo Design Fair at Lillestrøm 30. August to 2. September. Iglu is a lightweight poncho to live in, hence the Eskimo name Iglu, with a Celtic cable on center front and back. The poncho has sleeve parts in rib and a collar in garter stitch ending in a I-cord. It is beautifully knitted with shaped shoulders in the bouncy and lustrous Sølje Pelsull.

The Poncho is beautifully knitted by Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry, using a 3.5 mm/US 4 needle with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows measuring 10 cm/4″ square. I was pleasantly surprised how well this fine pelt wool look knitted on a larger needle than the suggested 3 mm/US 2.5. The one size poncho with a bust circumference of 194 cm/76.5″ only requires 5 100 gram skeins with 350 meters/383 yards or approximately 1712 meters/1872 yards.

The poncho is knitted in two parts, back and forth for the body, while the sleeves are knitted in the round in rib. The sleeves are sewn on at the end and hold the poncho together in the sides. There is a garter stitch band on each side of the body as you can see in the photo below. The shoulders are shaped with short row shaping, and the neck shaping is lower on the front than on the back.

The wide poncho would look its best with narrow black pencil pants, I decided and chose to identically style all the 4 designs for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. Alex is also wearing the same Camilla Skovgaard sculptural shoes, but they are not visible in any of these photos.

The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, it is scheduled to start 6th of November and will be released approximately 6 weeks later. Do join us. In the meantime you can look forward to seeing more garments worn by gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger as well as 2 designs made for The Fibre Company. Stay tuned, enjoy the summer and keep knitting!

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Photoshoot at Ingierstrand Bad: Aki

I am thrilled to show you the professional photos taken by Eivind Røhne of gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger, with hair & make up by Jens J. Wiker and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, wearing Aki, at Ingierstrand Bad, late in May. Aki, is part of the collection I have made in collaboration with Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The Norwegian yarn kits will be launched at Oslo Design Fair at Lillestrøm 30. August to 2. September. Round cables, reminiscent of antic coins hence the name Aki; Eskimo for value, adorn this a-line pullover with vents at the bottom. The pullover is crowned with a double collar with cables and garter stitches. The body is worked in two parts, while the sleeves are knitted in the round, all parts with garter stitch in the sides. Aki is knitted in a soft heather pink in the luscious Sølje from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Sølje is a pelt yarn that comes in 100 gram skeins with 350 meters/383 yards and has a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle to 10 cm/4″ square. I am wearing size Small but it will be available in sizes 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 double collar is picked up and knitted in the round, allowing the cables to continue. The interfacing part of the collar is knitted in stockinette stitch.

I have been fantasising of using a diving tower in a series of photos, but for the second time around it did not work out. This time it was closed off for maintenance work, while the weather ruined it the first time around several years back at Hvalstrand Bad. Instead Eivind suggested we include it in the background with the view towards Oslo. I choose to style Aki with pencil pants and high sculptural shoes by Danish designer Camilla Skovgaard.

Yes, I do tend to choose a number of photos where Alex is looking dreamingly down. Their sensuality draw me in and make me focus on the pullover, at least I imagine it does. I also try to select photos with different arm positions to reveal more of the garment. The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, it is scheduled to start 2nd of October and will be released approximately 6 weeks later. Do join us. In the meantime you can look forward to seeing more designs worn by gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger as well as 2 designs made for The Fibre Company. Stay tuned, enjoy the summer and keep knitting!

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Photoshoot at Ingierstrand Bad: Wa

I am thrilled to begin to present the wonderful photos Eivind Røhne took of the stunning Alexandria Eissinger/Nordic Model Agency with hair & make up by Jens J. Wiker and gorgeous jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design at Ingierstrand Bad at the end of May. First out is Wa, one of four designs; a small collection made for yarn kits in collaboration with Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk to be launched at Oslo Design Fair at the end of August. Eivind, Michael and I agreed to photograph this series on the pier by the fjord. It is a fabulous way to enter the restaurant. But unfortunately there are no ferries from Oslo to Ingierstrand Bad any more, so you have to take a fjordtaxi, if you want to arrive by boat that is.

I chose slim black pencil trousers, a tube top and sculptural sandals by Camilla Skovgaard  – yes, I have been bargain hunting secondhand shoes online – to accompany Wa: A shawl turned into a vest with a back piece, named Wa; Eskimo for ”here it is”. A large Celtic Cable adorns the center with Round cables on each side and small framing cables, on both parts; the shawl and the back piece which is sewn onto main piece at the end. Wear it as a vest, a wrap or a generous shawl around your neck.Wa is knitted in the luscious Norwegian pelt wool yarn called Tinde Pelsull from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in the divine shade called Lime 2107. Yes, it is not the first time I have used that colour, it is an addictive shade. I used it in my sweater Mistale. Each 100 gram skein has 260 meters/284 yards and is made of 100% pelt wool. The sample is beautifully knitted by Kristin Nygård, aka Quiltefeen on Ravelry and Instagram, using a 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle due to the number of stitches.

Above you see it worn pinned together in three different ways with a lovely Abelia brooch in oxidised silver with pearls by Kaja Gjedebo Design. You can also pull it tighter around the neck and make a shawl collar or pin it at the back if you prefer. As always I struggled to pick the best photos, as they were so many too choose from. I asked – read: begged – both photographer Geir Arnesen and previous editor of Made by Me now Marketing Manager at House of Yarn for their help to pick the best. Both of them obliged and gave me their selection, as I was working on picking the final one. Eivind also has to work extra hard as a reward for taking so many brilliant photos.

