Milana Knitted by Siret

The Milana pattern has been released and I am so thrilled to share some of the wonderful photos that my test knitter Siret took of her daughter Annika wearing size Medium knitted in Woolissime BFL DK. The photos are taken at the Laidunina Lighthouse on the island of Saaremaa in Estonia, close to where they live. Siret, aka kollane, writes on her Ravelry project page: “The lighthouse was built in 1907, but since 1924 the latern was removed and it is no longer used as a lighthouse”.

Siret knitted Milana using a 3.75 mm/US 5 needle to match the 21 stitch gauge in the pattern. About the choice of yarn and colour she writes: “This hand-dyed BFL DK yarn has a very good twist and is ideal for knitting cables. My “green” soul was pleased with this wonderful shade of Sous-bois.”

In her project notes on Ravelry, Siret writes: “Beautiful cable pattern by Linda, for which I wanted to use BFL DK yarn dyed by Nathalie @woolissime. I like the v-movement of the cables and of course this high twisted rib gives the sweater extra points.” I am so happy to hear it, Siret! Thank you so much and also to Annika for her brilliant modelling!

Here is my introduction to the pattern: Named after the sophisticated city of Milan in Italy, is this pullover with a high rib, creating a narrower waist. Two center cables travel towards the shoulder on the body with all their texture; Seed stitch, twisted stitch rib and cables. While a narrower matching cable adorn the sleeve with a panel of seed stitch. Milana is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and ends in a crew neck. A separate cowl can be worn as a crowning collar. The hand dyed DK – Merino/Silk/Yak yarn from Norne Yarn makes the cables pop and the texture shine in all its glory.

Here is yet another stunning photo showing the other side of the back. As you can see from these photos, the pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. While the matching cowl, that Siret did not have enough yarn to make, is worked in the round with an I-cord bind off at each end. I look forward to showing you more versions of the Milana sweater.

Both the English and Norwegian Milana pattern is available on Ravelry as well as on LoveCrafts.

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Photoshoot at Bøler Church May 2020: Sculpted Frost

I am thrilled to show you these new photos of my old design Sculpted Frost Jacket that Eivind Røhne took of the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, back in May at Bøler Church. This time I styled it with cream coloured silk trousers, instead of a skirt like I did back in 2015.

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.

I wanted a light background and choose the concrete wall outside the church hall. It was perfect and so was the lilac colour on Olivia who is wearing size Small with a bust circumference of 92 cm/38.5 inches. The Sculpted Frost is available in sizes XS to 2XL, with bust measurements of 84 to 124 cm/33 to 49.5 inches.

The sample is knitted with a 20 stitches and 28 rows gauge in stockinette stitch using both yarns held together and a 4 mm/US 6 needle measuring 10 cm/4 inches square.

Above is a detail of the sleeve cuff and the lovely lace pattern that adorns the body. The Sculpted Frost pattern is available in both English and Norwegian in my Ravelry store and on LoveCrafts.

I am so chuffed with these new photos of the jacket and want to thank my brilliant team for their work!

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Milana Pattern Released

Norne Yarn, Merino Silk Yak DK in Volva is the divine yarn that my design Milana is knitted in. It has a lovely sheen to it and is ever so soft to wear. Thank you, Tuva for sponsoring yarn to this design! The English and Norwegian pattern is now released on Ravelry, after a successful test knitting in my group. I look forward to showing you some of the wonderful versions that were made! The sample, knitted by Grete Jenssen – aka ma9 on Ravelry – was brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne, worn by the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling.

Named after the sophisticated city of Milan in Italy, is this pullover with a high rib, creating a narrower waist. Two center cables travel towards the shoulder on the body with all their texture; Seed stitch, twisted stitch rib and cables. While a narrower matching cable adorn the sleeve with a panel of seed stitch. Milana is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and ends in a crew neck. A separate cowl can be worn as a crowning collar. The hand dyed DK – Merino/Silk/Yak yarn from Norne Yarn makes the cables pop and the texture shine in all its glory.

