Photoshoot at Mortensrud Church November 2020: Eah

The next set of photos that I am going to show you is of Eah worn by Olivia Lindtein, who inspired me to make a hoodie not unlike the one she was wearing on our previous photoshoot, with make-up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, brilliantly captured by Eivind Røhne upstairs on the gantry in Mortensrud Church. Eah looked stunning on Olivia in the hand dyed Walk Collection Merino Sport in Camel (100% Superwash Merino, 100 g, 325 m/355 yds) held together with the KidMohair Lace (70% mohair, 30% silk, 50 g, 420 m/459 yds).

I choose to style the hoodie with cream coloured silk trousers, due to the cream shade of the Walk Collection KidMohair Lace yarn.

Olivia is wearing size Small with a bust & hip measurement of 92 cm/36.25″ with a 9 cm/3.5″ positive ease. Eah has been graded into sizes XS to 5XL with bust measurements from 84 to 160 cm/33 to 63″.

An acronym for each way is this casually fitted cabled hoodie adorned by a herringbone cable on the front, the back and the sleeves. Eah ends in a hood with the cable at the back and an I-cord edge. The pullover is knitted in the divine hand dyed Walk Collection Merino Sportweight yarn held together with the Kid Mohair Lace, in pieces and seamed for the ultimate fit.

The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The back extends into the back of the hood, while the front hood is picked up and knitted at the end. 

The test knit has completed and a narrower hood version has been added to the pattern as an option. The individual Eah pattern in both English and Norwegian is available from my Ravelry Store and will be added to LoveCrafts shortly.

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Leylak Knitted by Anja Helen Storø Hansen

I am pleased to introduce another of my regular test knitters, Norwegian Anja Helen Storø Hansen, aka FlowerBirds on Ravelry, wearing her Leylak knitted in size 2XL in Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Huldra kamgarn held together with HK Lace. Anja first test knitted for me back in 2013 and has had a break due to her own pattern writing but also a year of strong chemotherapy and stem cell therapy. On her project page she continues “..I needed to put myself to the test. I would like an answer on whether I am able to test and knit a complicated pattern with a given deadline.”

“The answer is YES, my hands work, my head starts working again, the same with my eyes. AND I finished by the deadline”. I think the jacket looks stunning on her! Anja is a podcasts in Norwegian and one of her episodes is called: “Tilbake til livet“/Back to life. Her other episodes are about her knitting and sewing, see them here: YouTube.com.

Anja used a 2.5 mm/US 1.5 and a 3.25 mm/US 3 needle, instead of the recommended 4 mm/US 6 due to her yarns, to achieve the pattern gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch gauge.  Thank you so much, both for test knitting and for these gorgeous photos, Anja!

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

The Leylak pattern is available in sizes XS to 5XL with bust measurements from 82 to 158 cm/32.25 to 61.5″, from my Ravelry Store and from LoveCrafts.

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Photoshoot at Mortensrud Church November 2020: Rym & Kyi

The next set of photos I am going to show you from the photoshoot is from the ballet top Rym and the skirt/poncho Kyi, made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with make up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, is modelling the set, captured by Eivind Røhne at Mortensrud Church in Oslo, back in November. Yarn kits for Rym and Kyi with either an English or a Norwegian pattern are available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

The patterns will be released in both English and Norwegian after the test knits have been completed; The Rym test knit begins June 7 and the pattern will be released in the middle of July, while the Kyi test knit begins July 5 and the pattern will be relased in the middle of August.

The samples are in size S, but I have graded both patterns from sizes XS to 5XL. Rym has bust measurements from 84 to 158 cm/33 to 62.25″ with an intended positive ease of  5-7 cm/2-2.75”. Olivia is wearing size S with a 9 cm/3.5” positive ease. Kyi has a waistband width from 72 to 160 cm/28.25 to 63″ with an intended positive ease of 6-12 cm/2.25-4.75″. Olivia, who stands 167 cm/5’6″ tall is wearing size S with a 11 cm/4.25″ positive ease.

Named Rym, Norse for roaring as well as the name of a troll-wife, is this ballet top that is tied together at the waist. An all over rhombus pattern gives the top texture. Rym is knitted in the lovely Vidde lambswool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk and made to be worn together with the skirt or poncho Kyi.

The Rym top is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The fronts have an attached I-cord and a purl stitch edging that is worked to the end for the front band. The ties are worked separately at the end and sewn in place at marked positions.

Named Kyi, Norse for shelter, is this asymmetrical skirt with extra side width that are turned into pockets at the waist. The side seams make the pockets fold over. The waistband is knitted double in stockinette stitch at the end and has inserted boot laces for comfort.

