Photoshoot at Bøler Church: Brewster Cardigan

The time has come to show you the marvellous photos we took at the photoshoot at Bøler Kirke/Church in Oslo last October. The first series of photos out are of the Brewster Cardigan. We started photographing outside in the courtyard next to the chapel due to the  funeral in the main church hall, so we would be out of sight as agreed with the parish priest Dag Auli who unlocked all doors and gave us close to unlimited access to the church.  The next backdrop we choose was the entrance to the church hall with its high ceilings, half concrete walls and large windows, by HBA Architects. Above is the gorgeous Emma Ross, with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, wearing Brewster Cardigan captured by Eivind Røhne. It is one of my favourite shots from the photoshoot.

I chose to style the cardigan with black pencil trousers and those magnificent sculptural high heels by Danish designer Camilla Skovgaard. The Brewster Cardigan was initially made for Wool Studio 2016 an off-spring of the knit.wear magazine and published in December 2016. The pattern rights reverted to me in December 2017, hence I needed to take new photos for the release of the pattern in my Ravelry Store.

Reversible sand cables, adorn the generous loop cowl as well as the center of the back and the sleeves of this straight cardigan. The draped loop cowl creates the unusual captivating silhouette. A fake garter stitch seam adds a bit of structure to this cardigan. The loop cowl can be worn loose, folded once behind the neck or twice in front or three times around the neck in a ballerina style.

The cardigan is knitted in Valley Yarns Northfield (70% Merino, 20% Baby Alpaca, 10% Silk, 50 gram, 113 meters/124 yards). Sample is knitted in Haze 14. Cardigan shown measures 96.5 cm/40″; modeled with 15.5 cm/6″ of positive ease. It is available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 89 to 136 cm/35 to 53.5″.

Brewster Cardigan is knitted by me using 4 mm/US 6 needles with a gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows in stocking stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

Above you see the cowl worn three times around the neck, pulling the cardigan together into a ballerina wrap style. The body 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 cowl is worked in two parts, with 3 pattern repeats, and is joined with a 3-needle bind off at one end and a mattress stitch seam at the other after it has been attached around the opening with extra length hanging loose.

Emma’s wonderful hair adds a splash of colour to these grey tone photos. The English pattern is available on Ravelry and on Loveknitting while the Norwegian pattern will be published in the special issue Familien Strikk magazine out in March. Thank you to my team including Sissel’s assistant Nora and my husband – always working in the background – for making these wonderful photos!

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New Design: Barra

Here is the last of the four new designs made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk; Barra. Elaborate spear cables run like a spine on the back of this long jacket before they are moved towards the shoulder at the top. At the front one cable follow the line along the v-neck. The sleeve has a spear cable running around it at the bottom, before the upper part is knitted in the round in stockinette stitch. The a-line cardigan is named Barra – Celtic for spear. It is beautifully knitted in Sølje –  made of 100% pelt wool with 350 meters/383 yards on each 100 gram skein and using 3 mm/US 2.5 needles – by new sample knitter Anne Langfjæran.

The body is worked flat in pieces, unlike the long sleeves which are worked in the round after the sideways cable panel to the armhole. Stitches are picked up along right side of cable panel for the top sleeve. The cables are the same as on Melva and from the cables are from Norah Gaughan’s brilliant Knitted Cable Sourcebook.

My husband photographed me at the outdoor stage next to Ørje Brug, today a museum called Haldenvassdragets Kanalmuseum on a very windy day in October. I am wearing size S but the pattern will be available in sizes XS to 2XL with bust circumferences from 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″. All with the same length, due to the cable length: 79.5 cm/31.25″. The Norwegian yarn kit will be launched at Oslo Design Fair in late January. The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group beginning in mid-May, before it is released about 6 weeks later. But before that I will show you how it looked on the gorgeous model Emma Ross with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling and captured by photographer Eivind Røhne.

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Aki Knitted By Kirsten

I wanted to show you this stunning version and photos of my design Aki knitted by Kirsten in Germany. Yes, these photos are taken with a rustic house as backdrop, near to where she lives with her family by the edge of the forest in Wolfsburg, Niedersachsen. Kirsten, aka Lavendelfreundin on Ravelry called her project “Yes, I Can :-)”. And she explains why on her project page: “I immediately fell in love with this pattern, but was skeptical that I would be able to knit so much cable pattern. So far, I only knitted a few cable knit projects. I like them so much. Just don’t like knitting … With a bit of encouragement from Valeria I dared to do it. And after I had memorized the cable pattern and no longer had constantly look at the instructions, knitting was funny. Many thanks to Valeria for the gifted pattern and the spirit and motivation she has given to me”.

