Andor and Ovedine in Familien Vinterstrikk 2021

The next special knitting issue magazine by the Norwegian magazine Familien is out, it is called “Vinterstrikk/Winter Knits” and I am so fortunate to have two designs in the magazine. Both are knitted in the pelt wool yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk; The poncho Andor in the thicker Tinde and the shawl Ovedine in Sølje in two hand dyed shades by Værbitt. On the cover is “Snøfall” by Kari Hestnes.

Andor comes in one size with bust circumference of 212 cm/83.5” and a length of 72 cm/28.25″. Above you see it worn by the gorgeous Alexandria Eissinger captured by Eivind Røhne at Villa Malla by the Oslo Fjord, back in June 2016. The pattern in English, Japanese and Norwegian is available on Ravelry and in English on LoveCrafts.

A trendy oversized poncho defined by its pairs of ornamental cables on each wide shoulder part. The stockinette center part is crowned by a high neck collar. The poncho has side bands that can be closed with buttons. It is knitted flat in two parts with shoulder and neck shaping. Andor is the Norse element for Eagle and its wingspan appropriate for this poncho.

Ovedine comes in one size with a wingspan of 162 cm/64″, a widest point width of 42 cm/16.5″ and a narrowest point width of 12 cm/4.75″. Above you see it worn by the beautiful Olivia Lindtein, with hair & make up by Erica Poppe and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design, brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne at Mortensrud Church in November last year.

The shawl/wrap/scarf is knitted in two colours: Drageegg, Værbitt hand dyed on Sølje pelsull by Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk (100% pelt wool, 100 g, 350 m/383 yds): 2 skeins: 497 m/544 yds and Lillebror, Værbitt hand dyed on Sølje pelsull: 1 skein; 315 m/344 yds.

Named after an old female name from Norway is this shawl with tucks, short rows and garter stitch stripes in two colors. The hem and one tuck made on the wrong side, in addition to the double I-cord bind off, make the shawl two-sided. Choose if you want to wear it as a shawl, or a wrap around your body or as a shawl collar. Ovedine is knitted in two gorgeous hand dyed shades by Værbitt on the pelt wool Sølje from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

Ovedine is available in English and Norwegian on Ravelry and on LoveCrafts. The “Familien Vinterstrikk” magazine is available from selected grocery stores and newsagents but can also be ordered in Norway by sending an SMS with VS21 to 2205.

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Iglu Knitted by Rena Goeschel

Let me introduce to you to German test knitter and patron Rena Goeschel, aka Rainbow1907 on Ravelry, wearing her Iglu. The fuchsia colour is one of her favourites and this shade is called “I’m Off To Tinsel Town” in the stunning hand dyed Posh Yarn Martha Sock. Rena knitted the poncho that comes in one size with a bust circumference of 194 cm/76.5” using 3 mm/US 2.5 and 3.25 mm/US 3 needles to achieve the gauge of 21 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square.

Rena is a very skilled knitter and has test knitted a large number of my designs, I am pleased to say.  Thank you so much for these lovely photos, Rena!

Here is my introduction to the pattern: Iglu is a lightweight poncho to live in, hence the Inuit name Iglu, with a Celtic cable on center front and back. The poncho has sleeve parts in rib and a collar in garter stitch ending in a I-cord. It is beautifully knitted with shaped shoulders in the bouncy and lustrous Sølje Pelsull.

The Iglu pattern, is available in both English and Norwegian, on both Ravelry and LoveCrafts. In addition you will find yarn kits with an English or Norwegian pattern available directly from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

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Leylak Knitted by Dawn Adair

I wanted to add some colour to your day, so here is skilled test knitter and patron Dawn Adair’s Leylak wearing size medium, knitted in the hand dyed Woolbearers SW Merino DK in Toffee using a 4 mm/US 6 needle. Dawn emailed me asking if she could modify the wings to be triangular ribbed inserts instead during the test knit. I agreed and was curious to see how it would look. The result is stunning, in my opinion. On her project page on Ravelry, Dawn writes: “Turned out perfect – style and fit! As always, another gorgeous design and well-written pattern”. Thank you ever so much for these wonderful photos!

I am so thrilled to hear it and think the colour and style suits her so well!

Here is my introduction to the pattern: 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 a bust circumference of 82 to 156 cm/32.25 to 61.5″ and a gauge of 22 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch using a 4 mm/US 6 needle measuring 10 cm/4″ square, in both English and Norwegian on Ravelry and on LoveCrafts.