Wear it as a poncho instead if you prefer or together with the matching Rym ballet top. The Kyi skirt is knitted in the bouncy Vidde lambswool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

The Kyi skirt is worked back and forth in two pieces and seamed. The two horizontal top pockets are worked at the same as the front, with the lining attached horizontally at the bottom and closed at the top, by working it together with the back using 3-needles and end in an I-cord bind off for a pocket band, see video. The waist band is worked like a hem, with boot laces laid inside it before it is closed.

My sample knitter Grete Jenssen made the parts for these for me, with a gauge of 18 stitches and 24 rows in stockinette stitch using 4.5 mm/US 7 needle measures 10 cm/4” square after blocking. The Vidde lamullgarn by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk is made of 100% wool (50% pelt wool and 50% lambswool) with 200 meters/220 yards on each 100 gram skein.

Yarn kits are available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk with either an English or a Norwegian pattern, while the individual Rym pattern will be released in the middle of July and the Kyi pattern will be released the middle of August in my Ravelry Store.

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Sculpted Frost Jacket in Vårstrikk 2021

I am delighted to have my Sculpted Frost pattern in the special magazine called “Vårstrikk”/Spring Knits published by Familien and available in selected supermarkets and newsagents in Norway. On the cover of the magazine is the delicate “Sol jakke”/Sun Jacket designed by Trine Lise Høyseth. The magazine has a large number of patterns, mainly for women but also a few for men and children. We are seven individual Norwegian designers that have patterns in this issue.

My Sculpted Frost Jacket is on page 18 to 21. The design is old but the photos shown are the second set taken back in the spring of 2020, at Bøler Church. The gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, is brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne.

A beautiful frost flower lace pattern adorns this a-line jacket. The cuffed sleeves only have a central lattice panel, while the frost flowers reign on the body. The coat is framed by a shawl collar in garter stitch divided with a tuck and finished with an I-cord bind off. A vivid lilac color was made by combing the divine mélange lace weight Du Store Alpakka, Dreamline, Soul with the beautiful light fingering comb wool Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Huldra Kamgarn. Together they create a stunning stitch definition as well as a slight halo.

The 3 larger sizes have been given a garter st panel on either side of the Frost Flowers, feel free to change this to st st if you prefer. 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.

The jacket is knitted with a gauge of 20 stitches and 28 rows in stockinette stitch using both yarns held together measures 10 cm/4” square blocked. If you prefer to work the jacket with a solid strand choose a double knit or a worsted yarn with a good meterage/yardage.

The pattern is available in sizes XS to 2XL, with a bust measurement of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″ in English and Norwegian on both Ravelry and LoveCrafts.

If you live in Norway, you can also order the Vårstrikk magazine by sending a SMS with Vår21 to 2205.

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Senna Buttons By Siri Berrefjord

Easter is nearly here and with spring colours appearing around us, I wanted to share these bright summery colours. The light turquoise swatch knitted in the hand dyed divine Neighborhood Fiber Co. Organic Studio Worsted in Woodberry using a 4 mm/US 6 needle, shows off the cable on my Senna swatch as well as Siri Berrefjord’s handmade buttons. Yes, Siri is also a trained photographer in addition to being a jewellery maker and a designer, especially of redesign clothes. I sent this swatch to Siri and ordered 11 bespoke small buttons with a diameter of 20 millimeters/0.78″ to match the colour. Of course, Siri took a number of stunning photos you see here too! The cardigan was designed as an individual pattern for my Ravelry and LoveCrafts. Senna is a botanical name of Arabic origin meaning brightness and suited this long oversized cardigan with a deep v-neck and A-line shaping.

The button design is based on the silver brooches used for the traditional folk costume, called “bunad” in Norwegian. Each button is moulded in plastic then painted with several layers. Siri suggested instead of using white at the top – it would look like toothpaste – a thin layer of turquoise-white on the pattern, with a bit of see-through ice blue at the back. As always she was spot on. The luxurious Neighborhood Fiber Co. Organic Studio Worsted is made of 100% Merino wool with 183 meters/200 yards on each 113 gram skein  and was kindly sponsored by the company.

I am so impressed by the composition of the photos, Siri is always making sure the background matches or contrasts the object in the photograph. Working with Siri, is such a fun and successful collaboration. Take a look at these previous designs, if you need any more proof: Helka, Gyda, Icelandic Jacket, Ena and Ataraxia.

The Senna cardigan with the matching Seneka are available in both English and Norwegian from my Ravelry Store and LoveCrafts.

You will find a selection of Siri’s buttons available in her shop on Epla here: Siris Skattkammer and more divine photos on her website: Fredenshavn.

I wish you all a Happy Easter & Knitting! Stay safe and well!