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

Finished measurements:
Bust: 84 (92, 100, 108, 116, 124, 136, 148, 160) cm/33 (36.25, 39.25, 42.5, 45.75, 48.75, 53.5, 58.25, 63)”
Hip: 76 (84, 92, 100, 108, 116, 128, 140, 152) cm/30 (33, 36.25, 39.25, 42.5, 45.75, 50.5, 55, 59.75)”
Length: 59 (60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67) cm/23.25 (23.5, 24, 24.5, 24.75, 25.25, 25.5, 26, 26.5)”
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, 19.75, 19.75)”
Cowl: 62 cm/24.5″ wide and 20 cm/8″ high
Intended ease: + 5-7 cm/2-2.75″. Sample shown is 92 cm/36.25″ and worn with + 9 cm/3.5″ ease on model.

Yarn: Norne Yarn, DK – Merino/Silk/Yak (60% Superwash Merino, 20% silk, 20% Yak, 100 g, 212 m/232 yds). Sample is knitted in Volva:
Pullover: 5 (6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9) skeins; 1060 (1144, 1228, 1312, 1396, 1480, 1608, 1736, 1864) m/1159 (1251, 1343, 1435, 1527, 1619, 1759, 1899, 2038) yds.
Cowl: 1 skein; 202 m/221 yds.
https://www.norneyarn.com/yarns
https://knitwithattitude.com/norne-yarn-merino-silk-yak-dk.html

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 straight needles and circular needle (40 cm/16″) for neckband and cowl.

Notions: Stitch markers, stitch holders and yarn needle.

Gauge: 20 sts and 30 rows in st st using 4 mm/US 6 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square after blocking.
25 sts and 30 rows in twisted rib using 4 mm/US 6 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square after blocking.
29-sts Body cable measures 11 cm/4.25″ wide after blocking.
19-sts Sleeve cable measures 7.5 cm/3″ wide after blocking.

Notes: The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. While the cowl is worked in the round with an I-cord bind off at each end.

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Photoshoot at Bøler Church May 2020: Yaelle

What backdrop should we choose for my Yaelle design, made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, at the photoshoot at Bøler Church in May 2020? I instantly knew the answer to this: The rusty cor-ten wall panel with Bøler Kirke carved into it worked perfectly as a matching background to the Cognac coloured Tinde pelt wool yarn that Yaelle is knitted in. I told photographer Eivind Røhne that he did not need to include the letters “Bø” as in “Boo!” this time, since he did that back in October 2017 at our first photoshoot at the church. Instead Eivind included the brick wall too. Olivia Lindtein, with make-up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, wore Yaelle with black pencil trouser and boots by Monica Stålvang. Olivia looked stunning in the oversized high-low pullover!

I wanted to have Yaelle photographed with a belt but also with the front folded  into a triangle held in place by a shawl pin. So not only the usual front, side and back view to photograph for Eivind this time. I also had to make sure we took a photo showing the pocket in the side.

Yaelle is a high-low pullover with an all over check pattern, swinging side panels and pockets. Named after Hebrew for the mountain goat, as it can take you everywhere. The pullover ends in a high loose turtle neck collar. Yaelle’s side panels are picked up and knitted after the side seams are done. The pockets are knitted at the same time as the front, including the pocket band and the lining. Wear Yaelle as you like; hanging loose or gathered with a belt or with a shawl pin at the front. The pullover is knitted in the pelt wool yarn Tinde with lustre from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Olivia is wearing size S with + 53 cm/20.75” ease and she stands 167 cm/5’6” tall. I have graded the pattern from size XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 128 cm to 192 cm/50.5 to 75.5 inches.

The pullover is worked back and forth in pieces from the bottom and up, then seamed. The side panel is picked up and knitted after the shoulder and side seams. The two vertical side pockets are worked at the same time as the front with extra stitches for the pocket band, with the lining attached horizontally at the top and bottom of the pocket. The collar is worked in the round.

Yaelle is knitted with a 21 stitches and 30 rows in Stockinette stitch gauge using 3.5 mm/US 4 measures 10 cm/4” square after blocking.