Kirsten choose to work both the body and the sleeves flat and longer than in the pattern. She also made the collar a little higher 11 cm/4.25″ (2 times 40 rounds). “Yes, I can :-)” is knitted in Blacker Yarns Tamar 4-ply – a pure British wool (that is breed specific) with 347 meters/380 yards on each 100 gram skein – in the shade Shalesbrook – using 3.5 mm/US needles in size L. More info on the yarn can be found here: www.blackeryarns.co.uk.

Of course, I also wanted to show you the a photo of the back. There are many more photos you can see, as a member of Ravelry on her project page. Thank you so much Kristin for knitting Aki and for the wonderful photos. You can find the pattern with sizes XS to 2XL in both English and Norwegian on Ravelry and in English on Loveknitting.

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New Design: Ardra

Why not start the new year with a new design, I thought. So here it is: Ardra. Yes, it is another design for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk to be launched at the Oslo Design Fair in late January, knitted in the lovely Sølje Pelsull with the same cables as my Donia: Round knot cables run along the body of this a-line pullover with a slightly longer back. Only one cable adorns each sleeve. The body is worked in the round and ends in a round neck with an I-cord bind-off. A false seam on the sides make the fit better. Ardra is Celtic and means noble.

The body is knitted in the round with short rows for a longer curved hem at the back up to the armhole. Then it is worked back and forth in Back and Front. The sleeves are knitted in the round up to the armhole. The colour is called Cognac and Sølje Pelsull is made of 100% pelt wool with 350 meters/383 yards on each 100 gram skein. The pullover is beautiful knitted, using 3 mm/US 2.5 and a 24 stitches and 32 rows gauge, by Kristin Nygård, aka Quiltefeen on Ravelry and Instagram, since I was busy working on another new design.

My husband photographed me at the outdoor stage next to Ørje Brug, today a museum called Haldenvassdragets Kanalmuseum on a very windy day in October. I am wearing size S but the pattern will be available in sizes XS to 2XL with bust circumferences from 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″.

The cables are from Norah Gaughan’s brilliant Knitted Cable Sourcebook, and appear smaller due to the thinner yarn than on the poncho Donia. The English pattern for Ardra will be test knitted in my Ravelry group beginning on 23rd of April before it is released in mid June. But before that I will show you how it looked on the gorgeous model Emma Ross with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling and captured by photographer Eivind Røhne.

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Takk for det gamle/Thank you for the old year!

The end of the year is here and in Norway we say: Takk for det gamle/Thank you for the old year! Before we wish each other a Happy New Year, that is. 2017 was an eventful year, with Michael & my move into our own house in the countryside, clearly the main achievement. I achieved many of my goals, some are still in progress and some are yet to be fulfilled. I am thrilled with my new collaborations with Di Gilpin, The Little Grey Sheep and The Fibre Co, all made in 2017 as well as my continued co-operation with Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Interweave Knits, and Norwegian magazines like Familien just to mention a few. Above is the Rødenessjøen photographed Tuesday morning.

I was very grateful to be asked to be on SweetGeorgia Yarns’ Podcast, which I love listening to myself and I also admire their yarns & colours. I have been testing out the Superwash DK and Superwash Sport so far. You will find my design Aine in the Fall with SweetGeorgia, Vol. 1, Amara in the Fall with SweetGeorgia Vol 2 and Kathe Cardigan first published in Interweave Knits Fall 2016. Here is Episode 66.

I am busy working towards my next set of deadlines, knitting samples at the moment, and working towards my next goal. Thank you for following me, working with me, buying my patterns, sample & test knitting and participating in my Ravelry group this year. I wish you all a prosperous and healthy New Year filled with creativity!

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Iglu Pattern Released

While I have been enjoying my Christmas holiday, test knitters have been completing their Iglu Ponchos. I am delighted to see all the different variations in colour, fade, length and width as well as modifications done to it. Iglu was made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in the lovely Sølje Pelsull and is available in kits in selected yarn stores and online. Both the Norwegian and English pattern is now available online on Ravelry and on Loveknitting. The poncho was brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne at Ingierstrand Bad, back in May, worn by model Alexandria Eissinger with hair & makeup by Jens J. Wiker and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design.

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.

Iglu pattern is available in English and Norwegian (på norsk).

Size: One size

Finished measurements:
Bust: 194 cm/76.5”
Length: 72 cm/28.25”
Sleeve length: 32 cm/12.5”
Sleeve width bottom: 24 cm/9.5”
Sleeve width top: 32 cm/12.5”

Yarn: Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Sølje Pelsull (100% pelt wool, 100 g, 350 m/383 yds). Sample is knitted in Light Red-Beige 652136.
5 skeins: 1712 m/1872 yds.
https://www.ull.no/produktkategori/garn/ullgarn/nyhet-sol…

Yarn alternatives: Cascade 220 Sport (100% wool, 50 g, 150 m/164 yds).
http://www.cascadeyarns.com/cascade-Cascade220Sport.htm
Tosh Sock (100% wool, 100 g, 361 m/394 yds).
http://madelinetosh.com/tosh-sock/
Berroco Cosma (60% alpaca, 30% wool, 10% silk, 50 g, 150 m/164 yds).
http://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-cosma
Or another Sport/5 ply or Fingering 4/ply yarn.

Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32” and 40 cm/16”).
3.5 mm/US 4 DPNs for sleeves.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

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

Gauge: 21 sts and 30 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4” square.
42 sts in Celtic Cable measures 13 cm/5” across.
30 rows in Celtic Cable measures 10 cm/4” high.

Notes: The poncho is knitted in two parts, back and forth for the body, while the sleeves are knitted in the round in rib. There is a garter stitch band on each side of the body.
The poncho is knit with a loose gauge in a hairy yarn.

Yarn Kits are on sale from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

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Merry Christmas, Happy Knitmas & Holidays!

Yes, it is that time of year again, today is Tiny Little Christmas Eve/Bitte Lille Juleaften, aka 22nd of December! Christmas is definitely here and in Norway it seems to extend even further, as we now also have 3rd and 4th Christmas Day, aka 27th and 28th of December. It is going to be a Knitmas for me! I have been proof reading Christmas patterns since August for the Norwegian magazine Familien so I completely lost track of the days and had planned to buy Christmas presents next week… I realised in time, that it would be too late and squeezed it in this week between my deadlines. Now, I only have the wrapping left. This is our first Christmas in our own house here in Ørje and we are looking forward to it. But we are invited to my brothers’ house on Christmas Eve so we will celebrate Christmas there! I will be relaxing, eating delicious food & cakes as well as knitting these next few days.Above you see some of our Christmas decorations in our house with the lovely view of the lake – Rødenessjøen. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Knitmas and Holidays! Enjoy!

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New Design: Cahal

Olive green was the second shade I chose for the new collection for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk to be launched at the Oslo Design Fair in late January. Yes, in the divine Tinde Pelsull, that is. Origami vest with reversible cables that folds into shape. Vents are made by leaving the seam open at the bottom. The horizontal seam draws a line across the shoulders ending in a curve at the armhole. You can wear the vest with both sides out by making a neat or flat seam. The name Cahal is Celtic for strong in battle.

The brilliant sample knitter is none other than Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry, who knitted this vest in a week’s time. Yes, she is a turbo knitter, that is for sure! I am wearing size S with a bust measurement of 106.5 cm/42″ with the intended right side out in the top two photos and with the wrong side out as well as visible seams in the bottom two photos. The pattern is graded into two larger sizes too (m, XL/2XL) with (117, 127) cm/42 (46, 50)” bust.

The vest is knitted in two parts. The front is a square, while the back has 30.5 cm/12″ extra body length that folds to the front at each shoulder to form the upper front and the neck opening. Above you see the wrong side out and visible seams. The vest is knitted using 3.5 mm/US 4 needle with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. Tinde Pelsull is made of 100% pelt wool with 260 meters/284 yards per 100 gram skein and comes in 30 divine colours all with the natural black base.

My husband photographed me at the outdoor stage next to Ørje Brug, today a museum called Haldenvassdragets Kanalmuseum on a very windy day in October. Below is the arty shoot, he took. The background I wanted, but the sun was not in the right position for photos from this angle.

The cables are from Norah Gaughan’s brilliant Knitted Cable Sourcebook, yet again. The English pattern for Cahal will be test knitted in my Ravelry group beginning on 9th of April before it is released in mid May. But before that I will show you how it looked on the gorgeous model Emma Ross with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling and captured by photographer Eivind Røhne.

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New Design: Donia

In a divine blue shade is my new poncho – Donia – one part of a collection I have made in collaboration with Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in their Tinde Pelsull. I think it is my best poncho so far, but I am curious to see if you agree: Round knot cables adorn the bottom and the top of this poncho. A high collar gives it a noble look, hence the name Donia; Celtic for rules all. The upper part is picked up and knitted from the lower cable panel and worked in stockinette stitch with shaping for the shoulders. The short sleeves in rib hold the poncho together. You can wear it with a belt or a shawl pin to gather it at the front or loose, just as you prefer. The one size sample is beautifully knitted by Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry. Thank you, Airin!I decided to make the round knot cables run along the bottom and on the high collar, with stockinette stitch in between. I did consider making the collar lower with only one cable but opted for all three in the end. A possible option would be to make the collar loose as a cowl and just add an I-cord bind off to the neckline. The lovely cables are from Norah Gaughan’s brilliant Knitted Cable Sourcebook, but you probably guessed it. Above you see the front worn with a narrow belt, while the back is hanging loose. Below and in the bottom photo, I have used a shawl pin to hold together the two sides of the front under the back.