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Bubala Knitted by Siret Sinimäe

I am so thrilled to show you the stunning Bubala that Siret, aka kollane on Ravelry, test knitted for me, here worn by her dear daughter Annika. The photos are taken on a cloudy morning in the Koigi bog trail on the island of Saaremaa, in Estonia. On her project page on Ravelry, Siret writes: “As a Patron of Linda, I have the opportunity to see new designs a little earlier and this Bubala immediately caught my eye. Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk Sølje yarn, which I received as a gift from Linda, was perfect for a wonderful V-neck design with bobbles.”

Siret made her Bubala Red in size medium and used the recommended 3 mm/US 2.5 needle with a 24 stitches and 32 rows gauge in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. The pullover took less than 3 skeins to make with modified short sleeves.

Siret continues on her project page: “I made Bubala with short sleeves. I like to wear a vest designed by Linda Devona which is knitted from the same yarn, and I thought that the red Bubala with short sleeves is definitely worth wearing a lot, because it won’t get hot even when you’re indoors”.

This is such a great photo and shows the fun Annika had modelling this. The last photo I will share with you is a detail of the body, which shows more of Annika’s romantic dress too! Thank you ever so much, Siret and Annika for these magnificent photos!

Named Bubala Yiddish for close to one’s heart is this cabled pullover with bobbles. A deep v-neck that can be worn on the front or on the back, split the cable into two single cables. The same single cable adorn the sleeve. Ribbing frame the cables in the sides and make the sweater figure hugging. The v-neck ends in an I-cord bind-off. Bubala is knitted in the bouncy Sølje pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Bubala is available, in sizes XS to 5XL, as a yarn kit from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk with either an English or a Norwegian pattern. You can buy the individual pattern from Ravelry and soon from LoveCrafts too.

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Photoshoot at Mortensrud Church November 2020: Hetta

I have been looking forward to showing you the photos of the beautiful Olivia Lindtein, with make up & hair and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, wearing my new Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk design Hetta, captured by Eivind Røhne. I chose to style Hetta and the three other designs with a strap-less machine knitted long dress with a zipper at the back and ankleboots by Monica Stålvang. Hetta was photographed at the back of the church hall in Mortensrud Church in Oslo, back in November. Yarn kits with either an English or a Norwegian pattern are available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

The pattern will be released in both English and Norwegian after the on-going test knit has been completed at the end of April.

Named Hetta, Norse for hood, is this oversized cozy pullover with a kangaroo pocket. An embossed leaf stitch adorns the hoodie, which begins in a broken rib. The stitch pattern continues on both parts of the hood which are knitted together at the top and seamed at the back, then attached around the neckline. The pocket is knitted onto the front at the end. Hetta is knitted in the stunning pelt and lambswool yarn mix from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, called Vidde.

The sample is size S, but I have graded the Hetta pattern from sizes XS to 5XL, with bust measurements from 129 to 186 cm/50.75 to 73.25″ with an intended ease: + 46-56 cm/18-22”. Olivia is wearing it with + 53 cm/20.75”of ease.

The pullover is worked back and forth from the bottom and up in pieces and then seamed. A circular needle is used to accommodate the large stitch number. The stitches for the beginning and end of front pocket are held on waste yarn. The pocket is knitted onto the front at the end. The hood is worked in two separate parts and joined with a 3-needle bind off, then seamed at the back and along neckline with a front overlap.

My sample knitter Airin Hansen knitted this for me with a gauge of 18 stitches and 24 rows in st st using 4.5 mm/US 7 needle measures 10 cm/4” square after blocking. The Vidde lamullgarn by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk is made of 100% wool (50% pelt wool and 50% lambswool) with 200 meters/220 yards on each 100 gram skein.

Yarn kits are available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk with either an English or a Norwegian pattern, while the individual Hetta pattern will be released at the end of April in my Ravelry Store.

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New Design: Kaibara

Finally, the last of the new designs for now; my Kaibara photographed by Michael on me. Do notice the sailboat and the duck, I had to wait for them to both be in the frame, so I hope you appreciate the effort we made. Kaibara is knitted by yours truly in a fantastic silk made in the city of Como in Italy, that squeaks while you knit, first discovered at The Handweavers Studio & Gallery in London and ordered in the colour Poppy Red. The Como Silk 4.5nm can be bought on either 25 gram reels or 100 gram spools with 80 meters/87 yards or 350 meters/383 yards.

Named after Kaibara Ekken the father of botany in Japan is this flowery lace adorned A-line pullover with short sleeves. To allow the lace pattern to shine, the remaining pullover is worked in stockinette stitch. The pullover is knitted in pieces then seamed, for the ultimate fit, in the drapey and lustrous Como Silk from Handweavers Studio. Kaibara is made to be worn on a perfect summer’s day or at a party.