The pattern is currently under test knitting in my Ravelry group and will be released at the beginning of November as an individual pattern on both Ravelry and on LoveCrafts. This is one of my favourite set of photos from the photoshoot, as I love how all the colours came together! Thank you to my wonderful team!

Yarn kits with a pattern either in English or Norwegian are available to order directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

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Leylak Knitted by Ronelle

I am so delighted to show you Ronelle’s Leylak, which she test knitted for me in size Large using Filatura di Crosa, Zara (Print Melange). A friend of hers took these brilliant photos of Ronelle wearing the Leylak jacket in her home town of Sulmona, Abruzzi in Italy. Ronelle modified the jacket by making the front neck less deep, made the button band wider as her buttons were larger and adjusted the cable pattern so that the cable crossing would not be interfered by the shaping. On her Ravelry project page – where she is charme – you can see even more photos of this stunning version together with the hat she made of the yarn she had left over! Ronelle has knitted so many of my designs, I am honoured to say! Thank you so much, Ronelle!

Here is a side view of Ronelle’s Leylak, that shows off the ribbing in the side as well as a bit of the sidewing. The cardigan is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The asymmetric lower body has extra width in each side – sidewing – that is bound off. Each front has 3 cm/1.25” extra width at center front that is bound off at the same time as the wing, then joined with the buttonband at the end. Due to the asymmetrical cable pattern the number of purl stitches in the side ribbing varies from back to front.

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.

Leylak is available in sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 82 to 156 cm/32.25 to 61.5″ and knits to a DK yarn gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch using a 4 mm/US 6 needle measuring 10 cm/4″ square. The pattern is available in both English and Norwegian in my Ravelry store and on LoveCrafts. A yarn kit, without the pattern, is available from Walk Collection.

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Photoshoot at Bøler Church May 2020: Milana

The next set of photos I am going to show you is of Milana, knitted by Grete Jenssen – aka ma9 on Ravelry – in the divine Norne Yarn Merino Silk Yak DK. The hand dyed shade Volva has cream in it so I decided to style the pullover and the matching cowl with my cream coloured silk trousers. The gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with make-up & hair by Sissel Fylling and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, looked stunning in the pullover. Milana is also brilliantly photographed outside the church hall in the shadow at Bøler Kirke late in May by Eivind Røhne.

Milana is currently being test knitted in my Ravelry group and will be released in both English and Norwegian on the 12th of October. My test knitters are enjoying knitting the DNA like cables found in the Charted Knitting Designs (third book) in the Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting series. The Norwegian pattern will also be printed in the Norwegian magazine Familien at a later date. 

Eivind knew how much I appreciated the mirror images he captured at Mortensrud Church, so he went for it at Bøler Church too! Olivia is wearing size S with a bust circumference of 92 cm/36.25″, but I have graded it from size XS to 5XL with these measurements: 84 to 160 cm/33 to 63″.

Milana is knitted with a 20 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch using a 4 mm/US 6 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square after blocking gauge. You can see behind the scenes photo here: Behind the Scenes Photoshoot at Bøler Church May 2020.

Named after the sophisticated city of Milan in Italy, is this pullover with a high rib, creating a narrower waist. Two center cables travel towards the shoulder on the body with all their texture; Seed stitch, twisted stitch rib and cables. While a narrower matching cable adorn the sleeve with a panel of seed stitch. Milana is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and ends in a crew neck. A separate cowl can be worn as a crowning collar. The hand dyed DK – Merino/Silk/Yak yarn from Norne Yarn makes the cables pop and the texture shine in all its glory.

I am very happy with these photos of my Milana and would like to thank my wonderful team!

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New Design: Neva

The last of my four new designs for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk is Neva. A tabard with side panels named after the Spanish word for “snowy”. The front and the back panel is covered in a snowflake like cable, while the side panel is knitted in garter stitch. All the panels have I-cords in the side and they are knitted together. Neva is seamless and knitted in the luscious Sølje pelt wool yarn yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. These photos of me wearing size XS/S were taken by Michael in May at the beach in Ørje.

