New Design: Gaylia

mmp-xt1b4948Finally, I can begin to show you my latest designs and first out is Gaylia. A textural cross cable adorns this a-line sweater with vents. The cable ends in two smaller cables that continue along each side of the v-neck. A check pattern that resembles playful cables adds texture to the sleeves. Gaylia is Norse for jovial, and perfect for this everyday sweater knitted in Dale Pure Eco Wool. The Norwegian pattern will be printed in Familien Kreativ in March next year, together with 3 other new designs, while the English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group before its release.

mmp-xt1b4951I wanted to test this new yarn called Dale Pure Eco Wool, and House of Yarn kindly sponsored it. It is made of 70% wool, 30% alpaca with a 112 meters/122 yards on each 50 gram ball and takes a 4 mm/US 6 needle with a gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows to 10 cm/4″ square. I fell in love with the dark brown melange colour named Espresso 1207. Since I was busy knitting another sample, I asked Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry to knit this for me. It is beautifully knitted, as always. Thank you, Airin!

mmp-xt1b4934You know how much I love accessories to go with my sweaters, and because I live in a climate where you have to dress in layers I made a short scarf with the same Check pattern as on the sleeve to crown the sweater so to speak.

mmp-xt1b4918The front and back are worked back and forth while sleeves are worked in the round. Each side has a few garter stitches as a side band and the sleeve has a false seam made of garter stitch. Scarf is worked in two parts ending in garter stitches and then bound off using a 3-needle bind-off.

mmp-xt1b4931Here is a detail of the v-neck and the join on the scarf which is made in two parts so that the Check pattern leans to one side each just as on the sleeves. Instead of having what appeared as a loose rib facing each other on the scarf, I choose to use garter stitch.

mmp-xt1b4941The opposite side of the scarf looks even more like checks than the front. Above you can also see the 3-needle bind off edge. The scarf is one size, but can easily be adjusted to a larger or a smaller size by adding or removing pattern repeats, while the pullover is graded in sizes XS to 2XL with bust circumferences from 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″. I am wearing size S with no ease around my bust. The hip circumference is 14 cm/5.5″ wider than the bust. My husband photographed me on a lovely autumn day in October at Ormøya by the Bunnefjord, close to where we live in Oslo.

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Behind the Scenes: Photoshoot at Architecture Museum

dscn0665It was a cold November day, our photoshoot took place at the National Museum – Architecture, but at least it was not raining. I had settled all formalities with the museum and they were expecting us, with an extra security guard since we were photographing outside around the Fehn Pavilion, in the “klostergang”/cloister, designed by Norwegian Architect Sverre Fehn. This time the team consisted of photographer Eivind Røhne, the hair & makeup artist Sissel Fylling with assistant Nora, model Silje Andresen/Team Models and assisting photographer Michael Marveng-Puckett. Silje retired as a full time model ten years ago, at the age of twenty seven, to my astonishment. She knew Sissel and was probably not too surprised that Sissel just had to cut her hair. So no change there, then.

mmp-xt1b5415We were photographing ten designs with two extra accessories, not all new designs: 2 designs returned from Interweave; Irina Pullover and Harding Cardigan; 2 old designs in need of new photos: Check Cable Cardigan and Cable On Scarf, in addition to 6 new designs. At the top is Hanasa a-line pullover, below is the Irina Pullover. I had, as usual, borrowed several skirts and a dress from designer Judith Bech. I am sure you recognise a few of those we used this time. In addition to jewellery from designer Kaja Gjedebo. Selecting from her home studio where she keeps it all, is ever so difficult and the list does seem to grow longer for each photoshoot…

dscn0653Eivind and I started by walking around the premises together with Michael, to look at possible backdrops, while Sissel was cutting and then styling Silje’s hair. We agreed that the “klostergangen”/cloister was the best one, and that there were possibilities at the front, the main entrance door to the museum, the terrace entrance to Grosch Bistro, as well as the back wall. The interior – with its vaults and the tiled entrance hall – is lit with LED lights and difficult to use as backdrops without using blitz plus a lot of extra work for Eivind to do afterwards. The main building is the old (and first) National Bank completed in 1830, by architect Christian Heinrich Grosch, while the Fehn Pavilion was built in 2008, together with the refurbishment of the building into the National Museum – Architecture.

