Photoshoot at Sentralen: Laplace

You have already seen some of the photos of Laplace – the Palazzo Pants – worn together with Khayam by model Olivia Lindtein, with make-up & hair by Nina Hjertaas Bull and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, photographed by Wenche Hoel-Knai at Sentralen back in December, but you have not seen any details of the trousers yet. So here they are. I have finished the pattern and shortened the inside leg length as well as the crotch length.

Laplace are Palazzo Pants; long, wide-legged and worn high with an elasticated waistband. Named after the mathematician Pierre-Simon Laplace are these trousers with side seam cables and pockets. The remaining parts are knitted in stockinette stitch to make the cable stand out. Laplace is worked flat in four pieces for the ultimate fit and made to be worn with the Khayam jacket as a set. Why not make Laplace into culottes by making them shorter, to below the knees? Both are knitted in the Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 5 ply with a crepe construction using a 3.75 mm/US 5 needle and a 24 stitches and 34 rows gauge in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. The yarn was generously sponsored by Bendigo Woollen Mill.

The pants are made in four parts, two for each leg, then seamed before the waistband is worked like a double hem in the round. Elastic is placed inside the hem before it is closed and bound off. A circular needle is used due to the large number of stitches.

Measure the full length against another pair of wide-legged trousers for fit. The inner leg length can be adjusted before you shape the crotch and deduct about 20 to 25 cm/8 to 9.75” for Culottes (mid-ankle to below the knee). The crotch length can be shortened after shaping the side with a maximum of 4.5 cm/1.75” to allow for space to shape the side to the waist. Reduce the waist by working double decreases (sssk or k3tog) instead of single decreases.

I have graded the pants in sizes XS to 5XL but combined some of the sizes due to the wide waist circumference – from 92 to 132 cm/36.25 to 52″ – before the elastic is inserted into the waistband. The intended ease is 18 cm to 28 cm/7 to 11” positive ease at waist. Sample shown in size S/M is 100 cm/39.25” (with elastic inserted to 80 cm/31.5) and worn with 36 cm/14.25” positive ease on model who stands 167 cm/5’6″ tall.

The test knit of both designs – the Khayam jacket and the Laplace pants – begins on the 6th of June, before the patterns will be released in both English and Norwegian.

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Fulla Cardigan in The Knitter issue 175

My first design made for the British magazine “The Knitter”, Fulla Cardigan knitted in Felted Tweed, is published in issue 175. I sent in my design submission back in December 2020 and chose the intoxicating pastels mood board for Spring/Summer 2021 as my inspiration source. The cover design is the Kew Gardens Cardigan by Emma Vining, but my name does appear at the bottom. Below you can read the introduction to my design.

Seamless with colour blocking were my key ideas and I chose four colours: Light turquoise, lilac, black and white. Two of those colours, Fjord 218 and Heliotrope 219, were new colours in Felted Tweed hence a I had a long wait for those. Shipping from Norway to the UK during the Corona pandemic was also a lot slower than in more normal times. Hence the design was moved from one of the autumn issues to the December issue and then finally to the April issue where it fitted in with the others.

The Fulla Cardigan is worked in one piece and is seamless. Thebody is worked in one piece
up to the armholes, with a faux side seam made by a purl stitch and sides in stocking
stitch, then is divided into three parts for fronts and back. The shoulders are worked
with short rows and joined with a three-needle cast-off. The sleeves and the bottom
band are worked top down. The collar is picked up at the end; first one tuck is made
in yarn B (white), then worked in garter stitch, using yarn C (lilac), with increases at the centre back neck. The collar ends in an i-cord cast-off in yarn D (black). In addition, a decorative i-cord in yarn D (black) is worked around the top of the sleeve cap.

@ The Knitter / Jesse Wild

I have graded the pattern in sizes from XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 82 to 150 cm/32.25 to 59 in. The Fulla Cardigan is knitted with a 22 stitches and 30 rows in stocking stitch gauge measuring 10 cm/4 in square using 4 mm/US 6 and 3.75 mm/US 5 needles.

The digital issue can be bought on Ravelry while the printed issue is on sale in selected stores and news agents around the world. In Norway you will find a copy at the larger Narvesen – I found mine at Oslo S. I will soon show you how the cardigan looks on me.

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Ravelry Birthday Sale

I am celebrating my birthday today and want you to join in, so I am offering 25% off all my self-published patterns in my Ravelry Store through May 8th with the code: BDAY. Pictured at the top is a detail of the Yaelle, knitted in the Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde pelt wool , worn by the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, captured by Eivind Røhne.