The body is knitted in four parts with cables on bottom part and stockinette stitch on the upper part. A long circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches. The sleeves are knitted in the round in rib. The collar is knitted separately using a provisional cast-on so that the ends can be grafted together. If you prefer to have the collar loose, pick up and knit stitches around the neck and work an I-cord bind-off.

The poncho is made in one size with a bust circumference of 194 cm/76.5″, and can be adjusted by removing or adding sets of 7 stitches to avoid having to adjust the shoulder shaping. The finished length is 74.5 cm/29.25″ and the sleeve length is 32 cm/12.5″. The gauge used to achieve these measurements is: 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square using a 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle. Tinde Pelsull is made of 100% pelt wool with 260 meters/284 yards on each 100 gram skein.

All these photos are taken by my husband at the outdoor stage next to Ørje Brug, today a museum called Haldenvassdragets Kanalmuseum on a very windy day in October.The yarn kit with a Norwegian pattern will be launched at Oslo Design Fair at the end of January next year, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, beginning on March 5th, before it is released at the end of April. But before that I will show you how it looked on the gorgeous model Emma Ross with hair & makeup by Sissel Fylling and captured by photographer Eivind Røhne.

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Juul Cardigan Pattern Released

Juul Cardigan was designed for Interweave Knits Winter 2017 and their Winter Bride theme. The pattern rights have reverted to me and the English pattern has been released on Ravelry and on Love Knitting with new photos brilliantly taken by Eivind Røhne. The gorgeous model is Alexandria Eissinger, with hair & makeup by Jens J. Wiker and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design. I also wanted to style it with a wedding skirt and borrowed one from Judith Bech. For a more casual style see the cardigan worn with grey pencil trousers by me here: Juul Cardigan Again. Below is the pattern introduction.

A reverisble beautiful lace pattern, is the focus point of this straight cardigan with a generous loop collar and tuck stitch cuffs. A fake garter sttich seam add a bit of structure to this cardigan. 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 hence perfect for a Winter Bride.

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

Finished Measurements:
Bust: 90 (98, 104, 114, 124.5, 134.5) cm/35.5 (38.5, 41, 45, 49, 53)“
Length: 54 (54.5, 56, 56.5, 57.5, 59) cm/21.25 (21.5, 22, 22.25, 22.75, 23.25)”
Sleeve length: 46 (46, 47, 47, 47.5, 47.5) cm/18 (18, 18.5, 18.5, 18.75, 18.75)“
Cowl: 17 cm/6.75 wide and 296 cm/116.5” long

Yarn: Jaggerspun, Zephyr Lace 2/18 (50% merino, 50% tussah silk, 100 g, 1024 m/1120 yds). Sample is knitted in Vanilla.
http://www.jaggeryarn.com/wholesale-yarn-lines/zephyr-woo…
4 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5) skeins; 3258 (3549, 3840, 4204, 4640, 5078) m/3562 (3881, 4199, 4597, 5074, 5553) yds.
Note: Yarn is held double throughout.

Alternative yarns:
Fyberspates, Gleem Lace (55% British Bluefaced Leicester Wool, 45% silk, 100 g, 800 m/874 yds)
http://www.fyberspates.co.uk/mall/departmentpage.cfm/Fybe…
Madeline Tosh, Praire (100% superwash merino wool, 100 g, 768 m/840 yds)
http://madelinetosh.com/store/index.php/yarns/prairie.html
Shibui, Cima (70% alpaca, 30% merino, 50 g, 300 m/328 yds)
http://www.shibuiknits.com/Yarn/Colorways.php?Yarn=Cima
All held double throughout, or another 4 ply/fingering yarn held alone.

Needles:
3.25 mm/US 3 circular needles (30 cm/12”, 40 cm/16” and 80 cm/32”).
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders and yarn needle.

Gauge:
25 sts and 32 rows in st st using 2 strands of yarn held together and 3.25 mm/US 3 needles measures 10 cm/4” square.
25 sts and 40 rows in garter st using 2 strands of yarn held together and 3.25 mm/US 3 measures 10 cm/4” square.
24 sts and 32 rows in Lace using 2 strands of yarn held together and 3.25 mm/US 2.5 measures 10 cm/4” square.

Notes: The body is worked back and forth in one piece from the lower edge to the underarm, then the upper fronts and back are worked separately.
The sleeve cuffs are worked in the round, then the remainder of the sleeve is worked flat and seamed to the underarm to provide stability for the heavy cuff.
A circular needle is used to accomodate the large number of stitches.
The hem and tucks on sleeves are made by holding a 30 cm/12” and a 40 cm/16” circular needle together.

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