mmp-xt1b5172I had brought several blankets to keep Silje warm, in addition to a Reindeer skin I planned for her to sit on while we were photographing Biondo scarf and a short jacket. Below you can see how that worked out. As for keeping her warm, I made sure we started with the coldest designs and then the warmer ones. But we all got cold and had a warm lunch at 12.30 inside at Grosch Bistro. I had spoken to the manager to let her know that we would be a bit in and out during the day, ordered fruit and drinks for us in the morning and that we would have our lunch when we needed a break.

mmp-xt1b5231After lunch we were ready for the last designs. Thanks to Silje’s experience we could speedily photograph the remaining garments in quick succession. In time before the November light turned blue and the approach of what we call the “blåtimen”/blue hour arriving after dusk around 3.30 pm. All the photos reflect the amazing day we had, and the wonderful team work! Thank you so much!

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Juul Cardigan Again

xt1a9571I know you have seen the Juul Cardigan already since it was published in Interweave Knits Winter 2017 magazine, but I wanted to show you the photos my husband took of me wearing it in April, just before I sent it off. It was a glorious but cold day in April, when these photos were taken by the Bunnefjord at Ormøya, just below where we live at Bekkelaget in Oslo. The cardigan was made for the Winter Bride theme but can easily be worn with more casual clothing than a stunning wedding gown. I decided upon a pair of straight grey trouser. Above I am wearing the cowl twice around my neck, so it is pulling in the whole cardigan making it appear more like a ballerina wrap.

xt1a9590Here with the cowl once around the neck. Juul Cardigan: A reversible lace pattern is the focus point of this straight cardigan with a generous cowl collar and cuffs made of tucks. A fake garter stitch seam add a bit of structure to this cardigan. The cowl 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.

xt1a9609-cropHere I am wearing the cowl once around my neck, just as I put it on. My choice of yarn was an old favourite yarn the Jaggerspun Zephyr Lace 2/18 (50% tussah silk and 50% merino) held double, for its crisp stitch definition, lusciousness and softness. It was a yarn I discovered at the yarn heaven called The Handweavers Studio in London. It is knitted using a 3.25 mm/US 3 needle with a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows in Lace pattern with 2 strands held together. I love making the hem and the tucks on the sleeves and I make them with two circular needles held parallell. I have made a video of this technique, see my blogpost with video link (it begins 7.45 in): Knitting Techniques Videos.

xt1a9602The sample is knitted in the third size, with a bust measurement of 104 cm/41″, worn with 12 cm/4.75″ of ease on me. So it came out looser than intended, the same with the sleeve length, that had to be pinned up during photography. The sleeve length has been adjusted in the pattern. The cardigan pattern is available in six sizes. Here is the Interweave introduction to the cardigan:  “This unusual cardigan will draw every eye with its striking features. The tucked stitch cuffs and long attached loop collar add sophistication to the already beautiful lacework that adorns the back and sleeves.” Thank you so much, Interweave Knits team!

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Gift-A-Long 2016

rv76m9f-imgurFor the second year around, I am taking part in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long, GAL for short, on Ravelry. I had a great time last year seeing all the projects being made, the competitions, and all the chatting in the Indie Design Gift-A-Long group. You can easily join the fun even before you know all about, just like I did last year. The Indie Design-Gift-A-Long is a 6 week long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers. From Tuesday, November 22nd at 8:00 pm US EST to Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 at 11:59 pm US EST 335 indie designers will be discounting between 5 – 20 of their patterns 25% for this event. Use coupon code: giftalong2016. There are 2 200 electronic pattern prizes to be won as well as physical prizes, for taking part in the KAL/CAL and the Designer Hunt Game. Take a look at the interesting stats above.

ravelry-500x500-v2-hi-resAbove are the most of the patters I have discounted, since each item in a pattern count as one. The collage was made for the sign-up and you can access the full list of designers and see all the collages here: ravelry.com. In addition we have all made a Gift-A-Long 2016 bundle of discounted patterns so that they are easy to find. The hard working group moderators and volunteers have also made a series of Pinterest.com/IndieDesignGAL boards for you to look at. Do join us!

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Shalana Pattern Released

shalana-coverStrikke 2016 at Hadeland Glassverk ended 30. October and the 5 garments I exhibited have been returned to me. Among them the pullover Shalana, knitted in the beautiful colour Avocado in Rowan Felted Tweed DK. Even the test knit has finished so I have released the English pattern on both Ravelry and on Loveknitting. The Norwegian pattern was published in Familien Strikk 2016 in August, and is still available to order from them. The sample was brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne, worn by Alexandria Eissinger/Nordic Model Agency with hair & make up by Jens J. Wiker and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, at Villa Malla in early June.