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Milana Knitted by Kelly Ohnmeiss

I just had to share these lovely photos of Kelly Ohnmeiss, aka Knobelknits on Ravelry, wearing her Milana and joined by her youngest daughter. Kelly knitted the sweater in size medium with the Valley Yarns Westfield in Teal and using a 4 mm/US 6 needle to achieve the gauge of 20 stitches and 30 rows in stockinette stitch measuring 10 cm/4″ square. On her project page she writes: “I absolutely loved making this sweater….The pictures of these cables on Linda’s lovely model had me swooning to try them out. This chart was so relaxing to knit, I really found it to be very intuitive after the first repeat or two.”

Kelly continues: “The yarn is ABSOLUTELY LOVELY it is lusciously soft, not at all splitty, has a nice twist without being too overly twisted. I had really wanted to order yarn from Norne Yarn, but my favorite colorway was ungettable… so i started looking for a sub and found this lovely yarn from Webs, Valley Yarns Westfield that is 60 merino, 20 yak, 20 silk and it is absolutely gorgeous”.

The only modification she did was to add 2.5 cm/1″ to the length to the torso before dividing for the sleeves, as Kelly is 175 cm/5’9″ tall.

I am so honoured that she reviews the pattern as follows: “Pattern was perfect and easy, charts were really really nice with really lovely color coding that made everything super easy and completely clear and easy to follow. Excellent pattern Linda!!” Thank you ever so much, Kelly!

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.

You will find the pattern made for sizes XS to 5XL, with a bust circumference of 84 to 160 cm/33 to 63″, in English and Norwegian in my Ravelry Store and on LoveCrafts.

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New Design in Progress for Spring 2022

I am preparing for my next photoshoot and will therefore begin to reveal the new designs I have been working on. First one out is one of the four new designs for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, this time knitted in their Ask yarn using a 3.5 mm/US 4 needle in the stunning shade of “Melert klar eplegrønn”/Melange Clear Apple Green 6588. Above is the swatch I made for an oversized pullover with dropped shoulders and a standing high collar. A tuck divides the Double Seed stitch from the reverse stockinette stitches and the cable pattern, which I decided to mirror on the sweater. I will tell you more in a later post. If you do not want do wait you can always join the party on Patreon to see it finished together with all other designs updates and benefits.

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Beyla Knitted by Anne Thomas

Let me introduce you to test knitter and patron Anne Thomas, aka annemade1 on Ravelry, from Australia. She used to knit as a teenager and picked up her needles again during a shoulder injury that kept her resting for six months. Anne test knitted Beyla for me and choose to make it in the Australian yarn Bendigo Woollen Mills Rustic 12 Ply. Due to the thicker yarn she knitted it with a larger needle a 5 mm/US 8 instead of the recommended 4.5 mm/US 7 needle. Anne began with a size L and changed to an XL without any further modifications. Her stunning result is photographed where she lives in rural Gippsland, Victoria on 5 acres with husband, cat and two dogs.

Bendigo Woollen Mills Rustic 12 Ply is a softly twisted yarn in pure wool with 260 meters/294 yards per each 200 gram ball. The recommended needle size is 6 mm/US 10, but Anne used a 5 mm/US 8 needle to achieve the gauge of 18 stitches and 24 rows in stockinette stitch measures 10 cm/4″ square for this project.

Here is a photo of the back. Thank you so much for sharing these lovely photos, Anne!

My introduction to the project is as follows: Named Beyla, Norse for little bean, well suited for the shape of the cables on this pullover. All over cables play on the front and back, while only three cables play on the sleeve. The purl stitches in the background make the sweater hug you. Beyla is crowned by a standing collar and knitted in Varde a bouncy pelt wool yarn from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk.

The pattern is available in sizes XS to 5XL with a bust circumference of 85 to 153 cm/33.5 to 60″. Yarn kits with an English or Norwegian pattern can be ordered online from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk. While the individual pattern is available to download in English or Norwegian from my Ravelry Store or soon on LoveCrafts.

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Kolga Pattern Released

I have been looking forward to releasing the Kolga pattern, with a new silhouette I have made. My test knitters did a wonderful job improving and correcting the pattern. Hence the pattern is available in both English and in Norwegian in my Ravelry Store and shortly on LoveCrafts. Kolga was brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne at Hvalstrand Bad last summer. The stunning model was Aksa Mortensen, with hair & make-up by Nina Hjertaas Bull and jewellery by Kaja Gjedebo Design.