Here are some more photos of the Yaelle design made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. Yarn kits are available directly from them with an English or a Norwegian pattern. The individual pattern is also available in both languages on Ravelry and on LoveCrafts.

Finally, I will show you how it looks with a belt.

Thank you for buying my patterns!

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Godi Pattern Released

The test knit of Godi, made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, has come to an end with some stunning versions as a result. My test knitters have corrected and improved the pattern, hence it has been released in English on Ravelry. The Norwegian pattern will be added shortly and both languages will be available on LoveCrafts too. Yarn kits with either an English or a Norwegian pattern can be bought directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The design looked fantastic on model Aksa Mortensen, with make-up & hair by Nina Hjertaas Bull and ring by Kaja Gjedebo Design. Brilliant Photographer Eivind Røhne captured these photos at Hvalstrand Bad back in May last year.

Godi, Norse for chiefton, is a long A-line vest with vents and a high collar that can be folded down or left to stand tall. The all over pattern is the ray of honey with a few stitches in reverse stocking stitch. A long twisted rib makes up the vent, while a short rib is worked around each armhole. Wear it with a belt if you wish. Godi is knitted in the bouncy Sølje pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Shown in size Small

Finished measurements:
Bust: 82 (90, 98, 106, 114) (125, 136, 147, 158) cm/32.25 (35.5, 38.5, 41.75, 45) (49.25, 53.5, 57.75, 62.25)“
Bottom width: 92 (100, 108, 116, 124) (135, 146, 157, 168) cm/36.25 (39.25, 42.5, 45.75, 48.75) (53.25, 57.5, 61.75, 66.25)”
Length: 70 (71, 72, 73, 74) (75, 76, 77, 78) cm/27.5 (28, 28.25, 28.75, 29.25) (29.5, 30, 30.25, 30.75)“
Intended ease: 5-7 cm/2-2.75” positive ease. Sample shown is 90 cm/35.5” and worn with 4 cm/1.5” positive ease on model.

Yarn: Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Sølje Pelsull (100% pelt wool, 350 m/383 yds, 100 g).
The sample is knitted in Grålig lavendelblå 2128;
3 (3, 4, 4, 4) (5, 5, 5, 6) skeins; 875 (980, 1085, 1190, 1295) (1439, 1583, 1727, 1871) m/957 (1072, 1187, 1301, 1416) (1574, 1731, 1889, 2046) yds.
https://www.ull.no/produktkategori/garn/nyhet-solje-pelsu…

Yarn alternatives: Cascade 220 Sport (100% wool, 150 m/164 yds, 50 g).
http://www.cascadeyarns.com/cascade-Cascade220Sport.htm
Tosh Sock (100% wool, 361 m/395 yds, 100 g).
https://madelinetosh.com/collections/tosh-sock
Juniper Moon Farm, Patagonia (100% merino wool, 350 m/383 yds, 100 g)
https://www.yarn.com/products/juniper-moon-farm-patagonia…
Or another Sport/5 ply yarn.

Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 straight needles.
3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle for collar and sleeveband (60 cm/24”).
3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle for fold over collar (60 cm//24”).
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

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

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows in st st using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4” square.
25 sts and 32 rows in Ray of Honey using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4” square.
25 sts and 32 rows in Twisted rib using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4” square.

Notes: The vest is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The collar and armhole band are worked in the round at the end.

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Photoshoot at Sentralen: Khayam

 The time has come to show you how stunning Khayam – worn together with Laplace -looked on Model Olivia Lindtein, with make-up & hair by Nina Hjertaas Bull and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, photographed by Wenche Hoel-Knai at Sentralen back in December. Named after the mathematician Omar Khayyam who worked on problems of Algebra is this long slightly oversized jacket with a cable collar and long cuffs. The remaining parts are knitted in stockinette stitch to make the cable stand out. A double belt in stockinette stitch highlights the beginning of the collar. Khayam is worked in pieces for the ultimate fit and made to be worn with the Laplace trousers as a set. Both are knitted in the Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 5 ply with a crepe construction.

I instantly knew I wanted to photograph the set in the bar with the monumental sculpture called “Growing Gold” made in textiles by Hanne Friis on the wall and the mustard sofa as the backdrop at Sentralen in Oslo. Photographer Wenche liked my plan and had this room as her favourite to photograph in because of the windows that provided much needed daylight in December. I suggested to Make-Up & Hair Stylist Nina that Olivia had her hair up while we photographed this set. I styled it with a cream coloured silk top.