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.

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

Finished measurements: Bust: 88 (94, 100, 106, 116, 126) cm/34.75 (37, 39.25, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)”                                                                                                                                     Waist: 78 (84, 90, 96, 106, 116) cm/30.75 (33, 35.5, 37.75, 41.75, 45.75)”                           Hip: 88 (94, 100, 106, 116, 126) cm/34.75 (37, 39.25, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5)”                         Length: 60 (61, 62, 63, 64, 65) cm/23.5 (24, 24.5, 24.75, 25.25, 25.5)”                            Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.5)”

Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed DK (50% merino wool, 25% Alpaca, 25% Rayon, 50 g, 175 m/191 yds). Sample is knitted in Avocado 161: 7 (8, 9, 10, 11, 12) skeins; 1172 (1312, 1452, 1592, 1767, 1942) m/1282 (1435, 1588, 1741, 1932, 2124) yds.

Alternative yarns:  The Fiber Company, Acadia (60% Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 20% Alpaca, 50 g, 133 m/145 yds). http://www.thefibreco.com/acadia.html                                 Or another lightweight DK/8 ply or Sportsweight yarn.

Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32″ and 60 cm/28″). Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

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

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4″ square. 24 sts and 32 rows in Double Seed st measures 10 cm/4″ square. 18-st Sand Cables measures 7 cm/2.75″ across.

Notes: All 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.

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Familien Julens Småstrikk 2016

julens-smastrikk-2Chrismas is coming, and you can see it in the magazines in Norway. The special issue published by Familien called Familien Julens Småstrikk features accessories and small projects for Christmas including two of my designs: Keya Scarf and Maith. I am delighted to have my designs included in this packed issue with a total of 107 patterns. The photos are of the gorgeous Alexandria Eissinger, with hair & make up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design is brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne.

16_no_fao_7_flettestrikk_98521_page_2My spreads of pages is introduced with the heading “Fin med fletter”/Nice with cables. Keya Scarf: Voluminus hidden sand cables in a tweed mixture made of Rowan Lima and Rowan Fine Tweed held together, creates a divine texture for this reversible scarf, called Keya after the bloom of a flower.

16_no_fao_7_flettestrikk_98521_page_3Maith: Divine silk and gracious cables give this shrug a feeling of goodness just as the old Irish word ”maith”. The shrug is worked from one sleeve cuff, across the back to the opposite sleeve cuff. Knit a cowl and use it as a collar on the shrug. Rowan Truesilk gives you a luxurious feeling and makes it perfect even for evening wear.

16_no_fao_7_flettestrikk_98521_page_4The magazine is available in selected supermarkets and at newsagents in Norway,  if you live abroad you can order the magazine by e-mailing Kari.Bachke@egmont.com. I am fascinated to see that the number of Christmas issues with knitting patterns are increasing here in Norway. One reason might be the recent research paper by SIFO  that found an astonishing 43% of women in Norway knit.

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My Juul Cardigan in Interweave Knits Winter 2017

Interweave / Harper Point Photography

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The submission call for Interweave Knits Winter 2017  with its Winter Bride theme, hit me hard. Or hit home, you might say. Since I had just finished photographing my own Bridal inspired series, I called Norse Goddess Collection, and there were more ideas filling my head. I wanted a lacy jacket with a long cowl collar and tucks at the bottom of the sleeves. I choose  an old favourite yarn the Jaggerspun Zephyr Lace 2/18 (50% tussah silk and 50% merino) held double for its crisp stitch definition, lusciousness and softness. I was delighted that my design was accepted by editor Meghan Babin. The winter bride story is stunningly styled  by Tina Gill, with beautiful hair & makeup by Kira Friedman and photographed by Harper Point Photography at – the commonly called – Chapel on the Rock in Colorado. Just look at the wedding bouquet! There are several lace shawls and a long lace bridal jacket to blow your mind in the issue with 18 designs especially made for the issue.

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@ Interweave / Harper Point Photography

This is my introduction to Djuser Cardigan, the working title for the design: A reversible lace pattern reminiscent of the step pyramid of Djuser in Egypt, is the focus point of this straight cardigan with a generous cowl collar and cuffs made of tucks. A fake garter stitch seam add a bit of structure to this cardigan. The cowl collar can be worn loose behind the neck, folded once around the neck or twice in front or three times around the neck in a ballerina style hence perfect for a Winter Bride. Here is Meghan’s introduction to the theme: “…Our “Winter Bride” story is ethereal, bright, timeless, and elegant. This story captures the sophisticated tone of the issue while being decidedly feminine. This all white story features cardigans, shawls, a magnificent veil, and show stopping lace bridal jacket.”