Kolga is Norse for a cool wave, like the one created by the Honeycomb cable pattern on this pullover. The A-line front moves the side seam and vent backwards, making it flow like waves. Kolga is knitted in the divine hand dyed Walk Collection Merino Sport yarn, in pieces and seamed for the ultimate fit. A folded down cowl gives the pullover a collar, while a standing cowl warms your neck.

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

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: 124 (132, 140, 148, 156) (160, 172, 180, 192) cm/48.75 (52, 55, 58.25, 61.5) (63, 67.75, 70.75, 75.5)”
Length: 65 (66, 67, 68, 69) (70, 71, 72, 73) cm/25.5 (26, 26.5, 26.75, 27.25) (27.5, 28, 28.25, 28.75)”
Sleeve length: 48 (49, 50, 50, 50) (51, 51, 51, 51) cm/19 (19.25, 19.75, 19.75, 19.75) (20, 20, 20, 20)”
Cowl: 56 cm/22″ wide 15 cm/6″ high
Intended ease: + 5-10 cm/2-4″. Sample pullover shown is 92 cm/36.25″ and worn with 6 cm/2.25″ positive ease on model.

Yarn: Walk Collection, Merino Sport (100% Superwash Merino, 100 g, 325 m/355 yds). Sample is knitted in Washed Out:
Pullover: 5 (5, 5, 6, 6) (6, 7, 7, 8) skeins; 1432 (1528, 1624, 1720, 1816) (1912, 2056, 2200, 2344) m/1566 (1671, 1776, 1881, 1986) (2091, 2248, 2406, 2563) yds.
Cowl: 1 skein; 195 m/213 yds.

Needles: 3 mm/US 2.5 straight needle for bottomband and rib.
3 mm/US 2.5 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for bottomband on Front.
3.5 mm/US 4 straight needle for Back and Sleeves.
3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (60 cm/28″) for neckband.
3.5 mm/US 4 circular needle (80 cm/32″) for Front.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

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

Gauge: 24 sts and 32 rows in st st using a 3.5 mm/US 4 needle measures 10 cm/4″ square, after blocking.
24 sts in garter st using a 3 mm/US 2.5 needle measures 10 cm/4″ across, after blocking.
24-st Honeycomb using a 3.5 mm/US 4 needle measures about 8 cm/3.25″ across, after blocking.

Notes: The pullover is worked back and forth in separate pieces and seamed. The front is 40 (40, 40, 40, 40) (36, 36, 32, 32) cm/15.75 (15.75, 15.75, 15.75, 15.75) (14.25, 14.25, 12.5, 12.5)” wider than the back at the bottom before the armhole. The neckband and the cowl are worked in the round. A circular needle is used for the front to accommodate the large number of stitches.

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Stavanger Strikkefestival 2021

For the 6th time, I held workshops at the knitting festival in Stavanger, organised by “Strikk og Drikk” (and yes, “drikk” means drink as they usually meet up at a pub). Michael was the official photographer for the festival so he came with me to Stavanger for the first time. I held a total 4 workshops over 13 hours and a one-hour talk, so I had little time to check out the market halls. Above is designer and yarn dyer Helle Slente in the middle with her business partner Kristin Greig King, aka Skeindinavian Knits who had a stand in the market hall at the Clarion Hotel Stavanger. Below you also see the knitting café at the center of it.

There was yet another knitting café outside the market hall. But with so many knitters staying at the hotell you could spot them knitting in the lobby, in the restaurant, in the breakfast area as well as on the workshops in the conference rooms. It was like a friendly knitting invasion, really!

Here is my program for the weekend. It did not leave me much time to browse in the market halls, so I never made it to the second market hall. As usual they had an impressive program for the festival.

Michael did make it to the second market hall at Folkets Hus and here is one of the stands a yarn shop called “Vi-strikkere” selling Tuku wool.

The last photo I will share is from my Knitting Design workshop held in Aroma conference room at the Clarion Hotel Stavanger. The program for the knitting weekend was filled to the brim and on offer were these activities, just to mention a few: Late beer lunch, trip to Sandnes Garn (yarn producer), last knitter standing competition, knitting bingo, and knitting cinema. Here is a link to the program: Stavanger Strikkefestival 2021 Program. It was impossible as a knitter to get bored here! I had a fabulous time in Stavanger!

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Mistale New Pattern Version

The vivid lime green in the pelt wool yarn Tinde from Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk felt intoxicating. Cross cables with round cables in the middle framed by ribbing makes the sweater figure hugging. Mistale ends in a square neckband and you can choose if you want to wear it with the matching cowl.