I am wearing size XS with a bust circumference of 82 cm/32.25″ with negative ease: 6 cm/2.25″ and as you can see the duck is no longer interested. That was not my plan, but my swatch did not match my stockinette stitch gauge on the sample. Hence my planned size S sample became a small size XS sample and fitted my modell Olivia Lindtein even better.

The Kaibara pullover is worked back and forth in pieces from bottom up and seamed. The lace repeat is the same for all sizes but not the number of reverse stocking stitch in between the lace panels; 2 for some sizes and 4 for other sizes. I have graded Kaibara from size XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 82 to 166 cm/32.25 to 65.25″ and suggest a positive ease of 5-10 cm/2-4″.

I knitted Kaibara using a 3.25 mm/US 3 needle with a 23 stitches and 34 rows gauge in stockinette stitch and used 4 spools of the yarn for size XS.

Here is a detail of the lace pattern which is the same on the body as on the sleeves. My beautiful oxidised silver necklace and ring are made by Kaja Gjedebo Design, just in case you were wondering. Kaibara will be test knitted beginning on May 3, before its release in both English and Norwegian.

I look forward to showing you the brilliant photos that Eivind Røhne took of Olivia Lindtein wearing it at our photoshoot last November.

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Adeline’s Cardigan Again

Back in November, I promised to show you the photos that Michael took of me at the beach in Ørje, wearing the Adeline’s Cardigan made for the Interweave Knits Winter 2021 issue.

I was thrilled to discover that my design – that I had knitted – was selected for the cover!  The cardigan is knitted in a gorgeous shade of yellow called Tumeric in Manos del Uruguay Alegria Grande with a 4 mm/US 6 needle and a 20 stitches and 29 rows gauge measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

Adeline’s Cardigan is a stunning feast for the eyes. The generous peplum is worked sideways in three pieces. Stitches are picked up from the top of the peplum, and the back and fronts are worked separately from the bottom up. Captivating cables abound in this piece for the adventurous knitter.

The cardigan is worked in pieces and seamed for an ultimate fit. The cabled peplum of this cardigan is worked sideways in pieces for the back and each front, then stitches are picked up on the wrong side for the moss-stitch peplum. Stitches are picked up along the opposite edge of the peplum for the back and each front, which are worked from the bottom up in pieces and seamed.

The cabled cuff on the sleeve is worked sideways, then stitches are picked up along the cuff for the sleeve, which ends in pleats. In the photo above you can see the pleats.

Here is a brilliant action shot that Michael captured. My beloved scarf is a piece of silk fabric bought many years ago in Venice in Italy. I wanted to show how the cardigan looked open, as well.

Adeline’s Cardigan is graded in 8 sizes from a Small to 5XL with a bust measurement of 86.5 cm/34.5″ to 153 cm/60.25″. You might recognise the cables, as I have used them before in my Cian design. I discovered them in Norah Gaughan’s inspiring Knitted Cable Sourcebook.

The Interweave Knits Winter 2021 issue is available in a digital edition or print edition. In Norway you can buy the print issue at larger Narvesen stores or order it at your local one.

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Photoshoot at Mortensrud Church November 2020: Japanese Vest

I decided to photograph the Japanese Vest again, it was first photographed for my Norwegian knitting book “To rett, en vrang. Designstrikk” published by Cappelen Damm back in 2012, by Kim Müller. I decided to style the vest over a black machine knitted dress. Model Olivia Lindtein looked stunning in the vest! Her hair & make-up is by Sissel Fylling, the jewellery is borrowed from Kaja Gjedebo Design and brilliant photographer Eivind Røhne captured it all!

The pattern has been revised and I have added three more sizes to it. My technical editor Barbara Khouri has made a very smart chart and a schematic as well as editing the pattern for me. The pattern will be released in my Ravelry Store next week in both English and Norwegian. It will also be added to LoveCrafts.

A vest inspired by Japan, with only one large armhole, to drape, fold and fasten as you please with a shawl pin or two. You can also use the Japanese Vest as a scarf if you like. The all over reversible dropped stitch pattern is by Lynne Barr. The vest is knitted in one piece, in the beautiful Huldra kamgarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, with double hem bands all around.

I knitted the vest is knitted using 3 mm/US 2.5 needles with a 28 stitches and 36 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. Olivia is wearing the smallest size.

The vest is seamless and worked in one piece with one large armhole. A circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches. The side double band hem is picked up and worked at the end with 2 circular needles held parallel. If you prefer, add for instance 3 stitches in garter stitch in each end instead, or skip the side double band.

I look forward to showing you more of the photos from the photoshoot! I am so thrilled with these new photos of the Japanese Vest. Thank you to my wonderful team!

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