The sample was brilliantly knitted by Airin Hansen, aka Teodor on Ravelry, in size Extra Small/Small using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle with a 24 stitches and 32 rows in stockinette stitch gauge measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

I have graded the pattern in five sizes from XS/S to 5XL with a bottom circumference of 116 cm/45.75″  to 172 cm/67.75″ and a Back/Front panel width of 34 cm/13.5″ to 54 cm/21.25″.

The vest is worked back and forth in two separate pieces and joined with a 3-needle bind off at the shoulders. The I-cord is then worked along the side edge before the side panel is knitted and attached to the opposite side using a 3-needle bind off.

Above is a detail of the cable pattern, the neck band and the side edge. It also shows the colour depth of the pelt wool yarn, which is naturally light grey.

Yarn kits for Neva with a Norwegian or English pattern are available from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. The English pattern will be test knitted in my Ravelry group, beginning on the 4th of January next year, before its release. In the meantime, I will show you how it looked on the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein at our photoshoot back in May.

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Leylak Pattern Released and KAL 2020

I am thrilled to present my Leylak pattern. It has been released on Ravelry – soon also on Love Crafts – in both English and Norwegian. My test knitters did a fantastic job correcting and improving the pattern and I look forward to present some of their projects at a later time. I knitted the sample in the divine Walk Collection Merino DK in the shade “Flieder” which also means “Lilac” in German, just as the pattern name does in Turkish in size Small but I have graded the pattern from sizes XS to 5XL. The sample was brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne, worn by the gorgeous Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling. I also choose to use a detail of the Leylak for my discount offer for my KAL – Knit-A-Long – in my Ravelry group for any of my designs, see below.

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.

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

Finished measurements:
Bust: 82 (90, 98, 106, 116, 126, 136, 146, 156) cm/32.25 (35.5, 38.5, 41.75, 45.75, 49.5, 53.5, 57.5, 61.5)” plus 2 cm/0.75″ buttonband.
Hip after wings: 94 (102, 110, 118, 128, 138, 148, 158, 168) cm/37 (40.25, 43.25, 46.5, 50.5, 54.25, 58.25, 62.25, 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)”
Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 50, 51, 51, 51, 52, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20, 20.5, 20.5)”
Peplum width: 17 cm/6.75″
Peplum length: 20 cm/7.75″
Cowl: 54 cm/21.25″ wide and 20 cm/8″ high.
Intended ease: + 5-10 cm/2-4″. Sample shown is 90 cm/35.5″ and worn with + 7 cm/2.75″ ease on model.

Yarn: Walk Collection, Merino DK (100% Superwash Merino, 100 g, 225 m/246 yds)
Sample is knitted in Flieder:
Cardigan: 7 (8, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13) skeins; 1525 (1660, 1795, 1963, 2131, 2299, 2467, 2635, 2803) m/1668 (1815, 1963, 2147, 2330, 2514, 2698, 2882, 3065) yds.
Cowl: 1 skein; 140 m/153 yds held together with
KidMohair Lace (70% mohair, 30% silk, 50 g, 420 m/459 yds) held together with Merino DK for Cowl, both in Flieder:
Cowl: 1 skein: 152 m/166 yds.
https://www.walkcollection.com

Needles: 4 mm/US 6 straight needle.
3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for neckband and buttonband.
4.5 mm/US 7 circular needle for cowl.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: 11 (11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 12, 12) buttons (20 mm – 13/16″) from Razzle Dazzle Corner on Etsy: Vintage Pink Lilac White Streaked Convex size Medium.
Stitch markers (removable), cable needle and yarn needle.

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows in st st using a 4 mm/US 6 with Merino DK, after blocking measures 10 cm/4″ square.
18 sts and 28 rows in st st using 4.5 mm/US 7 with 1 strand of Merino DK and 1 strand of KidMohair Lace for cowl, after blocking measures 10 cm/4″ square.
20-sts cable repeat measures about 8 cm/3.25″ across.
50-sts cable measures 19 cm/7.5″ across.