Interweave / Harper Point Photography

@ Interweave / Harper Point Photography

The Juul Cardigan is worked from the bottom and up. The body is worked in one part to the armhole and then separated into 3 parts. I worked the sleeves in the round but the technical editor at Interweave suggests only working the tucks in the round and add a seam for stability to the sleeves. The extra long cowl is knitted separately in two parts and then joined together and sewn in place around the opening.

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@ Interweave / Harper Point Photography

The sample is knitted in the third size, with a bust measurement of 104 cm/41″, worn with 18 cm/7″ of ease. So it came out looser than intended, the same with the sleeve length, that had to be pinned up during photography. The sleeve length has been adjusted in the pattern. The cardigan is available in six sizes. Here is the Interweave introduction to the cardigan:  “This unusual cardigan will draw every eye with its striking features. The tucked stitch cuffs and long attached loop collar add sophistication to the already beautiful lacework that adorns the back and sleeves.” Thank you so much, Interweave Knits team!

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@ Interweave / Harper Point Photography

Here is a detail of the back and how I choose to end the lace pattern on the sleeve cap. It is knitted using a 3.25 mm/US 3 needle with a gauge of 24 stitches and 32 rows in Lace pattern with 2 strands held together. The other story in the magazine is called “Whiskey and Wool” and you will find … “five rugged, sophisticated menswear sweaters, along with seven women’s wear design equal to their male counterparts”. The Donegal Sweater is my favourite among the menswear sweaters while the Bray Cardigan is the womenswear one, just in case you were wondering.

The Juul Cardigan is available as an individual download  pattern or as part of the Interweave Knits Winter 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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Oslo Knitting Festival

dscn0634Yes, this time the festival was in my city of Oslo, Norway. The premises the organisers of Oslo Knitting Festival had chosen was perfect, the Oslo Public Library, not only is it central, with high ceilings, plenty of sofas and cold enough to wear woollen sweaters inside. A smart move those of us who attended the book launch on Friday night, agreed. Above you can see the market hall, with around 30 different yarn stores, magazines, and others had their stalls with books and dvd’s as backdrops. The festival website is in English hence it had attracted several French yarn shops and the English/American magazine Pom Pom Quarterly, in addition to Norwegian shops and hand-dyers.

dscn0632Here is Tweedy Todd with a selection of their tempting yarns. Tweedy Todd is a small independent hand-dyed yarn company based outside of Oslo. They offer a variety of semi-solid, variegated, tonal, speckled and dip-dyed looking yarns. I was good and did not buy any yarn this time. As usual I took a lot of photos and a lot of them are way to blurred to be used.

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I was delighted to finally meet the two lovely women from the yarn store Fortuna near Trondheim: Ellen Haugen Bergsrønning and Marit Haugen Bergsrønning. I know them both from Facebook and Marit has test knitted for me. They are the Norwegian retailer for the divine German yarn Wollmeise and also stock the popular Hedgehog Fibres. See our selfie. Yes, I am wearing my Oydis again.

Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk was there and I could finally see the yarn kits made with my designs for real. We had a long chat about my designs and their new yarn the finer Norwegian Pelt Wool Yarn called Sølje Pelsullgarn.

dscn0629It is many years since I last met up with Lydia Gluck who I used to work together with at Loop in London. Lydia and American Meghan Fernandes  (also with a Loop background), set up their magazine Pom Pom Quarterly in 2012. Today it is one of the most trendy knitting magazines in the world. It is sold both in print and digitally. If you do not know the magazine maybe you know their podcast, called Pomcast. I was fortunate to meet Sophie Scott who together with Lydia make their Pomcast. Thank you, Lydia & Sophie!

dscn0636Pom Pom has also started their Pom Pom Press published their first book by designer Fiona Alice and more are coming, Lydia revealed. They also offer in print the popular Interpretations booklets by Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki. Check out the table below.

dscn0649The Squirrel’s Yarns was one of the French yarn shops present at the Festival, see below.