Olivia is wearing size S with a 106 cm/41.75″ bust circumference and worn with 23 cm/9″ positive ease on model who stands 167 cm/5’6″ tall. I have graded the pattern in sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference from 98 to 172 cm/38.5 to 67.75 in with an intended positive ease of 10-20 cm/4-8″. The Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 5 Ply yarn is made of 100% wool on 200 gram balls with 580 meters/634 yards. The gauge is 24 sts and 34 rows gauge in st st using 3.75 mm/US 5 needle.

The set both the Khayam jacket and the Laplace pants will be test knitted in my Ravelry group beginning on the 6th of June, before the patterns will be released in both English and Norwegian.

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New Design: Laplace

Last out in the series of new designs photographed last December, is Laplace. The Palazzo Pants came before the matching Khayam jacket in Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 5 ply. Brilliant sample knitter Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry, worked the parts for the wide-legged long trousers using a 3.75 mm/US 5 needle and a 24 stitches in stockinette stitch gauge measuring 10 cm/4″ across. Laplace is high-waisted and has side pockets with the opening in between the two cable repeats than run along the leg. I believe the pants could easily be turned into culottes by shortening the legs and I wonder if any of my test knitters will do this.

I am wearing size small in these photos taken by Michael in our front garden and inside in December last year. Laplace will be graded into sizes XS to 5XL.

I will shorten the leg length as well as the crotch length. You can see that I am wearing the pants high on the waist just to keep the length off the ground.

Here is a detail of the side with the pocket and the waistband.

Here you see Khayam and Laplace worn together from the back with the belt hanging loose.

The last photo I will share shows the set from the front with Khayam tied. The set will be test knitted beginning on June the 6th before the pattern is released in both Norwegian and English. But before then I will show you the fantastic photos that Wenche Hoel-Knai took of model Olivia Lindtein.

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Sirona Knitted by Pia Panso

Here is another Sirona I wanted to share, this one is knitted by Pia Panso in Idéal by Bergère de France in size M back in 2020. The melange dark grey colour called Carbone fits Pia so well and make the pullover appear classic. I love the fit on her as well as the beautiful garden background in these photos!

Pia knitted this in less than one month with a 4 mm/US 6 needle to obtain gauge of 20 stitches and 28 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. Thank you so much for sharing this photos on Ravelry, Pia!

Sirona is Celtic for Star Goddess, the name for this fitted pullover with an intricate central cable surrounded with smaller cables and double seed stitch. The round neckline needed a crown and was given an I-cord bind off decoration. Sirona is knitted in pieces in the divine The Fibre Co. Cumbria.

The pattern is available in English in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust measurement of 86 to 126 cm/33.75 to 49.5″ on Ravelry and on LoveCrafts.

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New Design: Khayam

My new jacket design Khayam is part of a set and was actually made after the matching trousers called Laplace. I am showing you Khayam first as I have yet to grade and finish the Laplace pattern. The sample jacket was beautifully knitted by Grete Jenssen, aka ma9 on Ravelry, for me. Named after the mathematician Omar Khayyam who worked on problems of Algebra is this long slightly oversized jacket with a cable collar and long cuffs. The remaining parts are knitted in stockinette stitch to make the cable stand out. A double belt in stockinette stitch highlights the beginning of the collar. Khayam is worked in pieces for the ultimate fit and made to be worn with the Laplace trousers as a set. Both are knitted in the Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 5 ply with a crepe construction.

The jacket is worked in pieces and seamed. A narrow frontband is worked before the collar on each front and folded to the Wrong Side and attached at the end. Each collar part is worked along the back neck to the center and ends in short rows, before the two parts are joined with a 3-needle bind off. The belt is worked like a double hem and the belt loops are short I-cords that are inserted into the side seam.

The yarn is Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 5 ply made of 100% wool in large 200 gram balls with 580 meters/634 yards and it knits with a 24 stitches and 34 rows in stockinette stitch gauge using a 3.75 mm/US 5 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square. 

I am wearing size Small, in these photos taken by my husband in our front garden back in November, but I have graded it into sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 98 to 172 cm/38.5 to 67.75″. The Khayam pattern will be released in both English and Norwegian after test knitting which begins on June 6th in my Ravelry group. Soon I will show you the trousers as well as how stunning the set looked on Model Olivia Lindtein during our photoshoot at Sentralen back in December.