I try to cover all views of the garment and most ways, if not all, on how to wear it. Here is another version of Wa worn as a shawl, I simply could not resist. I am so thrilled and cannot express how much I love working with this team! This time we were fortunate to have jewellery designer Kaja Gjedebo with us as well. Check out the funny video photographer Eivind Røhne made of Alex pulling faces and me fiddling with the brooch on Instagram) as well as the video Kaja made from the restaurant here.Here is the side view of the shawl vest, where you see a bit of the wrong side of the back piece. The pattern is in one size with the shawl measuring: 50 cm/19.75″ wide and 156 cm/61.5″ long, and the back piece measuring 60 cm/23.5″ wide and 40 cm/15.75″ long. You can adjust the width by removing or adding cable repeats and/or adjust the number of side stitches in rib.

Finally the full back view. The Norwegian pattern will only be available in the yarn kits to be launched in early September. While the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, it is scheduled to start 4th of September and will be released approximately 6 weeks later. Do join us. In the meantime you can look forward to seeing more garments worn by gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger as well as my two designs made for The Fibre Company. Stay tuned, enjoy the summer and keep knitting!

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Cavallo Pattern Released

To those of you who have sent me messages asking for help to find the English pattern, I am delighted to say that the English version of Cavallo has been released in my Ravelry store. It has been test knitted in my Ravelry group and you can see the results on the pattern page. The Norwegian pattern was published in the special magazine Familien Kreativ in March. The pullover was modelled by the beautiful Silje Andresen/Team Models, with hair and make-up by Sissel Fylling, and perfectly captured by photographer Eivind Røhne at at the National Museum – Architecture in Oslo at the end of November. Here is my introduction to the pattern: 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.

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

Finished Measurements:
Bust: 84 (90, 96, 106, 116, 126) cm/33 (35.5, 37.75, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)”
Hip: 98 (104, 110, 120, 130, 140) cm/38.5 (41, 43.25, 47.25, 51.25, 55)”
Length: 75 (76, 77, 78, 79, 80) cm/29.5 (30, 30.25, 30.75, 31, 31.5)”
Sleeve Length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.5)”

Yarn: Dale, Pure Eco Wool (70% wool, 30% alpaca, 50 g, 112 m/122 yds). Sample is knitted in 1216 Soft Seagreen:
11 (12, 13, 14, 16, 17) skeins: 1138 (1244, 1348, 1516, 1684, 1852) m/1244 (1360, 1474, 1657, 1841, 2025) yds.
http://dalegarn.no/garn/pure-eco-wool/

Alternative yarns: Lana Grossa, Cool Wool Alpaca (70% wool, 30% alpaca, 50 g, 140 m/153 yds).
https://www.lanagrossa-store.com/lana-grossa-yarns/wool-l…
Classic Elite Yarns, Arietta (80% merino wool, 20% yak, 50 g, 119 m/130 yds).
http://www.classiceliteyarns.com/product_page_detail.php?…

Needles: 4 mm/US 8 circular needle (80 cm/32”).
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Removable markers, stitch holders, cable needle (cn) and yarn needle.

Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4” square.
27-sts Horseshoe Cable measures 8 cm/3.25” across.
21 sts and 30 rows in Check pattern measures 10 cm square/4” square.

Notes: All parts are worked back and forth, then seamed. Each side on all parts has a few garter stitches as a side band. Check where you want to end Horseshoe cable for both v-neck (allowing 2 rows for set-up; e.g. Row 30, as on sample) and round neck (after a cable crossing; e.g. Row 3, as on sample), before you shape armhole so that you can adjust it. Add a button or snap fastener to v-neck opening if desired.

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New Design: Sulli

The final of the 4 designs for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk is a cardigan with a loop collar, after a suggestion from Anette Toft that fulfilled my aim of making different garment types. The Norwegian yarn kits will be launched at Oslo Design Fair at Lillestrøm 30. August to 2. September. For this I choose a simple lace pattern on the back, sleeves and loop. The lovely Sølje pelt wool yarn makes you able to drape the collar even further and make it into a thick shawl like collar too. The cardigan was beautifully knitted by Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry, using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle and a gauge 24 stitches and 32 rows.

Suli is Eskimo for more, ideal for this cardigan with a loop collar that you can drape as you please, adorned with a lace pattern on center back, sleeve and collar. The loop collar can be worn loose, folded once behind the neck or twice in front or three times around the neck in a ballerina style. A fake garter stitch seam adds a bit of structure to this cardigan knitted in the beautiful Sølje pelt wool yarn.Sølje comes in 30 beautiful colours, all with the natural blackness from the Norwegian Pelssau/Pelt Sheep wool. 3 of those are turquoise, and this time I choose the light turquoise shade. It is a difficult colour to capture, and so is the luster with its mohair like surface. In these photos all taken by my husband in our garden on a very wet day in late May you only see a few of the options on how to wear the collar. Below you can see the full length of the collar.

The body is knitted in one piece to the armholes, then divided into 3 parts. The loop collar is knitted separately in two pieces, bound off on 3 needles and sewed on from the back neck, while the cast on edges are joined by mattress stitches. The sleeves are knitted in the round and set-in. The armhole is slightly larger on the fronts than the back in sizes L (XL and 2XL). If you choose to adjust the body length, remember to adjust the length of each part of the loop with the same removed/added length.

The Norwegian pattern will only be available in the yarn kits to be launched in early September. While the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, it is scheduled to start in beginning of January and will be released approximately 6 weeks later. Do join us. In the meantime you can look forward to seeing this worn by gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger as well as my two designs made for The Fibre Company. Stay tuned, enjoy the summer and keep knitting!

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