dscn0637Yet another reason to visit the Festival was the book launch of Gyldendals Strikkedagbok /a knitting diary with presentations and patterns by Kristin Wiola Ødegård, Marte Helgetun, Paelas og Marianne Jansson Bjerkman. The host was Marthe from the Norwegian podcast Marthe&Marthe. The launch was held in the auditorium, as you might have guessed. I met several knitters I knew and enjoyed this frank talk about WIP (work in progress), stash and the planning of new projects.

dscn0643After the launch, I went back to the market hall for a second look. The event was on for all of Saturday and Sunday with an offering of talks and workshops. I was teaching a weekend workshop for Østre Aker Husflidslag the same weekend hence had to make the most of my Friday visit.

dscn0646Around 9.30 pm you could still spot a lot of knitters in the knitting cafe area. But I decided to take my knitting with me back home. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit! Well done, Oslo Knitting Festival!

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Photoshoot at Villa Malla: Inverness Sweater

20160601-lm-villa-malla-055I am pleased to finally show you the magnificent photos Eivind Røhne took of gorgeous model Alexandria Eissinger, with hair & make up by Jens J. Wiker and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, wearing the Inverness Sweater over a tulle petticoat by Judith Bech Design at Villa Malla in early June. The pattern was first published in Interweave Knits Winter 2016, last October, and the rights have now reverted to me. The English pattern will be published on Ravelry and on Loveknitting shortly, while the Norwegian pattern will be published in the magazine Familien at a later date.

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I decided to style the sweater with the Judith Bech’s tulle petticoat for the added drama it gives, and thought the beach was the perfect neutral back drop. I love the result and working with this amazing team. The image above is the one that stuck in my mind. We had a wonderful day, chasing the bright sun.

20160601-lm-villa-malla-086Here is my introduction to the pattern: My classic aran sweater has a becoming a-line shape with a twisted rib introducing the twisted long cables with its dividers, ray of honey and seed stitch side panels. Knitted in the round from the bottom and up with modified dropped shoulder and a round neck with a double twisted rib.

20160601-lm-villa-malla-065The sample is knitted in Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted with 192 meters/210 yards on each 100 g skein and using a 4 mm/US 6 needle. The gauge is 20 stitches and 28 rounds in stockinette stitch. The a-line sweater is worked from the bottom and up. The body and sleeves are worked in the round up to the armhole, then flat to the final bind off.

I was so delighted to be selected to be part of the Classics issue with my Inverness Sweater, you can read more about here: www.marveng-puckett.com/wordpress/. I do hope you like both sets of photos as much as I do!

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Kohno Kimono Again

xt1a8593I know you have seen the Kohno Kimono before, since it was published in knit.wear Fall/Winter 2016, but I wanted to show the photos my husband took of me wearing it in our garden last February, just before I sent it off to Interweave. This is how I introduced it: Inspired by the sculptural aesthetic of architect Hugo Kohno’s work in Tokyo, is this oversized long kimono style jacket with short wide raglan sleeves. It is adorned with a domed check pattern ending in wide moss stitch borders at the front, bottom and in the sides.

xt1a8586The yarn I suggested and had used in my swatch was a favourite combination of Rowan Lima – an alpaca and merino blend in a chainette yarn – together with Rowan Fine Tweed. Instead editor Meghan Babin suggested using The Fibre Company, Acadia and that was a clever choice since it is a lovely yarn to knit with and has a luxurious feel to it. This is how it is described by The Fibre Company themselves: “Acadia is a 2-ply yarn with a rustic look and a soft hand. A subtle tweed effect created by the silk noil is combined with a heathered base and then overdyed”. It is made of 60% wool, 20% alpaca, 20% silk with 133 m/145 yards on each 50 g skein and takes a 4 mm/US 6 needle. The gauge is 21 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square. The sample is knitted in Sea Lavender, a soft grey with lilac undertones. The Kimono takes 13 (13, 14, 15, 16, 16) skeins. The Fibre Company Yarns are distributed by Kelbourne Woolens in the US.

xt1a8591-editThe Kohno Kimono is oversized and I am wearing the third size with a bust circumference of 124 cm/49″ with 32 cm/12.5″ of positive ease. The finished size: 112 (118, 124, 132, 137, 142) cm/44 (46½, 49, 52, 54, 56½)”. I was delighted to see one of the knitters attending my workshop in Stavanger had started knitting it. The English pattern is available as a single pattern to download but also as part of the wonderful knit.wear Fall/Winter 2016  digital issue available both as a digital issue or as a print issue. I have ordered a few more colours of Acadia and cannot wait to see them and swatch with them.

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