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Photoshoot at Sentralen: Embrae

Embrae is an old design from 2017 that I decided to photograph for the second time around, due to the limited use I have of the first set, as the model was from an agency. Embrae is a fitted lace cardigan knitted in the hand dyed Anzula Squishy in the gorgeous shade of Iris. Here you see how stunning it looked on model Olivia Lindtein, with make-up & hair by Nina Hjertaas Bull and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, captured by photographer Wenche Hoel-Knai at Sentralen in Oslo last December.

The cardigan was initially photographed back in 2017, when the pattern was first released. Instead of styling it with cream as I did last time, I choose black. Embrae, a fitted cardigan with a lace collar, is like a flowery embrace. A lacy leaf pattern adorns the sleeves and the back of the cardigan. The lattice at the center of the lace pattern continues on each side of it and covers the collar. The collar can be worn flat or overlapping and pinned together or folded.

The cardigan is knitted flat in pieces and then seamed. There are two pattern repeats on the back and one on the sleeves. The collar is knitted at the same time as each front.

Embrae is available in sizes XS to 2XL with a bust circumference of 84 to 126 cm/33 to 49.5″ and is knitted with a 24 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch gauge measuring 10 cm/4″ square using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle. The pattern is available in English and Norwegian on Ravelry and in English on LoveCrafts.

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Mella Pattern Released

I am thrilled to release the Mella pattern in English on Ravelry. The Norwegian one will be added shortly.The test knit has come to an end with some stunning versions made. My test knitters did a brilliant job correcting and improving the pattern. You can see a number of their results on the Ravelry pattern page. Yarn kits with either an English or a Norwegian pattern are available directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. Here are some of the photos that Eivind Røhne took of the gorgeous model Aksa Mortensen wearing the Mella sweater, made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, with make-up & hair styling by Nina Hjertaas Bull and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, at Hvalstrand Bad, back in May last year.

Mella, Norse for slip knot, is a straight cabled pullover. A wide central cable panel adorns the center of the body and the sleeves. Boxes of garter stitches interfere with the cables and erase half the cable. The sleeves have garter stitch edging while the front and back fade into a check pattern. The sweater ends in a crew neck decorated with an I-cord. Mella is knitted in the bouncy Sølje pelt wool from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Sizes: XS (S, M, L, XL) (2XL, 3XL, 4XL, 5XL)
Shown in size Small.

Finished measurements:
Bust: 85 (92, 99, 106, 113) (126, 139, 152, 165) cm/33.5 (36, 39, 41.75, 44.5) (49.5, 54.75, 59.75, 65)“
Length: 61 (62, 63, 64, 65) (66, 67, 68, 69) cm/24 (24.25, 24.75, 25.25, 25.5) (26, 26.25, 26.75, 27)”
Sleeve length: 48 (49, 49, 49, 50) (50, 50, 50, 50) cm/19 (19.25, 19.25, 19.25, 19.75) (19.75, 19.75, 19.75, 19.75)“.
Intended ease: 5-7 cm/2-2.75” positive ease. Sample shown is 92 cm/36.25” and worn with 6 cm/2.25” positive ease on model.

Yarn: Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Sølje Pelsull (100% pelt wool, 350 m/383 yds, 100 g). The sample is knitted in Støvet flyblå 2139; 3 (3, 4, 4, 5) (5, 6, 7, 8) skeins; 892 (1032, 1172, 1312, 1452) (1712, 1972, 2232, 2492) m/976 (1129, 1282, 1435, 1588) (1872, 2157, 2441, 2725) yds.
https://www.ull.no/produktkategori/garn/solje-pelsullgarn/

Yarn alternatives: Cascade 220 Sport (100% wool, 150 m/164 yds, 50 g).
http://www.cascadeyarns.com/cascade-Cascade220Sport.htm
Tosh Euro Sock (100% wool, 397 m/435 yds, 100 g).
https://madelinetosh.com/collections/euro-sock
Juniper Moon Farm, Patagonia (100% merino wool, 350 m/383 yds, 100 g)
https://www.lovecrafts.com/en-us/p/juniper-moon-farm-pata…
Or another Sport/5 ply or Fingering 4/ply yarn.

Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (80 cm/32”).
3.5 mm/US 4 (E) crochet hook (for neckband decoration).
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

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

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows in st st using 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4” square after blocking.
28-st Sleeve Cable measures 12 cm/4.75” across after blocking.
76 sts in Body Cable measures 32 cm/12.5” across after blocking.
100 sts in Body Cable measures 42 cm/16.5” across after blocking

Notes: The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The neckband is worked in the round. Stitches are picked up and knitted from the first round of the neckband for the I-cord bind off decoration.

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