Sweater: XS (S, M, L, XL, 2XL)
Cowl: One size

Finished measurements
Bust: 89 (94.5, 101, 106.5, 118, 129.5) cm/ 35 (37, 39.75, 42, 46, 51)“
Length: 55 (56, 57, 58.5, 59, 60.5) cm/21.75 (22, 22.5, 23, 23.25, 23.75)”
Sleeve length: 49 (50, 50, 51, 51, 52) cm/19.25 (19.75, 19.75, 20, 20, 20.5)“
Cowl: Circumference 34 cm/13.5”, length 124 cm/48.75”

Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, Tinde pelsullgarn (100% Norwegian pelt yarn wool, 100 g, 260 m/284 yds). Sample is knitted in 1107 Lime.
Sweater: 4 (4, 4.5, 5, 5.5, 6.5) skeins; 884 (988, 1092, 1196, 1404, 1616) m/967 (1080, 1194, 1308, 1535, 1767) yds.
Cowl: 2.5 skeins: 572 m/626 yds.

Alternative Yarns: Berroco, Ultra Alpaca Light (50% alpaca, 50% wool, 50 g, 133 m/144 yds).
Jamieson’s, Double Knitting (100% wool, 25 g, 75 m/82 yds)…
Malabrigo, Arroyo, (100% superwash merino, 100 g, 306 m/335 yds)
Or another DK/8 ply yarn.

Needles: 3.5 mm/US 4 (80 cm/32”) circular needle for sweater body.
3.5 mm/US 4 (40 cm/16”) circular needle for neck band and cowl.
3.5 mm/US 4 DPNs for sleeve or circular needle for magic loop.
Adjust needle size as needed to match gauge.

Notions: Cable needle, 11 stitch markers (2 for side, 9 for pattern) and yarn needle.

Gauge: 21 sts and 28 rows in st st measures 10 cm/4” square.
20 sts and 28 rows in rib measures 10 cm/4” square.
1 Cable measures 5.5 cm/2.25” across.
3 Cables with 3 sts rev st st on each side measure 17 cm/6.75” across

Notes: The Sweater, both the sleeves and the body are worked in the round to the armhole and then worked back and forth in rows. The cowl is worked in the round as a long tube, and then the ends are joined together.

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Sweater Dresses

A sweater dress makes you feel both cosy and comfortable. The key is to make the dress in a lighter yarn instead of a thicker one and to choose a bouncy wool or another fiber you like wearing that will also keep its shape. I admit that I have several in my wardrobe that I wear a lot. Hence it did take me a long time to actually design one as I wanted to make it extra special. Now, four dress designs later I can tell you the story of Sigyn, Aibell, Gyro and Keila – coming very soon.

My first and most popular dress is Sigyn made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk in the fine yarn Sølje pelt wool, modelled by Emma Ross. The A-line silhouette becomes bodycon with the ribbing and has two central swinging cables that are divided, then moving towards the shoulder to make a v-neck at the front.

The second dress I designed was Aibell made for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk this time in the slightly thicker yarn Tinde pelt wool, also modelled by Emma Ross. The balloon dress is shaped by cables introduced one at a time and can be worn as tunic or a minidress.

I did not have to appoint Beth Robinson, aka yarnbeth, as my Aibell Ambassador – she actually volunteered after she had made her first Aibell dress. Beth has made another two, so far..

The third one I designed, also for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk, is made in two colours and in two yarns both Tinde pelt wool yarn for the center panel and Sølje for the sleeve panels: Gyro modelled by Olivia Lindtein. This time I wanted to try out an oversized dress with bat sleeves. The center cable panel crowns the dress and ends in a wide neck with an I-cord bind off.

Keila is the latest one and you can guess which yarn company it is made for. Yes, it is for Hillesvåg Ullvarefabrikk knitted in their Sølje pelt wool and modelled by Aksa Mortensen. Honeycomb cables cover most of the dress except for the armhole and half the sleeves. You shape the skirt part into the high bodice part by changing the sizes of the cables.

Wear the dress as a balloon dress or a tunic by inserting a cord into the double hem. I am looking forward to the launch of the yarn kit and the test knit of this pattern beginning in November in my Ravelry group. All the dresses are brilliantly photographed by Eivind Røhne. If you are wondering if I am going to design any more dresses, I can reveal that the next one is already in the works! Enjoy the Sweater Season and your Sweater Dresses!

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