Notes: The cardigan, knitted in Merino DK, is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The asymmetric lower body has extra width in each side – sidewing – that is bound off. Each front has 3 cm/1.25″ extra width at center front that is bound off at the same time as the wing, then joined with the buttonband at the end. Due to the asymmetrical cable pattern the number of purl stitches in the sides varies from back to front. The cowl, knitted in 1 strand of Merino DK held together with 1 strand of KidMohair Lace, is worked in the round.

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Skyla Knitted by Siret

I have been looking forward to sharing these amazing photos that Siret took of her daughter Annika wearing the Skyla design, she test knitted for me, at a stunning location on the island of Saaremaa, where they live, in Estonia.

Siret, aka kollane on Ravelry, “chose a well-twisted merino yarn Emma, which was hand-dyed in a wonderful Bourgogne tone by the very talented Nathalie Woolissime Yarns. This yarn has excellent stitch definition and the cables look good even when knitted with a darker yarn” according to her project page on Ravelry.

Annika is wearing Skyla in size Small which Siret knitted using a 3.25 mm/US 3 needle to achieve the gauge of 25 stitches and 32 rows in Stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

On Siret’s project page on Ravelry she writes how she made the Skyla pullover shorter after she had knitted it according to the pattern: “I knitted all the pieces as in the pattern, but before sewing the sides together, I decided to cut off one pattern repeat. I did this because the length shown in Linda’s pattern was too long for me. I could have knitted the body pieces shorter at first, but I hesitated for a long time to make a final decision. I would also have liked to have a longer version of Skyla”. Well done and I am so happy to hear that! Thank you ever so much for test knitting for me as well as taking these stunning photos, Siret!

Here is my introduction to the pattern: Skyla is a cabled a-line pullover with short sleeves, adorned with two central mirrored cables divided by twisted stitches. The small cables, created by Devorgilla, run towards each shoulder and make a v-shaped panel of reverse stockinette stitch at the center. The sweater ends in a casual wide rounded neck. To show off the stunning hand dyed Pure Sport yarn by Dye Dye Done, the sides are all in stockinette stitch. Skyla is knitted in pieces for the ultimate fit and has a cowl that can be worn as a collar.

The English and Norwegian Skyla pattern, in sizes XS to 5XL (82 to 164 cm/32.5 to 64.5″ bust) with a 25 sts and 32 rows in st st using 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4” square gauge,  is available to download from my Ravelry store and from LoveCrafts.

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O-Chem Tunic in Familien Høststrikk 2020

I am thrilled that my O-Chem Tunic, first published in English in Interweave Knits Winter 2019, is included in the Norwegian special magazine Familien Høststrikk 2020, that came out last Friday. On the cover is “Ut på tur” designed by Trine Lise Høyseth. My tunic, see below, is worn by the stunning Kaja Kvernbakken with hair & make-up by Sissel Fylling and captured by Eivind Røhne. Kaja is wearing size Medium with a 94 cm/37″ bust circumference, but the tunic is available in sizes XS to 2XL with 81 to 124 cm/32 to 49″ circumference.

The O-Chem Tunic is knitted in Tahki Stacy Charles Yarns, Alden, made of 50% merino wool, 25% alpaca and 25% acryl with 230 meters/250 yards on each 50 gram ball, using a 3.75 mm/US 5 needle and a 20 stitch and 30 rows gauge in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

The O-Chem Tunic features a striking central panel of hexagonal cables inspired by organic chemisty compounds. For visual balance with the three cables in the body, the sleeves have one main cable running down the arm, and all the cables in the sweater are framed with rope cables. The sweater sports a cozy standing collar and side vents in the rib at the bottom for a relaxed fit.

The Familien Høststrikk magazine is available at selected news agents and super markets.

In the photo below you can see the intricate cable pattern as well as the lovely silver earrings designed by Kaja Gjedebo Design.

The English pattern to  is available to download as an individual pattern in my Ravelry store and on Love Crafts.

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